Llanos de Cáceres - Observatorio La Pulgosa

Extremadura  >  Spain

Large steppe area between Cáceres and Trujillo. Fantastic dirt road where almost all steppe birds can be observed.

Added* by Thierry Martin
Most recent update 13 November 2023


Los llanos de Cáceres, or the steppes of Cáceres, is a large steppe area and one op the best places for steppe birds in Extremadura. A rural road runs across the steppes from which a large part of the steppes can be overlooked. These steppes consist entirely of grassland. There is no agriculture. In the past, this area was also a dehesa with old trees that were felled for the construction of the cities and for the Spanish Armada. At this point (see the map below) you find the bird hide of La Pulgosa, but actually you can stop at many points along this dirt road and find birds like Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Calandra Lark, Red-legged Partridge, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Roller, Little Owl and Stone-curlew. But also a very good area for raptors like Eurasian Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Booted Eagle, Spanish Eagle, Golden Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Red Kite and Black Kite.



The area is located southwest of the village of Santa Marta de Magasca. From the village take the cc-99 road heading southwest and after about 12 km you will find the turn-off tot the dirt road on your right side. The dirt road can be driven with a normal car. Parking can be done easy all along the dirt road.

Terrain and Habitat



Open landscape , Hilly

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Some of the surrounding roads are lined with many nestboxes. These are the best places to find European Roller and Little Owl who breed in the nestboxes.

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