Charles V 5th Centenary Route
CARLOS V 5TH CENTENARY ROUTE (RUTA V CENTENARIO DE LA LLEGADA DE CARLOS V - 3 NOCHES)
Celebrating the 5th centenary of the coronation of Charles V (Holy Roman Emperor), this route begins in Gijon close to where Charles V first arrived from Flanders to take the Spanish throne, continuing onto Tordesillas where he went to visit his mother Queen Juana and finally ending in Jarandilla de la Vera, close to the Yuste monastery where he spent his final days.
Suggested access airports: Asturias/Madrid
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de GIJON
Gijón: historic, commercial, and industrial, where the sea, the gentle mountains and the city come together to create one of the most attractive metropolitan areas in northern Spain. San Lorenzo Beach, the Esplanade, the marina, the Semana Negra (Black Week) festival, an active social scene and festive atmosphere all invite visitors to discover the city. Gijón has a network of museums and a variety of cultural events, including an international film festival and Latin American Book Show. Some of the town’s museums are noteworthy for their uniqueness, among them the Railroad Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril), the International Bagpipe Museum, the birthplace of Jovellanos, the Nicanor Piñole Museum, and the Revillagigedo Palace, among others.
Second night: Parador de TORDESILLAS
We are now in the province of Valladolid, and as the river passes through the town of Peñafiel it becomes broader, its agricultural boundaries expanding. The town’s vernacular architecture shows its connection to wine, as does the enormous castle, today home to the Provincial Wine Museum (Museo Provincial del Vino). Cotarro de San Pedro, a lovely hill populated by wineries, indicates that we are approaching Pesquera de Duero, a town long linked to wine production. Valbuena de Duero, home to the prestigious Vega Sicilia winery, among others, and Santa María de Valbuena Monastery (headquarters of the Ages of Man foundation) are the highlights of the last stage of the route through the province of Valladolid. Further along this route lies the Riaza River Gorge, between the town limits of Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela, Maderuelo and Valdevacas de Montejo.
Third night: Parador de JARANDILLA DE LA VERA
The impressive Parador de Jarandilla is a perfect starting point for visits to places such as Yuste Monastery, where Emperor Carlos V spent his last days. Other interesting visits include natural sites such as the Olla Gorge. We also recommend the towns of the Vera region, especially Valverde and Villanueva. Between the foothills of the Gredos Mountains and the city of Plasencia are three northern regions crossed by the Ambroz, Jerte and Tiétar rivers, all tributaries of the Tagus. These natural divisions separate the region from the Tras la Sierra and Sierra de Tormantos mountain ranges.