The region of La Vera, northeast of Extremadura, is valued for its natural and historical wealth. To discover its origin you have to go back to the Middle Ages, when the so-called sexmería de la Vera was founded, linked to the nearby town of Plasencia. For 30 years it has been a commonwealth that groups 21 municipalities in the area. Take a walk with us region of Vera and enjoy everything it has to offer you!
How many veras are there in Vera?
The towns of La Vera are characterized because they mostly carry this word at the end of their name. Valverde, Robledillo, Jaraíz, Jarandilla and Pasarón end with “de la Vera” to show who they belong to. It is interesting to note that the capital of the commonwealth is called Cuacos de Yuste, although initially it was also “de la Vera”.
It is a beautiful place with a pleasant climate, with rainy but mild winters and warm summers. To this we must add its great diversity of flora and fauna. In addition, it is popular for the abundance of streams and rivers that start from the peaks of the Tormantos mountain range.Garganta de la Olla - Canicaroja / Flickr.com
In the whole area there are no less than 46 gorges where many people take the opportunity to rest and take a bath or just cross their Roman and medieval bridges. Don't miss the Garganta de la Olla!
Lake Jaraíz is another essential if you travel in summer, which is formed with meltwater. With a large tourist influx, it has facilities and services for travelers (including bars and signage).
Walking through the villages of the region of La VeraTypical architecture of Vera - Jesús Pérez Pacheco / Flickr.com
Although it is not the most visited area of Cáceres, the truth is that the region of La Vera has much to offer. Not only in the natural but also the historical, cultural and architectural. Once you have enjoyed the natural pools (or at the end of your day in the gorges) we recommend that you walk through its charming villages.
Garganta la Olla is an exceptional starting point, with a small and very well preserved historic center. The buildings are made of adobe, wood and brick, have stone sculptures and some inscriptions that have been maintained over time. In the Mirador de la Serrana you will have panoramic views of the town and its surroundings.Yuste Monastery - amorfati.art
The monastery of Yuste is another beautiful place to visit. His tranquility and silence have no comparison. Not for nothing He was chosen as the last abode by Emperor Charles I of Spain and V of Germany. It has two cloisters (one Renaissance and the other Gothic) and the royal quarter of the monarch. Outside, a beautiful garden awaits you.
A few minutes from there you will find Cuacos de Yuste. Before entering the village you can go through the German military cemetery, where the remains of 180 soldiers from that country who died in the two world wars rest. Continuing towards the center you will find a porticoed main square, a monument to Carlos V and many houses of traditional architecture.Cuacos de Yuste - Jesús Pérez Pacheco / Flickr.com
In Jaraíz de la Vera go up to the balcony to get panoramic views of the Sierra de Gredos. It is the most important population in the entire region, therefore it is where there are more restaurants, shops and hotels. Its historic center is pedestrian but does not have many sites of interest other than the whole itself.
Pasarón de la Vera is often overlooked because it is far from the rest of the commonwealth route but it is worth visiting, since it retains its ancient architecture and has three interesting attractions: the church of El Salvador, the palace of the Counts of Osorno and the Pecharromán Museum.
A few kilometers from there you will find the Jerte Valley, Famous for the show that involves contemplating its thousands of cherry blossoms.Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera - Oscar Garriga Estrada
If you go from Tornavacas to Jarandilla de la Vera, you can make the so-called “Carlos V route”, a 25km hiking routeextension that takes 9 hours to finish. In it you can remember the trip made by the emperor until he finished in the monastery.
«The reason of State must not oppose the state of reason»
-Carlos I of Spain-
Further, in Jarandilla there is a nice hostel and an old town that is worth enjoying (It was declared a historical set of Cultural Interest, for something it will be, right?).
During your stay in the region of Vera you will perfectly combine nature with architecture, tranquility with history and exercise with rest. Do not miss it!