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Calatañazor Juniper Tree Natural Reserve

In the Calatañazor plains, a centenary world grows slowly, silently, everlastingly. It is there, at the bottom of this medieval village on the Cabrejas hillside, where the juniper tree forest grows, some of the trees reaching about 14 metres tall and 5 metres in diameter. This forest is included in the Natural Spaces Network of Castile and Leon due to the fact that it is one of the few masses of tall Spanish juniper (Juniperus thurifera) left in the Iberian Peninsula as well as being the most extensive and best-preserved juniper forest in Spain.

 

This ancient tree from the Cenozoic period commonly grows on poor soil more than 1,000 metres above sea level where most species can’t. Another reason for its environmental importance is the number of berries that grow on them and feed deer, magpies, thrushes and many other animals in the wintertime.

 

Besides being one of the densest juniper forests in the world, it is a beautiful wintry forest for bird lovers.

 

To get there, just take N-122 from the capital towards Valladolid. About 30 kilometres in, turn right towards Calatañazor, and past this town, before reaching Muriel de la Fuente, you will see the juniper forest to the right.

 

For more information, check out La Fuentona and Juniper Forest of Calatañazor Park Visitor’s Centre.

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Calatañazor Juniper Tree Natural Reserve
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Calatañazor Juniper Tree Natural Reserve
Calatañazor Juniper Tree Natural Reserve
Calatañazor Juniper Tree Natural Reserve

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