This route offers good opportunities to see many species of birds, but one group in particular is noteworthy: the raptors, and specifically vultures. Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Black Vulture, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle and even Golden Eagle should not be difficult to see along a good part of this route. The proximity also of deep valleys from the Almonte river system or the rocky gorges through which cut the Tiétar and Tagus, in the heart of Monfragüe National Park, host another species that should be possible on this route: the Black Stork. In spring, we can encounter singing warblers: Subalpine, Spectacled, Western Orphean, along with resident species such as Dartford, Blackcap and Sardinian. Furthermore, close to the Arroyo de la Vid stream and in the scrubby areas nearby is one of the best areas to hear Woodlark and see Thekla Lark. Although considered especially for raptors, this route offers us the possibility of making a different stop, in this case at the Arroyo de la Vid reservoir, visible from the old N-V highway. Close to this spot it is easy to find Serapias lingua (a type of tongue orchid).
Additional Information of the route:
The route starts from Trujillo and we take the EX-208 in the direction to Monfragüe. After 13 km (at the junction for La Aldea del Obispo) we turn towards the motorway on the CV-231. On the A-5 motorway we head north and at Exit 232 for Jaraicejo (sur) we leave. This exit for Jaraicejo enables us to drop down into the River Almonte valley and pass through Jaraicejo. We continue on the old highway N-V towards Casas del Miravete. We reach the Miravete Pass where we can park easily and enjoy the surroundings. The return is again through Jaraicejo, taking the motorway to Trujillo or taking the direction westwards, to Torrejón el Rubio to visit the heart of the Monfragüe National Park. The other option, is to go from Trujillo to Jaraicejo on the EX-208 (Trujillo – Plasencia road) and take the turning for Jaraicejo shortly after crossing the River Almonte. This option could be the return taken by those who choose to visit the Monfragüe National Park.
Jaraicejo is a town with many attractions. Noteworthy is the Main Square, where there is an architectural setting bringing together the 16th Century church, a fortified palace and the town hall. The 16th century stone bridge over the River Almonte is of great interest.
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