WALKING HOLIDAYS IN EXTREMADURA:
Sierra de Guadalupe and...

Sierras of Extremadura

Guided walking, history, nature - small international group - western Spain









Extremadura... poor, proud and beautiful: superb scenery and noble, golden stone cities. An intricate mixture of a little of each of Andalusia, Castile and inland Portugal, but with a character all its own.

ONE WEEK Activities: 5 walks of 3h30-6 hours and a short walk, in northern Extremadura and the south of the province of Salamanca, on (sometimes steep and/or stony) footpaths with a few 'off path' sections; visits to Trujillo, El Palancar, Garrovillas, the villages of Las Hurdes and the Sierra de Francia. Denivellations 300-550m a day. Group 10 maximum.

FULL BOARD
in hotels in rooms for two with private bathrooms: 2 nights in the old city of Trujillo and 5 in the tiny hamlet of Riomalo de Abajo. Excellent extremeño cuisine.

PRICE
825 euros per person; single room supplement 135 euros.

DATES (Sunday-Sunday)

2017: 22-29 October.

RENDEZVOUS & DISPERSAL
Trujillo (easily accessible by bus from Madrid; ask us for times; we can also book your tickets in advance and send them to you. If flying to Madrid, you should book a plane arriving by 14.00, and the last day, one departing after 16.00).

Location of this programme:

DAY-TO-DAY
SUNDAY: Evening rendezvous and first night at Trujillo, birthplace of some noted 'Conquistadores'. Stroll through its alleys lined with fortified noble houses in pink granite... with dinner on the Plaza Mayor.

MONDAY: The Monfragüe National Park: introduction to this important nature reserve, which has colonies of griffon and black vultures as well as other raptors and black storks. Afternoon on the Vía de la Plata Roman road and amid the chestnut groves from which fibra de castaño is extracted, then we enter the dramatic landscapes of Las Hurdes, traditionally the poorest area of Spain, where we spend five nights in the tiny hamlet of Riomalo de Abajo.

TUESDAY: Ramble to the striking Meander of the Alagón, an important corridor for birds. After lunch we visit the hidden valleys of the Hurdes Altas for a walk which looks at some of the traditional arquitectura negra.

WEDNESDAY: In the gentler hills of the Sierra de Francia: the Alagón valley, oak forest, vineyards, chestnut groves. Visit to Miranda del Castañar, a fortified village.

THURSDAY: Walking amid the steep slate scenery typical of Las Hurdes near Riomalo. In the afternoon we visit the marvellous valley of Las Batuecas, said by Luis Buñuel to be one of the few earthly paradises he had found.

FRIDAY: Ascent of the Peña de Francia, a quartzite spike of 1732 m/5683 ft, topped by a monastery. Panoramas of all the Central Cordillera summits in clear weather. The charming villages of San Martín del Castañar and Casas del Conde.

SATURDAY: Visits to El Palancar, the world's smallest Christian monastery and Garrovillas village (wonderful Plaza Mayor with its arcades all askew), then a stroll in the unique granite scenery of Los Barruecos. Return to Trujillo for the last evening and night.

SUNDAY: Dispersal at Trujillo bus station.

For another holiday in Extremadura see 'Extremaduran Kaleidoscope'

Ciudad Rodrigo-Arribes del Duero / Ruta del Oro / walking in La Rioja / walking: Andalusia
Albarracín-Cuenca-Teruel / Natural Parks of Old Castile / Mar y Sierra Asturias / Mar y Sierra Cantabria
discovery weeks / Christmas 2017 at Cordoba
New Year 2017-8 at Trujillo
nature rambles / festivals / historical journeys
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Sierra de Guadalupe

Guided walking, history, nature - small international group - west-central Spain




Rising out of the fertile Guadiana plain, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges of the heart of Spain, for which the word sierra [saw] might have been invented! Abundant game and birdlife, particularly the azure-winged magpie, vineyards and an imposing Mudéjar monastery.

ONE WEEK Activities: 6 walks of 3-5 hours on (sometimes steep and/or stony) paths with a few 'off path' sections; visits to Trujillo, Guadalupe and a bodega. Denivellations 200-600m a day. Group 10 maximum.

FULL BOARD
in hotels in rooms for two with private bathrooms, three nights in the old city of Trujillo and four in the mountain inn of Berzocana which combines comfort, rustic charm, a warm welcome and good food.

DATES
(Sunday to Sunday)
2017 available for group bookings at dates to be agreed.

PRICE
on demand, depending on group size.

RENDEZVOUS & DISPERSAL
Trujillo (easily accessible by bus from Madrid; ask us for times; we can also book your tickets in advance. If flying to Madrid, you should book a plane arriving by 14.00, and the last day, one departing after 16.00).

Location of this programme:

DAY-TO-DAY
SUNDAY: Evening rendezvous and first night at Trujillo, with dinner on the Plaza Mayor.

MONDAY: Morning in Trujillo, with ample time to explore the superb old city following our topo-guide. Transfer to Berzocana (4 nights here); exploration of the Valley of the río Berzocana. The lush spring meadows and the statuesque Pyrenean oaks attract our attention, before the walk ends with a surprising view of the village.

TUESDAY: Walk of the Embalse del Cancho del Fresno: splendid views and varied vegetation including pine and oak forests, sweet chestnuts, cork oaks and matorral. Cañamero village, centre of Ribera del Guadiana wine production: works of the well-known ceramist Antonio Martín, and visit to a bodega.

WEDNESDAY: Ruta del Búho: in the vineyards, olive groves, pasturelands and woods of the valley of the river Ruecas.

THURSDAY: The Camino de Isabel la Católica in the steps of pilgrims coming to Guadalupe from the south (including Isabel and Fernando after the fall of Moorish Granada). Wonderful scenery and the Cruz de Andrada, a pathetic reminder of a C19 bandit attack. Arrival at Guadalupe by the viaduct of a railway, built, but never used. Afternoon visit to Guadalupe village and monastery; return by bus.

FRIDAY: Starting from the tiny village of Cabañas del Castillo, we walk among the quartzite canchos of the sawtooth ridges of Las Villuercas. In the afternoon we return to Trujillo via the Llanos de Trujillo, noted for steppe birdlife.

SATURDAY: A day in the Monfragüe National Park: introduction to this important nature reserve, which has big colonies of griffon and black vultures as well as other raptors and black storks. Last night at Trujillo.

SUNDAY: Dispersal at Trujillo bus station.

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