Route Herguijuela de la Sierra-La Alberca
DISTANCE: 8 km
DURATION: 4 hours
PATH: Linear path
STARTING POINT: Herguijuela de la Sierra
POINT OF ARRIVAL: La Alberca
RECOMMENDED TIME: All year, especially autumn.
It is the old road used by pilgrims from Herguijuela to climb the Peña de Francia.
La Alberca is the first town of Spain declared Historic Site.
Herguijuela de la Sierra-La Alberca
We start our way from the ancient pilgrims hospital on the road up in font of the Town Hall; you ascend a paved path between crops and pines until you reach the forest path that we take to the left and leads to the ruins of an old mill that only keeps the curious nozzle of stone rings characteristic of this area nestled in a beautiful alder.
The trail climbs cutting the track until you reach the turnoff to the Beech, famous catalogued tree considered the southernmost beech in Europe. We continue the path to go back to the track, which climbs winding through oak forests; we continue climbing and crossing the forest track several times to leave the oak grove and enter an area of oaks and rockrose.
We continue along the track for some distance to the diversion of the road at a sharp curve, here we leave it and take the path that emerges on the right, which takes us into a lush forest of oak, chestnut and pine, starting a gentle descent to La Alberca.