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Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe and Viewpoint of the Fraile, essential corners of Las Arribes del Duero

 

The Arribes del Duero Natural Park has many charming spots along its extensive surface, among other natural treasures. As it passes through the province of Salamanca there are several places that call our attention, being the Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe and the Viewpoint of the Fraile one of the most spectacular of many viewpoints we can visit in this area of the Arribes de Duero Natural Park.

Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe

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The route is only 2 km long and it is within the municipality of Aldeadávila de la Ribera and it takes us to the impressive Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe, while to reach the Viewpoint of the Fraile we can do it with our vehicle as it is at the edge of the road that leads to the dam of Jump of Aldeadávila. The path allows us to discover little by little and calmly the magnificent panoramic views that this area of the park of Las Arribes offers.

Duero River, Arribes del Duero Natural Park

Without a doubt we will be surprised by the spectacular environment that surrounds us and that nothing foretells what is yet to come. After crossing the steep final stretch of this route, the different viewpoints that make up the Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe, a privileged balcony not suitable for people with vertigo, await us.

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Viewpoint of the Fraile

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The Legend

 

Legend has it that many years ago, a young man from the area named Felipe fell madly in love with a young Portuguese woman. His love was cut short by the colossal ravine through which the river runs and which separated the lovers. Felipe, at the risk of his own life, tried repeatedly to cross this insurmountable natural border that separated them, but it was impossible. Even he received news of the future plans of the family of the girl who intended to marry her to a wealthy merchant. In desperation, young Felipe marched to the edge of the cliff and began to chop up the rock so that it would fall and form a natural bridge that would allow him to cross the river and the ravine to prevent the agreed marriage, but the young man was never heard from again. They say that even today, if we are attentive, we can hear the blows that Felipe gives to the rocks in his eagerness to be reunited with his beloved.

 

 

How to get to

 

 

 

To reach the Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe and the Viewpoint of the Fraile we must go to Aldeadávila de la Ribera. On the outskirts of the town, as we arrive from the town of La Zarza de Pumadera, if we do it from the nearby Masueco we must cross Aldeadávila de la Ribera. We will find the signposted crossing that leads to the viewpoints, the dam and the Village La Verde. After leaving behind the detour that leads to the Village of La Verde and just before reaching the power station we will find the signposted path that leads to the parking lot where we can leave our vehicle to visit the Viewpoint of Picón of Felipe. To approach the Viewpoint of the Fraile we must return to the road and begin the descent towards the dam. In the middle of the curve there is a small area where we can park and a little further down, when we come across the barrier that prevents passage to continue to the dam, the Viewpoint of the Friar awaits us.

 

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Pet area, hiking with my dog

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Easy route for our partner, which we must be aware of to avoid problems, given the steepness of some areas.

It is important to bring him some water if the heat is too hot, since we will not pass points where he can drink, except for a stream that does not guarantee its flow throughout the year.

Except for some cattle, which are usually in fenced-in plots, it is not usual to find more animals. Another point to take into account is the current regulations governing access of aminals to the natural park where we are, which may vary depending on the time of year we visit.

 

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Description of the Trail to the Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe

 

Just where the path from the road ends, is the parking area (0h 00min), and right there begins the trail that will take us to this spectacular viewpoint.

Trail of the Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe

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A wide trail marked with green and white marks will be in charge of guiding us in this first part of the tour.

We arrived at the end of the comfortable trail of the Viewpoint of the Picón of Felipe.

A while after crossing a small stream our trail seems to come to an end when we come across some first information signs.

The most entertaining area begins

After enjoying the beautiful views from this place we go into the most abrupt area of the route. At the moment we come across some new signs that should not confuse us since the trail continues.

This area seems more complicated than it really is

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We then began a new descent following the marked trail, less steep than we had thought at first. After a while, we reached what looks like a cliff that seems to prevent us from passing, but which has some steep stairs carved in the rock.

We face the last stretch of the Trail of the Viewpoint of Felipe

These stairs lead us to the viewpoints that, both to the left and to the right of the cliff, form the well-known Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe (0h 15min). After enjoying the dizzying panoramic views that the Viewpoint of El Picón of Felipe offers, we return on our steps to, already with our vehicle, return to the road to approach us until the magnificent Viewpoint of the Fraile that waits for us almost on the dam of the Jump of Aldeadávila which we have contemplated previously.

 

This route has been carried out on the ground by SENDITUR on 01-07-2018. The route can vary a lot depending on the time of year, the weather conditions and the terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered by the natural environment where it is located. SENDITUR is not responsible for any misuse or inadequate use of the comprehensive guides of its routes and/or publications, nor for the variations for the above-mentioned reasons that could exist in their descriptions and recommends that each person be responsible and prudent in the realization of the activity. Likewise, we invite you to get information from books and specialized guides to complement the information described. All times are approximate and are for guidance only. Stops, however small, have not been taken into account. All the information related to the route, texts, images, videos, maps, diagrams, tracks, towns and places of tourist interest are published as a guide and may not coincide with the current state of each place. Before carrying out any activity, value your technical knowledge, your physical form, inform yourself about the meteorology and the variations that the route could have suffered, equip correctly, be prudent and responsible at all times, not surpassing your capacities.

Technical data sheet of the route

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Total distance. 2 Km

 

Total time. 0h 40min

The return, being in ascent, will take us a little more time than the going, to this we must add the time we spend enjoying the viewpoints that await us.

 

Time of year. Not in bad weather

Good visibility will guarantee that we can enjoy the majestic views offered by this tour and its viewpoints. Besides, the final stretch of the trail is not very advisable to walk it in the rain or if it is wet.

 

Required equipment. Calzado apropiado

Although the route is not very complicated if it is necessary to wear proper shoes, it is not advisable to wear sandals or street shoes. Otherwise, it is also interesting to take some water if temperatures are high. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.

 

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Slope acumulate. 200 m   Slope positive. 100 m Slope negative. 100 m

 

Difficulty. Low

 

Physical

Neither the total distance nor the unevenness should be a problem for those of us who are not used to walking. It is true that some of the ramps we will face will force us to take it easy, but their short duration will help to overcome them. The heat can increase the feeling of effort and the hardness of the route.

 

Severity of the environment

This section deserves special attention given the type of terrain surrounding the path on which we have to move. It is important not to leave the route as we may be exposed to the vertical walls of the cliffs on which we move. The final section of the path is undoubtedly the steepest and may make us think that it is more difficult than the real one, but in general it allows us to advance without too many complications as it has stone steps in the most abrupt areas.

 

Orientation

The route is marked almost entirely with white and green marks, and thanks to its well trodden path we should not have too many doubts, except in the final stretch. Here the first stumbling block is to realize that the route continues since the information signs may make us believe that we have reached our goal and nothing could be further from the truth. It is from them that what is really interesting begins. This last section also has several paths that join our main path, paths that we should not follow.

 

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NAME PLACE OF PASS TIME TO HIM ALTITUDE DISTANCE COORDINATES UTM
1-Parking 0h 00min 662 m 0 Km 29T 694783 4564752
2-Viewpoint of Picón of Felipe 0h 15min 575 m 1 Km 29T 694671 4565566
3-Parking 0h 40min 662 m 2 Km 29T 694783 4564752

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

 

Profile of the route

Profile Trail Viewpoint of Picón of Felipe

 

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map of the Trail to the Viewpoint of Picón of Felipe

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 Trail of the Viewpoint of the Picón de Felipe and the Viewpoint of the Friar

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional  "Cuadrante 422-4, 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.

 

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The Aldeadávila Dam, also known as the Jump of Aldedávila, was completed at the end of 1963 and is part of the hydroelectric complex of the Jumps of the Duero being one of the highest not only in Spain, but also in Europe with its 140 m of altitude.

 

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The Village of La Verde, is an old settlement that dates back to the Middle Ages and which is located on the banks of the river just after it saves the dam of Jump of Aldeadávila, river that we can go up to approach the surroundings of the dam.

 

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