Belerda and Don Pedro

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Belerda and Don Pedro

Belerda, or Las Belerdas, is very near to Casillas de Don Pedro, a town with which it has a strong social and historical relationship. Casillas de Don Pedro is situated beneath the series of natural and historical sites and shrines at Tíscar and is notable for the Picón Larguillo, a spectacular landform that defies gravity and welcomes visitors to the town. This group of hamlets, which are laid out in a delightfully haphazard fashion owing to the difficult topography and the varying social circumstances of its residents, was named in honour of Prince Peter, the uncle of Alfonso XI, who in 1319 captured the Moorish fortress of Tíscar and its 4500 inhabitants from the Moorish leader Mohamed Adón. The village spreads out on either side of the Tíscar stream at the bottom of the valley, at the foot of the range of hills known as the Cerros de Caballos. Protected by a natural rock face inhabited by vultures and Spanish ibex, Las Belerdas blends seamlessly into this wild and seemingly hostile environment.


Despite the high rate of emigration away from the region over the course of the last 50 years, both villages remain populated and, although they maintain their tranquil air, they also enjoy a certain degree of vitality and escaped the fate that befell Arroyo Molinos, a village a little further downstream, which has been entirely abandoned.

Although neither maps nor signposts attest to this fact, and despite the lack of any clear demarcation, there are actually two Belerdas: upper Belerda and lower Belerda, which is why the village is often referred to in the plural. Many popular customs survive here: even the old public washing area is still in use. Las Belardas is today inhabited by agricultural workers and livestock farmers, although it also boasts establishments such as a bakery, shop, bar, etc.

 

We recommend…

  • Visiting the peak of Picón Larguillo, a natural monument evidencing geological caprice and nature's forces of balance.
  • Midway between Belerda and Don Pedro we find the Pilón Azul, a natural pool formed between rocks that was traditionally used for bathing by residents of the area. The water may be cold, but the experience proves extremely revitalising!

 

LOCATION

The nearest town to Belerda is Huesa, 5 kilometres away, from where a narrow, winding road (the JA-2700) leads directly to the village. Some 3 kilometres further on it joins the Tíscar road (the JA-6206). Quesada lies 18 kilometres further on, along the Tíscar road, while the crossroads for Belerda are found at kilometre 15, Hinojares 15 km away (the crossroads is at kilometre 12) and Pozo Alcón, at a distance of 20 kilometres.



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