New Year 2018-19 at Trujillo
Christmas and New Year weeks based in our favourite cities
All the local celebrations
Delicious local gastronomy and imaginative tapas
Special Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve dinner and evening
Walking, history and nature - small international guided group - Extremadura (western Spain)
Perched on a hill of granite, with austere mediaeval fortified houses on its walls, a castle, sumptuous Renaissance palaces and a wonderful Plaza Mayor, Trujillo forms a unique frame for the New Year festivities and a fantastic procession of the Three Kings.
ONE WEEK Activities: 5 days with walks of 1-3 hours, visits to Trujillo, Cáceres, Guadalupe and Mérida. Group 10 maximum.
Nochevieja, 31 December, with gala dinner and the traditional uvas de la suerte: a grape eaten at each stroke of midnight.
Epiphany, 5 January, with live Nativity scene, carols and brass band, and the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos: the procession of the Three Kings, riding on multicoloured floats, hundreds of children in costume, acrobats, jugglers, stilt-walkers and fireworks.
FULL BOARD EXCEPT 3 MEALS in rooms for 2 with private bathrooms in a restored palace in the heart of the old city, less than 5 minutes from the Plaza Mayor where we take our evening meals. Delicious Extremeño gastronomy featuring pata negra pigs and cordero lechal, tortas of sheeps' cheese, migas del pastor, scrambled eggs with wild asparagus or tagarninas...
New Year 2018-9 30 December-6 January.
PRICE 945 euros per person; single supplement 155 euros.
RENDEZVOUS & DISPERSAL Trujillo (well connected by bus with Madrid). Ask us for a timetable; we can book your bus tickets in advance and send them to you. If flying to Madrid, you should take a plane scheduled to arrive by 14.00, and the last day, one departing after 16.00.
Location of this programme:
SUNDAY: Transfer from Trujillo bus station to to our comfortable hotel. First evening in Trujillo.
MONDAY: Monfragüe National Park: splendid new walk in the wooded gorge of the río Malvecino. Observation of numerous vultures and other birds. Walk of the dehesa, to the walls of Trujillo, and agreeable tour of the alleys, squares and pink granite palaces of the old city, birthplace of the notorious Conquistadores Orellana and Pizarro, as well as Padre Las Casas, defender of the Amerindians.
TUESDAY: On foot through the landscapes of the Sierra de Montánchez: Cancho Blanco, Navarredonda lake and the villages of Zarza and Robledillo.
WEDNESDAY: We explore the incredibly rich Roman remains of Mérida, capital of Roman Hispania Lusitanica and now of the autonomous region of Extremadura. The fabulous Museo Nacional de Arte Romano and the unique Visigothic collection.
THURSDAY: Sierra de Guadalupe: rocky summits and legendary sites; the monastery and picturesque village of Guadalupe; a short walk on the Camino de Alfonso XI, in the steps of pilgrims coming to Guadalupe from the north.
FRIDAY: Panoramic circuit of Berzocana, through a valley flanked by impressive Pyrenean oaks and along the ridge dominating the village.
SATURDAY: The walled city of Cáceres, UNESCO world heritage. Los Barruecos: strange granite scenery with lagoons, terrapins and storks. The delightful Plaza Mayor of Garrovillas, with its arcades all askew.
SUNDAY: Dispersal at Trujillo.
Christmas 2018 at Cordoba / Mar y Sierra Zambombas (festive Jerez & Cordoba)
Ciudad Rodrigo Theatre Festival / Ciudad Rodrigo & Arribes del Duero / Lucena Theatre Festival
Discovery: Almagro-La Mancha / Berlanga-Soria / Jaén / Candás-Costa Verde / Liérganes-Santander
Two centre discovery: Ruta del Oro / Extremaduran Kaleidoscope / Al-Andalus (Cordoba patios)
Bienal Flamenco Seville / Jerez Flamenco Festival / Almagro Theatre Festival / nature rambles
walking: Andalusia / Extremadura / Old Castile / La Rioja / Albarracín-Cuenca-Teruel / historical journeys
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