Historically, Extramadura has always been one of the least populated and remote regions of Spain and the Iberian Peninsula as a whole. Today the population is a little over one million inhabitants, less than 3% of the Country's total, but has been in decline since the latter decades of the C20th. as people have moved to … Continue reading Plasencia, Extramadura
One of the benefits of travelling on the smaller provincial roads and the upgrading of many of those roads in recent years, is that you can frequently find short abandoned lengths of the original road. Much like Ox Bow lakes left by a river as it changes course, they can often make excellent spots to … Continue reading Scenes from Losar de la Vera to Mombeltran
'Placencia to Losar de la Vera via Garganta la Olla, a Monastery and a Graveyard - Part 1' can be seen here. Not far from Garganta is the Monasterio de Yuste (Monastery of St. Just) established by the Heironymite order of monks in 1402. It was burnt to the ground during the Peninsular War in … Continue reading Plasencia to Losar de la Vera via Garganta la Olla, a Monastery and a Graveyard – Part 2
After a cooler and breezier day in Placencia again, it was time to head back into the countryside and to press on along the southern edge of the Sierra de Gredos. As if, in acknowledgement, the breeze had departed and the sun was out making it a gloriously bright, almost hot, late autumn day. Driving … Continue reading Plasencia to Losar de la Vera via Garganta la Olla, a Monastery and a Graveyard – Part 1.
The site of the town lies on the slope of a low rise, in the middle of a wide valley floor to the south of the Sierra de Francia. Information on the town seems relatively sparse, although it was a fairly significant 'municipium', as of 74 AD., that lay on what is popularly known as … Continue reading The Roman Town of Caparra
Not the most auspicious start to the day, but it's fog/low cloud rather than rain so there's hope it will clear. Vegas de Coria is a small place with not much to offer, however in the warmer months I would imagine this is a lovely spot to spend a night beside the river. Maybe even some … Continue reading Vegas de Coria to Plasencia – with a side trip to the Roman town of Caparra