Castilla y León (1)
Castilla y León Leon is the most extensive Spanish region, and great historical routes, like the Way of Saint James or the Silver Route, cross through it. Its importance in the history of Spain is significant, since it was the center of political power in the Iberian Peninsula for centuries. Geographically is it nailed on the Northern subplateau, bordering to the Iberian System, the Central System and the Cantabrian Mountain ranges.
The big central plain is crossed from east to west by the Duero river and usually cereal crops and ovine cattle can be found there; pastures in Salamanca province are another natural zone, this one full of Holm oaks and cattle ranches with wild bulls. In the north, abound the forests with beeches and Atlantic fauna. Castile and Leon´s climate is continental, with warm summers and cold winters
The mountainous areas in the region offer spectacular views and are a perfect place to practice trekking or other mountain sports. The mountains in Leon are part of the Galaic Mountain mass, where there are several glacier lakes, like the one in Sanabria, Zamora, which is an ideal place to practice canoeing. Las Medulas, another incredible sight in the Bierzo region in Leon, is a gigantic work made by the Romans, who, to extract gold, removed million tons of lands with hydrologic techniques, leaving behind a landscape that mixes nature and man’s work. In ‘Los Arribes del Duero’, border zone of Salamanca and Zamora with Portugal, the Duero River has created deep cliffs and canyons, where reservoir dams can be found, and where golden eagles and vultures nest. In this zone, the Mediterranean microclimate allows for orange and almond trees to bloom.