Extremadura Sights

Parque Natural de Monfragüe

  • Ctra. EX208 Map It
  • Villareal de San Carlos
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

At the junction of the rivers Tiétar and Tajo, 20 km (12 miles) south of Plasencia on the EX208, is Extremadura's only national park. This rocky, mountainous wilderness is known for its diverse plant and animal life, including lynx, boar, deer, fox, black storks, imperial eagles, and the world's largest colony of black vultures, attracting bird-watchers from around the world. Bring binoculars and head for the lookout point called Salto del Gitano (Gypsy's Leap), on the C524 just south of the Tajo River—vultures can often be spotted wheeling in the dozens at close range. The park's visitor center and main entrance is in the hamlet of Villareal de San Carlos.

Sight Information

Address:

Ctra. EX208, Villareal de San Carlos, 10694, Spain

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Phone:

927-199134; 927-116498

Sight Details:

  • Park daily. Visitor center Apr.–Oct., weekends 11–7; irregular hrs on weekdays and Nov.–Mar. (call ahead)

Published 08/18/2015

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