- Difficulty: Leisure
- Category: Donkey trekking, self-guided
- Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
Self-guided, donkey trekking trail for grown-ups.
- Walking in the company of a donkey who will carry your luggage.
- Charming rural hotels along the way for you and an obliging field for your donkey nearby, each night.
- Delightful walks along beautiful countryside in Guadarrama National Park.
- Stunning traditional villages.
- Area of special protection for wildlife.
- One night in Segovia (World Heritage Site) and the medieval town of Pedraza.
In the footsteps of shepherds.
This is an exceptional walking tour. Trekking with a docile and intelligent donkey is an experience like no other. These loveable animals will make this wonderful walking tour a truly unforgettable one.
The tour starts in the World Heritage City of Segovia where you spend the first night. After a private transfer and briefing, you will meet your donkey and be taught how to load your luggage, feed, water and lead and look after him or her.
The walking takes place along a section of the ancient drover´s way known as the “Cañada Real Soriana Occidental”, a protected strip of countryside (90 meters wide) crossing the Spanish landscape for 700kms, from Soria on the North East to Badajoz in the South West.
Since medieval times, when wool was a precious commodity, huge flocks of sheep have travelled south each autumn in search of milder weather and fresh pastures and back to the North to spend the summer months.
All this along the northern slopes of the Guadarrama Nature Reserve, an area renowned for its wildlife and stunning scenery. Your donkey will carry your things from hotel to hotel on sacks provided. We can store your airplane suitcase until you finish the trek.
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 30 mins). From here we take you to the starting point for free
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 30mins).
Day 1: Arrival to Segovia
This walking tour begins in the monumental city of Segovia. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, you will spend the first night in the city and have a chance to explore its many historic jewels.
Day 2: Casla to Arcones
You will have a private transfer and brefing in the morning to take you up to the village of Arcones. Here you will meet your donkey and be shown how to load the luggage, and look after your donkey. You will then set off for your first walk along the foothills.
Day 3: Arcones to Navafria
Today your walk will take you along the ancient drover´s trail once again. The trail takes along the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountain Range, now a National Park. You and your donkey will get to know each other better today and find your pace.
Day 4: Navafria to Pedraza
Today’s walk takes you away from the drover´s trail and 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 a path will lead you along a very picturesque route into Requijada.
Day 5: Requijada to Pedraza
A tiny country road drops you down to the river valley you crossed yesterday. From here you wind along a flat shelf of land which leads you winding up into the hills, where you pick up a trail with outstanding views of the honey coloured medieval village of Pedraza. A short ascent brings you to this perfectly preserved medieval village.
Day 6: Pedraza to Gallegos
One more 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.
Day 7: Departure or extra nights in Segovia or Madrid.
One 3*** city hotel and five high quality small rural hotels (3 or 4 stars).
Day 1 and 7 Segovia
Day 2 Arcones
Day 3 Navafria
Day 4 Requijada
Day 5 Pedraza
Day 6 Gallegos
531€ per adult.
Donkey hire 175€.
- 7 nights’ accommodation.
- Free transfers between Segovia and the walking area.
- 7 breakfasts.
- 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.
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!