Canchos de Ramiro is a place of community importance in Extremadura located in the Extremadura province of Cáceres. They are part, together with the Aceña del tío Jeromo, from the central part of the San Pablo mountain range. The entire San Pablo mountain range is considered ZEPA zones (Special Protection Area for Birds). Together with La Cachorrilla and Aceña del tío Jeromo they form an area of the 170 ZEPA zones in Spain and 650 of all Europe. The area occupied by the “Canchos de Ramiro” and the “Ladronera” form a natural area protected from the total of Protected Natural Spaces of the “Red Natura 2000” of Extremadura.
As the birds of Europe are part of a common European heritage, they are also the responsibility of the Community to preserve them, which is why the Council of the European Communities adopted in 1979 the Directive (79/409 / EEC) on the conservation of wild birds. In this area there are abundant eagles, griffon vultures and smaller birds of prey.
In the Canchos there are two tributaries of El Tajo: its longest tributary, the Alagón River, and the Arrago. After having done most of its journey along the Alagón Valley, it pours its waters into the Tagus River in the Alcántara reservoir. In Canchos de Ramiro, which has slopes of Mediterranean forest, you can see abrupt cliffs on which birds of prey nest and fly, griffon vultures, etc. The river, which flowed with enormous strength and constant flow, as well as the impressive waterfall called “El salto del Caballo” – in the steepest part of the Canchos de Ramiro – and the Ribera forests were lost with the construction of the dam of Alcantara.