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The Sierras of Extremadura

32 half and full-day walks in western Spain's hills

Guidebook to Extremadura, one of Spain's most unspoilt regions, comprising the provinces of Caceres and Badajoz. 32 mainly circular walks (6 to 19km) explore Sierras, rolling hills and oak forests criss-crossed by thousands of kilometres of ancient paths. Includes the Jerte Valley, the hill town of Montánchez, Guadalupe and Monesterio.


September to June for the Northern and Central Sierras. There may be snow in December and January in the Northern Sierras. October to May is the best time for the Southern Sierras.


San Martín de Trevejo, Gata, La Garganta (Hervás), Jerte, Jarandilla de la Vera, Montánchez, Almoharín, Guadalupe, Mérida, Alange, Hornachos, Monesterio.


Everyone with a reasonable level of walking fitness can do these walks. All involve ascents and descents but these are walks and not mountain climbs. There is no grading system for the walks - some are very hard but all are achievable.

Must See

Northern Sierras: Pico Jálama, Pico Jañona, Puerto de Castilla, El Chorrituelo de Ovejuela (Extremadura's highest waterfall), La Muela, Cascadas Nogaleas, Los Pilones, Jaranda valley. Central Sierras: Montánchez castle, Cerro San Cristobal, Aljibe on the Sierra de Santa Cruz, Pico Venero, Guadalupe. Southern Sierras: cave paintings, Alange reservoir, Hornachos castle, Pico Tentudía, Tentudía Monastery, Pico Aguafría, Aguafría castle.
2 Oct 2017
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.30cm

A guidebook to 32 walks in the unspoilt mountains of Extremadura in western Spain. Exploring diverse landscapes including La Garganta de los Infiernos Natural Park and the Sierra de Gata, Montes de Toledo and Sierra Morena, all of the routes involve some ascent but none require mountaineering skills.

Walks range from 6 to 19km (4–12 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–6 hours. Some can be linked to create longer routes of up to 28km (17 miles).

  • Clear route description with 1:50,000 mapping
  • GPX files available to download
  • Information on refreshments, access, parking and water sources provided for each route
  • Advice on walking bases
  • Geology, history, plants and wildlife and local points of interest

Table of Contents

By Gisela Radant Wood

Gisela Radant Wood is a walker, writer, photographer, avid reader and passionate about Extremadura. She has lived in the Sierra de Montánchez for the past 10 years, walking there on a regular basis. Home is a finca outside the village of Almoharín with a husband, a dog, seven sheep, occasional lambs, four hens and 150 olive trees. Ten years ago Gisela set up the website and is actively involved in promoting the area as a walking paradise. This is her second book about walking in Extremadura. To her astonishment she has gained the reputation for knowing more about the best places to walk than the locals. Gisela loves the social side to walking with friends in the Almoharín walking group, but, really, prefers the quiet of walking alone in the countryside she loves.

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