There are people who seem to only find beauty in natural settings outside of Spain. And they are beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but here we also have areas as spectacular as this waterfall (the most beautiful in Catalonia) or that of This town in León that looks like a Norwegian fjord either
Only 100 km from Madrid is the Grand Canyon of Colorado. Or at least the “replica” made in Spain that we can visit for feel like in the United States but without leaving Spain.
Burujón, the town that hides the Grand Canyon of Colorado without leaving Toledo
It is not necessary to go very far to enjoy spectacular landscapes because Burujón has a natural jewel that we love. On the outskirts of the town of Toledo The reddish clayey gullies stretch out, making it a destination to go to at least once in your life.
In the town they also stand out the hermitage of San Pantaleon, in the Mudejar style, built in the 17th century, the Palace of the Counts of Cifuentes and the avant-garde style Church of San Pedro Apóstol. “El árbol Colores” on the outskirts of the town, and “El Pilar” an old trough are two other points of interest to see before discovering the truly beautiful of Burujón, the Barrancas de Castrejón and Calaña.
The natural park of the Barrancas de Castrejón y Calaña
He Natural Park of the Barrancas de Castrejón y Calañaalso called Barrancas de Burujón, is a protected area that was declared a natural monument in 2010 by the Junta de Castilla la Mancha and is also a Special Protection Area for Birds and a Site of Community Interest of the Natura 2000 Network.
Las Barrancas is located in the municipalities of Albarreal de Tajo, Burujón and La Puebla de Montalbán, on the northern shore of the Castrejón reservoir. Its spectacular clayey cliffs have been formed by the erosion of the wind and the waters of the Tagus on sediments from more than 25 million years ago.
To access them we will have to leave the car in the parking lot of the park and walk two kilometers along the Ecological Path of Las Barrancas. Suddenly, a landscape stretches out before our eyes and we can’t help but think of the Grand Canyon of Colorado or the desert of Arizona, because inevitably reminds us of these American places.
The waters of the Tagus, even before the river was formed, have been shaping this clayey terrain for thousands of years until it has become what it is today. The extension of these reddish clayey gullies is one kilometer long and they reach more than a hundred meters high at some points such as Pico del Cambrón. In it there is a spectacular viewpoint that allows us to observe the ravines and the Castrejón reservoir that was inaugurated in 1967. A wonderful contrast between the typical Toledo landscape and the east, which seems to be taken from a western movie.
A piece of advice: if you can go at sunset. The light on the sharp walls turns a wonderful reddish hue.
Photos | iStock (Jose Ramiro Laguna, inheritanceJhonny Juncal González)
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