Just west of Madrid, the Sierra de Gredos is Spain's secret heartland; a vibrantly contrasting montage of mountainous peaks, thundering waterfalls, verdant plains, fragrant fruit orchards and glacial lagoons. Although flanked by the world-famous cities of Madrid, Toledo and Salamanca, the Sierra de Gredos is little known, meaning you really do explore an undiscovered side of Spain.
This region offers a wealth of varied self-guided walking routes from your base in the northern half of the Sierra in the tiny village of Hoyos del Espino, nestled on the edge of the Gredos Regional Park and against a breathtaking backdrop of jagged granite peaks.Choose from gentle meadow strolls through the flower-filled river valleys, or comfortable higher level hikes (the park is at 1800m), where you're likely to meet wild goats and spot huge grifton vultures soaring overhead. In order for you to really get to know the entire region, we have included complimentary car rental as well as detailed route notes for optional day walks in the southern half of the Sierra - a contrasting cluster of tiny Mediterranean-like villages tucked away among terraces of olives, figs and vines. The beautiful historic cities of Avila, Toledo and Salamanca are also easy day trips.
You'll eat well on this holiday too, our luxurious rural retreat, the stylish Hotel El Milano offers outstanding gastronomic menus and five a la carte picnics . In the evenings, expect mouth-watering temptations such as venison with wild berries, monk fish with almonds and garlic sauce or beef carpaccio with foie gras shavings and mustard vinaigrette. With an extensive bodega of more than 500 Spanish wines, we've included wine on the first evening to give you a taste of what's on offer! There are fabulous views from the hotel itself and the excellent Aguas de Gredos spa center is just next door, great for aching muscles and offers a 15% discount to Breakaway guests.
|Meals||Gourmet breakfast, 5 a la carte picnics and all evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Madrid Airport. Rental car (Europcar Group B air-conditioned rental car included in tour price) pick up and drive to hotel (1 hour 50 mins). Car rental is subject to a minimum of 2 people per booking.|
|Tour Ends||Clients will return to Madrid Airport to drop off rental car.|
|Singles||Add $48 per night.|
|Other details||This holiday is unsuitable for children under 12. Room upgrade prices (El Milano Real Suite - more space and Jacuzzi bath) add $48 per person, per night, based on 2 sharing.|