The Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark, member of the European and Global Geoparks Networks, is located in Extremadura, Spain, in the southeast of the Province of Caceres.
There are 44 geosites in the Geopark which include ridges, faults, fossil deposits and river valleys. Also there are sites like rock-shelters and cave paintings and old mines. Apart from the geological aspect another asset of the park is its stunning natural heritage. This is one of the finest natural regions of Spain, or even Europe. An area of breathtaking beauty and a paradise not only for those interested in geology but also for nature lovers and bird-watchers. The park has 7 bird protection zones and 8 sites of importance to the community.
The area is made up of a series of parallel ranges of ridges and valleys. A mountainous core surrounded by ancient peneplains, which was folded during the Hercynian orogenic movement.
Then levelled by erosion throughout the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras, and rejuvenated by fracturing during the Alpine orogenic movement.
Finally, the river network in this intensely folded and fractured territory created the characteristic topography of this region, which is generally referred to as “Appalachian relief” as an analogy with the peneplain relief forms to be found in the Appalachians of North America.