Follow a section of the GR-47 (Gran Recorrido) long distance hiking trail, through forest, farm land, the white washed village of Fuenteheridos and onwards to Alajar.
Leave Cortelazor on an ascending path which winds its way up the valley before being rewarded with the most wonderful views over the lush green countryside. Walk through farmland where farmers tend to their cattle with laden donkeys. Accompanied by only the sound of birdsong, this is a day to take your time and soak up the peaceful surroundings of truly authentic rural Spain.
Stop for lunch in the bustling little village of Fuenteheridos, home to several tapas bars, before continuing through the rolling hills and then down into Alajar.
Your base for the next three nights, this attractive whitewashed village with its small paseo and cobbled streets is steeped in tradition and has several lively restaurants serving fantastic food.
If you pass through Fuenteheridos on a weekend be sure to stop by one of the bars in the main square for a café con hielo (coffee with ice) or café con leche (coffee with milk). It's a great place to sit and people watch.
Sections of this route follow a busy main road with fast moving traffic, walk on the left hand side to face any oncoming vehicles and take great care when crossing to the opposite side.
As temperatures can be extremely high around this area It's advisable to set out early to avoid the hottest part of the day. Take plenty of water, suncream and watch your step on the loose rocky sections.
A pair of sturdy walking trainers will be enough for this route if you dont want to wear full hiking boots. Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack a sunscreen and insect repellant. A waterproof is always a good idea to keep handy, although you'd be unlucky to get wet in this region.
Food & Drink
Cortelazor has a small store open from 9am if you need to buy any supplies for your walk. Once in Fuenteheridos there are a couple of stores and a great selection of tapas bars in the main square making it a perfect lunch stop.
On arrival into Alajar you wont fail to notice the bars and restaurants dotted around the church and the main square.
Points of interest
Peña de Arias Montano
The Peña de Arias Montano offers superb views and good picnic spots under its cork oaks. The Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles was built on the site of a Medieval temple and has had several additions, most notably in the 16th , 18th and 20th centuries. Its interior was nearly destroyed in the Civil War and the 13th-century figure of the virgin has been restored. It has a wonderful whitewashed belfry set on the edge of the cliff away from the church. There is also a small visitor's centre, bar and souvenir stand.
Fuente de los doce caños
The Fountain of Twelve Jets in the centre of Fuenteheridos is the location of the source of the Murtigas River. The fountain was built in 1903 to provide the town with cool, fresh spring water directly from the Conejales hills.