Sierra de Gredos


Satellite image of the Sierra de Gredos

South view of Almanzor, the highest mountain in the Sierra de Gredos

The Sierra de Gredos is a mountain part of Castilian vagina Mountains. The mountain range is located on the Iberian Peninsula between the provinces of Ávila, Cáceres, Toledo and of the autonomous community of Madrid. The highest point is the Pico Almanzor with a height of 2592 meters in the province of Ávila. The Sierra de Gredos is the headwaters of the rivers Tormes, and Alberche Tiétar.

The mountain is home to some rare animal and plant species such as the Gredos ibex, the Bluethroat, the white stork or the Spanish imperial eagle.


The Sierra de Gredos is classified in Spain as the high mountains. Therefore, it is essential to make the necessary arrangements before you are planning a trip to the Sierra, whether in summer or in winter. The average temperature fluctuates in winter above 2,000 m is between 0 ° and -5 ° degrees Celsius. Here, the December to April closed with a blanket of snow can be expected if you plan a trip to the Laguna Grande or the Cinco Lagunas.

Important towns are Barajas, Hoyos del Espino and San Martin de la Vega on the climatically harsher and dominated by livestock farming north side, as well as Candeleda and Madrigal de la Vera on the embossed by fertile soils south side. Although all villages in the region benefit from tourism, especially Barajas and Candeleda be much frequented.