Self-Guided Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

Resort: Self-Guided Walking in the Sierra de Gredos
Operator: Exodus
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1075.00

Overview


The Sierra de Gredos is little known, yet it offers some of the finest
walking in Spain.

This region offers a wealth of varied walking routes from your base in the
northern half of the Sierra in the tiny village of Hoyos del Espino, nestled
on the edge of the Gredos Regional Park and against a breathtaking backdrop
of jagged granite peaks. Choose from gentle meadow strolls through the
flower-filled river valleys, or comfortable higher level hikes (the park is
at 1800m), where you’re likely to meet wild goats and spot huge griffon
vultures soaring overhead. In order for you to really get to know the entire
region, we have included detailed route notes for optional day walks in the
southern half of the Sierra; a contrasting cluster of tiny Mediterranean-like
villages tucked away among terraces of olives, figs and vines. The beautiful
historic cities of Avila, Toledo and Salamanca are also easy day trips.

Highlights

* Fabulous walks in undiscovered Spain: mountain vistas, ancient Roman
roads, riverside tracks and authentic villages
* Paradise for bird lovers: woodpeckers, red kites, griffon vultures and
buzzards
* Excellent gastronomic cuisine and superb Spanish wines
* Possible day trips to historic Avila, Toledo and Salamanca; extra nights
in Madrid are also recommended
* Extensive and totally flexible walking

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Hoyos del Espino

Arrive at El Milano Real, your luxurious base for the next 7 nights, tucked
away in the northern foothills of the Sierra de Gredos. Before dinner you
will be welcomed with a glass of champagne and have the opportunity to
discuss your week’s walking options.

Day 2
The Seven Springs Walk

A pine carpeted track takes you first to the peaceful River Tormes then,
ascending gently past wild strawberries and pink crocus, you enjoy incredible
360 degree views of the jagged Gredos mountains. Ibex cluster in the luscious
pastures peppered with springs and fountains.

Day 3
La Laguna Grande

This magnificent walk takes you up to the impressive Laguna Grande set
between the majestic Morezon and Almanzor peaks – the latter being the
highest in the Gredos at 2,592m. The wild and dramatic glacial bowl is a
fantastic picnic spot – look out for sure footed ibex silhouetted against the
skyline. Above, red kites and huge griffon vultures soar on the thermals.

Day 4
Navarredonda 9km/6mi/2.5hr or 16km/10mi/4.5hr

A great day for enjoying the diverse landscapes of the Northern Gredos. Wend
your way across the broom-covered hillsides with long distance views to tiny
white villages nestled in the vines. There are shady pine woods, and
flower-filled meadows where black Avila cattle graze as you pass to reach
idyllic picnic spots by the river.

Day 5
Optional visits to Avila or Salamanca

We’ve left today free for independent exploring, however we strongly
recommend the 50 minute drive to the historic Spanish city of Avila, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Set against a backdrop of the Gredos Mountains, this
walled city – many sections of the walls are still intact – dates back to
11th century, and its 87 towers and 9 gates are the most complete in Spain.
Alternatively, Salamanca, is arguably the country’s most graceful city with
its dual Gothic and Romanesque cathedrals, and is just 90 minutes away.

Day 6
The Morezon 13km/8mi/3.5hr or 14km/9mi/4.5hr

If the skies are clear today, you’ll feel you can see forever! It’s not
unusual to have 70km views south all the way across the plain to the Toledo
Mountains – especially if you climb to the top of the Morezon (2389m). A real
‘on top of the world’ experience shared only with wild goats!

Day 7
Waterfalls and Meadows 14km/9mi/3.5hr or 16km/10mi/4hr

If you choose to stay close to home, today’s relaxed walks explore the valley
of the River Tormes. Look out for dippers as you amble past stunning
waterfalls and through the shady forests and alpine meadows reminiscent of
Switzerland. Alternatively we provide a selection of walks in the southern
Gredos, just a 45-minute drive away.

Day 8
Leave Hoyos del Espino

Leave Hoyos del Espino

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