Official Portal of Tourism. Junta de Castilla y Leon
One of the largest collections of gorges, canyons, cliffs and ravines in the Iberian Peninsula
Hoces del Rio Riaza
The river Riaza has excavated the hard limestone of the Segovian plains to create one of the largest collections of gorges, canyons, cliffs and ravines in the Iberian Peninsula.
In addition to its spectacular landscape, this isolated geographical region is the home of an important concentration of birds of prey, most notably 200 pairs of Griffon vultures. The hillsides and rocky escarpments are covered with woods of incense junipers, a real living fossil of the Tertiary epoch. In an opening of the canyon, one can visit the solitary Romanesque remains of the convent of El Casuar.
This natural space holds the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism granted by the EUROPARC Federation (an umbrella organisation for Europe’s protected natural spaces) for various reasons, including its outstanding initiatives aimed at promoting the rural environment and effective management and visitor control systems.
Category: Natural Park (5,185 ha.)
- Municipalities in the province of Segovia:
- Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela,
- Valdevacas de Montejo
Park House 'Hoces del Río Riaza'
At the Visitor Centre you will find all the information you need for your visit. Here you can find out about the various trails around this Nature Park, as well as details of other nearby areas of great cultural or natural interest.
Address: C/ Las Eras, s/n. 40542
Telephone: 921 532 459
- It has one of the largest colonies of the Griffon vulture. Also, Golden eagle, Bonelli's eagle, Short-toed eagle and Egyptian vulture.
- Extensive collection of gorges, canyons and cliffs excavated by the river Riaza out of Mesozoic limestone.
- The incense juniper is the dominant species. The river is flanked by an interesting waterside woodland.