The Mountains of Madrid and Segovia Walking Holiday

The Mountains of Madrid and Segovia Walking Holiday

Madrid is not only a wonderful city offering top museums, great food and architecture. It also boasts incredible mountains, unknown to most tourists. The Mountains of Madrid and Segovia Walking Holiday will take you to peaks over 2100 mts high with amazing views, to historical and cultural sites like the Monastery of Escorial or the Royal Palace and Gardens of La Granja. End your journey visiting world-famous Segovia and its aqueduct.

Highlights of The Mountains of Madrid and Segovia Walking Holiday

  • The Monastery of El Escorial, the views from Machotas peaks and the nice restaurants of this elegant town
  • The ridges and peaks with views for miles
  • Peñalara Natural Park paths and glacier-age scenery
  • The Royal Palace and Gardens at La Granja
  • Beautiful Segovia with the aqueduct, its amazing romanesque churches, and its great restaurants and lively bars

The Mountains of Madrid and Segovia Walking Holiday Overview

DestinationSegovia Spain
Holiday TypeSelf guided walking holiday
Duration7 days / 6 nights. 5 days walking
Grade Moderate or difficult.
DistanceAvg 13km per day.

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

The Mountains of Madrid and Segovia Walking Holiday Itinerary  

DAY 1: Arrival at El Escorial
El Escorial is very well connected with Madrid, both by bus and train. Enjoy your first evening here: the views, the bars and maybe a visit to the Monastery.

DAY 2: Machotas peaks circular walk (15 km/750 m or 13 km/600m)
Walk to the place where Philip II sat to check the progress in the works of the Monastery, and climb up to the beautiful Machotas peaks and enjoy the views. Complete the circular walk and enjoy a well deserved beer at a terrace bar.

DAY 3: Escorial to Guadarrama and Cercedilla (18.5 km/850 m or 10km/700m)
Climb up the beautiful Abantos peak (1753 m) and keep walking along the ridge, enjoying views of Gredos. See the amazing 150 m high cross of Valle de los Caidos and descend into Guadarrama, a town with many bars, ideal to catch a bus (each 30 minutes) to Cercedilla. For a shorter walk, climb up Abantos, walk down back to Escorial and take a taxi to Cercedilla.

DAY 4: Several circular routes at Fuenfria Valley in Cercedilla
Enjoy the many possibilities of this valley, including the walk along the remains of a Roman road that climbed up to a 1792 m high pass! You can even hit 2100 m high peaks, with views for miles. Overnight in Cercedilla.

DAY 5: Cercedilla to Cotos and to La Granja  (19.5 km / ↑ 550m ↓ 1200m or 14.7km / ↑ 400m ↓ 1050m)
Take a charming mountain train from Cercedilla to Cotos pass. Peñalara offers amazing scenery to Rascafria valley and several lagoons and glacier formations. From Nevero pass (2096 m) you can easily descend to the elegant La Granja, considered the Spanish Versailles. For a longer walk, you can also keep walking the ridge for 5 km more.

DAY 6: Valsain Valley, La Granja and Segovia (13 km / ↑ ↓ 350m)

Today you can walk Valsain valley (a gentle walk along a lovely stream, or even walk up to a hill with views), and, of course, you can also visit the Royal sites at La Granja: the gardens, the palace or the glass factory After that, take a taxi or bus to nearby Segovia, a unique city full of historic fascinating monuments and typical Castilian restaurants.

DAY 7: Departure from Segovia
Depart from Segovia, a town very well connected with Madrid (hourly trains and buses). Or stay an additional day to enjoy this wonderful city..

The Mountains of Madrid and Segovia Walking Holiday Dates & Prices 

Season:  May-Jun/Sept.-October

​Price per person (2 people sharing) €625
Single person (min 2 pax) €855
​Solo traveler €879

Extra night in Segovia:
€​85 double room
€65 single room


  • 6 nights in hotels
  • 5 breakfasts (Breakfast in Escorial starts at 9AM, so it can be discounted: € 9 per breakfast and person
  • 2 dinners (drinks not included)2 picnic lunches
  • Luggage transport
  • Taxi lift at stage Escorial to Cercedilla
  • Tourist and cultural information, route notes, maps and GPS tracks
  • 24 hour telephone support


  • Train tickets from Cercedilla to Cotos (€ 8.7 per person)
  • Taxi or bus from La Granja to Segovia
  • Tickets for visits to Escorial Monastery or La Granja Royal Palace

Your Accommodation

Nights 1 & 2 (El Escorial)

Posada Don Jaime: elegant hotel with classic decoration


Nights 3 & 4 (Cercedilla)

Peña Pintada: Charming B & B run by a friendly couple


Night 5 (The Farm)

Hotel Roma: comfortable hotel near the palace


Night 6 (Segovia)

Urban hostel: comfortable and well-located boutique pension


Other hotels we may use:

Nights 1 & 2 (El Escorial)

De Martín: well located guesthouse with modern decoration


Night 5 (Upgrade)

Parador de La Granja: elegant hotel with the famous Paradores quality standards


Night 6 (Segovia)

Hotel Don Felipe: ellegant hotel near the Alcazar. Nice terrace and garden


Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

  • International airports: Madrid
  • How to get to the starting point? Train or bus from Madrid, departing each 30 minutes
  • How to get back to Madrid from Segovia? Bus or train, departing each hour