The Arribes del Duero, a very special place full of places to discover and numerous activities to do.
Nowadays, with the growing popularity of rural tourism, we have been replacing meticulously planned trips to big cities with small outdoor getaways, choosing more relaxed plans that allow us to truly disconnect.
This change allows us to enjoy authentic experiences away from the urban hustle and bustle and connect with the tranquillity that only nature can offer.
Discover with us a new way of travelling, full of diverse plans and far away from the common perception that nature is monotonous.
In this post, we will delve into the Arribes del Duero, a protected natural park that stretches along the border between Spain and Portugal. In this unique spot, where the Douro River meanders between deep canyons and cliffs, we will discover four activities to do, where disconnection and enjoyment are assured
Immerse yourself in the beauty hidden in the Arribes del Duero through the numerous routes to choose from. And if you're travelling with children, don't worry, as there's the perfect route for everyone, adapting to your plans, physical abilities, the time of year or the region you wish to explore.
Whichever route you choose, breathtaking panoramic views and spectacular scenery are guaranteed.
The Arribes del Duero stands out as a sanctuary of biodiversity, home to exceptional native flora and fauna, vast fields of vineyards and a remarkable conservation of its valuable heritage. However, whenever we are asked what to visit, we do not hesitate to answer that the viewpoints and waterfalls are not to be missed.
From high points that offer stunning panoramic views to the soothing murmur of the waterfalls. A unique plan that takes us to magical places and connects us with the grandeur of Mother Nature.
As we have already mentioned, the scenic beauty of the Arribes is exceptional. And to see it in all its splendour there is nothing better than from the heights.
To reach them, you'll have to walk a little over uneven terrain, with hills, bushes, bends, small animals... But when you finally reach the key point, raise your head and enjoy the breathtaking scenery that stretches out before your eyes.
Here are just a few of the viewpoints you shouldn't miss. For more detailed information and other viewpoints, visit our post on the viewpoint route.
Located in Fermoselle, it offers a complete panoramic view of the town of Zamora, the Duero river and the natural border with Portugal.
It receives hundreds of visitors every year. It has two access routes so you can choose the one that best suits your physical abilities. Although it is a route suitable for everyone, it is considered a higher level due to the unevenness of the terrain. However, every effort will be rewarded once you reach the top. The clock tower, the Castle of Doña Urraca, the natural border of the Arribes del Duero with Portugal... These are just some of the wonders you will be able to contemplate.
Strategically located in an elevated area, it offers stunning views of the Arribes del Duero natural park, the Portuguese village of Bemposta or the distinctive orchards. A complete option if you are one of those who like to photograph every place you visit to share it on social networks or simply to have a souvenir.
In the area of the Aldeadávila de la Ribera dam, there is a viewpoint 300 metres above the Duero river. There is no need to mention the imminent views it offers, but if you are afraid of heights, don't look down.
Arribes del Duero waterfalls.
If you prefer walking on flat ground but still want to enjoy these scenic beauties, we suggest you go and explore the numerous waterfalls that this place hosts. All the routes start from Posada Doña Urraca in Fermoselle (Zamora), so you can rest there and choose which one to visit the next day.
The Churriones Waterfall Located in a beautiful landscape where, in addition to contemplating the impressive double waterfall about 30 meters high, you can also enjoy a snack while resting in the picnic area or take the opportunity to engage in another activity around the Yecla Gorge.
The Pinero Waterfall A bit further from the inn, at 45 km, you can admire the fall of up to 15 meters over rock steps. What sets it apart from other waterfalls is that you can pass behind it; you will definitely get wet, but the adrenaline rush is guaranteed.
The Faya del Agua Alta Waterfall We could consider it the most popular and recommended by everyone who visits. It is among the highest waterfalls in Portugal, and the path to it is straightforward, running across a wooden bridge.
The Desgalgadero Waterfall Another must-see suggestion, marked with white arrows that guide us to a landscape surrounded by rocks, vegetation, and diverse wildlife. Be careful with the stones near the waterfall as they can be slippery due to moisture. But otherwise, it is a peaceful route where, with a bit of luck, you can observe wild boars, foxes, deer, or otters, typical of the area.
Although you can do this activity at any time of the year, we advise you to, if you have the opportunity to choose, pick a date in late January or early February. During these months, with the rains and thaw, the waterfalls display their splendor. However, don't forget to dress warmly, with a waterproof jacket and comfortable shoes. Oh, and a backpack with a water bottle and a sandwich to recharge your energy, as nature stimulates the appetite.
Embark on a fascinating plan during your stay at Posada Doña Urraca: the thrilling birdwatching experience in the area. The strategic position of this inn and the tranquility prevailing in the protected park make it a true sanctuary for various native species, many of which are in danger of extinction.
To immerse yourself in this experience, head to the picturesque Ricobayo reservoir and the Arribes del Duero, a serene region where the only sound breaking the silence will be the sweet chirping of birds. In this stunning landscape, "hides" are strategically located, small cabins built with natural materials to blend into the surroundings and not disturb the birds. From these shelters, you will have the opportunity to observe and photograph birds and birds of prey in their natural habitat.
The simple expedition through the majestic rugged canyons, the meandering course of the Duero River, and the vast lush forests of Arribes del Duero will provide an idyllic setting to spot griffon vultures, black storks, Egyptian vultures, and golden eagles.
In addition to its varied topography and unique microclimate, Arribes del Duero is part of bird migration routes. This makes them a strategic stop for those birds that, after hours of flight, seek rest and food. This recognition has led to the designation of the Arribes del Duero Park by UNESCO since 2015 as an optimal area for the protection of birds, ecosystems, and landscapes of the Iberian Plateau.
Birdwatching is available throughout the year, but to fully experience this natural spectacle, we recommend choosing dates that coincide with seasonal migrations.
Embark on a different experience and discover the richness that soars over the Arribes del Duero!
The uniqueness of the Arribes emanates from its charming villages that compose them. Each of these places exhibits unique characteristics, offering small corners to discover, exquisite gastronomic dishes to taste, select wines to toast with, all while preserving the cherished tranquility that characterizes the region. However, among all these attractions, what truly distinguishes and attracts visitors is the warm hospitality of its inhabitants. Eager to welcome tourists, the locals want to captivate them with fascinating stories about the origin of the village, its deep-rooted traditions, and valuable recommendations of places to visit. Or, they simply share endearing anecdotes from their childhood that they hold in their memory. It is undeniable that these people give these communities a truly special charm.
With so many irresistible options, we understand that the choice of which village to start with can be overwhelming. To simplify your decision, we have prepared an article in which we thoroughly explore each of these charming destinations. Now, we will focus only on two of them.
The birthplace of wine and one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, it is a must-visit. In its small size, there is room for a great artistic, historical, cultural, and architectural heritage.
As you stroll through its narrow streets, you will feel like you have stepped back in time. Get lost in its streets and you will discover its architectural beauty like the Hermitage of La Soledad or the majestic Church of Our Lady of the Assumption.
This region hosts mandatory stops that will enchant even the most demanding. If you are looking for a quiet plan, I suggest a walk and a picnic in La Rivera de los Molinos de Moral de Sayago, a very special corner where the chirping of birds will be the only sound you hear.
In addition, the region of Sayago holds other treasures, such as the trails that wind through the hills and the lush forests full of vegetation that bring us into contact with the deepest aspects of nature.
What do you think of these places? After learning more about each of them, it can be concluded that both destinations offer unique and attractive experiences to escape from the daily routine and enjoy a few days in contact with nature.
Throughout these lines, we will delve into the emblematic dishes that make the Arribes del Duero a unique culinary destination. Each of them, prepared with fresh ingredients and according to traditional recipes, contributes to preserving the authenticity of local cuisine. Get ready for a gastronomic experience that will capture the very essence of this charming region!
To start this culinary feast, we suggest beginning with a plate of traditionally crafted cold cuts accompanied by a varied selection of cheeses, all with the prestigious Designation of Origin Queso Arribes. These cheeses, made from sheep or goat milk, possess that distinctive intense flavor that characterizes them.
As we delve into the main courses, the choice will depend on taste preferences. On one hand, we find delights such as trout, caught directly in the waters of the Duero River, or the popular Portuguese cod. For meat lovers, they should not miss dishes that incorporate wild boar, deer, or rabbit, common and delicious ingredients in the region.
If you want to explore the authentic flavors of the Arribes, we recommend trying "patatas meneás" in the Arribes style, Castilian soup, stewed cheek, "bacalao a la tranca" (cod prepared in a specific way), "frejoles pintos con arroz" (pinto beans with rice), the famous cooked garlic soup, or the typical "hornazo" from Fermoselle, traditionally enjoyed after Easter.
If you have a sweet tooth, the local pastry is renowned for delights such as "repelaos," "periquillo," and "perronillas," made with simple ingredients such as egg, flour, lard, and anise. Additionally, you cannot overlook pears in red wine, honey, and other creations based on almonds, harvested directly from the region's fields.
In the gastronomic realm, it is imperative to highlight the wines, with their own Designation of Origin, D.O. Arribes, covering both the provinces of Salamanca and Zamora.
The uniqueness of these wines is granted by the granitic soils and continental climate of the region, making the Arribes del Duero an ideal place for wine production. This tradition has endured over time, giving rise to the construction and preservation of numerous wineries.
We take this opportunity to recommend visiting some of them to immerse yourself in the local wine culture and have the chance to taste some specimens.
They are characterized by their intense aroma and color. In taste, they have a robust structure with very marked tannins.
Unlike reds, they stand out for their lightness and freshness, properties that make them the ideal choice to accompany fish dishes, seafood, or a platter of local cheeses.
As you can see, in addition to all the scenic beauty of the Arribes del Duero, it also offers a varied and delicious gastronomy to leave you more than satisfied.
For food enthusiasts, we suggest taking a gastronomic tour at the restaurant of Posada Doña Urraca, awarded several times for its menus.
You can choose to taste a wide range of dishes such as sirloin, sayaguesa beef ribeye, Puente Robles sausages, or, if you prefer something lighter, the house specialty: cod. All these delicacies are accompanied by a choice of a glass from our extensive selection of wines, including both local options and various designations of origin.
To finish on a sweet note, choose one of our homemade desserts, ranging from rice pudding and custard to cream puff pastry. Let it not be said that you leave Posada Doña Urraca hungry. And since after all this feast you might get sleepy, stay in one of our 19 rooms decorated with our personal touch and equipped with everything you need to feel at home.
In conclusion, Arribes del Duero is defined as a multifaceted destination that goes beyond its stunning natural beauty. Whatever your preference, this destination offers a complete experience full of discoveries and delights.
So, when planning your next getaway, consider the Arribes del Duero as the best option to get you started in rural tourism and enjoy a few days of disconnection, but with plenty of things to do. Immerse yourself in the Arribes del Duero and let nature awaken all your senses!
What better destination? Impossible.