Route through the Gredos and Monfragüe National Parks

Massif granite rocks, fertile valleys and lush forests can be found in this tour for nature lovers through the lands of Ávila, Cáceres and Toledo.

Days 1 and 2
Sunday and Monday.
This is a trip to enjoy a few days of nature, history, rest... taking as base camp the original establishment of Paradores de Turismo. The Gredos mountain range is a great mass of granite, a natural space considered as the backbone of the Iberian Peninsula. The hotel is the perfect starting point for tours to unique places, such as Puerto del Pico, where you will find one of the best-preserved Roman roads in Spain, and an ideal place to rest and enjoy the gastronomy of the area, famous for its tasty Del Barco beans and the veal steak. In the surrounding area, you can hike through mountain trails, such as the one that will take you to the Circo de Gredos, from where you can see the Pico Almanzor and the Laguna Grande de Gredos. The spot that forms the glacier cirque of the Cinco Lagunas is equally beautiful. The towns that surround the mountains are spread over slopes and valleys, and preserve their popular architecture and rural traditions. There are several routes either on foot or on horseback to enjoy all its natural beauty. If you are lucky, you will see the Spanish wild goat, the true king of the mountain. The amazing Cuevas del Águila are a must-visit, in the beautiful town of Arenas de San Pedro, with spectacular karst formations almost fully accessible. And regarding wonders of nature, you must go up to the Valdevacas Gorge and Las Chorreras, a set of waterfalls, rapids and pools of crystalline water that emerge between huge boulders carved in granite.
Day 3
Tuesday.
We will head south towards the fertile lands of La Vera in Extremadura and its special microclimate. The Parador de Jarandilla, of unparalleled monumentality and beauty, is a very special starting point to discover places such as the Monastery of Yuste, where the Emperor Charles V spent his final days. If you are a nature lover, you can enjoy wonderful places such as Garganta del Jaranda or the Garganta de la Olla, with its natural pools where you can have a swim during the summer, or nearby villages, including Valverde and Villanueva. If you travel at the beginning of the springtime, you will be amazed by the white splendour of the cherry blossoms. Dedicated food lovers can’t leave without trying the Torta del Casar cheese, probably the best cheese in the world and buying the “red gold” of the region: the precious paprika.
Days 4 and 5
Wednesday and Thursday.
Plasencia, located at the end of the fertile Valle del Jerte, is the next stage. This strategic enclave in the Silver Route is a true gift. You will discover remains of the medieval walls, its turrets (there are still 21 of the original 71) and its doors, such as the one of the Sun or the shutter of Santa María. You will stroll through the Plaza Mayor, a major hub of the busy life of the city. In the Town Hall tower, you will find the Abuelo Mayorga, a figure built in the 13th century and one of the symbols of the city. Besides, you will find one of the most representative monumental complexes of the region, formed by the Romanesque Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral, the surroundings of which offer stunning spots. The medieval aqueduct of San Antón, the Bishop's Palace, the Palaces of the Marquesses of Mirabel, Carvajal-Girón, Las Torres and the convent of San Vicente Ferrer are further areas of particular interest in the city. Just over 20 kilometres away, it would be unforgivable not to go to the Monfragüe National Park and its Biosphere Reserve, a true sanctuary for bird watching where Mediterranean forests and the most relevant species of Spanish fauna inhabit. Plasencia is also an excellent starting point to discover the Hurdes, the Sierra de Gata or the Valle del Jerte, with its wonderful springtime, when the cherry blossoms paint the valley in bright white.
Days 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday.
We continue our journey to meet neighbouring Castilla La Mancha, land of plains, wandering knights and vassals. Once in Toledo, Oropesa awaits you, a lively medieval village dotted with monumental convents, churches and palaces. The Parador, already visible from the highway connecting Madrid and Extremadura, is the best example of the monumental and landscape richness of the area. The hotel is a place to relax with views to the Sierra de Gredos and pamper your body with the best Castilian cuisine, including extraordinary game dishes, roasted meats and hand-made cheeses. Finally, sweeten up with the famous marzipans from Toledo.