Hiking,culture and gastronomy in the Central Mountains Spain
But, are there mountains in Madrid? We often get this question, and we usually answer it with a “even higher than 2.400 m” We don´t want to test your geography knowledge about Spain, but the truth is that there are much more than museums, historic neighbourhoods, monuments and restaurants in Madrid. Do you want to come with us to see it?If the answer is “yes”, you will not only be surprised while you walk in the beautiful landscapes of Sierra de Guadarrama and Gredos (where in fact, if you want, you can go as high as 2.428 m in Peñalara, its highest mountain) but that you will also visit picturesque Castilian villages full of history like El Escorial, La Granja or Arenas de San Pedro, and you will sleep in charming hotels that you will love for their authenticity and comfort. Moreover, we have some surprises kept for you by water, air and land, but we prefer to tell you in person while you enjoy the Castilian gastronomy at the restaurants selected by our committee of experts (well, we admit it, we are the experts...) And of course, without forgetting the charms of the cities of Madrid, Ávila and Segovia, and they are not just a few!PROGRAMME:Day 1. Reception of the group. Stroll through the centre of Madrid and transfer to the accommodation located in Sierra de Guadarrama (1 hour). Day 2. Hiking in La Pedriza de Manzanares. Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. Canto Cochino - Base of Yelmo - Dehesilla Col - Canto Cochino. Elevation gain + 600m - 600m. Time: 5-6 hoursDay 3. Excursion in Peñalara, Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. Puerto de Cotos Lagoon and The Lagoon of the Birds. Visit to the Monastery of Escorial. Elevation gain + 450m - 450m. Time: 5 hoursDay 4. Excursion in La Granja and Pine Groves of Valsain (Segovia). Visit to the Gardens of La Granja and Segovia. Gardens of La Granja: 1-2 hoursExcursion to Eresma River: Elevation gain + 50m - 300m. Time: 2 hoursDay 5. Excursion to Hoces del Duratón (Segovia).