Geopark Villuercas
The region of Las Villuercas, where you find the Geopark Villuercas Ibores Jara, is located in the North-East of Extremadura, between the rivers Tagus and Guadiana. The borders of the area are in the north Campo Arañuelo, in the west Trujillo, in the south La Serena and La Siberia (both in the province of Badajoz), and the east the Toledo province (Castilla La Mancha).
The area has large mountain ranges (Appalachian relief), with the oldest earth layers of Europe. The highest top is the Pico Villuerca with 1,601 meters. Due to the geomorfical variety, Las Villuercas has different ecosystems with multiple micro-climates. You find well-preserved deciduous and coniferous forests of Pyrenean oak, Chestnut, Cork oak and dehesas of mainly Holm oak. The most important continuous expanses of Cork oaks in Europe lie in the Western part of Las Villuercas. Steppe areas also occur in this part of Extremadura.
Las Villuercas

Since 2011, the main part of Las Villuercas has the status UNESCO "Geoparque" - Geopark, because its territory has a tremendous geological heritage and sites of particular importance with fossils and remains of prehistorical settlements. The Geoparque Villuercas Ibores Jara, which is the only of its kind in the western part of Spain, has also great importance as a natural site and is expected to boost tourism in the province of Cáceres. It is worth noting that UNESCO is the body behind the realization of the European Geoparques Network.

Logo Geopark
Spot with layers from many geological time periods
Rock wall with prehistorical rock paintings
Layer with fossils
Nature everywhere: Red Dear for example
The majority (70%) of Geopark Villuercas Ibores Jara is protected nature area, including the special protection zones for birds (ZEPA - Zona Especiál Protección Aves). Not only important as bird breeding grounds but also as winter shelter and temporary stopover for migratory birds.
Las Villuercas has a varied fauna with spectacular insect species and wildlife, including deer, wild boar, otter, genets and stone martens.
The area is very tranquil, 2,544 km², with a human population of 14,500 or about 6 per square kilometer. Without exaggeration, it is a paradise for geologists and archeologists, birdwatchers, nature photographers, landscape painters, horse riders and hikers.
The combination of mountains and valleys, forests, climate, and how the people lived through the ages, has made Las Villuercas into a unique and fascinating world.
It is an area where you can enjoy landscapes without being confronted with the inconveniences of the modern world. An area with abundant rich natural resources and clean air. Really clean air. Las Villuercas is also one of the few places in Europe virtually free of "light pollution". If the sky is clear at night you can enjoy the spectacle of the galaxy with the naked eye.
cabeza del moro - head of the Arab

Also, Las Villuercas has a rich history- it has the most petroglyphs of Extremadura, and there are numerous archaeological remains and traces of various cultures from throughout the course of history.
Guadalupe is a famous town, with the royal monastery 'Santa Mariá de Guadalupe'. Villages of regional interest are Berzocana, Cañamero, Alía, Castañar de Ibor and Navezuelas.

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