The Jerte Valley
The Jerte Valley, in northern Extremadura is famous for the cherry blossom in Spring; an amazing spectacle when over two million trees bathe the valley sides in white.
Following a century-long family custom, the cherries are grown in the traditional way on terraces carved out of the high mountainsides of the Jerte Valley, among crystal-clear springs and pure air. Only such a unique spot with a privileged microclimate could grow the best cherries in Spain.
Tourism in the Jerte Valley
The Jerte Valley is a unique spot to enjoy nature and life at any time of the year.
Its peak is the blossom-time, in mid-March, when the whole valley is covered by a white blanket of the blossom from millions of cherry trees on the mountain slopes.
But the Jerte Valley is beautiful at any time of the year. In Autumn, the leaves of the cherries tinge the mountains an ochre colour. This is when the “Otoñada” takes place: a cultural and gastronomic festival.
Further information at: : http://www.turismovalledeljerte.com/
Would you like to pick cherries?
From May to June you can take part in the traditional cherry harvest, chestnut basket in hand, side-by-side with the local farmers, just as it has always been.
There is a programme of activities called the “La Cerecera”, with tasting sessions, gastronomic days, visits to the Cherry Museum…
Things you must not miss
– A swim in one of the clear mountain streams is essential
– Visit the Natural Reserve “Garganta de los Infiernos”.
– Lots of sport: trekking and rambling, horse-riding, paragliding, cycling, climbing… In mountains over 2,000m high
– A simple stroll through the trees laden with delicious cherries.
– Relax in stunning accommodation with a spa.