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ROUTES

Trail Magazine, said of the Sierra de Gredos, "This region to the North-West of Madrid is shockingly overlooked by British walkers. And that's a shame, because it's crammed to the rafters with wildlife and offers some stunning and extremely accessible mountain terrain."

Here are some of the routes we offer, chosen for those who enjoy walking at a leisurely pace while discovering the beauty and distinctive features of new environments.

1. Laguna del Duque

Route Description

A circular walk that takes you to one of the most spectacular and accessible lakes of all those scattered on the impressive, glacial, granite, Gredos massif. It is in fact a man-made lake, with a dam built to channel the water down the gorge towards the hydroelectric station below, where the route starts.

On our way up the lane we follow the tube, with the stream cascading down next to us. On reaching the lake we can walk around its shore and then walk back down, taking a longer, but less steep path over the south side of the granite walls. Spectacular in May when the yellow broom is in flower.

2. Camino del Asentadero / Bosque de los Espejos

Route Description

Circular route in the Sierra de Francia. This is one of several routes in this area where a number of artists have added sculptures along the way, giving an interesting touch to an already beautiful walk.

It follows ancient paths which have been adapted for walkers, easily accessed and signposted. The track goes through beautiful oak and chestnut tree woods and man made, terraced hills with olive trees and vines.

Extra activities

If we have time, we can do an olive oil tasting or visit the village of Mogarraz.

3. Ruta de Los Pilones/Garganta de los infiernos

Route Description

This route starts and ends at the Garganta de los Infiernos visitor's centre and it is probably the most popular in the valley. The landscape is beautiful, surprising you along the way.

'Los pilones' is an impressive group of natural swimming pools carved by the water and conected by waterfalls.

In May the cherry trees are still in flower on the higher slopes and it is worth enjoying the sight

Extra activity

We can visit a cherry tree plantation with a guided cherry picking and tasting.

Duration: 4 hours approx, distance: 9 Km , climb: 200m

4. Chorrero del Lanchón

Description

Easy out and return to 'El Chorrero del Lanchón', a 80m waterfall on a vertical granite wall. It is the first leg of a more demanding trek up to 'Laguna de los Caballeros'.

Most of the route goes along the gorge, high above the river, with very scenic views of the Barco range.

5. Laguna Grande

Description

This is the classic Gredos route. It is an out and return, with a steady climb all the way up to the summit of Barrerones. Here the descent to the lagoon starts, giving the best views of the central Gredos glacial bowl.

So many people walk along its track that it had to be surfaced with wood and stones. It is the most demanding of the suggested routes, but worth the effort.

We can make it shorter by turning back at Barrerones, avoiding the descent to the lagoon and the extra climb on the way back.

6. Senda del Rey

Description

One way walk, mostly downhill and flat tracks. It follows a path that the king used to take on his hunting trips. He stayed in the Gredos hunting lodge, where the walk starts.

The first part of the walk is through forest with very ancient trees and then along the Tormes river. It ends in the Gredos Visitor Centre.

Extra activities

We can visit the museum and have a coffee in the king's old hunting lodge.

7. Balcón de Gredos desde Lastra del Cano

Description

A walk along the top of the Lastra ridge, with excellent views of the Gredos main range. There is a gentle, steady climb initially and then it is mainly flat and downhill.

The first part up to the fire watch tower is through pine tree plantations and broom and descending from the summit it is a thick, Spanish holm oak orest.

There are 360º views of the whole range and the scents are fantastic in may.

Extra Activities:

Visit to a local cider factory in Hermosillo.

8. El Castañar-Candelario

Description

A one way walk starting near the monastery of El Castañar in Bejar and finishing in the village of Candelario.

It provides fantastic views over the Bejar mountain range passing the reservoir of Navamuño and through the oak forests that surround Candelario.

One of the most touristic and best preserved villages in Castilla, it is well worth a visit at the end of the walk.

9. Cultural Trip Salamanca

Suggested Route

We start on the south side of the river, crossing over the Roman Bridge and into town.

First we visit the University building and both cathedrals, stopping at the Ieronimus exhibition, a walk on top of the towers with access to the interior aisles.

We move on towards the Shell house and the Catholic University or 'Pontificia', walking down into the Main square. We can walk around the busy streets that surround the square and have lunch in one of the bars.

After lunch we can visit 'Las Dueñas' nuns convent and 'Los Dominicos' church. On the way back we can stop at the Calixto y Melibea gardens and the Art Decó 'Casa Lis' museum.

Click to select a route!

  • 1. Laguna del Duque
  • 2. Camino del Asentadero
  • 3. Ruta de Los Pilones
  • 4. Chorrero del Lanchón
  • 5. Laguna Grande
  • 6. Senda del Rey
  • 7. Balcón de Gredos
  • 8. El Castañar - Candelario
  • 9. Cultural Trip Salamanca

Route Facts

  • Duration: 3 hrs approx.
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Climb: 250m
  • Location: Sierra de Bejar, South side.
  • Nearest village: Solana de Avila
  • Drive from hotel to start point: 15 min.
  • Landscape: Great views, flowers,old hydroelectric station, cliffs,lake, waterfalls, moors,woods.

Route Facts

  • Duration: 4 hrs approx.
  • Distance: 8.5 km
  • Climb: 250m
  • Location: Sierra de Francia
  • Nearest village: Sequeros / San Martín del Castañar / Casas del Conde
  • Drive from hotel to start point: 1 hour
  • Landscape: Hills, lush vegetation, picturesque villages, woods, fruit trees, terraces, sculptures, traditional architecture.

Route Facts

  • Duration: 3 hrs approx.
  • Distance: 5.5 Km
  • Climb: 270 metres
  • Location: Valle del Jerte, Garganta de los Infiernos
  • Nearest village: Jerte
  • Drive from hotel to start point: 20 min.
  • Landscape: Woods, cherry trees, rivers, rock formations, cliffs, mountain views, waterfalls, spectacular scenery.

    Route Facts

  • Duration: 4 hrs approx
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Climb: 200m
  • Location: Sierra de Gredos- Garganta de los Caballeros
  • Nearest village: Navalguijo
  • Drive from hotel to start point: 15 min.
  • Landscape: Mountain gorge, rocky outcrops, woods, river, waterfall, old village.

Route Facts

  • Duration: 5 hrs approx. (shorter version 4 hrs)
  • Distance: 11 km (shorter version 8 km)
  • Climb: 600m (shorter version 400m)
  • Location: Sierra de Gredos
  • Nearest village: Hoyos del Espino
  • Drive from hotel to start point: 35 min.
  • Landscape: Mountain peaks, rocky outcrops, glacial valleys, mountain creeks, alpine meadows, wild goats, glacial lagoon, dramatic scenery.

Route Facts

  • Duration: 3 hrs approx.
  • Distance: 8.5 km
  • Descent: 200m
  • Location: Sierra de Gredos- Parador de Gredos-Tormes river
  • Nearest village: Navarredonda de Gredos/Hoyos del Espino
  • Drive from hotel to start point: 30min.
  • Landscape: Mountain views, pine tree woods, river, waterfalls, museum, historic places.

Route Facts

  • Duration: 3 hrs 30 min. approx.
  • Distance: 8 Km
  • Climb: 240m
  • Location: Sierra de Gredos
  • Nearest village: Start: Lastra del Cano / End: Hermosillo
  • Drive from hotel to start point: 20min.
  • Landscape: Mountains scenery, pine tree woods, and holm oak woods, lavender fields, rocky outcrops, lots of vultures.

Route Facts

  • Duration: 3 hrs 30 min. approx.
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Climb: 240m
  • Location: Sierra de Béjar
  • Nearest village: Candelario
  • Drive from hotel to start point: 25 min.
  • Landscape: Mountain views, open scenery, deciduos forests, reservoirs, picturesque village.

Route Facts

  • Drive from hotel to start point: 1 hour.
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Monuments to visit: Old and new Cathedrals, Roman bridge, University, Monterrey palace, Shell house, Main Square, Dominicos Church, Dueñas Convent, Calixto y Melibea gardens, Casa Lis, Ieronimus exhibition.