Mirador La Bascula

Monfrague National park  >  Spain

Quiet viewpoint overlooking rocky slopes covered with cork- and holm oaks fringing the rio Tajo. Good for both Black Vulture and Spanish Eagle.


Apart from the nice view (which typifises the character of the National park), this viewpoint is a good place to see the two most iconic birds of the entire region: the Black Vulture and the Spanish Eagle, which both have nests on the slopes opposite the viewpoint. Apart from these two charismatic species, Black Stork, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Iberian Magpie, Red-necked Nightjar and Booted Eagle may also be seen. Lastly I saw both red deer, red fox and Iberian hare in the direct proximity of this site.



Easily reached from both Torrjeon el Rubio and Plasencia. After crossing the dam over the river Tietar, follow the road, through the pine woodland for a couple of kilometers, the viewpoint is then located on the right side of the road. Check the electricity pylons surrounding the site for Short-toed Snake Eagle!

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Mountain, Valley, River


Mountainous, No shadow, Rocky, Dry, Dusty

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Difficulty walking trail

Birdwatching hide / platform


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