part of the river Tormes
and the river Duero,
near the border with Portugal have created a unique situation in the
province of Salamanca where spectacular reservoirs alternate with formidable
canyons. It is the only possibility that nature has to solve the problem
of the notable difference of altitude that separates the lands of the
plateau from those of the Spanish-Portuguese border at the jetty
de Vega Terrón, in La
The climatic conditions are benign and there is a microclimate fully
characteristic of the Mediterranean: olive trees, prickly pears, orange
The route that we propose goes through all those riverside towns that
bring us closer to the shores of the river so we can enjoy the impressive
views of the deep canyons of the river Duero and of the tributaries
that pour into its waters.
Dams and lookouts Ledesma,
from its position overlooking the Tormes, is a suitable beginning for
a route that goes toward the resevoir
of Almendra, the first of a
series of spectacular hydroelectric structures that "tame"
the flowing river currents. From there you can head toward Villarino
del los Aires and visit the
lookout posts and balconies of the Duero in Aldeadávila
de la Ribera, where you can
have an attractive boat ride along the base of the canyon. The following
landmarks of your trip are: Mieza,
Saucelle and Hinojosa
de Duero, then a descent to
the Vega Terrón
river port, in the municipality of La
Fregeneda, where Salamanca
communicates with Oporto and the Atlantic Ocean.
Pozo de los Humos and Vitigudino
Along the road you will encounter waterfalls like Pozo
de los Humos, between Pereña
and Masueco, or the cachón
de Camaces (next to Hinojosa).
You may choose to visit the pre-Roman town of Yecla
de Yeltes (included in the
Route of Border Fortifications) or travel to medieval areas like San
Felices de los Gallegos and
the fortress of Sobradillo.
Your steps will have taken you to the villages of Lumbrales
Don't leave the second one without taking a walk through its arched
main square, seeing the beauty of its parochial church and enjoying
the atmosphere of this urban centre, which is the regional head of the
northwest of Salamanca.