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, gravity-defying landform that welcomes visitors to the town.

This group of hamlets, distributed in a delightfully haphazard fashion due to the difficult topography and social conditions of the residents, was named in honour of Prince Peter, the uncle of Alfonso XI, who in 1319 won control of the Moorish fortress of Tíscar and its 4500 inhabitants from the Moorish leader Mohamed Adón. The village of Belerda is situated at the bottom of the valley, occupying both sides of the Tíscar stream. It is protected by a natural rock face inhabited by vultures and Spanish ibex, at the foot of the hills known as Cerros del Caballo, and is very much a part of this wild and seemingly hostile environment.

Midway between Belerda and Don Pedro is the Pilón Azul, a natural pool formed between rocks which was traditionally used for bathing by residents of the area. The water may be cold but the experience is most reinvigorating!

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