Camino de los trasiegos
The first part of the Camino de los Trasiegos route is located over a beautiful stony path which connects the villages of San Miguel de Valero and Valero.
It is a slope down, properly signaled path of about 3.5 kilometres length and it goes through thick forests full of holm oaks and chestnuts, located on the hillside. It offers amazing views over the Quilamas valley.
There are also some buildings which have been witnesses of the hard life of the inhabitants of the area; there is, for example, a threshing floor built with granite, slabs where the barley was usually winnowed; and there are terraces where grapes or olive-trees were grown.
The name “de los trasiegos” bring us back to those times when it was usual to transport and interchange goods, for example honey and pollen. The path was also very frequently used during the black market period, which tried to avoid paying the taxes of the commercial transactions.
This path is ideal for a wide variety of people, being of a medium level of difficulty. You will spend around 2 hours going along it.
The honey is undoubtedly the main important product in this area. Since the Middle Ages, Valero and the roundabouts have been making the province of Salamanca be the first honey producer in Castile and Leon. We can point out some gastronomy products typical of the Sierra de Francia – Quilamas; these are the grilled meats, the cuchfrito kid, the cold meats, the hornazo and the season mushrooms, as well as some desserts which have the honey as an important ingredient, for example turrones, obleas, perrunillas and rosquillas. It is also worth trying the excellent wines which have the Certification of Origin Sierra de Salamanca .
For those ones who walk along this route in summer, there is an amazing setting, the natural pool in Valero, known as El Charco del Pozo. Its origins go back to the times of an old light factory built in 1920.