Heading south from the Jerte valley, we traversed Montfrague National Park. Here we had an amazingly great close up up view of the soaring “buitres” , a raptor type bird which is about the size of an eagle from some cliffs high above a lake.
Trujillo is another interesting walled fortress with a long and varied history dating back to the 10 th and 11 th centuries when it was built by the Arabs after they invaded Iberia and kicked out the disorganized Visigoths. They ruled here for over 800 years and had an amazingly advanced society. Trujillo also has a very well preserved castle/fortress (originally built by the Arabs and added onto by the Christians after they were expelled). The famous conquistadors, the Pizarro brothers were from this town and returned after defeating the Incas and stealing all their gold to build themselves and their families some huge palaces to live in. There appeared to be more than a few of these opulent but empty and rather run down palaces for sale throughout the town, although a few had been turned into “boutique” hotels.