This route takes us through an excellent zone for watching wintering cranes in the stubble fields of rice and maize around the towns of Pizarro, Casa de Miajadas and Miajadas as well as in the surrounding dehesas. There are also the reservoirs of Sierra Brava and Alcollarín holding important populations of waterfowl, especially in the winter. On the plains near Campo Lugar the route is further enhanced with the possibility of Great Bustard and Little Bustard throughout the year. In spring and summer, kestrels and Montagu’s Harriers feed on the plains. Rollers can be seen perched on the overhead cables.
Additional Information of the route:
We set off from Miajadas towards the farming village of Casar de Miajadas. From here we head towards Campo Lugar passing the irrigated lands near Pizarro. Once in Campo Lugar, we take the minor road that takes us through to the Sierra Brava reservoir. Just prior to this we reach the Zorita-Madrigalejo road and we can take the northerly direction (towards Zorita). From Zorita, we can proceed to Trujillo, passing through Conquista de la Sierra and Herguijuela.
Miajadas is the European capital of the tomato and an important centre for food processing. There is the fine Church of San James. There are two farming villages (built under the development programme Plan Badajoz, Pizarro and Casar de Miajadas). Campo Lugar is a village dating back to medieval times, with historians describing its settlement in 1232, the year of the reconquest of Trujillo. In Zorita, we can note the parish church of St Peter, built in the renaissance period with irregular masonry, the 16th Century temple on the Caballerías farm, about 4km away and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Well. Conquista de la Sierra and Herguijuela also offer us a rich heritage.
Map of the route: