Los Pilones are a combination of beautiful natural pools, rapids and mini waterfalls all in one. It is about two hours from Salamanca by car – just across the mountains from Béjar.
There is plenty of parking at the bottom of the clearly marked trail. Start the 3 km hike through the luscious green mountains, enjoying the fields of lavender in Spring before enjoying a picnic at Los Pilones.
After lunch continue your hike through the mountains. Continue up following signs to ‘Puente Nuevo’ to extend your hike and enjoyment of the area. Whilst it may be possible to complete a round trip loop back to the start, for our group hiking in April it was not possible. There is a river to cross with no bridge, just rocks to jump between. If the river is low then perhaps it is possible – however for us the one meter, precarious jumps between boulders were not worth the risk. Be very careful – there may be dangerous undercurrents that are stronger than you think!
We turned around after failing to cross the river and returned the same way back. Our 9 or 10 km hike made for a fantastic and beautiful day trip from Salamanca.
Videos of Los Pilones
This is the view from the bridge at the bottom. Your first sight of Los Pilones.
Enjoy your picnic at the top, looking down stream.
Where is Los Pilones? – Map
Another 50 minutes to an hour from Béjar along beautiful country roads. There is no obvious public transport to here, but it may be possible to book onto a Spanish hiking coach tour.
If you don’t have your own transport then consider hiking in Béjar instead which is easily accessible by bus.