Ribera del Duero is on the northern plateau and covers parts of the provinces of Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid. The course of the River Duero marks the landscape here, dotting it with gentle hills, valleys and moorland, where vines are mixed with cereal crops.
THE DUERO: PATHS AND WATER ACTIVITIES
Around the river, some sports and open-air activities have been promoted, such as canoeing, boat trips, walking and cycle tourism. On the banks we can find several river beaches with leisure areas and, running along them, various sections of the GR-14 Duero Path. This long-distance path accompanies the Duero from its source to Vega Terrón on the Portuguese border. Kilometres of pine woods, vineyards, cereal fields and irrigated fields where you can enjoy the open air.
As well as this path, the Wine Route has 20 short-distance paths in the Burgos area, the initiative of the Burgos Ribera del Duero Rural Development Association, while in the Soria area there are various paths on the El Cid Route and paths running between Romanesque churches and the Duero. Going into Valladolid, we find walkways crossing the Duero and connecting it with its tributary the Duratón and sites as unusual as Anillo de Valbuena, where you can follow various routes and enjoy the island formed by the river, or the natural fishpond.
But there is a great deal more than paths and visitors can enjoy other natural pleasures such as birdwatching in landscapes as outstanding as the Hoces del Río Riaza Natural Park, the first griffon vulture reserve in Spain, with a rich community of cliff-dwelling and water birds. In the park you will also find the remains of the Casuar chapel attributed to the Templar order.
At Bocos de Duero is Gurugí peak, a hill rising up beside the village and dominating the Cuco valley. At its summit there are archaeological remains of what was probably a look-out building. Its vertical walls make an easy breeding ground for the hobby and there is a good nesting colony of griffon vultures, so there are often birdwatchers near the hill.
Finally, on the outskirts of the town of Caleruega, there is a beautiful natural landscape including Las Loberas. Here stands a viewing tower, from where you can marvel at the wonderful views. Thousand-year-old pine and holm oak woods dominate the landscape, while you can enjoy watching birds that nest in the municipality or frequent it on their migratory routes, such as the nightingale, the cuckoo, the peregrine falcon, the golden eagle, the griffon vulture and the Egyptian vulture.