The Sierras of Extremadura
32 half and full-day walks in western Spain's hills
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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.
This guidebook showcases 32 walks exploring the sierras of Cáceres and Badajoz, one of Spain’s least known regions and a gem for walkers and nature lovers. Walks range in length from 6 to 20km are suitable for any reasonably fit walker. They can be done from a number of bases in the area including San Martín de Trevejo, Gata, Hervás, Jerte, Jarandilla de la Vera, Montánchez, Guadalupe, Almoharín, Mérida, Alange, Hornachos and Monesterio.
Each walk is accompanied by a sketch map and detailed route description, as well as notes on the terrain, refreshments available and access. Background information about the area and the many interesting sites passed along the route combine to give an invaluable guide to an unspoilt and peaceful region.
Extremadura is one of the most untouched regions of Spain, a delightful mix of rugged mountain ranges, gently rolling hills, deciduous forests, deep river valleys, olive groves and shady pastures, all criss-crossed by thousands of paths. Superb birdlife and a variety of heritage sites, from cave paintings to monasteries, add to this region’s charms.
Geography and geology
Animals and birds
Flowers and plants
When to go
Bases and accommodation
Food and drink
What to take on a walk
Health and emergencies
Using this guide
The Northern Sierras: The Sistema Central
Sierra de Gata
Walk 1 San Martín de Trevejo and the Sierra de Eljas
Walk 2 Pico Jálama
Walk 3 Puerto de Castilla and Pico Jañona
Walk 4 Castillo de Almenara and the Sierra de las Jañonas
Walk 5 Robledillo de Gata and Ovejuela
Sierra de Béjar
Walk 6 La Garganta and El Nevero
Walk 7 La Muela and the forest track
Walk 8 The valley route to La Muela
Sierra de Gredos
Walk 9 Cascadas Nogaleas in the Montes de Tras la Sierra
Walk 10 Los Pilones and Puente Sacristán
Walk 11 Jerte to Puente Nuevo in the Sierra de Tormantos
Walk 12 Puente los Papúos in the Montes de Tras la Sierra
Walk 13 The Jaranda valley
Walk 14 Guijo de Santa Bárbara and El Trabuquete
The Central Sierras: The Montes de Toledo
Sierra de Montánchez
Walk 15 Arroyomolinos
Walk 16 Torre de Santa María to Montánchez
Walk 17 Torre de Santa María and the mills
Walk 18 The oak woods of Zarza de Montánchez
Walk 19 Almoharín and the Sierra de San Cristobal
Walk 20 The Sierra de los Alijares
Walk 21 The Sierra de Santa Cruz
Sierra del Campillo and the Sierra de Juncaldilla
Walk 22 Garganta de Cuernacabras
Sierra de Guadalupe
Walk 23 Garciaz and Pico Venero
Walk 24 Cabañas de Castillo to Navezuelas
Walk 25 Navezuelas to Guadalupe
Sierra de la Pela
Walk 26 Orellana de la Sierra
The Southern Sierras
Sierra de Peñas Blancas and Sierra de Juan Bueno
Walk 27 La Zarza
Sierra Grande de Hornachos
Walk 28 Hornachos
Walk 29 Cabeza la Vaca and the Sierra de Buitrera
Walk 30 Monasterio de Tentudía and Pico Tentudía
Walk 31 Forest circuit in the Sierra Tudía y Sus Faldas
Walk 32 Alto de Aguafría and the Sierra de Aguafría
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Link route summary table
Appendix C Additional waymarked routes in the area
Appendix D Useful contacts
Appendix E Glossary
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Extremadura is a delightful area to visit and explore.
Extremadura is a delightful area to visit and explore. I know because I have enjoyed several walking holidays in the region. So Gisela Radant Wood’s book on Walking the Sierras of Extremadura is a very welcome addition to the somewhat limited guides (in English) on the region. I love her tempting introduction (’....snow-capped mountains which puncture the blue sky...’) and I vouch for its accuracy. This neat compact book contains 32 varied walks and the author shares her wealth of regional knowledge with plenty of useful additional information with the visitor. It is also well-illustrated making it a must-have for anyone who wants to maximise their experiences and enjoyment when exploring this delightfully unique and unspoilt part of Spain.
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