Type of route Circular, with a short linear section

Distance 13.5 km

Degree of difficulty Low. Water is not available on the route.

Duration on foot 4 hours

Duration by bicycle 2¼ hours

Recommended time of year Spring, Autumn & Winter


The large reservoir of Ricobayo, in the section that is in the Tierra del Pan near the centre of the province of Zamora, extends its long finger-like inlets around some magnificent examples of dehesa, like that of Mazares, where stunted Holm Oaks proliferate over a line of gentle hills. On the higher ground these are accompanied by thick aromatic growths of Cistus, on flatter ground there are also cultivated fields with numerous copses of Ash trees.

The route starts at Palacios del Pan, and heads to the reservoir of Ricobayo giving spectacular views, and the chance to observe the flight of numerous raptors. As the route penetrates into the dehesa it gains height and the views stretch ever further. Along the whole of this section one can observe various birds that inhabit the dehesa and Mediterranean woodland: Black and Red Kites, Black-winged Kites, Short-toed Eagles, Booted Eagles, and Red-necked Nightjars among others.

On the descent to the banks of the reservoir by way of El Laderón one can see certain aquatic birds which winter in the area; Common Pochards, Northern Shovelers, Eurasian Wigeons, Eurasian Teals and Northern Pintails. Grey Herons also inhabit the area of the Ricobayo Reservoir.


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