The Mountains of Central Spain - Cicerone

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The Mountains of Central Spain.
Idioma: INGLÉS.
Autor: Jacqueline Oglesby.
1ª edición.
Publicado 1 de Enero 1996.
Páginas 304.
Mapas 37.
Fotos 32.
Dimensiones 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5 cm.
Front Cover (1).
Overview Maps (1).
Sample Routes (1).
Seasons: Quite possible all year round. Summers are very hot, but cooler in the mountains and dry. May and June are probably best, with mid-October to November a good time too. Winters are short. Centres: Access probably through Madrid which is 50-100km to the south. Segovia in the Guadarrama and Avila and Plasencia are in the Sierra de Gredos. Difficulty: Mainly full-day mountain walks - open ridges and some spectacular scrambling. Must See: A real surprise that the Spanish have been hiding from us! Wild valleys, spectacular corries, good footpaths, airy ridges, granite towers. The Sierras de Gredos and Guadarrama are the highest part of the long chain of hills and mountains which splits the big central tableland of Spain. Popular from Madrid, they are rarely visited by foreigners except those en route to the coast or the medieval cities which surround the range. The two sierras form an impressive physical barrier, reaching a height of nearly 2600m and being snow-capped for five months of the year, and they have much to offer the walker, scrambler or climber.

The Sierra de Gredos are the highest and most inaccessible mountains in Central Spain with many long approaches up wild valleys or spurs to spectacular corries backed by jagged arêtes. The Sierra de Guadarrama, nearer to Madrid and crossed by several high road passes, offer more intimate walking on a dense network of good footpaths and with a rich variety of scenery from rolling ridges to tightly packed granite towers.

Lower than the better-known Spanish ranges, they offer an enjoyable mixture of open ridge walking and spectacular scrambling in a dry and sunny climate.