Lozoya, Guadarrama, Duratón NEW
Guided walking (2 levels), history, nature - central Spain - small international group
...between the Sierra Norte de Madrid and the altiplano of Segovia...
ONE WEEK Activities:
- walking with a choice of either 4 walks of 3-4 hours and 3 of 1h15-2h15, on occasionally steep and/or stony paths, max. denivellation +250m; or 5 walks of 1h30-3h, denivellations up to +180m
- visits including: three little walled towns, Buitrago de Lozoya and Torrelaguna (Sierra Norte) and Sepúlveda on the Segovia side; the monastery of El Paular and the castle of Turégano, romanesque churches and delightful villages; the world-heritage city of Segovia. Group 8 maximum.
FULL BOARD EXCEPT 3 MEALS in rooms for 2 with private bathrooms: 4 nights in the attractive posada of Serrada de la Fuente, the smallest village of Madrid province, 2 in a comfortable hotel at Sepúlveda (Segovia province) and the last at Segovia.
2022 30 May-6 June.
PRICE 1045 euros per person; obligatory single room supplement 195 euros.
RENDEZVOUS & DISPERSAL at Madrid airport, terminal 4. Choose a flight arriving by 15.00 and departing after 14.00. Contact us if you wish to arrive and depart by bus or train.
Location of this programme:
MONDAY: We arrive in the picturesque village of Serrada de la Fuente and discover the mountain scenery which surrounds it (optional walk). Spectacular sunsets over the Sierra de Guadarrama.
TUESDAY: 'Historical' walk on the trail of the fortifications of the Pinar de Cabezada, site of the front line between Nationalists and Republicans in the Civil War. The Sierra del Rincón, a UNESCO biosphere reserve with abrupt valleys and numerous vultures: choice of short walk or free visit to the village of Puebla de la Sierra (open-air sculptures). The noble capital of the Sierra de Madrid, Torrelaguna (pop. 4700).
WEDNESDAY: Buitrago de Lozoya, walled town and castle on a meander of the River Lozoya, with a unique collection: the works Picasso offered to his barber, a Buitragueño who in turn gave them to his home town. Walking in the bucolic pinewoods surrounding the town. The panoramic Ermita de Nazaret (optional walk).
THURSDAY: The summits of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and the flowery landscapes of the upper Lozoya. The monastery of El Paular.
FRIDAY: Transfer to the elegant little town of Sepúlveda (2 nights) via examples of Segovian rural romanesque and the Roman site of Confloenta. The sabinar of Arcones (choice of longer or shorter walk).
SATURDAY: Exploration of Sepúlveda, perched on a crag overlooking the Duratón gorge. The imposing castle of Turégano and walks of the and the Ermita de San Frutos, a natural observatory for the Duratón gorges and their vultures. Optional walk of the limestone plateau of Caballar.
SUNDAY: Segovia city: its famous Alcázar and Roman aqueduct, and other important but less well-known monuments: romanesque churches, palaces and casas fuertes, the delightful arrabal of San Lorenzo and the extra-mural church of the knights of Malta. A last (optional) walk in a strange country dotted with enormous granite boulders, source of the stone for the aqueduct. Night in the former Royal Monastery of San Antonio, and goodbye dinner with a choice of Segovian specialities such as suckling pig roasted in a wood-fired oven.
MONDAY: Transfer to Madrid.
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