Sierra de Béjar
Foothills – that’s what a Coloradoan would call the Sierra de Béjar. This small range on Salamanca’s southern boundary is a western extension of the Sierra de Gredos. It tops out at 2,401 m (7,875 feet) at the peak of Calvetero. In winter, snow covers much of the range, making for a good two to three months of ice climbing, tobogganing and snow skiing.
Béjar serves as the main base village for explorations into the range. The town has a history as a link in the wool trade that once constituted Castilla y León’s main industry. Shops off the Plaza Mayor still sell its locally made capes and blankets. The modest Museo Mateo Hernández in the Gothic Iglesia de San Gil showcases Bejarano sculptures and late Spanish paintings. Awalk in El Parque de La Antigua (ancient park, which it is, dated to the 11th century) is enhanced with panoramic views of the mountains.
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