La Breña Hermitage

It is a transition area between the mountains and sierras of the Villuercas Ibores Jara Geopark and the impressive nature of the Monfragüe National Park.

In these places, the complex systems of mountains and valleys that are born in the Villuercas peak, begin to unravel to maintain a thread of Sierra, an ecological corridor that will unite the two most important natural areas of Extremadura.

The hermitage is located in the pass that transposes to the heath; these broken mountains, between rocks, populated by an intense undergrowth that covers the land.

Sierra de la Breña
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Geositio Sistemas de Fracturas

Wild places, lands of guerrillas, bandits, wolves and a fierce life. The construction is modern, but the site already had the remains of ancient stone walls. It is very strategic for the surveillance of the pass.

The festivities in honor of the Virgen de la Breña are held in August (between the 12th and 15th), consisting of the processional transfer of the Virgin from her hermitage to the village church on the 12th. On the morning of the 15th, the virgin is taken to her chapel in the hermitage where the August pilgrimage takes place.

The interior is simple. A stone wall serves as a beautiful backdrop for the image of the Virgin of La Breña, the other three sides and the ceiling are whitewashed.

The environment is very conditioned with benches and tables, both for the many who come in procession to this place, and for tourists or hikers who pass through the space, finding a good infrastructure for rest and beautiful views.

From here you can see the entire Trujillo and Cáceres peneplain to one side and to the other: La Breña with its complex mountain systems.

It is one of the geosites of the geopark, it is known as the fracture system of the Sierra de la Breña and is an example of how earth movements break the continuity of the peaks with lateral displacements and up and down.

Numerous sawtooths drawn by the thrust of the earth are the hills through which it passes from one side to the other. Also, drawn on the rocks, we will be able to identify various types of fossils about 400 million years old, from when these mountains were sand at the bottom of the sea.