The Camino del Agua is a circular path that connects the towns of Mogarraz and Monforte de la Sierra in the Las Batuecas – Sierra de Francia Natural Park. The water has always been there, although honestly in the middle of August there are few places where it can be seen. Now, the promenade has been enriched with six sculptural interventions that are already part of the landscape.
It is a simple and well-signposted path where you can appreciate that it is a place of history and stories, collected in the walls, -those terraces that hold the earth and transform the hostile space into a cultivation area-, on the paths, the streams… and the vegetation, which dares to surprise you with cherry or persimmon trees in its sunny areas, despite the altitude and the cold. Stories of men and women who knew how to get the best out of the land, from respectful coexistence and knowing that they are part of a unique and great whole.
And at the end, we recommend a visit to Mogarraz. It is a beautiful mountain town declared a Historic-Artistic Site since 1998 and belonging to the association of the most beautiful towns in Spain, it reveals many resources, many ways of building and solving only with the materials provided by the earth.
But how did Mogarraz become the town of a thousand faces? It all started with a neighbor who had a camera and volunteered to take pictures of its inhabitants and thus prevent them from moving to Salamanca to get the DNI that was mandatory. Those negatives were forgotten and years later, Florencio Maillo, a local artist, found them and decided as a tribute to capture the oil, on brass plates, to the 388 residents who still remained in the town.
Each neighbor hung his portrait on the facade and over the years the town became an open-air art gallery, which currently has 809 faces painted on its facades.
Max elevation: 814 m
Total climbing: 342 m
Total time: 02:08:12