- Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
- Category: Walking, self-guided
- Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
Self-guided, easy-moderate level walking tour along Segovia´s natural parks.
- Starting in Segovia, World Heritage Site.
- Delightful walks along beautiful countryside in Guadarrama National Park.
- Stunning traditional villages.
- Area of special protection for wildlife.
- Two nights in historic town of San Ildefonso.
- Two nights in hanging town of Sepulveda.
- River walk along Duratón Canyon Natural Park.
Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of one of central Spain´s hidden secrets. In this walking holiday you will have the chance to visit the National Park of Guadarrama as well as the Duratón Canyon Regional Nature Reserve.
The tour begins with a visit to Segovia city, World Heritage Site, to discover its famous Roman Aqueduct and stunning Cathedral and Castle. Then three days of gentle walks along drove roads and country lanes of extraordinary beauty, staying at three charming rural hotels near the mountains of Guadarrama. Later you will be transferred to the Duratón Canyon Nature Reserve for two more days walking along the river and on top of the cliffs forming this spectacular canyon.
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).
How do I get back? Book our local transfer From Sepulveda to Segovia (70€, takes 1hr) and catch an AVE (High Speed Train) back into Madrid (9€, takes 25mins)..
Day 1: Arrival to Segovia
Arrival at the world heritage city of Segovia.
Day 2: City tour in Segovia
City tour. The trip starts with a first day discovering the beautifully preserved monumental town of Segovia where you will be enjoy the impressive roman aqueduct, one of the most beautiful cathedrals of Spain and medieval monuments at the turn of every corner.
Day 3: Riverside walk to Valsain
After a short transfer to the historic town of San Ildefonso you will begin a circular walk along the river Eresma to the mountain village of Valsaín.
10-17 Km / Climb: 390 m
Day 4: Circular walk to 'El Chorro' waterfall
Another stunning circular walk along forest footpaths to the “El Chorro” waterfalls and on to the “Silla del Rey” viewpoint. A shorter walk of 11 kms which can be combined with a visit to the famous palace and gardens of San Ildefonso as well as a visit to the glass-making exhibition and museum.
10,5 km / Climb: 464 m
Day 5: Walk along the foothills
Short transfer to Pradena and walk along ancient drover´s tracks through a stunning juniper forest to the mountain village of Gallegos.
16 Km / Climb: 420 m
Day 6: Walk amongst sunflower fields towards Sepulveda
From the mountains a short transfer takes you north towards the plains of Castile, to follow a long distance route (GR) amongst the large expanse of cereals and sunflowers fields and limestone cliffs carved by rivers meandering away from the mountains. You will spend the last two nights is the walled historic town of Sepulveda, built on a hilltop.
16 km / Climb: 420 m
Day 7: Circular walk in the Duraton Canyon
you last walk is along the riverside in the Duratón Canyon Natural Park. Above you there will be circling birds of prey, nesting on the limestone cliffs either side of the river. A special permit will give you privileged access to this protected area.
16 km / Climb: 367 m
Return or extra nights in Segovia or Madrid.
Situated in the very heart of Segovia, next to the Main Square and the Cathedral. This 15th century building was turned into a Hotel & Spa in 2005 incorporating many arqueological remains to up-to-date comfort.
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.
Situated in the old historic center of Sepúlveda. A protected building and one of the oldest buildings in town, with a XIIth century Romanesque front and XVth century inner courtyard. It consists of eight original and carefully decorated bedrooms around the courtyard and a garden offering wonderful views. English spoken.
- Price: 630€ per person
- Single supplement: 200€
- Solo supplement: 273€
- Half Board / dinners: 132€
- 7 nights´ accommodation.
- 7 breakfasts.
- Transfer Segovia - San Ildefonso Day 3.
- Transfer San Ildefonso - Pradena Day 5.
- Transfer Gallegos - Castilnovo Day 6.
- 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.
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Walking Segovia´s Natural Parks