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Natural Setting

LAS CASAS DE LA CASCADA are located on the northern slope of the Salvada Mountains, which marks the border between the provinces of Alava and Burgos. It’s an area which is part of the Nature Network 2000, where mountains of over 1000m. mingle with broad valleys.

The landscape is remarkable for the great rocky wall which forms the Sierra Salvada (Salvada Mountains) and for the greenery of the exuberant forests of oak and beech.

In this setting approximately 120 different species of birds, forming the greatest concentration of breeding birds in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. The vulture-lion (Gyps fulvus), the Egyptian vulture (neophron percnopterus), the golden eagle, the peregrine falcon and the red-billed Chough (pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) are some of the most representative species. Outstanding among the animals are the otter, the mink, the marten, the wolf and the Mediterranean horseshoe bat.

Also found in these mountains is the Nervion waterfall which, at 270 m., is the highest in the Iberian Peninsula.

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