Salamanca Hiking Routes: Candelario
Candelario is one of my favourite, a lovely town near Salamanca. It is declared as "Conjunto Historico" just like La Alberca and thanks to its beauty, it is on the list of the most beautiful towns in Spain  We went to Candelario on a rainy Saturday to walk around it. It was my third time in the town. I knew the centre of the town, with its decorated houses, interesting doors, narrow streets, surprising and endless fountains waiting for you on every corner but I did not have chance to enjoy what its nature offers. Salamanca and its surroundings have arid and steppe vegetation but after an hour of travel to Candelario, Bejar, green becomes the most dominant colour.
There are many hiking routes to enjoy this nature  and I think tourism office of Candelario has done a good job with this web page, it is well prepared, easy to understand and very detailed. You can see there are eleven different routes. Due to limited time and weather conditions, we took the shortest route, R09. You start just in the centre of town, walk around it and cross a small forest of pinus sylvestris (EN: Scots pine TR: Sarıçam) trees. Thanks to the drops of the first rain of autumn 2020, we could see the color of everything clearer. It did not take more than two hours, even though we took it easy. I leave the rest to the short video I made from that day.
- I have learned after this route: hiking and trekking are different things. While trekking refers mostly to the routes which take longer than a day, it seems like it is about surviving, hiking is usually some hours, a day tops. Hiking is senderismo and trekking is excursionismo in Spanish.
- There is a cool application that you can use to detect the trees in Iberian peninsula. I found it when I wondered the kind of a tree I saw on the way. It is super useful for someone who is curious about the identity of the trees around. http://www.arbolapp.es