The “Live Monfragüe” brand allows you to easily find products and services that are committed to sustainability and environmental protection.
You can find accommodation for groups, family couples, Extremaduran cuisine, handicrafts from the area and its periphery.
There’s a wide range of activities to choose from, revealing the best of the natural environment, exciting adventures and guaranteeing that you have a memorable time in Monfragüe National Park.
All accommodation is located in the area of Monfragüe. You can find traditional accommodation, others more modern, ideal for couples, groups and families.
Between Torrejón el Rubio and Malpartida de Plasencia is the National Park of Monfragüe, whose center is Villarreal de San Carlos, a town founded in 1784 by King Carlos III, who wanted to eradicate banditry from the area. Villarreal belongs today to the municipality of Serradilla.
Monfragüe receives its name from the Latin world (mons fragorum), mountainous forest, exuberant mountain. The Arabs gave it the name of Al-Mofrag, translated as the abyss, who left us the castle of exceptional construction, erected on another previous watchtower, possibly of pre-Roman origin.
In the fifteenth century the bridge of the Cardinal was built, which revitalised the area. This resulted in numerous
walkers who followed the route between Plasencia and Trujillo, unfortunately also attracting numerous bandits,
especially in the Serrana port, located north of the Monfragüe National Park.
The national park is one of the most biologically diverse territories in Europe.
The centuries-old influences of the people who inhabited Cáceres have given this province a rich craftsmanship, as shown by its numerous manifestations: the copper and brass of Guadalupe, the pipes of heather or stone from the Gasco volcano, the craftsmanship of Martilandrán cork , or the bobbin lace and the wood carving of the Sierra de Gata.
The craftsmanship of the wicker, Baños de Montemayor, chestnut basketry and the booming furniture and leather industry of Hervás are well known.
Likewise, Ceclavín pottery, Arroyo ceramics, Torrejoncillo looms or Montehermoso hats enjoy a well-deserved fame.
In addition, leather tanning, leather crafts, embroidery, iron forging, marble and alabaster carving, boilermaking and goldsmithing make up the wide range of handicrafts in the province.
Discover Monfragüe National Park through activities related to agrotourism projects in rural areas. These projects are sustainable economically, socially and environmentally.
Routes through nature in 4 × 4, birdwatching, hiking trails, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding.
Hiking enthusiasts have three routes perfectly designed and according to their difficulty are: El del Cerro Gimio, 7 kilometers; the one of La Tajadilla, of 8 kilometers and the one that goes from Villarreal of San Carlos to the castle of Monfragüe, of about 16 kilometers. Those who wish a simple hike can take the route from Villarreal de San Carlos to the castle, stopping at the Salto del Gitano and walk up to the old Arab fortress and the route from Villarreal de San Carlos to the Portilla del Tiétar, with stops at the viewpoints of La Tajadilla, La Báscula, La Higuerilla and La Portilla del Tiétar.
Going to Monfragüe in the autumn guarantees that you’ll hear the famous bellowing of deer, but equally each season has its charm.
The traditional cuisine of Extremadura is basically a simple, rural one, practiced for centuries by shepherds and peasants. Along with the important stews of lamb meat or savory sausages and pork preparations, dishes made with the offal and the entrails of these and other animals, as well as bread, which is the main ingredient of soups or crumbs, are a highlight. Likewise, they reveal natural and innovative delicacies such as wild asparagus, ground criadillas, tenches, frogs, etc. An elaborate cuisine is also practiced, born in some of the monasteries of Extremadura, where the quality and variety of their delicacies is combined with the refinement of the recipes. This cuisine enriches Extremadura’s gastronomic panorama, although it does not define it at all, since Extremadura is basically a pastoral kitchen.