Secret trails of medieval Spain TSR150523

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The wildlife and history. We saw; several storks nesting on the church towers in the villages whilst griffin vultures soared overhead, numerous bee orchids, the amazing stone carvings in Burgos Cathedral and the delightful villages with their medieval architecture. We were fortunate to gain access into small village churches which added to the sense of history. We also enjoyed sampling freshly picked local cherries and visiting the winery.

What did you think of your group leader?

Emily was an excellent leader. Each evening we had a briefing which was clear and concise. On the trails she set a suitable walking pace and moved around the group so that everyone felt included. She had a pleasant, calm and relaxed manner which put everyone at their ease. She was also fluent in Spanish which was a great help as in some villages there is little English spoken.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Do be prepared for hot weather and take plenty of water and sunscreen with you on the walks. The temperature was in the high 20s and there was no guarantee that the village bars would be open. Also pack waterproofs in case of thunderstorms. Many of the tracks are rocky so a good pair of walking boots with ankle support is needed. The bakeries in Covarrubias sold lovely bread & cakes if you didn't want to order a packed lunch from the hotel.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I found this trip fascinating and heartily recommend the opportunity to visit to this little known area of Spain.