A freshening detour
Not accessible to amateurs in Winter
The summit of Castille
Having spare time and strengths, why not continue the hike to the adjacent five laggons? They are much smaller in size than the Big lagoon, but the vistas continue to be spectacular all the way down.
The last snow patches on the summits of Gredos were melting down on that warm, sunny Summer day. Thin threads of pristine water flew down the granitic canyons. Standing there alone we felt an intense joy...
... and a severe thirst (remember to take enough water with you).
A varitety of hikes can be done in the Gredos Range, with different difficulties and lengths to match all kinds of hiking skills and time availability.
One of the most popular ones is the hike to the Gredos circus, a gorgeous glacial circus, snowcapped in winter and with a small lagoon in the bottom. Oddly enough this small lagoon is called the "Big Lagoon", but then, it is indeed the biggest of the several gacial lagoons that can be found in the area.
This hike is affordable for people of all ages with an averagely good physical condition. Sometimes it goest rather steep, but it is nothing that the average person cannot achieve. The reward, of course, are the exceptional views.
Rather than dangerous, they look peaceful creatures in a pastoral environment. Provided the convient distances are observed, that is it.
Free roaming cows and bulls abound in the pastures of the Gredos area. Their meat is considered to be among the best in Spain. They do not belong to the race used for bullfighting and, thence, are supposed to be totally inoffensive. However, keeping off their way might be a wise idea.
One of the oldest constructions in the Gredos Range is the old causeway built by the Romans in order to link the two Iberian plateaus.
Favorite thing: The Gredos Range is mainly composed of granit. Wind, rain, sun and glaciers have modelled it along the centuries into capricious rounded shapes.
Favorite thing: The rather unspoilt nature of this area is due to its isolation and also partly to the fact that it was used as a hunting reserve by the Spanish monarchs. No one else was allowed to hunt here and this has allowed the survival of large herds of Iberian mountain goats that still roam free in the mountains. If you are lucky and patient, you will spot them in the distance. Take a good camera lense. Otherwise, enojoy taking pictures of the scenery.