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donkey trekkingDonkey trekking family trail, 5 days

LeisureDifficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Category: Donkey trekking, self-guided
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
  • Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October

Self-guided, easy-moderate level walking trail for the family.

  • Walking in the company of a donkey will make the children go a lot further without complaints!
  • Delightful walks along beautiful countryside in Guadarrama National Park.
  • Stunning traditional villages.
  • Area of special protection for wildlife.
  • One night in medieval town of Pedraza.
  • Possible extension to visit Segovia, World Heritage Site.

Experience a relaxing walking tour following in the footsteps of shepherds, with stops each night at a different small rural hotel. All this along the northern slopes of the Guadarrama National Park, an area renowned for its wildlife and stunning scenery.


This holiday takes place in the province of Segovia, one of the 9 provinces that make up the autonomous region of Castile and Léon. Just an hour north of Madrid by car, the area is heavily influenced by the proximity of the capital; Madrileños come here to relax, eat out and unsurprisingly, purchase second homes in some of the prettiest villages.

This route links 4 different but typical villages of the Sierra; the mountain village of Navafria, gateway to the pine-clad Sierra de Guadarrama; Requijada – a sleepy village of the central meseta where many of the streets are still unpaved, Pedraza, a perfect example of a mediaeval Castilian village, and Gallegos, a quiet village in a strategic position. The route is very varied; crossing open expanses of granite strewn tablelands, grass covered steppes, stands of juniper and oak forest, through delightful wooded river valleys and between honey coloured limestone outcrops. The whole journey is framed by the soft peaks of the Guadarrama mountain range - often snow-capped until mid-May.


Which airport should I fly to? Madrid International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point?  Catch an AVE (High Speed Train) from Madrid to Segovia (12,20€, takes 25mins). From here we take you to the starting point for free (30 min private transfer)

How do I get back? Again, we´ll include the final transfer from Gallegos to Segovia for free so that you can catch an AVE (High Speed Train) back into Madrid (12,20€, takes 25mins).

Day 1: Arrival to Navafria

Arrival at the quaint mountain village of Navafría on the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. This being Spain, you will have time for a swim in the local natural pool and a walk before dinner.

Day 2: Navafria to Requijada

You meet your donkey and are shown how to handle and look after him and then set off along the "Cañada Real Segoviana", ancient drove road towards the small village of Requijada. Today’s walk takes you along & above the River Cega, crossing it at a lovely old bridge to pass through the village of Valle de San Pedro. You rise up to the ruined church of San Justo y Pastor, standing alone on a hill to then drop down through the tiny hamlet of La Mata. From here an old drovers’ trail will lead you along a very picturesque route into Requijada.
15 Km 

Day 3: Requijada to Pedraza

A tiny country road drops you down in just 2km to the river valley you crossed yesterday. From here you wind along a flat shelf of land to regain yesterday’s pretty bridge. (The only other bridge – north of Requijada - would mean more kilometres on a busy road.) A second bridge over a tributary leads you winding up into the hills, where you pick up a drovers’ trail to reach a large cattle ranch. By dirt road you are greeted with outstanding views of the honey coloured hill village of Pedraza, before descending to cross the River Vadillo beneath the limestone cliffs. A short ascent brings you to this perfectly preserved village.
14 Km 

Day 4: Pedraza to Gallegos

One last day of gentle walking along the drove road, with spectacular views of the nearby Guadarrama Mountains to the South until you reach the quiet village of Gallegos. Leaving Pedraza past the old monastery, today’s walk follows newly built tracks in stunning landscapes, offering excellent views of Pedraza in the distances and the villages on the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains ahead of you. You will pass through two very quaint villages with bar/restaurant where you will be able to stop for a drink or some food along the way. 
12 Km 

Day 5: Departure or extra nights

Return home or extra nights in Segovia or Madrid. 


A mountain village house, renovated in rustic style. 14 magnificent bedrooms decorated with love. Restaurant, gardens, comfortable living rooms. A friendly Spanish family from the village run this hotel very well indeed. Nearby natural swimming pool in the river Cega.

Away from the crowds Away from the crowds


Traditional building in an isolated village of extraordinary beauty. Only four double rooms with all the creature comforts and decorated to a high standard with a lot of attention to detail. Own restaurant and outdoor swimming pool. English spoken.

Away from the crowds Away from the crowds


Located in the beautifully preserved medieval town of Pedraza, this rural hotel combines comfort with old Castilian rustic style. Ten very comfortable rooms and dining room, beautiful inner courtyard and bar. English not spoken, but friendly staff very willing to understand.

Away from the crowds Away from the crowds


Small rural hotel full of character. Eleven comfortable bedrooms imaginatively decorated. Common areas include dining room, living room, terrace and gardens. Excellent host who speaks English. Small outdoor swimming pool.

Away from the crowds Away from the crowds


  • Price: 444€ per adult.
  • Adults or children in single room: 517€ (per person)
  • Solo traveller price: 596€
  • 1st child in family room: 283€ 
  • 2nd child in family room: 253€ 
  • Child sharing double room with single parent (price per child): 422€ 
  • 2 children in their own double room: 332€ per child
  • 3 children in their own triple room:  316€ per child
  • Donkey Hire: 125€
What´s included?
  • 4 nights accommodation in family-friendly small rural hotels (2 with own swimming pools and two near pools).
  • Free transfers between Segovia and the walking area (30mins)
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches and 3 dinners.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
  • Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
  • Emergency support.
  • Activity insurance.
  • Donkey hire (3 days).

Gordito our donkeys 02 Ligoncete

Galindo, Ligoncete, Marina, Gordito, Madrileño… Our donkeys live in the Guadarrama Mountains and are experienced trekking companions. They are tall donkeys of a Spanish race called Zamorano: docile, tranquil animals of unexpected intelligence! You will be surprised at how well they keep a good pace and how they can carry the children without complaint!

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Donkey family trail, 5 days

Adults and children in their own twin room

Single rooms

Adults or children in single room (per person): 517€

1st Child in family room

1st child in family room: 283€

2nd Child in family room

2nd and other children: 253€

Double Room

Children in their own double room (price per child): 332€

Triple Room

Children in their own triple room (price per child): 316€

1 child and 1 parent party

Child sharing double room with single parent (price per child): 422€

Donkey Hire

Donkey Hire (3 days): 125€

Transfer Segovia to Navafría (free)

Transfer Segovia to Navafria (up to 6 persons per taxi): FREE

Transfer Gallegos to Segovia (free)

Transfer Gallegos to Segovia (up to 6 persons per taxi): FREE

Transfer Madrid city or airport to Navafria

Transfer Madrid-Navafria (up to 4 persons per taxi): 150€

Transfer Gallegos to Madrid city or airport

Transfer Gallegos-Madrid (up to 4 persons per taxi): 150€

Madrid city centre, 3 star hotel

Extra night in Madrid (price per single room): Price on asking.

Madrid city centre, 3 star hotel

Extra night in Madrid (per double or twin room): Price on asking.

Madrid city centre, 3 star hotel

Extra night in Madrid (per triple room): Price on asking.

Madrid city centre, 3 star hotel

Extra night in Madrid (per cuadruple room): Price on asking.

Segovia city centre hotel

Extra night in Segovia (per single room): Price on asking.

Segovia city centre hotel

Extra night in Segovia (per double or twin room): Price on asking.

Segovia city centre hotel

Extra night in Segovia (per triple room): Price on asking.

Segovia city centre hotel

Extra night in Segovia (per cuadruple room): Price on asking.

interroacion Difficulty



  • EASY: The route is almost exclusively through valleys and along rivers with no significant ascents.



  • EASY/MODERATE: Predominantly flat route with a few small ascents each day.



  • MODERATE: Undulating / hilly terrain with perhaps three ascents per day.


moderado plus

  • MODERATE+: Longer distances and hilly terrain, with perhaps four ascents per day.



Emma Bate
Dear Away from te crowds- we had an absolutely super time ! Our donkey, Gordy, was so good and we all fell in love with him ! The maps and instructions were particularly helpful and we loved the places we stayed in. In particular , the place in gallegos was very beautiful and we had a superb meal on their beautiful verander – it was a real highlight. Please pass on our comments to them. The lady in pradena was very sweet and cooked us a lovely breakfast and padrazza was a beautiful hotel too.
We will certainly recommend you to all our friends.
Photos to follow
Kind regards
Fleet, UK

Sarag Owen

Dear Away From The Crowds,

I just wanted to write to say a BIG thank you to you all for such a fabulous trekking experience with our loveable rogue ‘Gordito’. Whilst the weather may not have been the best it didn’t dampen our spirits or spoil the time that we had. Gordito was sure footed and an absolute delight. It is something that will go down in the memory book, literally! The places we stayed were well chosen, the people whom we met so friendly and helpful and the service from your team was super efficient. We certainly were Away From The Crowds and we loved it! We hope to be back!!

Once again, thank you all so much for a fabulous time.

Kind regards,

Sarah Owen, Northamptonshire, UK

Lena Dahlberg
Donkey walking – what a great idea! It works for the whole family (aged 5 to 74!). Galindo (the donkey) made it possible for us parents to do a proper walk for once, while our little boy was super excited about riding and feeding him (and has now shown photos of Galindo to all his friends at nursery). All the practical arrangements were well looked after in a friendly manner, hotels and meals were uniformly of a good standard, arranged transfers were bang on time, and our individual requests (e.g., extra days in Pradena and Segovia) were swiftly sorted. We warmly recommend this holiday to all our friends. Thanks for a fantastic week!

Sharon Richenberg
We had such a wonderful holiday in the summer, and have recommended you to all our friends. Our daughter Jemima, continues to pine for Galindo (her bedroom wall is adorned with his photos) so we may return for another donkey walking holiday.

Joanna Marshall-Casson
What a lovely donkey trekking holiday we are having in northern Spain with an 11 and 13 year old staying in lovely places on the way. Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality.

CO2 footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 0,2589 tonnes of CO2. (The calculation includes taxis, luggage transfers and accommodation for every traveller).

We will compensate the CO2 footprint for each booking through tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the CeroCO2 platform.

Additionally, you can also offset your own flight emissions here:


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