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; 3 'historical walks' of about 2 hours; visits to Cuenca, Albarracín, Daroca, Peracense and Teruel. Denivellations 300-400m a day. Group 8 maximum.
FULL BOARD EXCEPT 3 MEALS, in hotels in rooms for two (private bathrooms): five nights in Albarracín, walled 'city-village' of only 1000 inhabitants, and two nights in bustling Cuenca.
2022 5-12 October.
PRICE 945 euros per person; single room supplement 155 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 17.30).
We can book your train tickets in advance and send them to you. Please contact us if you wish to arrive and depart by bus or train, other than from Madrid.
Location of this programme:
WEDNESDAY: Rendezvous at Cuenca station; transfer to our hotel (2 nights). Tapas evening.
THURSDAY: The remarkable dolines of Las Torcas. Exploration of the old town of Cuenca, perched between the Júcar and Huécar gorges, followed by a splendid walk along the Júcar valley, facing the city.
FRIDAY: By forest roads through the heart of the Serranía de Cuenca to the spectacular karst formations of the Ciudad Encantada, the verdant source of the río Cuervo (picnic) and an easy climb to the summit of the Serranía de Cuenca, Mogorrita (1866 m/6122 ft): tremendous views of the southern Iberian mountains. Arrival at Albarracín (5 nights).
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 (1460 m/4790 ft) of the Montes Universales, named for the curious communal system under which the land was held. 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: Dispersal at Cuenca station.
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