Albarracín, Cuenca and Teruel
Guided walking, history, nature - small international group - east-central Spain
Walking in the unknown heart of Spain, the mountains of the Iberian Cordillera: fantastic gorges and weird rock formations, arid plateaux and immense pine forests, isolated villages and intriguing small cities...
ONE WEEK Activities: discovery of east-central Spain: 4 mountain walks of 2-3 hours on (sometimes steep and/or stony) footpaths with a few 'off path' sections; 3 short nature walks of 1h-1h30 in the Serranía de Cuenca; 2 'historical walks' of about 2 hours; visits to Cuenca, Albarracín, Daroca, Peracense and Teruel. Denivellations 300-400m a day. Group 10 maximum.
FULL BOARD EXCEPT 3 MEALS, in hotels in rooms for two (private bathrooms): two nights in bustling Cuenca and five in Albarracín, walled 'city-village' of only 1000 inhabitants.
2018 4-11 October.
PRICE 875 euros per person; single room supplement 135 euros.
RENDEZVOUS & DISPERSAL Cuenca station, with high-speed AVE train services to Madrid (journey an hour; book an arrival in Madrid by 14.30 and return departing after 15.30).
Please ask us for travel information - we can book train tickets for you.
Location of this programme:
THURSDAY: Afternoon rendezvous at Cuenca AVE station. Tapas evening, night at Cuenca.
FRIDAY: By forest roads through the heart of the Serranía de Cuenca, to the spectacular karst formations of the Ciudad Encantada and the verdant source of the río Cuervo, and, time permitting, an easy climb to the summit of the Serranía de Cuenca, Mogorrita (1866 m/6122 ft): tremendous views of the southern Iberian mountains. Via the bleak but beautiful uplands of the Montes Universales, named for the curious communal system under which the land was held, we arrive at Albarracín.
SATURDAY: Visit-historical walk of the citadel of Albarracín. Lunch at the inn of the aptly-named Frías de Albarracín, one of the highest villages of the Montes Universales (1460 m/4790 ft), then walk of the Fuente Berro gorge to the hamlet of Calomarde. Evening tapas and delicias de Teruel in Albarracín's mediaeval quarter.
SUNDAY: A day exploring the Mudéjar architecture of the Jiloca: Daroca, with a historical walk round its gigantic city wall, Navarrete and San Martín del Río.
MONDAY: Teruel, renowned for its hams which have their own denominación de origen. We admire the city's elegant Mudéjar towers and cathedral artesonado. Afternoon walk on the heights of the Sierra de Gúdar (Alto del Hornillo, 2002 m): panorama of this sierra with its wooded cliffs, gorges and rich pastures.
TUESDAY: Walk in the Parque Cultural del Rodeno de Albarracín, unusual red sandstone scenery with rock shelters decorated with prehistoric paintings. Peracense castle and Ródenas village, built in the same type of stone.
WEDNESDAY: Transfer to Cuenca for the last night. On the way, we visit the remarkable dolines of Las Torcas. Afternoon free to explore the old city of Cuenca, perched between the Júcar and Huécar gorges. Goodbye tapas evening.
THURSDAY: Morning dispersal at Cuenca station.
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