La Raya, excursion from Salamanca


'La Raya' is much more than border sources and Vilar Formoso Oñoro. North and south have other steps that awaits us the wonderful bond of two countries. The province of Salamanca with a region that offers the most authentic Portugal, la Beira Alta. On this day trip from the capital of the Tormes we will move to the southwest of the province to esquinita, thence, make the jump to Portugal where nature and heritage shake hands. A kind of time travel to areas where the clock has stopped fortunately for the traveler.

A half hour drive and separate the capital of the municipality salmantina farthest along with El Payo. We talk about Navasfrías. Continuous link with Portugal and Caceres, claims to be the 'fridge' in the province when winter is rawer. Its name comes perfectly. historical border of the Kingdom of León, many of its inhabitants emigrated to Argentina in the early years of the twentieth century. Today is a quiet village where we find the true meaning to the word peace. Although there is a particular place where that feeling is increased. We talk about El Bardal. A robledal just a few 500 meters from the town which also has a recreational area and a hostel. Speaking of trees, not lost on the people themselves "The Tilero", an ancient tree that is a true symbol for navasfrieños.
Foios and the birth of the Coa River

Too many years had to wait Navasfrías neighbors to have a road that will shorten your trip to Portugal. Now in just eight minutes can be planted in Aldeia do Bispo. But our goal is Foios, On the banks of With river and famous for its 'arraianas capeias' where street closures and the only tradition of Forcón are included. This wooden instrument (oak as could not be otherwise) it consists of several branches or forks in each of which the lads are introduced involved in capea. Foios is not the only place where present, and it is extending to all municipalities in the municipality of Sabugal.

From Foios it is possible to make a hiking trail 13,5 kilometers that leads to the birth of the Coa River. If you prefer, we can move drive almost to the same point that birth in the so-called Serra das Mesas. Here a river that emerges, after touring 130 kilometers, lead to the Douro in Vila Nova de Foz Coa.

At this point may lunchtime has arrived. There will be no worry about, because in Foios we expect the Restaurant El Dorado archiconocidos prawns with sauce. Another option is to continue towards Sabugal following the course of the Coa River and stop at Trutalcôa, a trout nursery also has those same restaurant where delicious pieces and served with different recipes.

It is very difficult to see a copy, but if Doñana is the refuge of the Iberian lynx in Spain, la Sierra de la Malcata it is in Portugal. This natural reserve has a unique ecosystem where hopefully this animal, symbol of the Iberian Peninsula, not suffer the feared extinction. We arrived at Sabugal, where the image of the lynx is present in graffiti and murals. On the banks of the ubiquitous Coa, This city gives us the imposing image of the castle of the Five Corners. Medieval echoes when Sabugal went from Portuguese hands and back again leonesas.

If we have time before returning to Salamanca, It is almost essential to keep traveling in time. Sortelha We propose a scenario of spears, gentlemen, guns and maids. I can think of few places in the world so faithfully preserved its medieval essence. In fact every September celebrates a fair that faithfully recreates the elements of that time comprised between centuries V and XV. In Sortelha you have to climb to his castle, commanded lift in the thirteenth century by King Sancho II, and look out your balcony where it seems pilatos wait for a princess.

Back to Salamanca we still have a stop. The Castle Alfaitates, also known as Castle of the Moon, because in full moon nights he seemed to touch her with stones. It is a good example of Romantic-Gothic architecture and is located in the center of this small town that boasts of its past as a strategic point on the border.


Navasfrias Area

Hiking trails

Sabugal route

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Source: LaGacetaDeSalamanca