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Sierra de Francia, Spain

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Homepage > Spain > Sierra de Francia, Spain
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily April to October
  • Location: Salamanca
Tour Details

There is a region of Spain that is untouched by mass tourists and that is the region of Sierra de Francia. This walking vacation in Spain is in a truly stunning area near the Portuguese border.  A perfect walking holiday starting in the city of Salamanca; a World Heritage Site. Here you can discover the beautiful main square which is said to be the most beautiful in Spain. You will then head off on your walking holidays to explore the stunning natural park of the mountainous region of Sierra de Francia. Along the way, you will see that the traditional way of life is still very much alive here.

Enjoy walking amongst terraces of olive groves, vineyards, cherry and plum orchards and small vegetable plots carved on the hills, in an area otherwise dominated by vast oak and chestnut forests. Explore the narrow streets in the mountain villages and enjoy the peace and quiet as you explore the Sierra de Francia on foot.

Starting Location


Price Includes

  • 7 nights Bed and Breakfast in 2 star hotels and inns
  • Family run hotels and Posada’s
  • Information Pack
  • Maps and walk instructions
  • Local transfer from Salamanca to Alberca on day 2
  • Transfers on day 3 and 7
  • Luggage Transfers

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Info

Accommodation: Subject to Change

Salamanca:                          Sercotel Las Torres

La Alberca:                             Hotel Antiguas Eras

Mogarraz:                              Balcon De Mogarraz

Miranda del Castanar:        Posada Miranda

San Martin del Castanar:              Abadia de San Martin

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to Salamanca

The first night in Salamanca city will allow you to discover this ancient university city and its beautiful baroque main square, cathedral and many other interesting museums and historic buildings. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to explore the city in full as you will have some time tomorrow to explore more.

Day 2Explore Salamanca

You have the morning to explore Salamanca before your taxi transfer to Sierra de Francia in the afternoon.

Day 3Alberca to Las Batuecas and transfer back. 7.5 miles 12 km, 4 hours 180m up

Walk down into the spectacular Batuecas Valley and its isolated Monastery to then visit prehistoric paintings along with a pleasant river walk. A taxi transfer will take you back.

Day 4La Alberca to  Mogarraz. 11.8 miles 19 km  493m up, 6-7 hours

Wonderful walk along oak and chestnut woodland crossing several mountain villages and finishing in Mogarraz.

Day 5Mogarraz to Miranda del Castañar. 6.2 miles 10 km, 3-4 hours, up 190m

Another beautiful walk following the river Francia through woodland and terraced cultivation to reach the medieval town of Miranda del Castañar.

Day 6 Miranda del Castañar to San Martín del Castañar. 7.5 miles 12 km587m up, 4-5 hours

A walk taking you through the south-facing slopes, cultivated with vineyards and olive groves and surrounded by strawberry tree and oak woodland. You will walk past two traditional mountain villages to reach the wonderful village of San Martin del Castañar.


Day 7Taxi to Peña the Francia Peak to descend to San Martín del Castañar. 10.6 miles 17 km, 282m up, 6 hours.

A taxi transfer will take you to the top of the highest mountain in the area “Peña de Francia” where there is a monastery. From here your walk takes you through open mountain landscapes, pine forest and later the beautiful woodland of oak and Chestnut.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

By plane to Madrid international airport where  you take a bus from the airport to Salamanca (approx. 2hrs and 45mins). On return take a bus service from San Martin to Salamanca (takes 1 hr) and from there take a bus back to Madrid airport.

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