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The Natural Surroundings

Like the rest of La Campiña, the surrounding topography is mainly flat, with only slight undulations. The area enjoys the continental climate of the Spanish Meseta. The average altitude is 907 metres above sea level. The Moros and Voltoya rivers and the Balisa and Cercos streams run through the area and remain low; in summer, their banks offer a pleasant setting, as do the small pine and holm oak forests, where one can also find large quantities of a wild mushroom called níscalo.

Flora

The area´s morphology, geology, climate and hydrography are suitable for the cultivation of cereals. Rockrose, broom and thicket grow in the dark-brown soil along the Eresma river, and on the banks of the other rivers and streams, there are willows, poplars, elm trees and reed. Within the boundaries of Paradinas, Aragoneses, Tabladillo and Pinilla-Ambros, there are man-made pine forests, supplying pine-nuts, resin and wood. The largest holm-oak forests are in Balisa and Villoslada, and the wood supplies the timber industry.


Fauna

In the wooded areas there are lots of wild boars, fox, rabbits, hares, squirrels and genets. The birds are mainly birds of prey, crows, magpies, goshawks, long-eared owls and little owls; there are also doves, great bustards, quails, partridges, goldfinches and sparrows. Reptiles include lizards and snakes; amphibians include frogs, toads and salamanders. In thickets and on the banks of rivers and streams, the common duck.

Tourist Routes

Domingo García and Ochando
Rock carvings in paleozoic gneiss outcrops, usually on the south-south east vertical and smooth faces. These are rare examples of exterior rock carvings.

Paradinas
The remains of a Roman villa and mosaics. Gothic church. Renaissance palace considered to be one of the most representative examples of civil architecture in Segovia.

Balisa
Church of Romanesque origin. The shrine of the Virgen del Otero (twelfth-thirteenth centuries). The Botón de Balisa.

Villoslada
Thirteenth-century shrine of historical interest, with a Romanesque figure of Christ.

Nieva
Gothic-mudejar church, very primitive.

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