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.
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.
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.
If we have time, we can do an olive oil tasting or visit the village of Mogarraz.
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
We can visit a cherry tree plantation with a guided cherry picking and tasting.
Duration: 4 hours approx, distance: 9 Km , climb: 200m
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.
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.
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.
We can visit the museum and have a coffee in the king's old hunting lodge.
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.
Visit to a local cider factory in Hermosillo.
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.
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.