What to see and do in the Valley of Jerte

Posted by on September 10, 2013

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If you do not know the Jerte Valley, surely you know the great reputation it has earned for the beauty of its landscapes during the time of the cherry blossom in early April. I witnessed this during my last visit to the valley I made this year with my family. But this valley at the northern limit of Extremadura and south of the province of Avila has enough attractions to visit at other times of year such as in summer or in the fall during the so called otoñada Parks. As a matter of fact Spain has lot of very pleasant places for family activity holidays!

Jerte River

Jerte River

Live and discover the world of cherries. In spring the cherry blossoms cover the slopes of the mountains surrounding the Valley Jerte but if you go in summer you will have the chance to see these trees covered with cherries. At this time of early summer, particularly from June to late July in the valley is celebrated The Cerecera or what is the name of a series of activities celebrating the harvest season of the cherries. With scheduled visits to cooperatives you can discover how Jerte Valley lives. During the summer season in the restaurants of the valley’s villages you can enjoy a cuisine in where cherries are also featured. Thus, in particular during the Cerecera Gastronomic you can try cherry gazpacho or any meat or fish dish complemented with cherries or even desserts that combine the cherries with chocolate.

Valley of Jerte

Valley of Jerte

Me and my family went hiking through the gorges of Valley Parks. On the slopes of the mountains surrounding the valley open deep gorges in spring and early summer where rushing waterfalls occur. The Jerte has an extensive network of hiking trails up to 19 among which that of the Gorge Puria and the throat of the Nogaledas from Navaconcejo which we had the opportunity to go to recently and I was struck by the great luxuriance of its landscapes.

Valley of Jerte river

Valley of Jerte river

In a natural place such as Jerte Valley do not miss a great deal of tourism and adventure activities by various companies. From horseback riding, canoeing or climbing, to canoeing in the reservoir near Plasencia in the lower valley. Truly a great number of activities for everyone and their family!

Jerte cherry blossoms

Jerte cherry blossoms

Valley of Jerte photos: siles2011, plandealfabetizion, Juan Antonio Garcia, EndiDeb.

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