(Last Updated On: 14/07/2021)

Despite having visited La Siberia area several times, it wasn’t until last year that I discovered Cerro Masatrigo while using Google Maps to explore new places to go to. And on a hot September day, I set off early in the morning to walk up what must be Extremadura’s coolest roundabout.

Cerro Masatrigo_walking up
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An island-roundabout

This conical hill (cerro) is located within Esparragosa de Lares. A dam was built on river Zújar in 1989, creating La Serena reservoir – the biggest in Spain and the third biggest in Europe. The surroundings were flooded as a result, making Cerro Masatrigo look like an island. Moreover, the hill is surrounded by a one-way road, making it look like a roundabout.

The route(s)

There are two walking routes available in Cerro Masatrigo. Route A is a 2.4-km circular road around the lower part of the hill (with an elevation gain of 46m) and Route B is a 1.1-km linear road all the way to the top (with an elevation gain of 107m). I chose route B.

Cerro Masatrigo_routes

Cerro Masatrigo_two routes

Thoughts on route B

Route B is short but steep. It took me about 30 minutes to reach the top, but bear in mind that I did it at the beginning of September at over 30 degrees and wearing a facemask. Facemasks were mandatory outdoors; I kept mine on for about half of the ascent until it became very difficult to breathe. There was NOBODY around apart from me and Husband, so I took it off and we simply walked a few metres apart.

There is no shade at all. You’re constantly exposed to the sun and by 10am it was already too hot. I personally wouldn’t recommend doing this route in the middle of summer. It’s better suited for late autumn (nice golden colours), late winter (to avoid rainy days) or spring (more water and greenery around). Landscapes and colours in Extremadura change enormously throughout the seasons and I plan to go back to Cerro Masatrigo in spring.

In the meantime, here’s a selection of pictures taken during the ascent to Cerro Masatrigo in late summer 2020.

(Pictures taken during the first half of the ascent)

Cerro Masatrigo_La Serena reservoir view

Cerro Masatrigo_lower level 2

Cerro Masatrigo_lower level 1

(Pictures taken during the second half of the ascent)

La Serena reservoir views

Cerro Masatrigo_dry landscape and rock

Views from Cerro Masatrigo

View from Cerro Masatrigo_landscape

(Picture taken from the top)

La Serena reservoir

Views of Cerro Masatrigo and the surroundings

After completing the route, we drove around Cerro Masatrigo several times looking for a good place to stop the car and take pictures and of the hill. I found a good spot on the EX-322 road just south of the hill and across the bridge. We then drove down a dead-end lane searching for a different perspective. The landscape looked otherworldly.

View of Cerro Masatrigo

Landscape

Surroundings of Cerro Masatrigo

Cerro Masatrigo from afar_otherworldly landscape

PRACTICAL INFO
Altitude: 526m
Available routes: A (circular route with 46m of elevation gain) and B (linear route with 107m of elevation gain)
Parking: free
Distance: 76.4km from Don Benito, 104km from Trujillo, 123km from Mérida, 150km from Cáceres.

Cerro Masatrigo on a map

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Irene Corchado Resmella

Irene Corchado Resmella

I'm a UK-based independent Spanish sworn and legal translator working as ICR Translations. On Piggy Traveller, I share my home region of Extremadura with the world to encourage travellers to discover a different Spain. Serial migrant. Russophile. Married to a Scot. Find me on Instagram.