20 July 2010

Salamanca - The Mountains of France

The Pig

Today we visit the most important places of The Mountains of France - Batuecas in southern Salamanca (Castilla Leon - Spain).  Mountains, valleys, charming villages, hiking, spectacular views and good food (here we can apply the famous proverb: "all pig is used"). 


Sequeros 
Our first stop were the village of Sequeros.
At  beginning of the village you can see a sign that leads to "the cross" viewpoint. There are beautiful views over the valley. 
Continue the route, and we parked the car in the centre of the village, and we began to walk to chapel of "Robledo". It is a ten minutes walk, during you can see the town, with cobbled streets and houses with wooden balconies. At  the end of the village you can find the chapel of "Humilladero". It is located in the middle of the way, we left the chapel on the right and continue until we find the chapel of Robledo. 
Sequeros - Chapel of "Robledo"
At the door of the chapel was "Isi" to show us. We started admiring the coffered ceiling, we continued along the altar, where was the Virgin of the Good Milk and ending at the back, in the chapel of the relics. Here are stored the relics of Juana Hernandez (the girl who prophesied the existence of the Virgin of the Rock of France) and Simon Vela discoverer of the stature of the Virgin of Rock of France. 
Finally, we went up to the choir to see better the coffered, highly recommended. In addition, "Isi" played us a little song with his harmonica. 


Sanctuary in the Rock of France 
Sanctuary of the Rock of France
After Sequeros, we went to the Rock of France, a sacred place since ancient times. The road is twisting around the mountain to reach 1723 meters, where we find the Sanctuary of Virgin of the Rock of France. 
From the top you have wondefull views. 
One of the main features of the virgin is that it is Black, one of the few that are of this type. 
Also we went down to the cave where there is a image of the Virgin, visited the sundial, down the stairs there are around and admire the views from the natural landscapes found there. 

La Alberca 
After lowering of the Rock of France, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant called "The Casarito". We ate roast kid with thyme. We were invited to return and repeat. 
La Alberca
There are two things that we were impressed to visit this town: the originality of its streets and houses and the amount of deli. 
All houses are made of granite, stone and wooden beams, and many of them are full of flowers on their balconies. 
To end our visit we spent by the Church of Our Lady Assumption of Mary, where we highlight his pulpit of granite. 

Miranda del Castañar  
We continued our journey and a few miles we stopped at the viewpoint of the Goat, from where there are superb views of the natural park of The Mountains of France - Batuecas and at the background is Miranda del Castañar. 
After several miles we reached our final destination of the day: the town of Miranda del Castañar. 
We were walking through the streets, we visited the Castle and finally went at a viewpoint which enjoyed good views. 
Finally bought a bottle of "Ciripolen" (liquor of honey and royal jelly), seems to be very famous in this area. "The Shopkeeper" told us liquor properties, of course, including love. Our idea was to take a shot after the victory of the spanish football team.



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