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.
SeasonsSeptember 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.
CentresSan Martín de Trevejo, Gata, La Garganta (Hervás), Jerte, Jarandilla de la Vera, Montánchez, Almoharín, Guadalupe, Mérida, Alange, Hornachos, Monesterio.
DifficultyEveryone 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 SeeNorthern 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.
Guidebook to one of Spain's most unspoilt regions, comprising the provinces of Caceres and Badajoz. 32 varied walks of between 6 and 20 km explore the sierras of the region and are suitable for any reasonably fit walker. The book covers The Northern Sierras/System Central (including the Sierra de Gata, Sierra de Bejar, Sierra de Gredos), The Central Sierras/Montes de Toledos, and the Southern Sierras (including the Sierra Morena).
There are detailed route descriptions for each walk, along with clear sketch maps, and information on terrain, refreshments, access and parking. There are also notes on natural and historical information and what to look out for along the way. Walks can be done from a number of bases in the area including San Martín de Trevejo, Gata, Hervas, Jerte, Jarandilla de la Vera, Montanchez, Guadalupe, Almoharin, Merida, Alange, Hornachos and Monesterio.
Lying west of Madrid and east of the Portuguese border, Extremadura is an unspoiled gem perfect for walkers, lovers of nature and seekers of peace. The region brings together rugged mountains, rolling hills, deep river valleys, huge forests and thousands of kilometres of paths, perfect for walking. Apart from its natural wonders and superb birdlife, Extremadura boasts a variety of heritage sites including castles, cave paintings and monasteries.
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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 www.walkingextremadura.com 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.View author profile
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