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How to visit the Hoces del Duratón and its hermitage in Segovia

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Hermitage of San Frutos in Hoces del Duratón in Segovia

On an excursion through the towns of the province of Segovia, nearPedraza andSepulveda, There is a natural place that is well worth a visit: Duraton Sickles.

In fact it is one of the most visited corners during weekends, specifically, the area where the Hermitage of San Frutos.

But in addition to this heritage corner, a great attraction that has this place of province of Segovia is to be able to see a very important colony of Griffon Vultures.


Hoces del Duratón in Segovia

All information in detail

  • Natural Park of the Hoces del Duratón River
  • How to visit the hermitage of Hoces de Duratón
  • ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP
  • How to get to Ermita San Frutos
  • Photos of the Hoces del Duratón
  • USEFUL TIPS for your TRIP

Natural Park of the Hoces del Duratón River

He Hoces del Duratón River Natural Park It extends over 5,000 hectares following the course of the river from the aforementioned town ofSepulveda until the Burgomillodo reservoir.

There are 27 kilometers in which the Duratón river It runs through a canyon that has opened between the limestone rock terrain, although there are two sections of meanders that give the name to the sickles.

The first section you can see in the town ofSepulveda, specifically in the viewpoint next to the Church of Our Lady of the Rock, one of the corners that you must visit in said Segovian town.

The other section is the most famous and visited of the park, the one of the mentioned place of the Hermitage of San Frutos.


House of the Hoces del Duratón Park in Sepúlveda

House Park Hoces Duratón in Sepúlveda

In the face of your visit I warn you that the interpretation Center known as House of the Hoces del Duratón Park, is in the same town of Sepulveda,

Specifically you have to look for it in the building of the old church of Santiago, where you can request all the information you need for your excursion.

In this center you can also see an exhibition area where the characteristics of the riverbed, the escarpments and cuts where the nests of the nests are located are deepened Griffon Vultures, and the moorland area that extends through the park.

The schedules of the House of the Park of the Hoces del Duratón They are, in the mornings, from 10 to 15 hours, and in the afternoons, from 10 to 18 hours, although they vary according to the time of the year, so we advise you check the schedule When you go to visit it.

Of course, in July and August it opens every day, and the rest of the year closes on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Path to the Hermitage of San Frutos in Hoces del Duratón

How to visit the hermitage of Hoces de Duratón

Later, arrive by car to the Hermitage of San Frutos, which is located about 9 kilometers west of Sepúlveda, will cost you about 20 minutes.

Of course, I anticipate that the last section is a dirt track in not too good condition that ends in a parking area.

From there you should walk about 20-25 minutes to the place of the Hermitage of San Frutos.

As you approach you should look out at San Frutos viewpoint, from where you have the best panoramic views of the meander than the Duratón river form in this enclave, and where the image of the hermitage acquires a great prominence.

After descending on a gentle path you will reach the hermitage, which is situated in an imposing location in the meander of the river.


Hermitage of San Frutos in Hoces del Duratón in Segovia

It's really about the old Priory of San Frutos, an old monastic complex that was built in 1100 after the cession of king Alfonso to the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos.

It is said that segoviano San Frutos, current patron of Segovia, lived in the middle of the sixth century in a hermitage that was already there.

Now when you get to the old monastic set of the priory you will find the Romanesque church and remains of the other dependencies of the same.

To get to the site you will cross a stone bridge built in 1757, which saves a crack in the land on which there is a legend, and you will pass by some stone tombs of the High Middle Ages.

Finally, from the meadow that opens in front of the hermitage and that overlooks the canyon is where you can see the Griffon Vultures.

It is worth sitting for a while in that meadow, as many people have been visiting the place, to contemplate their flight.


Wall with nests of griffon vultures in Hoces del Duratón

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In sum, the visit of the Hermitage of San Frutos It is a pleasant walk where you can enjoy the very beautiful natural enclave of the Duraton Sickles.

How to get to Ermita San Frutos

The natural enclave of Duraton Sickles and the Hermitage of San Frutos It is located less than half an hour from the town of Sepulveda, in the PRovincia from Segovia, from where you will arrive on a dirt track.

Photos of the Hoces del Duratón

Here you have more photos of the natural landscape of Hoces del Duratón and its Romanesque hermitage.








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