If you come from Madrid, a beautiful road is in the Cíjara reservoir, turning towards Helechosa de los Montes, from here to Villarta de los Montes and from here to Fuenlabrada de los Montes, and from here we join the road that leads to Puebla de Cook.
Villarta de los Montes is an area of pinyon pine forests, which soon give way to Mediterranean oak forests, without pasture. We can find the Valhondillo refuge, a forest house located at the top of the Sierra de los Bueyes. The Zahurdas viewpoint is located within the Cíjara Regional Hunting Reserve. It is a Nature Trail where you can see deer, fallow deer, roe deer and mouflon.
From Villarta de los Montes we continue towards Helechosa de los Montes crossing the «Sierra de la Rinconada» to reach a wide valley that houses a small swamp.
and where the «Valdemoros Berrea Observatory» is installed.
From here we will follow the path until we reach “Puerto Lobo” and once we reach this place we will take a path that leads us to Helechosa de los Montes.
Before arriving, we cross the Cañada Real, the Castañar Natural Pool, which are places of great beauty.
It can be accessed from Herrera del Duque, along the road that goes to Fuenlabrada de los Montes, deviating a few meters from a gas station along a paved road to later connect with a forest track. Another possible access would be from the road that connects Villarta de los Montes with Fuenlabrada de los Montes, turning off along a forest track that goes to Helechosa de los Montes.
Although the bellowing (deer) takes place during the second half of September and during part of October, it is worth visiting the observatory at any time of the year, since the Cíjara Reserve is spectacular.
Leaving Puebla, we headed for Puerto Peña, through a landscape of oak and olive groves. Leaving the Talarrubias cemetery to arrive along the Camino de los Bohonales to the Alandre lagoon, where we can see kites, great bustards, little bustards, and then pass by the Hortezuelo fountain, and by the Zuhilla farm and arrive in Puerto Peña.
There we can go up to the viewpoint, eat well at the restaurant that is located in the swamp and then you could visit the bird observatory.
From Puerta Peña we can continue to Peloche by car, surrounding the García Sola reservoir through landscapes of water and pine forests. In Peloche, there are many hiking trails, but if the weather is good, the ideal is to do some water activity.
From Peloche we continue to Herrera del Duque, where there are many routes of which we highlight
- The Swallows Trail
- Cíjara Palace Route
- Pretura do Benzaire Trail
Leaving Puebla and after leaving the hospital, we headed along a road to Siruela, passing through the bridge that crosses the swamp, entering a road surrounded by meadows and sheep. Before arriving, we can take a detour to Risco, Santi Spiritus and Garlitos, small towns.
In Siruela we can see the palace of Fernan Nuñez, the church, the square, the convent of Las Clarisas and the hermitage of Altagracia.
Leaving Puebla de Alcocer in the direction of Orellana, about 5 km from the Visitation Convent, a dirt road leads off to the right called Cordel Serrano, a bird-watching area. Along this road you go to the Cogolludo bridge, the Roman city of Luciérnaga and then if we continue along the road to Orellana we pass through landscapes of Extremadura pastures where you can see Iberian pigs, cows, deer…
In Orellana we return to Puebla via the EX103.