Wellcome to the Villuercas Geopark, The oldest mountains of Spain, and baños' bed and breakfast.
OUR LODGING: "Casa Rural Baños" is located in Guadalupe, designated "History-Artistic Grouping", near the Monastery, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This B&B have four double air-conditioned rooms with private toilet. The kitchen is fully equipped (dishwasher, microwave, oven, washing machine, toaster, toasted sandwich maker...) to cook anything you need. In the living room you can enjoy the fireplace, T.V. and a book collection about Guadalupe and Villuercas Geopark with guides in English, French and German.
The courtyard is a perfect place to read and relax with a bonsai collection and a sample of native plant live. It is equipped with BBQ, also.
The price is 55 € / room / day, breakfast included, with exclusive use for our guests of all facilities.
We will be happy to recommend any activity or experience that Villuercas Geopark off
THE VILLUERCAS GEOPARK:
The 2.544 km 2 Villuercas is a mountainous massif in the southeast of the province of Cáceres that consists of a series of sierras and parallel valleys orientated in a NW-SE direction and surrounded by the extensive paneplain of Trujillo and La Jara.
The sierras of Las Villuercas containimportant paleontological deposits that can be considered to be unique in Europe as they provide evidence of one the main events in the evolution of live: the origin and radiation of the earliest animals.
The climate is tipically Mediterranean with warm and dry summers alternating with cold and humid winters. The region is named after the highest peak in the mountain range known as " La Villuerca " (1.601 mts). This peak provides a magnificent view which includes the famous Monastery of Guadalupe.
The rocks of the region were folded during the Hercynian Orogeny leveled by erosion during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras, and rejuvenated by fracturing with the formation of horst and graben during the Alpine Orogeny. Finally, the establishment of the current river network in this intensely folded and fractured territory resulted in the characteristic topography of the region, which is generally referred to as an "Appalachian relief" by analogy with the peneplain topography of the Appalachians in North America. The limestone deposits include abundant examples of the genus Cloudina, a fossil characteristic of the Ediacaran Period between 635 - 542 million years ago. The Ordovician sediments include fossil-bearing layers with an abundance of trilobites, brachiopods, bryozoans, echinoderms, mollusks (bivalves and cephalopods), and graptolites. Forty four catalogued geosites include ridges, hills and mountains, mines, faults, river valleys, fossil deposits or areas with special geomorphological features such as synclines and anticlines.
Remarkable features of geological significance include the peak of la Villuerca, The Santa Lucia Syncline, the Portilla of Almonte And Peña Amarilla. Many geositesare also cultural interest and are associated with rock shelters and cave paintings. The Costanaza mine in Logrosan is a repreesntaive of the old mining industry in the region. Alson, the Castañar de Ibor cave with its impressive formations of aragonite crystals was declared as Natural Monument in 1.997.
One of the assets of Villuercas Ibores Jara region is the extraordinarily rich ness of its natural heritage. This has been recognized by the European Union Habitat Directive: seven areas are recognized as Special Protection Areas for Birds and eight sites are designated as Sites of Community importance. This richness of the wildlife heritage has led to an increasing number of visits to the region by bird watchers attracted by the opportunity to observe species such as the abundant cranes and raptors linked to the quarzite outcrops of the sierras, griffon, black and egyptian vultures, black storks, eagle, owls and golden eagles.
More than forty cultural sites and events also provide significant attractions for visitors to the region. The Royal Monastery of Guadalupe is of special significance and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1.993. In addition to appreciating the Geopark's landscapes, geology and nature visitors can also enjoy tasting some high quality agricultural products such as "Ibores" goat cheese, the "Villuercas Ibores" honey, Rivera de Guadaiana wines, the "Dehesa de Extremadura" ham and other pork products, excellent lamb and from Extremadura cherries and local pastries.