- Difficulty: Moderate+
- Category: Cycling, self-guided
- Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st March-31st June and 1st Sept-30th November
Self-guided, moderate+ level cycling tour along the Land of Conquistadors from Parador to Parador.
- Luxurious Parador Hotels.
- Historic towns of Oropesa, Plasencia, Trujillo and Cáceres (World heritage city).
- Self-guided, cycling holiday along quiet country lanes.
- Cycling across Monfrague National Park, very rich in birdlife.
- Excellent hotels with swimming pools.
- Luggage transfers included.
This tour is a great way to discover a magnificent area of central Spain, Extremadura, while enjoying your stay in the Parador Hotels of this region. Paradors are a semi Estate owned chain of high end hotels that offer a superb service. Their uniqueness lies in the fact that they are all placed in renovated, historic buildings such as palaces, castles or convents.
Extremadura is the land of the “Conquistadores”, the men that pioneered the exploration of the Americas as the Spanish Empire expanded. The magnificent wealth generated by its people can be seen in towns like Trujillo and Caceres, in the Palaces that where built by the pioneers that came back.
This region is also a privileged land with a great amount of water and gracing land. The low altitude and southern aspects makes the winters mild in contrast with the cold winters of the northern plateau. Throughout many centuries herds of sheep and cattle have been brought to Extremadura in the winter in search of fresh pastures and a benign climate and then returned back in the summer to the central and northern mountains.
The route starts in Oropesa that is actually in the province of Toledo and then takes us North to the dramatic Mountains of Gredos to then follow the foothills of the mountains on the “La Vera” region that is a beautiful, fertile land, full of terraced olive groves and fig, cherry and fruit trees. The mountains bring much needed water to Extremadura as small rivers descend from its slopes and appreciate an area that is still very alive and has an active agriculture.
After La Vera you visit the town of Plasencia on the side of the river Jerte to then head South towards Trujillo and Caceres on the flat grazing land. Before visiting these two magnificent historic towns you will cross the National Park of Monfragüe famous for its bird life.
Which airport should I fly to? Madrid International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point? By train from Madrid Atocha train Station to Oropesa.
How do I get back to Madrid Airport? By train from Caceres to Madrid Atocha station.
Day 1: Arrival to Oropesa
Individual arrival to Oropesa, which can be easily reached by train from Madrid. (1hr, 40 min).
Day 2: Oropesa to Jarandilla de la Vera
Your rental bike you will be delivered after which, your cycling adventure begins! Through typical Mediterranean woodlands, the route leads to the foothills of the Gredos Mountains, whose granite cliffs are a perfect backdrop for the day's route providing stunning views. Jarandilla de la Vera, final destination of the day, showcases architectural wonders such as the churches of San Agustin and Ntra. Senora de la Torre. Your stay tonight is in a restored castle that once hosted Emperor Charles V for several months!.
34 or 41 miles (55 or 67 km)
Day 3: Jarandilla de la Vera to Plasencia
This day's cycling is through peaceful countryside to the walled market town of Plasencia. Nestled on the bank of the Jerte River, Plasencia has experienced many benefits (and downfalls) from its strategic location on the Ruta de la Plata- the Silver Route. Palaces, ancestral homes, and significant religious buildings make up the architecture of this beautiful city.
36 or 42 miles (59 or 69 km)
Day 4: Plasencia to Monfragüe National Park
Cycling south towards the Tajo River, you will reach the National Park of Monfrague, a well-known place for all bird watching enthusiasts. The landscape here is a unique juxtaposition of farming land and cork and oak trees. The farms in this area are dedicated to raising wild bulls and the famous black "iberico" pig.
21 miles (33km)
Day 5: Monfragüe to Trujillo
Another cycle through mediterranean woodland to reach Trujillo. Trujillo is one of the area’s most important historic and cultural towns and is certainly one of Spain's finest gems. The walled hilltop town, which overlooks the expansive countryside, dates back to 600 BC and is famed for its strategic involvement in the discovery of the Americas.
Several of Spain's most famous conquistadors such as Hernan Cortes who conquered the Aztec empire, Francisco Pizarro who conquered the Inca Empire, and Diego Parades, all called this region home. On their return from the Americas to Trujillo, these Conquistadors built magnificent residences to celebrate their newfound wealth. The legacy of the conquest can be seen in much of Trujillo’s perfectly preserved architecture and the impressive bronze statue of Francisco Pizzaro mounted on his horse, which dominates the town’s main square.
31 miles (49 km)
Day 6: Trujillo to Caceres
The scenery of the last bike ride is a beautiful mix of small villages and stunning landscapes. Reaching the monumental city of Caceres, you will be transported back in time as the architecture reflects a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance influences. Be sure to explore the narrow cobbled streets as they twist and climb among ancient stonewalls lined with palaces and mansions!.
34 miles (55 km)
Day 7: Departure
Departure from Caceres, you can extend your journey or take a train back to Madrid.
Day 1 Parador Nacional Oropesa
Your hotel is a 15th Century Palace and Castle. The stately home of the Álvarez de Toledo, Counts of Oropesa, once the home of soldiers, clergy and noblemen, enjoys exceptional views of the Sierra de Gredos. The historic value of the “Torre del Homenaje”, a tower attached to the Parador, the columns of the courtyard, and the pool with outstanding views over the plains of Campo Arañuelo, make this into a very attractive hotel.
Day 2 Parador Nacional Jarandilla
Palace-castle from the 14th century. It lies sheltered in the middle of the Vera and Tiétar valleys, between gorges filled with water, woods of chestnut trees and oak groves and stunningly beautiful natural landscapes that reaffirm the richness of their historical, majestic surroundings. For months it played host to an illustrious guest - Emperor Carlos V. From the exterior, the towers, courtyard, ‘patio de armas’ courtyard and its excellent swimming pool contrast with the olive and orange trees. Inside, you will find a relaxing and intimate atmosphere.
Day 3 Parador Nacional Plasencia
The Parador is a historic building just inside the walls of the city. The hotel is in the former convent of Sto. Domingo, founded by the Zúñiga family in the mid-15th century, in the Gothic style inside and in part of the exterior. Strategically located in the historic centre of Plasencia, this is the ideal place to explore the architectural beauty of this singular city and the beautiful landscape around it.
Day 4 Hotel Palacio Viejo de las Corchuelas
Beautiful 600 ha farm. It houses a charming country house in a carefully restored traditional building dating back 200 years. Due to its privileged location, at the foot of Las Corchuelas Mountain Range- the backbone of Monfragüe´s National Park-, and surrounded by cork and holm oads, it is a unique and incomparable destination to enjoy peace and unadulterated nature.
Day 5 Parador Nacional Trujillo
In the historic city of Trujillo, birthplace of explorers, this lovely hotel occupies the former convent of Santa Clara FROM THE 16TH century, with its atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. Outstanding features of the interior are two beautiful cloisters: one with Renaissance arches and columns, the other bringing light into the building. Ideal for relaxation and leisure, the hotel has monastic style rooms and details, spacious, quiet and pleasant lounges, noble bedrooms with wooden furniture and a bar-café next to the light-filled cloister of the Parador. One of the most impressive spaces is the breakfast room since it is a beautifully decorated chapel.
Day 6 Parador Nacional Cáceres
The Parador de Cáceres represents the harmonious union of the palaces of the marquises of Torreorgaz and the so-called Ovando Mogollón, Perero y Paredes House, both dating from the 14th century. The interior of the building boasts all the elegance, quality and comfort of a historic structure adapted to suit the needs of today's guests, especially the restaurant and outdoor areas, café and guest lounge. This last room is a particularly pleasant spot to meet and chat. It is conveniently situated in the old historic centre in a pedestrian area.
Our hire bikes and equipment:
A bicycle specialist will deliver your hire bike and adjust it to your specifications. We provide you with fully equipped touring bicycles. Remember that we carry your luggage between hotels so you can travel light.
||GIANT ARGENTO or equivalent:
Other equipment provided:
- Price: 886€ per person
- Single room supplement: 157€
- Solo Traveller supplement: 289€
- Half board / dinners (wine not incl.): 150€
- Bike hire: 100€
- Electric Bike hire: 150€
- GPS rental (one per group): 15€
- 6 nights’ accommodation at Paradors 4 **** and one night at charming rural hotel.
- 6 breakfasts.
- 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.