Route of Las Batuecas
DISTANCE: 6,9 km (3,5 h). + 1,1 km (0,5 h). One way.
PATH: Forest track and footpath.
STARTING POINT: La Alberca (next to the Park House)
POINT OF ARRIVAL: Monastery of the Batuecas (Canchal of Cabras Pintadas)
RECOMMENDED TIME: All year.
La Alberca has always been an area of beekeeping, the proof is that a hive appears in its own shield of arms.
This is the old road used by albercanos to move their hives to the Valley of the batuecas, extract the cork from the plentiful cork oaks in the
valley, for the manufacture of charcoal heather and as a path to Las Hurdes. This was the way that King Alfonso XII used on his trip to La Alberca in 1922.
Note the apiculture use is regulated by municipal ordinances of 1555.
We started the path of La Alberca, next to the Park House, the first section climbs along a trail through pine forests until reaching a firewall that leads to the road up to Portillo. Once crossed we continue the forest track that leads to the hill del Portillo, where we leave the track and climb along a track to reach the port of El Portillo 1250 m. above sea level, where we can enjoy a spectacular view of the valley Las Batuecas and Las Hurdes mountains south, on the north, the Valley de Francia and the Sierra de las Quilamas, and on east the Sierra de Béjar and Candelario, that if its winter we will see the snow.
Crossed the road we began the descent by the most interesting and spectacular part of the route, but also the hardest because you have to go down a steep slope of about 700 m. up to the Monastery of Las Batuecas.
Once at the Monastery we can enjoy the wonderful surrounding environment. From the monastery you can make a short tour following the Batuecas river to the Neolithic cave paintings, which can be seen in the Canchar of Cabras Pintadas and in the Zarzalón.