- Difficulty: Moderate
- Category: Walking, self-guided
- Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
Walking holidays from the stunning city of Salamanca through the peaceful countryside and villages in the very heart of Spain.
- 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.
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.
Day 1: Arrival to Salamanca
Arrival at the world heritage city of Salamanca and begin your city tour.
Day 2: Salamanca and La Alberca
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: La Alberca - Las Batuecas
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 / Ascent: +260 m and descent: -725 m
Day 4: La Alberca - Mogarraz
Wonderful walk along oak and chestnut woodland crossing several mountain villages, and finishing off in the quaint village of Mogarraz.
19 Km / Ascent: +800 m and descent: -1100 m
Day 5: Mogarraz - Miranda del Castañar
Another beautiful walk following the river Francia through woodland and terraced cultivation to reach the medieval town of Miranda del Castañar.
10 Km / Ascent: +267 m and descent: -400 m
Day 6: Miranda del Castañar - San Martin del Castañar
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 / Ascent: +741 m and descent: -524 m
Day 7: Peña de Francia - San Martin del Castañar
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 / Ascent: +395 m and descent: -1200 m
Return or extra nights in Salamanca or Madrid.
Day 1: Salamanca
Day 2 and 3: La Alberca
Day 4: Mogarraz
Day 5: Miranda del Castañar
Day 6 and 7: San Martin del Castañar
- Price: 623€ per person
- Single supplement: 143€
- Solo Traveller supplement: 242€
- Half Board / dinners: 115€
- 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