Sierra de Gredos Attractions
The Sierra de Gredos thrusts across the Castilian plateau like a mighty rock wall, dividing it into two. Along with the lower ranges of the neighboring Sierra de Guadarrama and Sierra de Béjar it forms the central Spanish mountain chain.The central massif of the Sierra de Gredos, with its perpetually snowcapped peaks, is a region of magnificent mountain scenery and one of Spain's most popular climbing areas. The highest peak is Almanzor (2,592m/8,504ft). Below the north face of Almanzor is the Laguna de Gredos, which can be reached from the Club Alpino mountain hut on a good and well waymarked path. From the Laguna de Gredos there are waymarked paths (caution required) to five picturesque mountain lakes, the Cinco Lagunas, and to Almanzor, rearing above them to the south.Information about walking and climbing in the Sierra de Gredos can be obtained from tourist information offices inávila, Arenas de San Pedro and El Barco deávila and in the Parador Nacional.
Parador Nacional de Gredos
Fromávila C 502 runs southwest into the Sierra de Gredos. At Venta Rasquilla C 500, coming from the high valley of the Río Albeche, goes off on the right and runs below the north side of the sierra to the Parador Nacional de Gredos (alt. 1,650m/5,414ft), 62km/39mi fromávila, magnificently situated in the wooded foreland of the sierra. The parador is popular both as a health resort and as a winter sports center. Much of this region, in which ibexes and chamois still live, is now a National Park.