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Number of Reviews: 34 Overall score: *****
Walking in the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spain
***** Written
Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

A Great Trip!

5
Having enjoyed travelling with Exodus several times now, we were certainly not disappointed this time - this trip was one of the best. Covarrubias has a charming small medieval town centre, and the hotel is well-situated in the old part where limited traffic access meant it was very peaceful. The hotel was very comfortable and the meals good - substantial breakfasts and varied dinners (with wine provided). Our host, Eloy, looked after us very well. The walking matched the grade very well for us - 17-20 km walks with leisurely 9.30am starts, and usually ending back at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm - in time for a relaxing beer or two afterwards under the shady trees in the square. The climbs were often gradual, with just a few steep pinches; but the views from the top were well worth the effort. The maximum climbing in one day was 450m (not all at once though). We often had quite hot weather (up to 33°C), but as a lot of the climbs were in the morning, often in partial shade, this wasn't too bad. Rucksacks were a bit heavy though, with up to 2 litres of water, packed lunch and the precautionary waterproofs etc. The main effect of the hot weather was some sore feet after long descents on stony paths - very comfortable boots are needed for such conditions. All but one of the walks started from the hotel, taking us quickly into the lovely countryside. The vast expanses of wild flowers were an unexpected bonus (we thought they'd be over by June). All the walks took in different views and terrain, and were planned to allow for plenty of opportunities to stand and stare, take photos and enjoy leisurely elevenses and lunch. The villages were interesting, if rather quiet. The free day spent in Burgos was worthwhile. The cathedral is spectacular, and the town centre very pleasant to wander around, especially by the river. For a more relaxing day it's worth sharing a taxi to return to Covarrubias late afternoon rather than taking the regular 1pm bus.
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Walking in the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spain
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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

A great trip led by a great leader!

5
Signed up for this with a friend - our first walking holiday with Exodus and we weren't disappointed! Based out of Covarrubias, a picturesque and characterful town 2hrs north of Madrid - an undiscovered gem off the usual tourist route. 5 days of walking and each day was different, striking off in a different direction each morning. The terrain was varied and we had some fantastic views! Our leader Emily was wonderful - the perfect combination of enthusiasm and professionalism, and so full of knowledge about the local area and the walks themselves. Our day off trip to nearby Burgos was also a pleasant surprise - plenty to see for those culturally/ religiously inclined (famous cathedral and spotting Camino pilgrims) as well as modern evolution museum that far surpassed expectations. Would highly recommend this for all ages - the name of the trip implies a more historic trip - and while there was certainly plenty of history, the emphasis was most definitely on the hikes themselves.
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Walking in the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spain
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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

Secret trails of medieval Spain

5
The area around Covarrubias is lovely for walking, enough ups and downs to keep it interesting with lovely views and amazing wildlife. We saw griffin vultures on the cliffs and circling above us, windflowers in the meadows and swifts and house martins flying round the village. The hotel is excellent with plenty of food at breakfast and dinner and a varied menu. I don't eat red meat and there was plenty of fish and vegetables at each meal. We made our own lunches each day with food from the local bakery and supermarket.
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Walking in the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spain
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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

the Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

5
The best Exodus walking trip I have done. We were a small group with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader. By the end of the week (if not before) it felt like we belonged in Corruvabias and had known each other for a long time. This trip is a chance to explore a not very visited part of Spain, with a ton of local history, scenic surprises around almost every corner and an opportunity to mingle with Spanish local people. There is also the modern day history of 'The Camino' present locally and in particular in Burgos, where 'pilgrims' gather in cafes and in the wonderful Cathedral.
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Walking in the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spain
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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

Spain, but not as you know it..

5
This corner of Europe is a delightful revelation! Wonderful landscape and steeped in history. Five days of excellent, well planned walks, with a day off to explore Burgos and its amazing cathedral. A good level of fitness, decent boots (and sticks) certainly helps as the walks averaged 20km. May is a good time to enjoy the green spring landscape and abundant flowers, yet still enjoy walking in shorts and bare arms. The Village of Covarrubias is a real gem and not sharing it with any other visible tourists was a bonus. Peace, exercise and fantastic food made a brilliant combination - along with like-minded fellow walkers.
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Walking in the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spain
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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

TSR The Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

5
A walking holiday where you won't meet many other walkers. Well planned routes with a mixture of open views, holm oak woods, ancient villages, cherry orchards and vineyards and more. We saw plenty of vultures, deer and evidence of wild boar; probably heard nightingales and warblers (but none of the group were expert enough to be sure) and saw a multitude of orchids and wildflowers. We felt the walks were a little longer than the trip notes suggested but wouldn't have missed any of it.
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Walking in the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spain
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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

Great Holiday

5
Excellent hotel, in a great local area, with very friendly staff, good food and wine, good local walks, and a superb group to be with.
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Walking in the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spain
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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

Excellent Trip

5
This is a great weeks walking in a beautiful part of Spain. The hotel is very comfortable and the food is good. The prices in the bar are amazingly cheap! €1 for a glass of wine.
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Walking in the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spain
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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

Secret trails of Mediaeval Spain

4
An exhilarating walk in a rarely visited area. Covarrubias, the base, is a delightful and picturesque but quiet town; the hotel we stayed in was friendly and welcoming (not least for wine at 1 euro a glass!). The surrounding countryside with its mountainous slopes and vast woodlands offers demanding, but not too exhausting walking. The views from the ridges and tops are spectacular. A rest day in Burgos with vespers at the Silos monastery (optional) provides a pleasant break from the walking days. A thoroughly recommended trip!
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