The now mythical José Antonio Labordeta toured this region of Cáceres, and a report for the less mythical series ‘Un país en la mochila’ (A country in the rucksack) is on record
It was at the beginning of the 90s of the last century when José Antonio Labordeta embarked on a tour of those Spanish regions most attractive to the eye. One of his choices was La Vera, in the north of the province of Cáceres.
At the beginning of the 1990s, the multifaceted José Antonio Labordeta embarked on the adventure of travelling through the lands of Spain with a backpack on his shoulder. That already mythical TVE series could not have been better named: A country in the rucksack.
One of the programmes of its first season – it had two – was dedicated to the region of La Vera in Cáceres; in which he toured some of the towns that form part of our network of routes, such as Jaraíz de la Vera, Pasarón de la Vera or Garganta la Olla, before visiting the Monastery of Yuste, where the Emperor Charles V died on September 21, 1558.
This is a programme worth watching to realise how much time has passed and how much those villages have evolved, as well as the others that Labordeta also visited – Villanueva, Valverde and Guijo de Santa Barbara. But also to see how the essence remains, how the flavour of those villages – and of the whole region – remains intact.
A region with a lot to offer and with places, traditions and people still to be discovered. José Antonio Labordeta only showed its surface area. The rest is still to be discovered… And it is an experience that has to be enjoyed completely, and then also told.
And if you want to remember the whole programme, here it is (in Spanish 🇪🇸).