This mountain top offers beautiful views of the Monfrague National park, including the Castillo de Monfrague and the famous Salto del Gitano. Above all this site is very reliable for all of the large soaring birds of the National park, especially Black Vulture, Black Stork and the ever elusive Bonelli's Eagle may also be seen here.
This viewpoint is the end-goal of the green walking trail, starting in Villareal de san Carlos. The trail is 7,7 km long (return walk) and takes you through one of the best preserved stretches of mediterranean forest on the planet. The forest holds all of the typical flora and fauna of the lusitanian ecosystem, including it' s reptiles and mammals. The climb to the top is rather steep, and, in Summer, hot and dry.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Mountain, Canyon/cliff, River, Valley, Scattered trees and bushes
ConditionsMountainous, No shadow, Rocky, Hilly, Dry, Dusty
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring
Difficulty walking trailStrenuous
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
This mountain top is the prime site for seeing the symbol of the National park, Europe's largest raptor: the Black Vulture, of which several pairs breed in the direct vicinity of the mountain. One of these nests can be seen on the slope just east of the mountain (scan the cork- and holm oaks with your binoculairs). The vultures can also often be seen perched in one of the pines Northwest of the mountain.
The entire National park is amazing for (nearly) all the spectaculair species of the Iberian fauna. Also the Embalse the Arrocampo with it's great range of marshland birds, is just over an hour drive away.
The birds are the main attraction, but Monfrague has a fantastic range of reptiles (Ocellated lizard, various snakes, Spanish terrapin, which is common in the rivers and streams, and many more) and mammals (red deer and wild boar are numerous, red fox and mongoose are relatively common, if hard to find and even Iberian lynx, altough extremely rare, occurs in the general area).