Cañada del Real Tesoro – El Colmenar (14 km, 500 m ascends)

Cañada del Real Tesoro – El Colmenar (14 km, 500 m ascends)

You will follow the course of the river Guadiaro along the left river bank. After some meadows roamed by retinta cows and Iberian pigs you head to the Pass Puerto de la Fresneda.
Heading down to the river we get to the narrow Cañón de las Buitreras (canyon of las Buitreras), a protected area and Natural Monument!
This place is simply spectacular: it is both majestic and intimidating. At the bottom of the canyon, the waters of the Guadiaro run as if they crossed an open cave. On the other side, there is a small tunnel we must go through to get to the foot of a steep mountainside. A hard ascent awaits, but it is highly worthwhile. A natural balcony just after the top will offer a great panoramic view. Heading down towards the river again you will at the Charco del Moro (Pool of the Moor): a long pool of cold water embedded in between to walls, good for a refreshing bath! Then continue to the small village El Colmenar where you will stay for the night.