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.
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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. Ten years ago Gisela set up the website www.walkingextremadura.com and is actively involved in promoting the area as a walking paradise.View author profile
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