It is located in the beautiful northern region of Cáceres, Valle del Jerte, on the banks of the river of the same name. Valley and town take the name of the river that crosses them. Jerte is the most important town in the region. With certain Arab and Jewish tradition that until 1492 had category of aljama subordinated to the one of Cabezuela del Valle. The oldest documents that speak of the town of Jerte are those of 1564 when the ordinances of the "Concejo de Xerete" were written, in which it is said that even though it depended on Plasencia, the town continued to have its autonomy. It was in April 1699, when Carlos II granted Jerte the title of town and it became an independent town from Plasencia. As Jerte was a strategic point of resistance to the advance of the Napoleonic troops in the War of Independence, in the spring of 1809, the French, in their eagerness to annex territories, attacked the town and set it on fire, only the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción remained standing. Nowadays, Jerte is a beautiful town dedicated to its unmistakable emblem, the cherry tree; this and the spectacular natural environment that surrounds it have made the visitor want to enjoy what the town and the valley have to offer.
The town of Jerte is developed along two streets and is surrounded by a lush nature in which the steep slopes of the mountain range are covered with meadows, orchards and cherry trees. In its old quarter, with its narrow and irregular streets, there are examples of popular mountain architecture, of which the arcades with wooden beams and the flying balconies are traditional, as can be seen in the square of La Independencia, which is surrounded by arcades and shares a tower, with a bell tower and a clock, as it is a free-standing tower, with the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, built on the ruins of a previous temple and restored in the 18th century. The Calleja de los Bueyes, which owes its name to the fact that it was the obligatory passage for the oxen to go and work the land on the left bank of the river, crossing the river at "el Vao", also shows beautiful houses with wooden balconies, solanas... The street Ramón Cepeda and Coronel Golfín, which is the main one, have emblazoned houses and the Cristo del Amparo hermitage is also found there. The visitor can enjoy in a great way the natural beauty of the area, with crystalline waters, mild climate and hiking trails that will make you discover dreamy corners. To complete the tourist attraction, Jerte offers a rich and varied typical gastronomy, " potatoes revolcas ", " soup of the shepherd ", that consist of bread, milk and refried of garlic, riles of kid...
Jerte celebrates its big festivities in honour of the Santísimo Cristo del Amparo on 16 July. The festivity of the Candelarias is on the 2nd of February. On the 1st of September the San Gil fair is celebrated, which is a pagan celebration in which the protagonists are the typical huts that are installed on the road and where you can taste "tapas" such as fat blood sausage, the marinated ears, the fried fishes, the revolconas potatoes,... and all of it watered with a punch, and the cattle fair. And the great queen of the festivities, the Cherry Blossom, which is celebrated during the cherry blossom, so every year is variable.
In the traditional Candelaria festivity, the most moving act is the singing of the "Alboradas". In the early morning of February 2nd, the twelve butlers go around the village accompanied by young girls dressed in regional costumes. In each center of the butlers they eat the typical sweets, canes, bones and roscas, all accompanied by a good drink of liquor of "glory". In addition, in the procession of the Virgin, it is a good sign, to know if the agricultural year is going to be good, that the candle that is carried remains lit. The butlers go around the village visiting the sick with a small replica of the Virgin. The ancient and typical liquor of Gloria is made with the flower of the must, grape brandy, coffee beans, apple and herbs of the field.
The streets and squares of Jerte recall, with their labels and names, the characters who stood out in the defence of the town against Napoleon's troops.
Jerte, in the year 2008, had the title of "Population with greater number of bars by inhabitant", it is said that the proportion of 1 bar by each 36 inhabitants.
Jerte can be found on the N-110 that links Ávila with Plasencia, not far from the latter. We can also get to Jerte following the CC-102 that goes to the vicinity of the town from Hervás, near the A-66 Salamanca-Cáceres motorway. We can also do it from the Valle de la Vera passing by Piornal.
Jerte has a bus stop that covers the line Plasencia - Valle del Jerte and connects it with the nearby villages of the valley such as Navaconcejo, Cabezuela del Valle and Tornavacas. The telephone number for further information about the service is 927 414 550.
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