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Another great historical route in Catalonia is the Roman road of Capsacosta. It‘s a genuine work of huge engineering importance and an exceptional testament to a historical period of great change for the country. A well preserved Roman part of this road stretches 8 km from Santa Pau de Seguries (in El Ripolles) to the Pas dels Traginers in La Vall de Bianya (La Garrotxa).
Moreover, walking on this path you‘ll see a lot of gutters, bridges, water deposits, and associated quarries and hostels. The walls, wheel-guards and all the other elements of the Roman road of Capsacosta are a testament to the extraordinary construction project carried out two thousand years ago. Along with other walkers, dress up like a real Roman on the last Sunday in October, and walk this route with its many hidden charms and go back 2,000 years in time.
starting point: Santa Pau de Seguries (in El Ripolles)
route length: 8 km
highlights: the Roman road of Capsacosta, gutters, bridges, water deposits, wheel-guards, historical path
finish point: Pas dels Traginers in La Vall de Bianya (La Garrotxa).
If you’ll be in the central part of Spain, for example, in Madrid, then head for Rascafaria – Carro del Diablo route of 14km. Rascafria is one of the prettiest villages of the region, with the interesting Monastery Santa Maria del Paular close by.
From Rascafria you‘ll climb steadily along easy trail with wonderful views across the surrounding country and lakes, passing through oak forest with free-ranging cattle and wild pigs. The finish line of the walk comes out from the pine forest and finally you‘ll reach the rocks called Carro del Diablo. The story goes that the rocks were intended to be used in the final stages of the construction of nearby Segovia’s cathedral. However, the Devil intervened and the rocks remained here, untouched. From this point the narrow footpath winds downwards, again through oak and eventually emerging in open country only a short way from Rascafria once more.
starting point: Rascafaria
route length: 14 km
highlights: Monastery Santa Maria del Paular, oak forest, free-ranging cattle and wild pigs, pine forest, Carro del Diablo rocks.
finish point: from Carro del Diablo back to Rascafaria
Walk the Emperor’s way! Step on the route from Jarandilla to the Monastery of Yuste and experience 10km of picturesque path. You’ll trek on the ancient road connecting Jarandilla de la Vera and Cuacos de Yuste, through which the Emperor Charles V came to the Monastery of Yuste.
To commemorate this historical trip, go there in winter, as this event took place on the 3rd of February in 1557. During this event you’ll be pleased by typical local cuisine, enjoy theater performances, recalling the journey of the emperor and watch musical performances.
The beginning of the route is indicated by a plaque next to the Parador de Jarandilla (Jarandilla de la Vera). From this point you’ll continue along the Cuesta de los Carros, near the Church of St. Agustin and then right down the Marina street until you leave Jarandilla. Head towards the bridge called Parral, through a dirt road and a paved alley. Once you’ve past the bridge, follow a path upward, to the right. You’ll pass a small forest of oak trees and a sidewalk with stone walls, find a cement path along the road EX-203. After this small forest, overlooking the town of Aldeanueva de la Vera, you’ll cross the creek (called Cepeda) and continue down the road, where the church of San Pedro and a fountain called ‘Fuente de los Ocho Caños’ are situated. Step into the town of Cuacos, passing through the bridge called Tejar to the Santa Ana area. From here you’ll see a street, leading you to your final destination – the Monastery of Yuste.
starting point: Jarandilla
route length: 10 km
highlights: historical event, Emperor Charles V, Church of St. Agustin, forest of oak trees, stone walls, the creek Cepeda, the church of San Pedro, fountain Fuente de los Ocho Caños, the bridge Tejar, the Santa Ana area, the Monastery of Yuste .
finish point: the Monastery of Yuste