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The Ruta de los Arribes del Duero

The los Arribes del Duero route, is one of the most beautiful routes in the Iberian Peninsula for the vineyards form an integral part of the landscape: the vineyards that are growing on the hillsides that go down to the river triple the environment's beauty.

Río Duero, cerca de Fermoselle. Click here to render a high resolution image. This link opens in a popup window The Los Arribes del Duero gorge is an impressive area of natural beauty with rugged canyons and narrow passes. This is why the river flows in a torrential manner forming a winding, whimsical riverbed that sometimes reaches an unevenness of 500 metres. These straight ravines go down to the Duero, forming a natural borderline with the neighbouring Portugal.

This is the land of patches, of terraced land where the vineyard lives alongside crops pertinent to mediterranean climates such as orange trees and olive trees. Apart from being a particularly beautiful area, Los Arribes del Duero is the home of an emerging grape and wine growing region, including a dozen bodegas (wine cellars), located between the provinces of Salamanca and Zamora. The vineyards spread out on the hillsides that appear over the Duero, coinciding with the riverbed.

Fermoselle. Click here to render a high resolution image. This link opens in a popup window Fermoselle has almost 60% of its land cultivated and, along with Aldeadávila de la Ribera, Pereña de la Ribera and Villarino de los Aires, it covers all the bodegas(wine cellars) inscribed in the Asociación de los Vinos de la Tierra.

This town, the capital of the Sayago area, is set on a steep hill of craggy patches. Only one entrance door from its walled enclosure and its castle ruins remains and can still be seen on the landscape. Declared a historic and artistic site, it is located in the middle of the Parque Natural de los Arribes del Duero. The paved streets, the large granite rocks in the centre and its valid sample of bodegas(underground cellars) make it one of the most attractive tourist points in the area.

Very close to here is the Salamanca town of Villarino de los Aires, with different view points from which the river Duero can be seen. A few kilometres away we have the Peña Oscilante, which offers a lovely panoramic view of the Tormes river before it merges with the great river. In Villarino you can visit the waterfalls with the same name, an important national hydraulic engineering piece of work.

Bancales en Arribes del Duero. Click here to render a high resolution image. This link opens in a popup window
You have to go through Pereña de la Ribera, six kilometres away, to get to the Pozo de los Humos, a large waterfall with a 50 metre drop. From here you can easily get to Masueco and Corporario, before crossing Aldeadávila de la Ribera, located in the heart of Los Arribes del Duero. The dam is one of the most important hydraulic complexes in Spain.

Mieza, with the Balcón de la Code on a cliff that is more than 700 metres high, and Vilvestre, covered with almond trees, are the last two remaining towns on this route before going to Saucelle, where the impressive Parque Natural de los Arribes del Duero continues.



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