Sierra de Gredos is a mountain range in Central Spain, split between the two Comunidades Autonomas (regions) of Castilla y Leon and Extremadura. I have heard that both sides are equally as beautiful, but have only been to the Castilla y Leon side. This area has many small charming towns, and is home to numerous hiking trails and outdoor activities. Keep in mind that this area has extreme temperatures- as it gets very hot during the summer months and very cold during the winter months, so I would recommend visiting in the spring or late summer/early fall, depending on the activities you are interested in.
Where to Stay
I was looking for an upscale, mountain retreat removed from everything, and that is exactly what I found at Hotel Nabia. This hotel is located on the top of a mountain and its infinity pool as well as restaurant overlook the entire Tiétar Valley. The views are spectacular, the hotel is amazing, and provides a relaxing experience (and the star gazing at night is really out of this world).
What to Do
There are many different hiking trails located around the hotel- I opted for a short trail which took us to pristine natural springs (and liked it so much we did the same hike both days!). I also spent the afternoon at the hotel’s pool, and hiked down to the Santuario Nuestra Señora Chilla.
Where to Eat
Both nights for dinner I ate at the hotel, and the food was absolutely delicious.
Restaurante El Mirador de Gredos and would recommend trying their grilled meats, especially their chuleton a la brasa!