Walking Holidays in Spain - Mainland - Spain - Gredos - Spain's Wilderness

Holiday Highlights
  • A spectacular mountain range with wild scenery and abundant wildlife
  • Cross over from the rugged north to the softer south amongst orchards and vineyards
  • Tawny vultures, golden eagles and red kites can be spotted in this bird lovers paradise

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The Gredos mountains are a spectacular range with wild scenery and abundant wild life with the highest peak at 2592m. We have put together a walk programme where you experience the contrasts of the two sides of the Gredos. The north side is the more rugged and remote of the two, the area being criss-crossed by fast flowing mountain streams which also flow through the small villages inhabited mostly by farmers. Cross the ridge to the south and the scenery is softer, with larger villages set amongst orchards and vineyards still with the backing of the impressive ridge of the Gredos. The walking, scenery and wildlife are more than enough reason to visit this beautiful area. However combined with the delightful hotel it makes the whole proposition irresistible for a perfect walking holiday. The hotel is an outstanding family run haven with food of the highest quality and rooms of excellent individual décor and finish.

The Area

This is one of the truly special places in Spain which few visitors ever have the privilege of knowing with a magnificent natural environment and everyday sights of goatherds and their flocks wandering the mountainsides farmers harvesting by hand and carrying their produce in panniers on donkeys’ backs all reflecting a culture still rooted in an age long past. 

Most of the area falls within the Gredos Regional Park covering some 213098 acres -a natural paradise. Majestic horned mountain goats abound and tawny vultures golden eagles brightly coloured woodpeckers and red kites are to be spotted in this bird watcher's paradise.

Walking- Self Guided

The walking is of an easy to moderate nature with a few challenges for the more adventurous. Some walks are available from the hotel whilst some are just a short drive away.

If you do not have your own car the hotel will gladly arrange transport for you, payable locally. On the northern side of the Gredos you will walk through a wild open sparsely populated expanse with sweeping views that will have you staring forever!

You will come across fresh mountain streams possibly still fed by the melting snows on the higher peaks and follow them down through flower-filled valleys.

On one day you can cross the Gredos via a Roman road, the only one we know of with hairpin bends as it winds down the mountainside. Here there are fragrant lemon trees, olive groves and vineyards reflecting the warmer south facing slopes. The contrast is most definite!

Visit some of the villages of this lovely valley along mule tracks, bridle paths and sections of an ancient Roman road. Yet you can still walk into the high mountains where the scenery is more jagged with spectacular waterfalls. 

Walk Grading

Self Guided- Easy, Moderate & Challenging

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

El Milano Real

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Located in the heart of the Gredos, in Hoyos del Espino, this small, charming hotel has the feel of an old English Country House. Roberto the owner and host has created a haven of tranquillity in stunning surroundings with a private garden, huge library and attractive lounge areas with a fireplace. Superior rooms and most suites have balconies with superb views. The hotel restaurant offers creative dishes using seasonal produce, they also have a wine cellar where wine-tastings can be arranged locally.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


Please note that indoor public areas, bar, swimming pool and SPA are currently closed. Garden is open. Due to the prescribed minimum distance there will be limited capacity in the restaurant. Reservations may therefore be necessary.


Availability Information

Spring and Autumn are the best time to visit this area avoiding the winter snow and the high summer heat.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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