Garded by the castle, the arches of this beautiful Medieval bridge span over the small Arenal river, a tributary of the Tiétar. It offers one of the most beautiful panoramas in Arenas de San Pedro.
Although the castle was erected by the countstable Don Ruiz López Dávalos, it was later taken by the Pimentel family. One of the women of the family, Doña Juana de Pimentel, received the castle from her parent, the Count of Benavente, as a wedding gift when she married the Countstable don Álvaro de Luna, who happened to be the favourite adviser of the Castillian king. Unfortunately the Countstable became excluded from the king's confidence and was eventually beheaded.
The Countess was expropriated from all their possessions, except this castle. She mourned her husband for the rest of her life and signed all her documents with the pseudonim "la triste Condesa" or the sad Countess.
The main attraction in Sands of Saint Peter is the castle, today in ruinous condition, which is popularly known as the castle of the Sad Countess. It used to guard the Medieval bridge on the Arenal River.
Always changing accoding to the seasons, the surrounding Gredos mountains are the highest in the Central Spanish divisory range. A bit of luck and patience will be enough for spotting herds of mountains goats. Otherwise the herds of cattle roaming free in the meadows will make your day.
Favorite thing: On the contrary, the further you go, the more bucolic the town and its environment become. Take a detour in your route, climb one of the surrounding mountains and enjoy the view.
The site of Arenas de San Pedro is magnificent: clustered in a valley surrounded by forests and the high peaks of Gredos.
Most of the buildings are modern, with several storeys and, in the last years, a lot of standardised single family holiday homes have been built in the surroundings. But fortunately, this urbanistic mistakes can be hardly appreciated from the distance.