The dehesa

Last natural Mediterranean forest

The most beautiful ecosystem of the Iberian landscape

Last natural Mediterranean forest

The dehesa, the last natural Mediterranean forest, is one of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Iberian landscape. This is where our Iberian pigs are reared and fattened, surrounded by ancient oaks and cork oaks, which produce acorns, and enveloped by the aromas of rock rose, heather, mastic, juniper and rosemary. An endless mosaic of grasslands showing every shade of green in autumn and winter, multi-coloured in spring, and resplendent with ochre, yellow and brown colours in summer.

Human interaction is kept to a minimum in this natural setting. Stone walls separate the hedges or enclosures; Trees are pruned and new Holm oak and cork oak fields are posted. This ensures the survival of this unique environment.

Señorio de Montanera includes more than 60,000 hectares of dehesa, which serve as a natural setting for the rearing of pure Iberian pigs, who yield the very best Spanish Iberico ham, with a quality guaranteed by the Dehesa de Extremadura Designation of Origin.

About the dehesa de extremadura

Dehesa de Extremadura
Sierra de San Pedro Sierra de Hornachos Sierra de Jerez Sierra Morena Monfragüe y Valle del Alagón Montánchez y Llanos de Trujillo


Sierra de San Pedro

Located between the Tagus and Guadiana valleys, low-altitude mountain ranges that are a natural paradise for Iberian pigs, wild boars and deer.


Sierra de Hornachos

Espacios singulares, con una densidad de arbolado cambiante y disposiciones de las serranías arbitrarias y caprichosas.


Sierra de Jerez

This region is home to most of the acorn-fed Iberian pigs and entails the largest mass of quercine trees in the entire Iberian Peninsula.

Sierra Morena

Sierra Morena

Extraordinarily broken dehesas with abundant Portuguese oaks (Quercus faginea), cork oaks and Holm oaks.

Monfragüe y Valle del Alagón

Monfrague y Valle de Alagón

Neighbouring the Monfragüe National Park, where cork oaks and endangered species abound.

Montánchez y Llanos de Trujillo

Montánchez y Llanos de Trujillo

In the middle of Extremadura, pigs coexist with merino sheep between oak, fig and extensive natural grasslands.

The privileged ecosystem of the Dehesa de Extremadura

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