Ermita de San Frutos
This ermita (hermitage) is a monument now. Although it looks intact here, inside you find it has fallen into disrepair over time. The hermitage was build on this narrow peninsula overlooking the canyon of the Duratón River. Protected on three sides by sheer rock faces, it is only accessible over a narrow bridge in front. Below in the river, although you can only see one in this picture, there were upwards of a dozen canoes visible to us as we walked by this spot.

The Duratón River snakes its way back and forth through this countryside cutting a deeper and deeper gorge. From time to time, two loops of the (any) river become joined making a circle. At this time, the river no longer has to go all the way around; thus, as the river cuts a deeper gorge, the unneeded portion (shaped like a sickle) then dries up. Sickle in Spanish is hoz, plural hoces); thus, this area takes its name from this phenomenon: Las Hoces del Río Duratón.

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