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The Hermitage of San Frutos and its winding and surprising landscape

The Natural Park of the Hoces of the Duraton River, in Segovia, extends around the winding and beautiful landscape that the waters have formed after passing through Sepulveda. It is a place where you can walk among colossal cliffs that not only contain the great natural value of its landscapes. It also has an important historical and archaeological heritage, as well as being home to numerous animal and plant species, as is the case with the Hermitage of San Frutos.

Hermitage of San Frutos


The route, with its 2.4 km, allows us to get close to one of the most beautiful corners of this Natural Park of the Hoces of the Duraton River. From where it leaves the route, in the zone qualified like parking when finalizing the track that arrives from Villaseca, nothing makes us intuit the magnificent spectacle with which the nature is going to give to us later. A wide path takes us into the surroundings of the old priory of San Frutos. The vegetation that surrounds us speaks to us of the extreme conditions here, with cold winters and hot summers, while in front of us we begin to sense the wild landscape that awaits us. A landscape that we can contemplate in all its splendour from the viewpoint of the Hermitage of San Frutos, to which we deviate for a moment, and from which we will undoubtedly have trouble saying goodbye to continue with the journey.

Hermitage of San Frutos

The Duratón River, the meanders it draws and the imposing rocky cliffs that surround it are flown over by countless griffon vultures that undoubtedly do not miss any detail of what we do in their home. Little by little we are approaching the doors of the hermitage of San Frutos, patron saint of Segovia, not without first crossing the small bridge that bridges the gap known as La Cuchillada. The remains of the old priory are spread out in this moorland giving us, together with the necropolis that sits here, a welcome to this privileged spot. Inside, the 12th-century Hermitage of San Frutos awaits us, and behind it there is a wide esplanade that leads to the nearby Priory Cemetery, on the very edge of the land marked by the River Duratón. It is an interesting excursion that, while we return to the parking lot from which we left, encourages us to remember in all its splendor the beautiful landscapes that shape the Natural Park of the Hoces of the Duraton River and that surround this unique Hermitage of San Frutos.​

Hoces of the Duraton River


The Legend

Legend has it that many years ago, when San Frutos still lived here, the inhabitants of the region came to the priory fleeing from the Saracen hordes that were devastating the region. The saint welcomed all of them who, fearful, warned him of the invaders' advance and their prompt arrival to the place. The next morning and after meditating all night, Saint Frutos went to the limits of the priory, where the Saracen generals were already waiting, and urged him to surrender. San Frutos responded by hitting the ground three times with his stick, and the stick began to open up to the Saracens' stupor, creating a huge crack between them and the priory where the locals were taking refuge, saving them from danger and forcing the Saracen hordes to flee in panic. This crack is now known as La Cuchillada and is crossed before entering it.

How to get to San Frutos Hermitage

To access the car park from where the route to the hermitage of San Frutos starts, we must go to the town of Villaseca, which we will find on the SG-V-2418 road. This local road can be accessed from two points, the first is on the road between Sepulveda and Cantalejo, being more or less halfway between these two locations where we will find the junction that leads to Villaseca. Or following the SG-241 road that joins Sepulveda with Peñafiel, shortly after leaving Sepulveda we will reach the junction with the Castrillo de Sepulveda road, being in this town where the detour that leads to Villaseca is located. Once in Villaseca, on the same road, next to the Romanesque church of Santo Tomás, the dirt road that we must follow starts. This path will take us to the parking area where we can park our vehicle to visit the hermitage of San Frutos.​

Pet area, hiking with my dog

A pleasant walk in which, in addition to complying with the park's regulations, it is not a bad idea, whether they force you or not, to have your dog tied up to avoid disturbing the local fauna, as well as preventing it from falling if it gets too close to the cuts.

The short route does not seem to indicate the need to bring him water, but in summer the heat is tight and the start of the route is far from water points where our friend can drink.

Initially, all the fauna we will meet will be on our heads, but we must take into account that during the breeding periods we may be forbidden to pass through certain places in the park.


Technical data sheet of the route

ico-distancia-totalDistance. 2.4Km

Our tour of the interior of the hermitage will increase this figure.

ico-tiempo-totalTime. 0:45h

No doubt this figure will be greatly increased thanks in part to the time we will spend contemplating the magnificent natural site we are in.

ico-calendarioTime of year

Obviously, depending on the moment chosen to visit this natural spot, we will find different conditions that will make the different natural values that surround it stand out more or stand out more. The level of the reservoir or the activity of the fauna that lives here, will undoubtedly condition the final impression that we take of this place, by providing part of its charm.

ico-materialRequired equipment

The access to the San Frutos hermitage is done by a path in quite good condition so initially with comfortable shoes, if possible sports shoes, should be enough, even more so when it is not very advisable to leave the marked route. The camera and or binoculars for the lovers of the observation of the birds cannot be absent in this stroll either.​ Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.


ico-dificultadDifficulty. Low


Although we are not facing a demanding route, on our return to the car park from where we started, we will have to face a demanding ramp that can make it difficult for people who are not used to walking or have some physical difficulty. A ramp that, if we take it patiently enough, we will surely be able to overcome without complications, but not without effort.

Severity of the environment

As long as we do not abandon the marked path and respect the recommendations that we will find, we should not have any greater complications than some untimely slip caused by the gravel of the road and its slope. We should not forget that on both sides we have a few cliffs that plunge a few tens of meters into the river, preceded by slippery slopes of loose gravel.


The wide path, the corresponding signs and the almost non-existent presence of possible detours, at least initially visible, leave no room for doubt as to the direction to be taken. Even so, if we look closely, we will see the presence of numerous trails that run along the slopes that border the hoces, all of them unmarked and not at all advisable, if we do not know the terrain we are walking on.

Important places to pass through
1-Parking 0:00h 1022m 0Km 30T 427274 4575408
2-Viewpoint Hermitage of San Frutos 0:05h 984m 0.4Km 30T 426916 4575399
3-Hermitage of San Frutos 0:20h 956m 1.2Km 30T 426411 4575170
4-Parking 0:45h 1022m 2.4Km 30T 427274 4575408

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

Profile of the route

Profile of the route to the hermitage of San Frutos

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 232m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 116m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 116m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 1022m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 945m

Cartography, maps and tracks

Route map of San Frutos Hermitage

This sketch of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative.

Topographic map of the route to the hermitage of San Frutos


This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 430-2, 1:25.000"

Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems with the reception of the GPS signal. In any case the tracks are always approximate. SENDITUR encourages you to use the new technologies within your reach, using them as support and consultation in your activity, not basing the realization and orientation of the same only and exclusively on them, since they may see their functioning altered by very diverse causes, not functioning correctly and their indications may not be precise.

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David Rodriguez
Created the 21-11-2017

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The winding stretch of the Hoces of the Duraton River between the towns of Sepulveda and Burgomillodo is approximately 27 km long and is surrounded by vertical rock walls that in some areas reach an altitude of just over 100 m. These walls are home to different species of both animals and plants that have adapted to this rugged terrain, for example a striking rock plant known as the Zapatitos of the Virgin.

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