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Food

  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners are included. You will have plenty of chances to sample fresh local produce and traditional Spanish fare during this trip. The sun-drenched climate makes for juicy ripe fruit and vegetables and the excellent dinners are accompanied by complimentary local wine. Please note that meal times in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 20:00 and 20.30. The hotel offers a picnic lunch each day for a charge of EUR 5 or there are local shops to purchase your own materials. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for provided you inform us in advance of travelling.
  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners are included. You will have plenty of chances to sample fresh local produce and traditional Spanish fare during this trip. The sun-drenched climate makes for juicy ripe fruit and vegetables and the excellent dinners are accompanied by complimentary local wine. Please note that meal times in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 20:00 and 20.30. The hotel offers a picnic lunch each day for a charge of EUR 5 or there are local shops to purchase your own materials. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for provided you inform us in advance of travelling.

Activities

  • Guided Group
  • Culture & Discovery
  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • Walking centre-based
  • Walking & Trekking
  • 1

    Start Covarrubias.

    The tour starts at our hotel in Covarrubias, a small village and municipality in the province of Burgos located approximately 200km north of Madrid.

  • 2

    Circular walk in the Valles de Ura, home to numerous species of local flora and fauna.

    We set out from Covarrubias and walk by the Arlanza river to the village of Puentedura and then down into a gorge. After lunch we climb out of the gorge and make our way to a hermitage, Ermita de Redonda, and then back to Covarrubias. (17km, approx. 5 hours walking, ascent 224m, descent 224m).

  • 3

    Full-day circular walk: ascend the Sierra de las Mamblas and circle the distinctive Muela mountain.

    We climb out of Covarrubias to another hermitage, Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Mamblas, followed by lunch on the ridge looking north. After lunch we complete the circuit of Muela and return to Covarrubias down a wooded valley (14km, approx. 5 hours walking, ascent 445m, descent 445m)We climb out of Covarrubias to another hermitage, Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Mamblas, followed by lunch on the ridge looking north. After lunch we complete the circuit of Muela and return to Covarrubias down a wooded valley (14km, approx. 5 hours walking, ascent 445m, descent 445m)

  • 4

    Beautiful walk from Rio Arlanza to Santo Domingo de Silos; visit the beautiful Benedictine monastery.

    We take hired transport along the Arlanza river and then climb gently onto the plateau for a break at the Tenadas de Valcarcel with a second break at Tenadas del Campo and lunch on the top of the ridge facing the spectacular mountain of San Carlos. We descend to Silos with time to visit the Cloister museum (optional) before being collected by our private transport for the return journey to Covarrubias, taking in a short visit to La Yecla gorge on the way back. (20km, approx. 6 hours walking, ascent 340m descent 331m).

  • 5

    Walk through vineyards and beautiful valleys to the 'The Three Villages'.

    We leave Covarrubias by the Arlanza river and climb through vineyards on the way to the first village of Retuerta. We then climb over the ridge and descend to the second village of Castroceniza. Lunch will be taken in this beautiful valley on the way to the third village of Ura. Another climb out of the valley takes us through forest and farmland to a highpoint overlooking Covarrubias, before descending back to the hotel. (19km, approx. 6 hours walking, ascent 380m, descent 380m).

  • 6

    Free day to relax or visit Burgos and its many sights.

    A suggested day is to take the 9:00 public bus to the cathedral city Burgos and its many sights. Return on 13:00 bus to Covarrubias for tapas lunch at our hotel. The choice of a siesta or short afternoon walk before an optional evening visit to Silos for vespers is possible before dinner.

  • 7

    Walk along the crest of the Sierra de las Mamblas.

    Another steady climb out of Covarrubias brings us through the dense forest to a limestone edge. After lunch we continue along the edge with wonderful views to the Sierra de la Demanda, before descending back to Covarrubias. An optional visit to a bodega (winery) is possible before dinner. (21km, approx. 5 hours walking, ascent 572m, descent 572m).

  • 8

    End Covarrubias.

    The tour ends in Covarrubias after breakfast.

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