Las Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park in Segovia

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Spring is an ideal season to explore the fantastic natural landscapes of our country. And, as we have already told you on numerous occasions, Spain has nothing to envy other countries in terms of nature.

The Hayedo de Montejo in Madrid, the Selva de Irati in Navarra, the Sierra de la Demanda in Burgos or the Lakes of Covadonga in Asturias are some of the places that are worth visiting in our country that we have already talked about in Vuela Viajes , but, as you can imagine, we still have many natural places to show you. Today, for example, we are going to Castilla y León to tell you about the Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park , located in the northeast of Segovia. Would you like to join us? We assure you that you will not regret it!

A place of immense beauty

The Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park is located downstream from the town of Sepúlveda, extending through the municipalities of Sepúlveda, Sebúlcor and Carrascal del Río. As you can see in the images that we offer you in the gallery, it is a deep canyon through which the Duratón River runs. At some points, the limestone escarpments reach 100 meters in height. Without a doubt, this natural setting stands out for its immense beauty, with the contrast of the ocher of the rocks with the green of the riparian vegetation. You can explore this place from above, skirting the abyss, or from below following the course of the river.

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Another of the wonders of this natural area is its fauna, especially with regard to birds. And it is that contemplating the sickles while the eagles, the peregrine falcons and the griffon vultures fly over the place is a unique experience . In addition, the park has the presence of buzzards, kestrels, eagle owls, jackdaws, red-billed choughs, Egyptian vultures, wagtails, nightingales, rockers, wheatears, chickadees, shrikes, warblers and scribes. As for mammals, we can see badgers, marten, foxes, hares, rabbits, weasels, otters, bats and small mammals. On the other hand, the presence of ladder snakes, viperine snakes, bastard snakes, ocellated lizards, long-tailed lizards, common frogs, midwife toads, common toads, carp and Iberian barbel stands out.

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Of course, the flora of the place is also remarkable, being able to divide the space into four zones : the moorland, with juniper junipers, junipers, thyme trees and pseudostepe; the upper zone, where pine groves can be found; cut with rupicolous communities; and the bottom of the valley, with remains of riverside forest, being able to find ash trees, willows, poplars, alders, poplar groves, elms and different types of bushes.

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Historical importance

In addition to being a place of immense beauty, this natural park stands out for its archaeological and historical importance. And it is that in the area you can find caves with engravings from the Bronze Age, the architectural complex of Sepúlveda and the hermitage of San Frutos, which is accessed through a stone bridge. It is a Romanesque construction of the 12th century of great beauty from which you can also access a cemetery with late-medieval anthropomorphic tombs. On the other hand, you must bear in mind that the park has a place for visitors. It is the Casa del Parque, where activities and initiatives of the region are announced, as well as information of interest.

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Then we leave you with our gallery , where you will find more images of the Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park. Do not miss it!

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