(51) Vera de Erques-Las Fuentes Return (Guia de Isora)

Route Summary
A great return walk up to the pretty hamlet of Las Fuentes, abandoned by its residents in the 1970s. We walk from the hill village of Vera de Erques, which is decked in flowers all year round. The paths are rough and stony but the walk is a hugely satisfying all round experience.

Duration: 4 hours

Route Overview
Duration: 4 hours
Transport/Parking: Titsa 490 from Guia de Isora. Easy parking in Vera de Erques.
Length: 6.000 km / 3.75 mi
Height Gain: 386 meter
Height Loss: 386 meter
Max Height: 990 meter
Min Height: 813 meter
Surface: Mostly rough.
Child Friendly: If children are used to robust hiking and rough surfaces.
Difficulty: Medium.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: There are a couple of cafe/bar/restaurants in Vera de Erques.

Description
This is a very satisfying walk following an old stony track, the Camino Montiél, to the “lost village” of Las Fuentes, sheltered behind Montaña Tejina at around 1,000 metres above sea-level. This moderately strenuous walk passes abandoned farms, old threshing circles (eras), stone ovens, washing areas (lavaderos) on its way to the numerous ordered yellow stone terraces of Las Fuentes decked out with their white jable stone dressing. Some of the terraces and plots are still farmed for potatoes, vegetables and vines.  The last permanent inhabitants of Las Fuentes departed in 1973, whilst a half-century before that, the population is estimated to have been around 200 hardy, hard-working country folk. There is a stunning view of the magnificent cliffs of the Barranco de Guaria at Las Fuentes, and wonderful 360° panoramas unfold in all directions throughout the walk.

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