Gredos, Rural Tourism Was Born Here

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Gredos is a century ahead of contemporary rural tourism. This mountain range, which mostly traverses the province of vila, was the site chosen to be the first to build Hostel, in 1928. Promoted by the state in the time of Alfonso XIII, it was intended to provide a level of housing for the country’s wealthy classes and curious foreigners to discover, understand and enjoy the natural heritage; A way to reconnect with nature, at that time, only for a few.

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inn and its territoryinside the hostelNew visitors and old localsthree departures without leaving the provinceJose Antonio, Isabel and Asuncion give you advice
Extensive animal husbandry to determine population
Such bridges and other less striking ones are crossed by transhuman cattle from the cold lands of एvila to Extremadura at the beginning of winter. Some ranchers, such as Eva Gonzalez and her father Jesus, who live in Hoyos del Espino, like to take them in trucks to warm areas. When the 50 heads of cattle are returned in June, the activity designed for Paradores’ Sense program within nature will begin. Visitors will learn what is involved in extensive livestock farming, something so old that it represents the future.
Each head of cattle has three hectares of land. Gonzalez’s business lies in feeding them, raising the calves and selling them when they reach 300 kg for around 600 euros. Trade for the region is reflected in the fight against exile. Business for the planet consists in taking care of the mountains, stopping the fire. “I like country life. Take a horse and go for a ride”, says González, who supplements his income with private classes and drinks at a bar in Navaredonda de Gredos, the municipality to which Parador belongs, although the influence of the hotel throughout. reaches the area. “It’s a neutral place. In this the locality disappears. The businessmen agree to hold the meeting there and the neighbors choose it for large gatherings”, describes the promoter Gill. “He is a great enabler of the field,” he says. It is from a century.
Castilla y Lean In 15 Paradors

94 years later, the mountain is still in its place and its visitors and locals are making changes that help them walk through the row of cities that nurture life on the northern slopes of this central system mountain range. The new arrivals are always nature lovers and others who didn’t know they were there until they discovered it in Gredos. Locals called Eva Gonzalez, a 27-year-old rancher who studied teacup but was determined to teach the city why cows are the most effective firefighters in the area; Miriam Gill, an environmentalist who guides stargazing, explains that the greater atmospheric stability of the winter cold results in clearer skies; Or Domingo Arrabbe, a saddler who opens his own workshop of leather goods for cattle and horses to anyone who asks about it.

Rancher Eva Gonzalez with one of her cows, in a meadow she shares with other neighbors near Hoyos del Espino (एvila).
Rancher Eva Gonzalez with one of her cows, in a meadow she shares with other neighbors near Hoyos del Espino (एvila).Asia Martin

Travelers can meet the Inn and other neighbors that drive the region’s economy through Parador and its director Marcos Fernández, who organize activities for groups to bring the natural wealth closer to visitors than it did a century ago. . , Today this activity continues to attract guests to the El Barco de vila-Pidrhita area, where the hotel is located, but for the present there are low-noise plans, such as selling the area’s specialties for the practice of level sports – altitude competition training. are in favor of-; organize excursions with an electric bike along the Tormes River so that no one is left behind; Recommend a climb to the Gredos Lagoon of glacial origin to all visitors; Discover the producers of the famous Tiétar goat cheese; Or grab a steak from the native Avillena-Negra Iberica breed, a way to find out what’s going on outside the inn without leaving the fireplace too far.

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Meeting of the 'Fathers' of the Constitution in Parador de Gredos in February 1978.
Meeting of the ‘Fathers’ of the Constitution in Parador de Gredos in February 1978.Javier Lumbrerasso

A big change for the sector

Modernity came with the Parador a century ago in the form of roads, telephones and gas stations. In fact, the hotel then supplied fuel and placed a switchboard. One hundred years later another type of modernity emerged, represented in the promotion of sport or a commitment to local products. Fernandez says, “Many football teams go to Valencia to train at El Saler Parador, and athletes come to Lanzarote to prepare for Iron Man. Gredos has the potential to attract athletes or cyclists.” The construction of bike lanes connecting the towns of the region has already been approved. This level is not a route used by cyclists, but it serves to encourage beginners. At that time, in the early 20th century, Parador attracted the elite class who owned a car and began automobile tourism from large cities such as Madrid, 200 km away. Today it is convenient to have more mist than smoke.

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Environmentalist Gil is 42 years old and was born in the capital city of vila. Two decades ago it was settled in Navarredonda de Gredos with 424 inhabitants. Astronomy lover, doesn’t stop. He directs stargazing activity and guides groups through the Sierra de Gredos Regional Park. He also leads tours of Parador (“The history of Parador is the recent history of Spain,” he compares) and is in communication with Fernández, the director and merchants of the region, to help anyone who already understands. looking forward to. Extraordinary a century ago. “Sierra de Gredos is special because of the great difference between its southern and northern slopes, because it is the most important glacier in southern Europe and because it has endemic species, that is, they only live there,” says Gil. is one of them Capra Pyrenica Victoria, A subspecies of mountain goat.

A decade ago the festival of Pieorno was made in flower, which blooms between May and June and paints the mountains yellow. “A way of implementing the Jerte Valley tourism model”, Gil establishes as a comparison. Parador has a pitched roof from where you can see the northern face of the mountain, a white giant in winter, almost always gray because of granite, or orange if the desert dust has never come before. Some climbers have climbed peaks early in their careers, such as the Almanjor peak (2,591 m), the highest in the central system.

But not everything is high mountains or competitive sport. The elderly, like most walkers, have reserved some routes from the Gredos platform—the origin of everything, 18 kilometers from Parador—or a route, the GR-10, which connects Valencia to Lisbon and, on its way, this Through the area, it makes short steep ascents and descents along the banks of the Tormes, with cows and horses grazing in the fields and stopping for five minutes to take photos in the winter or five hours to take a bath in the summer. A pleasure training for septuagenarians like Juan Montaes to return to Albacete and no one can reach them on the sidewalk of their city center.

New visitors and old locals

“We have to move. We are not going to stay in hotels”, assures Montaes, a retired professor of psychology at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. “Five couples come and we walk around the area, we visit monuments, we walk,” he says. His friend Paco Alcaniz supported him: “There is nothing like drinking beer and going early on the bus. We go”.

—When the time comes, we’ll go back to the mushrooms.

One says excitedly to the other atop a cliff from where you can see and hear Choro Falls, realizing that there is mycological tourism in the area. A guide from Alicante takes them on a walk through the Tormes, which ends at Casa del Parque, the interpretation center of the Sierra de Gredos Regional Park – it does not reach the national range as hunting is permitted – where the gills wait. Is. In the afternoon they visit El Barco de vila, one of the most famous towns in the region, for its beans and kidney beans, Memento Durable if someone wants to give it to a friend. There are many establishments where they are sold.

three departures without leaving the province

Click on three photos to discover holiday, culture or outdoor plans a few kilometers from the parade.

Tormes. clear water of

Carlos and Enrique Moreno are two brothers who run a family vegetable business inherited from their mother, Emelina Jiménez, who was the chairman of the regulatory council of PGI Judías de l’Barco de vila. They sell seven varieties included in the PGI, other legumes and sweets from the surrounding area. “There is a key in the water from the upper course of the Tormus River to irrigate the fields where these beans are planted,” says one brother. The production is small and the price is high. Like so many chickpea dishes in Spain, they are cooked with pork: bacon, chorizo, can… Don’t waste ,

Retired taxi driver Tomas Pereda, a native of Madrid but a resident of El Barco de vila, with a Romanesque bridge in the background on the banks of the Tormes.
Retired taxi driver Tomas Pereda, a native of Madrid but a resident of El Barco de vila, with a Romanesque bridge in the background on the banks of the Tormes.Asia Martin

Retired taxi driver Tomas Pereda rests on a bench with two other residents of the city in front of the Jewish Museum on the banks of the river. Pereda, the clown and the talker, is a big fan of fishing and is waiting for the ban to open in late March. “There were people who made a living from it,” he says. It is now used to hang out and catch some trout, catfish or bream with which to have a nice dinner or game fishing, another way to connect with nature. The atmosphere encourages. The Tormes flows profusely as it passes through El Barco and is surrounded by a beautiful 125-metre bridge dating back to the 15th century.

Jose Antonio, Isabel and Asuncion give you advice

Extensive animal husbandry to determine population
Such bridges and other less striking ones are crossed by transhuman cattle from the cold lands of एvila to Extremadura at the beginning of winter. Some ranchers, such as Eva Gonzalez and her father Jesus, who live in Hoyos del Espino, like to take them in trucks to warm areas. When the 50 heads of cattle are returned in June, the activity designed for Paradores’ Sense program within nature will begin. Visitors will learn what is involved in extensive livestock farming, something so old that it represents the future.
Each head of cattle has three hectares of land. Gonzalez’s business lies in feeding them, raising the calves and selling them when they reach 300 kg for around 600 euros. Trade for the region is reflected in the fight against exile. Business for the planet consists in taking care of the mountains, stopping the fire. “I like country life. Take a horse and go for a ride”, says González, who supplements his income with private classes and drinks at a bar in Navaredonda de Gredos, the municipality to which Parador belongs, although the influence of the hotel throughout. reaches the area. “It’s a neutral place. In this the locality disappears. The businessmen agree to hold the meeting there and the neighbors choose it for large gatherings”, describes the promoter Gill. “He is a great enabler of the field,” he says. It is from a century.
Castilla y Lean In 15 Paradors

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Writing and Script: mariano godson

Editorial Coordination: Francis Pasha

Design Coordination: adolfo domenech

Development and Design: Belen Polo and Juan Sanchez

Photography: Asia Martin

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