Thousands of sheep in Madrid City Center. Transhumance celebration

Thousands of sheep in Madrid City Center. Transhumance celebration
Ignacio Zara

Transhumance celebration. Yesterday, October 6 2013, Madrid celebrated an original feast day. As every year, Spanish capital recalls its origins, those medieval times when they lived by the wool of Merino sheep.


Transhumance celebration in Madrid, Spain. Photo attribution Cristina, Lady Madonna

Yes, until the 19th century, a powerful organization of farmers, La Mesta, controlled the major roads of Spain: the Real Glens. And of course, these glens had been specifically built for transhumance.

One of the still most important streets in Madrid, Alcala street (calle de Alcalá) in the city center, it was a Real Glen and in spite that currently, the street is full of cars and shops, Alcala street is a Real glen.

Every year, farmers around Spain move to Alcala street with their cattle and horses.

Alcala street is near the Prado Museum and it’s funny to see how tourists love to join the tender animals. ‘Tomorrow, we can go to the Prado Museum, this celebration is much more typical.’

Remember, if you have the chance, next year join the Transhumance celebration.

Have a nice day Yareah friends. Art is everywhere!

Video. Transhumance feast in Madrid yesterday:

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