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Villuercas mountains, EX-102 road

In two hundred meters South of the tiny Castilian town Puerto de San Vicente my bus route Talavera-Guadalupe crossed the border of the Autonomous community of Extremadura.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Here the bus makes a short stop.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

The signs on the post reported that there are Hiking trails through the Villuercas natural park.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Extremadura is poorly represented in the mass multilingual guidebooks, but this region is very popular among Spaniards - in two weeks of travel in this region I almost did not meet English-speaking and Chinese tourists and even ubiquitous Germans. And Russian speech is heard only through the month in Ronda.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

The landscape outside the bus window promised interesting views.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

But when the bus moved on, added to the species and the thrill of driving on a mountain serpentine.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Despite the fact that periodically I had to grab the armrest and the back of the previous seat, I managed to shoot something.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

The pictures outside the window is really pleasing look.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Gentle mountains covered with forest, not often seen in Spain, it is usually bare rocks with steep cliffs.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

The rocks were here, but not intimidating. I think this is a great area for hiking, accessible to people of all ages.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

We are going on the regional highway EX-102, it belongs to the Council of Extremadura and connects Guadalupe with the province of Toledo.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

The road is of excellent quality, but consists mainly of sharp turns.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

I saw not a single oncoming car, and decided that taking me in a terrible wilderness.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Old stone bridge over the Guadarranque river, the highway passes through the new bridge. There is almost no water in the river - the winter rains have long passed, and the spring was still far away.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Along the road there were no signs of human habitation, with the exception of single farms, and they looked abandoned.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

No traces of agricultural activity were also observed.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

After a few kilometers the mountains have become steeper and higher.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

And the forest was replaced by shrub.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

The bus climbed the mountain pass.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Here was a completely bare rock. Although the height is small, the track Navigator was showing swings between 450 to 700 meters above sea level.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

From the top of the pass we had a magnificent view of the mountain valley, stretching between two ridges of mountains Villuercas. Here originates the already familiar river Guadarranque, which flows into Guadiana, the main river of Extremadura.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Behind the pass began to appear signs of human presence.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

The area was like lowland, but looking at the navigator I was surprised to find, we climbed even higher. Behind the pass lies a hilly plateau.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

The first decent building for two dozen kilometers, guest house Valmayor. All windows are closed with shutters, the tourist season has not yet begun.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Herds of sheep graze in meadows with bright spring grass.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

Further grasslands are replaced by plantations of fruit trees.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

We pass under the high arch of the former railway viaduct.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

This bridge is one of the most interesting sites in Guadalupe.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura

And here is the purpose of my today's move - a small town Guadalupe, famous for its Royal monastery, which rises above the city.

The Villuercas Mountains, Extremadura