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The GR-115 or Transerena is a route almost 100 kilometers (62 miles) long, which crosses the domains of the La Serena region, from east to west. For this reason, we have divided the route of our GR (Grand Tour) into four different sections, to establish a daily beginning and end.

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Section I: Capilla - Cabeza del Buey

The first section begins in Capilla (Chapel) place. It is a small town located in the easternmost part of the district, with one of the best-preserved castles in the area and one of the oldest in the region. The trails of this section will take us to the nearby town of Peñalsordo and to the Museum of La Octava del Corpus, which will show us the history and the antiquity of these people and the towns of their own.

The rugged terrain of the mountains Torozo and Las Cabras of the Capilla will be the most tiring routes of the Transerena, although without a doubt those with the greatest biodiversity. Among the bird species we can observe cranes, griffon vultures, kestrels, and the Montagu's harrier.

Once we reach the Sierra de Las Cabras, towards to Cabeza del Buey, we will enjoy the best views of the route's landscapes, since the heights and vegetation merge with the rest of nature to form impossible landscapes, full of life and history.

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Section II: Cabeza del Buey – Castuera

This second section is mainly characterized by the pasture landscapes that we can find along the route. These are the prime places for the gathering of numerous groups of cranes, which we can observe during the autumn-winter migratory season. Another points of interest that we can enjoy are the pleasant views of the castle-fortress of the Templar order of Almorchón and the hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Belén (13th century), on the outskirts of Cabeza del Buey (ox head), with a strong connection with livestock and transhumance activity.

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Section III: Castuera – Campanario

Starting from the surrounding area of the Salón Ovino de Castuera, we will enter into the old Senda del Rey. This is a La Mesta route that played a very important role in Extremaduran transhumance and takes us into a beautiful grazing landscape. In winter season, this path became an authentic and centuries-old feeding place for cranes.

These places coincide with the well-known Badija estate, which will lead us to areas of more treeless pastures, although full of life. The brooms and grasslands provide shelter to countless animal species, such as little bustards, cranes, lapwings, rabbits, hares, and numberless plant species. After these unique landscapes, we will arrive at the town of Campanario (bell tower), where this third section of the Transerena ends.

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Section IV: Campanario - La Haba

The last section of the GR-115 starts from the town of Campanario following the course of the Molar stream. This small tributary has its flow soothed by one of the oldest and most historic dams in the area, the one known as Presa del Molar or Embalse del Paredón. Built in stone in Roman times, it gathers in its waters and domain a very high treasure made up of numerous aquatic birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, turning this small Roman reservoir into a natural micro-habitat.

Further ahead and still within the town of Campanario we will reach the La Mata Site, where we can see a protohistoric building. Once we return to our destination, towards the Villa de Magacela, we will pass through a long-distance old mines lands located on both sides of the road.

Upon arrival in the municipality of Magacela, the history of the site will attract us inside and outside the town to learn about its roots, since time immemorial. The Jewish quarter, the Medieval Castle, the Cave Paintings and the Dolmen will make our stay in the town such us an idyllic time of culture and living history. The last trip will be along the road that connects the town of Magacela with the town of La Haba, where at the doors of its town hall we will put an end to the Transerena.



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