wHAT TO DO IN GREDOS IN WINTER
"It no longer snows as before," say the grandparents of these towns ... And they do not lack reason. Over time, the winters have softened and the time when the road and roads were cut by snow and the wolves roamed the houses is now only a vague and disturbing memory.
Even so, ice and snow are road companions that travel the Sierra de Gredos every year with greater or lesser intensity. It is rare the winter in which Navarredonda de Gredos does not appear several times in the newscast for having broken the record of the lowest temperature, until 20 below zero we have arrived! Not in vain, La Casa del Altozano, is 1,500 meters above sea level.
"Dodge"We do not have ski slopes, nor lifts and as a friend said, here in Gredos, more than skiing, it is avoided; stones and brooms are dodged, even some goat if it is placed in the middle. Jokes aside the certain thing is that, with the equipment and the suitable formation, it is possible to practice cross-country skiing, a modality if it is wanted more dangerous but perhaps for that reason more pleasant and less crowded. From experience I tell you that to ski, or "dodge", according to the degree of skill, from the summits of Gredos is a real joy, reserved only to a lucky few.
SkiingCross-country skiing can also be practiced on the forest tracks of the pine forests if it is a year of abundant snow. But, if you prefer skiing to traditional use, very close, at 60 kms, is La Sierra de Béjar, La Covatilla, opened a few years ago and although not very large, enough to ski a day on the track.
TrinearFor those who do not know how to ski, especially if they travel with children, the sled is a good alternative. At the Navarredonda gas station you can rent for a small fee and, if there is enough snow, you do not need to go up to the mountain, in any of the hills near the town you can have a good time with a sleigh. Also Navarredonda gas station is the starting point for many of the activities (paintball, bicycles, etc) that Gredos Activo organizes.
For more information: www.gredosactivo.com or by phone: 920348045. Contact: Santi.
On your own or with the help of a mountain guide you can make routes of different difficulty from the well-known route of the Laguna Grande to the climb to Almanzor Peak, the highest in the Central System. These are the contacts of the different companies that you can hire if you want to discover the mountain range with the safety of a good guide.
Half mountain guide, offers routes through the mountains for all levels as well as orientation courses with compass and map.
More information at www.enjoygredos.com.
Phone: 687253944. Email: email@example.com.
The Axis of the Earth
It offers hiking and nature routes.
They are educational and entertaining guided routes.
More information at www.elejedelatierrra.com Contact: Mercedes Sánchez.
Ejedelatierra@ejedelatierra.com and Mobile: 636307084.
Alpina School of Gredos:
They teach you how to climb, both in rock and ice and offer their services of qualified high mountain guides. More information: 667 63 67 26 / 687078324. Contact: Raúl Lora.
Located in San Martín del Pimpollar, Juanfran offers guided, mycological and ornithological routes.
Web: www.gredosguides.es. firstname.lastname@example.org
On horseback by Gredos.
Located in Navarredonda de Gredos, 1 km from the Casa del Altozano.
They offer half-day and full-day excursions, well-trained horses for riders and beginners. And now also excursions in Poni for children.
For more information: www.equitravel.es
Tel: 635 433 079. Contact: María Elena and Jaime.
Gredos a Caballo:Es la empresa más veterana de la zona en la realización de excursiones a caballo, más de 20 años enseñando a disfrutar de Gredos a lomos de un caballo. Rutas de distinta duración. Contacto: Rafa. www.gredosacaballo.com. Tel:920349085/ 615946026.
In July 2009, Miguel Angel Vida, mountain guide, launched the Adventure Park in the Trees Trees Cimeros. It offers different routes through the trees of an impressive pine grove of pine trees in Hoyos del Espino, next to the Casa del Parque. Currently managed by Gredos Tormes.
For more information: email@example.com.
Telephones: 920348385.689494929. firstname.lastname@example.org Highway of the Platform, 0.2.
From rental of ice axes, sledges or bicycles to telescopic poles or portable climbing walls, the company Gredos Active offers in addition to the rental of equipment all kinds of activities from archery to paintball through the organization of Gynkanas and a games.
For more information:
Santi Phone: 920 348045.
email@example.com Ctra.C500, km 40,500. Navarredonda de Gredos.
If you are a lover of Ornithology, Hostal Almanzor is the ideal place to spread your passion:
Information on where to see them.
The only Hide in Spain with direct access from inside the Hostel to observe a multitude of species in absolute freedom (totally free for those staying).
A hide of scavengers in the same farm (previous reservation).
From its Hide, you can enjoy the observation of kites, climbers, coalfish, black whistles, crossbills, Capuchin herrerillos, mosquito nets, goldfinches, jays, scribes, myths and up to 90 different species depending on the time of year. Also mammals like the Fox, Squirrels, etc.
Visit monuments, buildings and emblematic places of Gredoses another option for the traveler.
Parador de Gredos:
Former hunting lodge of King Alfonsso XIII, this historic building was transformed in 1928 into the First Parador de Turismo de España.
Throughout the years, the Parador has become a tourist and economic engine of the area and a symbol of quality and know-how. It was also the place chosen by the "fathers of the Constitution" for the drafting of the 1978 Magna Carta. For all this history it would be worth a visit, but it is also a pleasure to enjoy the magnificent views of the pine forest and the mountains that can be contemplated from your cafeteria and terrace, or if you prefer to taste a dish of its careful Cart
For more information: www.parador.es. Tel: 920348048. email: Gredos@parador.es
The running water took to arrive to this like to so many towns of Spain. In its place the numerous fountains and "chorrillas" provided the necessary water to drink and wash clothes, becoming, in addition, a meeting place and even instead of a date for lovers.
Practically all the old laundries have disappeared ... those shelters of serranas, tanned in a thousand winters, that by dint of reumas whitened the sleeping clothes in the boats. However, very close to La Casa del Altozano, just over 200 meters away, is one of those old rehabilitated laundry that was still used 40 years ago.
The origin of these villages goes back to the 10th century, when transhumant breeders settled in the area attracted by the freshness of their pastures and the goodness of their summer climate, remaining in these lands during spring and summer.
To the rear of these cattle settlements, blacksmiths and saddlers were also installed in the urban nuclei that manufactured tools for the home and livestock. Vestiges of their work are the forges, of Roman origin, which are still preserved in most of these mountain villages.
These are still farmers, but the cows are no longer irons because the land is not sown as before. Some horses yes irons but having less work are the itinerant blacksmiths who move to the different towns.
Here in Barajas, next to La Casa del Altozano, there is a Forge, inside which the old bellows still remain. Next to the forge is the "Potro", structure of stone, metal and wood that was used to shoe cows and horses. In Navarredonda, the old forge is transformed every summer into a tourism office.
Church of San Benito Abad (Barajas). Fourteenth century:
Simple but very harmonious temple located in front of La Casa del Altozano, in Barajas. With oriented polygonal head and without decoration nor abutments, the church consists of three naves separated by wooden columns. It has a major altarpiece, with works from the XVI and XVII centuries and a peculiar bell tower of two bodies of different thickness, of sillarejo with ashlar in the body of the bells.
Church of Our Lady of the Assumption. 15th Century:
Located in Navarredonda de Gredos, 300 meters from the Casa del Altozano, this church stands out especially for the strength of its free tower, old watchtower for military use, of singular structure consisting of two bodies of different thickness, of sillarejo with ashlar in the body of the bells. The temple is the work of the Late Gothic and in its interior there are preserved images and polychrome carvings, altarpieces of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and numerous canvases.
Cuevas del Aguila:
The Cuevas del Águila were discovered in 1964 on the hill of Romperropas, which would later be called the Eagle, thus changing the name of the cave. Compared by scientists with the famous Caves of Drac, Mallorca, for the great conservation of its interesting geological forms (stalactites, tours, stalagmites, aragonite, etc) the Caves of El Águila are a good alternative as an excursion, especially if traveling with children of school age.
Located in Ramacastañas, at the end of El Puerto del Pico, 35 km from La Casa del Altozano, the Cuevas del Águila are an extraordinary example of a karstic cavity originated by a series of complex geological processes. The route is a 1 kilometer through a large area of about 10,000 square meters, and the duration of the visit, unguided, is about 40 minutes, with a stable temperature always around 20 degrees.
It remains open all year and for more information you can consult the web www.grutasdelaguila.com or on the phone numbers: 660842493 / 920377107.
Museum of bees
Bees of the Valley is a living museum classroom created to bring the incredible world of bees to all audiences safely. It is in Poyales del Hoyo you can visit the Bees of the Valley Museum Classroom.
They do not agree on the exact place of their birth, however, popularly the origin of this river is located in the dehesa of Navapalenciana, in the place known as Fuente Tormella, at 1,580 meters above sea level, which it feeds on filtration waters from the Collado del Cepegato.
Well, this river, cradle of the Lazarillo de Tormes, covers a total of about 250 kilometers to its mouth in the Duero (near Villarino, on the Portuguese border). Here at its source and as it runs, the Tormes feeds on the waters of the different gorges and torrents, such as the Raven, the Boar, Valdeascas, La Cabrilla, Barbellido, etc. Following the course of these gorges provides some of the most interesting routes and also the possibility of practicing another activity that was very important in Gredos for tourism in the 70s: FISHING.
"Delight of fishermen and select palates ...", that's how Gredos trout are. Although fishing them is increasingly difficult in the Tormes can be done in areas bounded for it. The delicacy and exquisited of the delicacy is well worth the effort. Permits are obtained at the Parador.
In the house you will find detailed information about the routes, as well as guides, maps, etc.
If you have any contracture, muscle pain, etc., or if you simply want to tone your body and have a relaxing massage, very close to the Casa del Altozano you have the professionals and facilities to do so.
In Hoyos del Espino, 4 km away, you will find the rural Spa Aguas de Gredos, where in addition to massage cabins, body treatments, chiromassage and physiotherapists you can enjoy its hydrothermal circuit and heated pool and jets, etc.
For more information and reservations you can call 920 34 90 47, send them an email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or consult their website: www.aguasdegredos.com