One of Europe's last unspoiled ecosystems
The convergence of the Tajo and Tiétar rivers in the Cáceres region has created this landscape of holm oaks, cork trees, smooth mountains and enormous rocks that are home to one of the largest colonies of black vultures in the world. This unique Extremadura national park has become one of the best places in Spain for bird watching. But as well as following the flight of these majestic birds of prey, you can hear the bellows of the stags in autumn, look out from the high viewpoints, scale the towers of a castle... Welcome to the place the Romans dubbed Monsfragorum: the fractured mountain.
Monfragüe National Park
In the north of the province of Cáceres (Extremadura), in the imaginary triangle formed by the cities of Cáceres, Plasencia and Trujillo.
What you need to know
What you will find
The black vulture is not the only star of the show at Monfragüe: there is also a significant population of Spanish imperial eagles. Watching these magnificent birds, or others such as the eagle owl or the griffon vulture, is an incredible experience. The best place to see them in Monfragüe is from the "Salto del Gitano” viewing point, on a cliff 300 metres high. As well as the enormous vertical rock faces, you will also discover Mediterranean forests, reservoirs, and meadows, that are home to other animals like deer, foxes and otters.
Routes around the Park
Most people choose to explore Monfragüe using its self-guided routes. You can choose from the Yellow Route by the Tajadilla viewpoint (8.9km, low difficulty), the Green Route by Arroyo de Malvecino-Cerro Gimio (7.9km, low difficulty), and the Red Route by Monfragüe Castle (16km, medium difficulty). By car, there are two routes with stops at the main viewpoints, which go from Villareal de San Carlos (where the visitor centre is located) to either the Castle or to Portilla del Tiétar.If you prefer a guided tour, the park organises them at the weekends. You can also take bike routes or horse riding routes along the edges of the park, as long as you have prior permission.However you decide to do it, you will enjoy discovering emblematic points like the Castle's tribute tower, where you can climb its 134 steps to revel in the incredible views from the top, or the Cardenal Bridge, as long as you go when it is not submerged under the waters of the Tajo.Map of Monfragüe National Park
Don't leave without...
Did you know that Monfragüe is one of the best places in Spain for stargazing? In fact, there are astronomical observatories in Torrejón el Rubio, Arroyo Malvecino and Casas de Miravete. Another point of interest is at Monfragüe's Cave Paintings Interpretation Centre.The National Park is also right in the middle of the triangle formed by the cities of Plasencia, Cáceres and Trujillo, so you could take the opportunity to visit them and try the local specialities, like migas, Iberian ham or venison stew.