Our route starts on the plains of Belén, which is without doubt one of the best places to see steppe species throughout the year. In spring and summer, it is an excellent place to watch hunting Lesser Kestrels. The Great Spotted Cuckoo is also present here. As well as the route, especially if we choose to conclude the visit on the Monroy road, we have the chance of seeing, as well as steppe species, the three vulture species that occur in Extremadura, as this is a grazing area and close to the Monfragüe National Park, meaning that this zone is a favoured foraging area for these birds. We may also come across Black Stork feeding on the pools and streams that cross the plains, and the area is well known for its post-breeding concentrations of this species.
Additional Information of the route:
We leave Trujillo on the old N-V highway and take the turn to Belén. After passing through Belén we proceed for 15 kilometres. At the end of this minor road, we turn left towards Torrecillas de la Tiesa. We then proceed towards La Aldea del Obispo, passing that village and onwards towards the Monroy road. Once we reach this road, we turn left towards Trujillo.
Torrecillas de la Tiesa is famous for its gastronomy, especially roast meats and suckling pig. La Aldea del Obispo is another small village with the parish church of Our Lady of the Rosary. This baroque building may date back to 17th Century. It has a high bell tower, which is probably an earlier remnant from the 16th century, which is all that remains of the original church.
Map of the route: