Natural Parks of Old Castile
A little-known part of Spain, with rivers, lakes, verdant scenery and breezy summits, ideal for walking in the summer!
Guided walking, history, nature - small international group - north-central Spain
In the steps of Celtiberians, Visigoths, El Cid, Al-Mansûr and Machado, we explore the present and past of the Duero and Ebro rivers of Soria and Burgos: the mountains and villages of the roots of Old Castile!
ONE WEEK Activities: exploration of old Castile: 5 mountain walks of 2h30-4h30 and two days with shorter walks (1h30), on (occasionally steep and/or stony) paths with a few 'off path' sections; denivellations of up to +450m/day; visits to many picturesque villages and historical sites lost in the countryside. Group 10 maximum.
FULL BOARD in hotels, in rooms for two (private bathrooms): 4 nights at Trespaderne; 3 at Quintanar de la Sierra. Both villages have swimming pools where you can have a refreshing bathe at the end of the day (bathing cap obligatory).
2018 29 August-5 September.
PRICE 825 euros per person; single room supplement 135 euros.
RENDEZVOUS Bilbao airport in the afternoon - choose a flight arriving before 14.00.
DISPERSAL Bilbao airport in the late morning - choose a flight departing after 14.00.
Please consult us if you wish to arrive by coach, train or car.
Location of this programme:
WEDNESDAY: Transfer to Trespaderne in the Merindades Natural Park (4 nights). Oña abbey and the Oca gorge, with the never-completed Santander-Mediterranean railway.
THURSDAY: Walks of Cillaperlata, along the banks of the Nela and the Ebro, and of Fontecha, with a surprising canal and rock-cut tombs. The delightful village of Frías with its spectacularly-set castle.
FRIDAY: The fantastic limestone gorge scenery and the griffon vultures of the Cañones del Ebro... walk from picturesque Valdelateja by a path which dominates the Rudrón canyon, to San Felices.
SATURDAY: The strangely-situated Romanesque chapel of San Pantaleón, then Valdivielso: in search of some surprising Roman, Visigothic and Romanesque remains. The Roman road of the ridge of the Sierra de Miravacas, with views of the undulating crests of the Merindades and the windswept plateau of the Páramo de Masa.
SUNDAY: Poza de la Sal, one of the world's most important salt diapires we explore the unique landscape and salt pans. Travelling south we visit quaint Covarrubias with its half-timbered houses and Visigothic Quintanilla de las Viñas, before arriving at Quintanar de la Sierra, our base for 3 nights.
MONDAY: The remarkable landscapes of the Lagunas de Neila. Exploration of the mysterious Mozarabic sites in the forest around Quintanar de la Sierra.
TUESDAY: Superb ascent of the Pico de Urbión (2229 m/7313 ft), one of the highest peaks of the Northern Iberian mountains and the source of the río Duero.
WEDNESDAY: Transfer to Bilbao airport.
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