Sierra de Gredos

Sierra de Gredos

The Sierra de Gredos is a mountain range in the Central System (Sistema Central) and is situated in the provinces of Ávila, Cáceres, Madrid and Toledo in four different Autonomous Communities (Castile and León, Castile-La Mancha, Madrid and Extremadura). The highest point is located in the province Ávila, at the Almanzor at 2,592 metres. To the east, in the direction Madrid, the Sierra de Gredos turns into the Sierra de Guadarrama.

The Sierra de Gredos is characterized by its large masses of granite, and from the south face the mountains give a relatively steep climb. The mountains consist of five river valleys: Alto Tormes, Alto Alberche, Tiétar Oriental, Tiétar Occidental and the Vera and finally the Valle del Ambroz. In Castile and León the mountains have been declared nature park.

At the heart of the north face of the Sierra de Gredos lies the Circo de Gredos, a cirque created by a glacier. It is the main cirque of the Central System and measures approximately 33 acres. In this cirque you find the popular Laguna Grande, Almanzor and the refuge Elola, used by many climbers and hikers to go to the Almanzor. The bare, rocky high mountain landscape of this cirque is spectacular and one of the absolute highlights of the Central System.

Because of the relative proximity of Madrid, the Sierra de Gredos is a popular touristic region.

On the map you can find the hikes that are available in the Sierra de Gredos on By clicking on the icon of the route, you will go directly to the description.

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Location of this Region

Province: Ávila/Cáceres
Central Town: Hoyos del Espino
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Recommended Hike

Laguna de la Nava

This hike takes us to the Laguna de la Nava, a small lake located just below 2,000 meters on the west side of the Sierra de Gredos. The first part of the hike we walk through a comfortable wide path. On the second part of the hike we enter a gorge that was once a glacier. Surrounded by streams, waterfalls and rock formations, our environment becomes increasingly spectacular.

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Principal Peaks

  • El Perro que fuma (2,342 m)
  • Risco de las Hoyuelas (2,318 m)
  • El Enano (2,315 m)
  • Risco Negro (2,295 m)
  • Los Tres Hermanitos (2,277 m)
  • Cabezo de Gavilanes (2,190 m)
  • El Torozo (2,025 m)
  • Risco del Artuñero (2,011 m)
  • Risco de Miravalles (2,010 m)
  • Lanchamala (1,999 m)
  • Gamonosa (1,993 m)
  • La Escusa (1,960 m)
  • Alto del Mirlo (1,770 m)