Natural paths for all audiences.
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Natural paths for all audiences.
Would you like to walk, cycle or ride horseback in the fresh air and in the heart of nature while taking in beautiful landscapes and flora and fauna. It's all possible on the Greenways of Extremadura.
The Greenways of Extremadura are a different and unique way to visit some of the best natural attractions are region has to offer. Along with the many and varied cultural, heritage and gastronomic attractions, it will make your experience unforgettable.
Extremadura is home to unique birds and some in danger of extinction. There are 338 registered species and many of them breed here. 74% of the surface area of Extremadura is included in the Inventory of Important Areas for Birds in Spain. The Greenways of Extremadura are a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
What are Greenways?
The Greenways are old disused railway lines that have been refurbished and converted into trails suitable for all visitors due to their low difficulty level.
How many are there in Extremadura?
There are four: The La Plata Greenway, the Monfragüe Greenway, the Vegas del Guadiana Greenway and the La Jayona Greenway. Perfectly conditioned, safe and signposted routes totalling 130km.
La Plata Greenway
Baños de Montemayor to Casas del Monte
Located in the north of the province of Cáceres, the old Astorga-Plasencia railway line, known in its day as the Ruta de la Plata or silver route. Today the greenway connects Béjar and Casas del Monte. It is 25.8 km long and is accessible for those with reduced mobility.
It runs through various areas of the Ambroz Valley, Casas del monte, Segura de Toro, Aldeanueva del Camino, Hervás and Baños de Montemayor.
Make a stop in Hervás to discover its Jewish quarter, one of the best conserved in the country and declare a Site of Historic-Artistic Complex. Cobbled streets, typical mountain buildings of chestnut wood, adobe and granite. As well as the iconic buildings there are the churches of San Juan Bautista and Santa María, where you can enjoy some magnificent views of the valley and the Palace of Dávila housing the Pérez Comendador-Leroux Museum.
The landscape of oak and chestnut trees is spectacular, especially in autumn. As the route crosses over the old iron railway bridge you’ll have an incredible panoramic view. Take in the old railway station, now converted in the Railway Interpretation Centre of Extremadura.
If you want to take a break and relax, head for the Balneario de El Salugral spa on the outskirts of Hervás or the Baños de Montemayor, a Site of Cultural Interest where you can see the remains of the Roman Baths.
Soon the greenway will continue as far as Plasencia.
Malpartida de Plasencia
Located in the province of Cáceres, its 17 kilometres run through the municipality of Malpartida de Plasencia, considered one of the gateways to the Monfragüe National Park and Biosphere Reserve. It follows the old Cáceres-Madrid railway line. The dehesas encompass a landscape of great biodiversity. It is one of the best conserved areas of Mediterranean forest on the Iberian Peninsula, ideal for appreciating nature and birdwatching. Some of the species you can see are the black vulture, king vulture, royal eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, imperial eagle, black stork, white stork, and Eurasian eagle owl.
To discover the environment up close, the Monfragüe National Park Interpretation Centre, the Biosphere Reserve and the South and North Visitors Centres in Torrejón el Rubio and Malpartida de Plasencia are all worth a visit.
If you also want to enjoy culture and heritage, close to Monfragüe you can visit Plasencia, Trujillo, Cáceres (a World Heritage Site) and Cuacos de Yuste, home to the Monastery of Yuste, the retirement home of the Emperor Carlos V, declared a Royal Site and a National and European Heritage Site.
Vegas del Guadiana Greenway
Villanueva de la Serena to Logrosán
At over 56, the greenway runs through the provinces of Badajoz and Cáceres. Its route runs along the old Vía Verde de las Vegas del Guadiana Nature Trail, along the old disused railway line between Talavera de la Reina and Villanueva de la Serena.
This itinerary will take you to Villanueva de la Serena, Don Benito, Rena, Villar de Rena, Madrigalejo, Campo Lugar, Navalvillar de Pela and Logrosán.
The landscape runs through dehesas, wetlands, and protected natural spaces like the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark, part of the UNESCO Global Geopark Network and several Special Protection Areas for Birds.
Habitats for large numbers of birds and a birdwatcher’s paradise. In winter we can see large numbers of common crane.
Villanueva de la Serena is home to an interesting religious and civil heritage with the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and the monastery of San Benito or Palacio Prioral.
History lovers will find a visit to Madrigalejo worthwhile. It was here that Kind Ferdinand II of Aragón died en route to Guadalupe in 1516. At the Casa de Santa María (National Monument and museum open to visit, the monarch drafted his final will and testament.
Near Logrosán is the Costanaza Mine Complex where you can find out all about the mining history of the area.
To find out more about the biodiversity of the environment its worth visiting the Dehesa de Moheda Alta Interpretation Centre (Navalvillar de Pela), the Sierra de las Villuercas SPAB and Guadarranque Valley Interpretation Centre and the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark Visitors Centre, both in Cañamero.
You can explore the route on foot, in the saddle or even on horseback. It is also conditioned for persons with reduced mobility.
La Jayona Greenway
Fuente del Arco to Azuaga
The La Jayona Greenway is in the south of the province of Badajoz, stretching 30km along the old Peñarroya-Fuente del Arco through the countryside of the Campiña Sur. Beautiful dehesa landscapes, crop fields and olive groves.
It runs through the provinces of Fuente del Arco, Reina, Valverde de Llerena, Berlanga and Azuaga.
It takes its name from the La Jayona mine and Natural Monument in Fuente del Arcgo, an old abandoned iron mine that is now a site of great geological interest full of flora and fauna and open to visitors. Nearby is the Virgen del Ara shrine, known as the “Sistine Chapel of Extremadura, a gem of mudejar architecture with magnificent 17th century frescoes painted on the dome’s interior.
In Casas de Reina you’ll find the remains of the Roman city of Regina Turdulorum. It is an interesting complex that has been perfectly conserved, with a 1st century Roman forum and theatre.
In Azuaga, declared a Historical Artistic Complex, you can visit several monuments including Miramontes castle, the churches of Nuestra Señora de la Merced and Cristo del Humilladero and above all the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Consolación, the largest church in the province after the Cathedral of Badajoz, and a Site of Cultural Interest. Visit the Ethnographic Museum to find out what life was like in the past in the local area.
As well as the Greenways, Extremadura is home to more than 2,000 kilometres of trails, paths and tracks, such as the Nature Trails of Guadiana, Las Villuercas, the Tagus International and the Cáceres-Badajoz corridor, or short, long and medium routes like the Vía de la Plata Trail that crosses the region north to south. Much of the trail follows the EuroVelo1 European Atlantic Coast Route, which runs 357 kilometres in Extremadura, organised into five stages.