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donkey trekking  Donkey trekking family trail, 7 days

LeisureDifficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Category: Donkey trekking, self-guided
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
  • Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October

Self-guided, easy-moderate level donkey trekking 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 or Madrid.

In the footsteps of shepherds.

Five days walking as a family, with a donkey, along ancient drove roads... as shepherds have done in Spain since the middle ages.

All this along the northern slopes of the Guadarrama Nature Reserve, an area renowned for its wildlife and stunning scenery. We move your luggage between our hand-picked hotels, so you can travel light.


Press review:

"One of the great things about this trip was that we could go for a long walk with two young children, as they can get on the donkey when they get tired. This means you are not limited to paths where a buggy can go, or condemned to carrying them around. Our three-year-old was a little concerned when it was first suggested he get in the saddle on what for him was a giant. When he got up, it quickly became clear he wasn’t going to give up this comfortable mode of travel. He then started to complain about the adjustment of his stirrups and asking for a sword; knowing all mounted knights need to have a sword… "

Simon Lynch, Just Landed

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: Circular route in Navafria

You meet your donkey and are shown how to handle and look after him and then set off towards the mountains in an excursion to the wonderful pine woodland of Navafria and its famous waterfall "el Chorro". Activities for the children at “De Pino a Pino” with an obstacle course in the trees. (breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included).
8 Km 

Day 3: Navafria to Requijada

A lovely walk 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 4: 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 5: 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.
12 Km 

Day 6: Gallegos to Navafria 

A final day walking along the shepherds drove roads along the foothills of the Guadarrama National Park finishing back at Navafria, the village where you started for one final night. (breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included).
8 Km 

Day 7: 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: 634€ per adult.
  • Adults or children in single room: 747€ (per person)
  • Solo traveller price: 836€
  • 1st child in family room: 421€ 
  • 2nd child in family room: 291€ 
  • Child sharing double room with single parent (price per child): 550€ 
  • 2 children in their own double room: 455€ per child
  • 3 children in their own triple room:  444€ per child
  • Donkey Hire: 175€
What´s included?
  • 6 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)
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 5 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 (5 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, 7 days

Adults and children in their own twin room

Single rooms

Adults or children in single room (per person): 747€

1st Child in family room

1st child in family room: 421€

2nd Child in family room

2nd and other children: 291€

Double Room

Children in their own double room (price per child): 455€

Triple Room

Children in their own triple room (price per child): 444€

1 child and 1 parent party

Child sharing double room with single parent (price per child): 550€


Donkey Hire (5 days): 175€

Transfer Segovia to Navafría (free)

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

Transfer Navafría 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 Navafría to Madrid city or airport

Transfer Navafria-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.



Jo Bamford
We have just returned from a 7 day holiday walking with a donkey in the hills above Segovia. We had a great time, our donkey Gorthito was lovely and very docile carrying my lazy daughter Annie most of the way. Away from the Crowds were great, helping us to recover our luggage when it didn’t appear at Madrid airport and taking us to buy essentials, and all the transfers and hotel stays were very well organised. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company if you want a holiday that is a little out of the ordinary. Thanks , Jo

Sarah Conroy
We have just had an incredible family holiday with Away from the crowds, donkey trekking in the Sierra de Guadarrama, near Segovia. The organisation of the holiday was seamless; Away from the crowds staff were fantastic; the landscapes were beautiful; the hotel accommodation and food were excellent, and the donkeys were lovely. The holiday was ambitious for us, as I have Multiple Sclerosis and have very limited mobility, and we also have two small children (5 and 2). But from the moment we first made contact with Jaime, nothing was too much trouble. Jaime, Jorge and Sylvia did everything within their power to help us manage the holiday and make it a huge, fun success. They gave us all the extra support we needed, from booking ground floor bedrooms, to helping us figure out a system to get me up on the donkey, to meeting us out on the road if a day's trek was too far for us. Jorge was only ever a phonecall away if we needed assistance. In fact, our 2 year old son is still missing Jorge, and keeps asking for him! My husband had downloaded the IGN Mapas de España app before we went, and downloaded hiking maps and aerial photos of the Navafría area using the app. We would recommend anyone doing the donkey trek to do this. The maps are an excellent resource, and are free to download. Away from the crowds supplied us with the file containing the GPS track/route map of the donkey trek, and we were able to view this on the IGN app. This meant that, using a smartphone, we were always able to see where we were on (or off!) the route, and this was certainly a big help for any patches that were tricky to navigate. It was also a crucial tool for a family travelling with only one able bodied adult! I would highly recommend this holiday to other families, especially those who enjoy getting off the beaten track and seeing rural Spain. We hope to return another year for some more donkey adventures!

Liam Flavelle

We all had a fantastic time, and have been recommending the holiday to our friends. It probably exceeded our expectations and I can’t think of anywhere it fell down.

One suggestion I would make is to make it clear when the donkeys would be taken away on the last day – I think they would have liked to see them again.


CO2 footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 0,4228 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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