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walkingWalking in the Sierra of Salamanca

Moderate
Difficulty: Moderate
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Category: Walking, self-guided
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
  • Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
 

Self-guided, modearate level walking tour along the Sierra of Salamanca.

  • Starting in Salamanca, World Heritage Site.
  • Delightful walks along beautiful countryside in Sierra de Francia Natural Park.
  • Stunning traditional villages, rich in culture, architecture and food.
  • Area of special protection for wildlife.
  • Varied walks along well signposted tracks mostly in wooded, mountainous areas.

Stunning walking in the mountainous region of Sierra de Francia, near the Portuguese border, an area with excellent weather, untouched by mass tourism, where the traditional way of life is still very much alive. Fabulous walking amongst terraces of olive groves, vineyards, cherry and plum orchards and small vegetable plots carved on the hills, in an area otherwise dominated by vast oak and chestnut forests. The mountain villages retain their narrow streets and stone watch towers as they have done since the middle ages. The only sound you will hear on your walks will be birdsong and the distant rumor of running water.

This is a very special walking holiday away from the crowds. We truly recommend it!

A first night in Salamanca city, World Heritage Site, to discover this ancient university city which is reputed to have the most beautiful main square in the whole of Spain. Then 6 days of gentle walks along perfectly signposted woodland walks in an area of extraordinary beauty, staying at four charming rural hotels.

Travel:

Which airport should I fly to? Madrid International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point? Catch a bus from the airport to Salamanca (approximately 22€, takes 2hrs and 45mins).
How do I get back? Bus service from San martin to Salamanca (5€, takes 1 hr) and from there take a bus back to Madrid airport.

ITINERARY
Day 1: 

Arrival at the world heritage city of Salamanca and begin your city tour.

Day 2: 

You have all morning to explore Salamanca and enjoy this beautifully preserved historic town before your taxi transfer to Sierra de Francia in the afternoon.
City tour and village walk.

Day 3: 

Walk down into the spectacular Batuecas Valley and its isolated Monastery to then visit prehistoric paintings along a pleasant river walk. A taxi transfer will take you back up the hill.
12 Km walk.

Day 4: 

Wonderful walk along oak and chestnut woodland crossing several mountain villages, and finishing off in the quaint village of Mogarraz. 
19 Km walk.

Day 5: 

Another beautiful walk following the river Francia through woodland and terraced cultivation to reach the medieval town of Miranda del Castañar.
10 Km walk..

Day 6: 

A walk taking you though the south facing slopes, cultivated with vineyards and olive groves and surrounded by strawberry tree and oak woodland. You will walk past two traditional mountain villages to reach the wonderful village of San Martin del Castañar. 
12 km walk.

Day 7: 

A taxi transfer will take you to the top of the highest mountain in the area “Peña de Francia” where there is a monastery. From here your walk takes you through open mountain landscapes, pine forest and later the beautiful woodland of oak and Chestnut.
17 km walk.

Day 8:
Return or extra nights in Salamanca or Madrid.
ACCOMMODATION
Day 1: Salamanca

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Day 2 and 3: La Alberca

Salamanca Salamanca

Day 4: Mogarraz

Salamanca Salamanca

Day 5: Miranda del Castañar

Salamanca Salamanca

Day 6 and 7: San Martin del Castañar

Salamanca Salamanca

PRICES
 

  • Price: 623€ per person
  • Single supplement: 143€
  • Solo Traveller supplement: 242€
  • Half Board / dinners: 115€
What´s included?
  • 7 nights´ accommodation.
  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Local transfers from Salamanca to La Alberca on day 2 and from San Martin del Castañar to Peña de Francia on day 7.
  • 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 Sierra de Salamanca

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Single supplement

Single room supplement: 143€

Half Board

Half Board (per person): 115€

Transfer

Transfer San Martin-Salamanca (up to 4 persons per taxi): 97€

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

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Customers´ comments

Liana Guy 05/14/2013
Dear Javier,
just to let you know how very much Nina and I enjoyed our recent walking holiday in Sierra de Francia. The walks were beautiful, unspoilt, very varied and just the right degree of length and difficulty for us, so we felt stretched but not overwhelmed. The instructions were very clear and the routes well marked, as promised. We only had the one hiccup when one of the pages was missing, which rather threw us, but happily we were able to make phone contact to sort it out.
A bit of feedback which might be helpful:
The accomodation was all fine, the hotels picturesque, clean, well appointed, and very conveniently situated.
We were glad we booked for evening dinner, as after the day’s walk we wanted to rest and relax, and not go out again to eat.
The food in Mogarraz was really superb, even better than expected- we would have like to stay another day!
In La Alberca the owners were charming and very welcoming, but the food, particularly breakfast, was rather basic and not over generous!
The Posada Miranda did not include wine with dinner as we had expected, and the menu was really very limited and rather disappointing, although the decor was very impressive and unexpectedly modern.
The discontinuation of the bus service from San Martin to Salamanca, which you informed us of, turned out to be a bit of a nuisance, as we had to ask Cosme to take us to El Casarito or La Alberca to catch the bus. Although the journey only took about 10minutes it cost 25 euros, which rather took us aback, particularly as we were on our way home, and had not accounted for such a large outlay! Should it really have been so much? If so, it would be good to inform guests in advance.
All best wishes, liana and Nina, Oxford UK.

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