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Las Hurdes, where time stands still (for the good of the traveler)

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Meandro del Melero, Las Hurdes, Cáceres, Extremadura

I will not agree with Buñuel, I will not wish progress and modernity for the Hurdes. I, selfishly, wish that the Hurdes of tomorrow resemble those of today, as these resemble those of yesterday, but only in these three things: landscapes of mountains where slate towns still resist, rivers that form impossible meanders and People who appreciate the visitor.

Secret for the traveler through inland Spain, the Comarca de las Hurdes (Cáceres) has been reputed to be one of the most difficult access areas for who here tries to approach. This isolation was a source of deprivation and hardness in life until just over a generation ago, and it still leaves its mark in a region where most of its 47 villages have 150 inhabitants or less.

Pinofranqueado, Las Hurdes, Cáceres, Extremadura

The curse of the last century is a blessing in this, because we find that the hand of civilized man has done little, in addition to improve accommodations and roads, for changing a landscape to which we are ecstatic today.

“One of the descriptive phrases of the Hurdes is that it is a Sea of ​​Sierras”, said Gerardo Gallego, of Rural Ramajal, while pointing towards the horizon and justifying his words with reality before my eyes.

Sea of ​​Sierras, Las Hurdes, Cáceres, Extremadura

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