Falconry is essentially the training of birds of prey by man. Initially a form of hunting, the art gradually evolved and today is associated with sport and the conservation of this ancient practice and natural asset. Falconry requires a relationship between man and bird based on loyalty. Falconers place their trust in these magnificent birds that rest on their arms, teaching them to hunt other smaller birds. In addition to its recreational facet, we will also discover falconry as a form of sport hunting, which includes high and low flight categories. The province of Salamanca hosts one of the world’s most important falconry events, the ‘Reyes de Altanería’ Trophy, also known as ‘Troleal’.

Falconry has been included on the Intangible World Heritage list since 2010. Castilla y León boasts a long-standing tradition in this art. Several falconry events are currently held around the region, offering a special attraction for tourists. Safeguarding this skill, its techniques and significance is a challenge thatmust be taken on by the younger generations.

Their skill at training birds such as eagles or hawks has found modern-day applications such as contributing to the environmental balance, preventing accidents at airports, as a natural pesticide or promoting sustainable hunting. In ecological terms, falconry makes an invaluable contribution, as well as working actively for the protection of birds of prey and the recovery of a number of endangered species.