Guadiato and Campiña Cordobesa

Discovery, walks, history and nature - central Andalusia - small international guided group












Two facets of the province of Cordoba, very different but with some points in common: an interesting birdlife, literary associations, and many castles or chapels crowning the hilltops.
Villanueva del Rey is a picturesque village in the upper Guadiato valley, a rural area of oak forest, rolling fields and pastureland. In 2021, our stay coincides with the Fiesta de la Trasiega, the occasion to get to know the craft treatment of the young wine, to taste it accompanied by delicious ham, and to look at the local produce and folklore.
Lucena is a lively town, with pleasant squares and several historical monuments. It has a famous past as Eliossana or 'La Perla del Sefarad', the only Jewish city in Moslem al-Andalus. Lucena is surrounded by the Campiña, low rolling hills of olives and vines, with the limestone summits of the Subbética Cordobesa as a backdrop. Unusual features of the area are inland salt-pans and various small lakes, both fresh and salty, which are the last refuge in Europe of the malvasía (white-headed duck). Several of the hills are crowned with castles, watchtowers or ermitas (processionary chapels) with ample panoramas.


ONE WEEK Activities: 5 days with walks of 1h30-3h15 and one of 45 mins, in fairly easy terrain (denivellation max. +150m) and varied historical/natural visits as outlined below. Group 8 maximum.

FULL BOARD
EXCEPT 2 MEALS in rooms for 2 with private bathrooms and buffet breakfast, in two comfortable hotels: three nights in the modern rural hotel of Villanueva del Rey, and four in the historical centre of Lucena, in a former convent with the rooms distributed round a magnificent cloister. Excellent food including fish, game, lamb, pata negra pork, retinta beef...

DATES
2021 4-12 November (Thursday-Friday, 8 nights).
2022 22-29 April (Friday-Friday, 7 nights).

PRICE 2021 1095 euros per person; single supplement 225 euros.
PRICE 2022 995 euros per person; single supplement 195 euros.

RENDEZVOUS
Malaga – choose a flight arriving by 12.15 (lunch included) or by 13.30 (without lunch). Please contact us if you wish to arrive and depart by bus or train.
DISPERSAL Málaga – choose a flight departing after 14.45.

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DAY-TO-DAY

2021 PROGRAMME
Our stay coincides with the Fiesta de la Trasiega, the occasion to get to know the craft treatment of the young wine, to taste it accompanied by delicious ham, and to look at the local produce and folklore. An extra (fourth) night in Villanueva del Rey.

THURSDAY: Transfer to Villanueva del Rey via El Vacar: one of Spain's oldest castles, it also served as a caravanserai.

FRIDAY: The elegant modernist-neoMudéjar palace of Fuente Obejuna, a town known all over the world thanks to the play Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega (1619). Visit to the olive mill of Villanueva. Walk of the former coal-mining town of Peñarroya Pueblonuevo: monumental centre, French engineers' quarter and industrial area.

SATURDAY: Walk in the area of Villanueva. Fiesta de la Trasiega.

SUNDAY: Walk of La Granjuela, once a notorious Franquist concentration camp, where we hope to observe great bustards and cranes. Fin de fiesta at Villanueva.

MONDAY: Arrival at Lucena: Castle, Palace and Mudéjar-gothic architecture. Cabra, twin town of Lucena, in the steps of the writer and diplomat Juan Valera (1824-1905) who originated from Cabra and situated his best-known novel Pepita Jiménez in it.

TUESDAY: The Roman remains of Monturque. A bodega of Moriles wine. Aguilar de la Frontera, with an octogonal main square. Birdlife of the Laguna de Zóñar.

WEDNESDAY: The walled citadel and dolmens (UNESCO World Heritage) of Antequera, as well as a walk in the famous limestone formations of the Torcal.

THURSDAY: A sumptuous Roman farm-villa with exceptional mosaics. The Laguna Amarga, a salt lake. The town of Estepa, home of many of Spain's Christmas sweetmeats.

FRIDAY: A former mosque, on the summit overlooking Archidona. Transfer to Málaga.

2022 PROGRAMME
FRIDAY: Transfer to Villanueva del Rey via El Vacar: one of Spain's oldest castles, it also served as a caravanserai.

SATURDAY: The elegant modernist-neoMudéjar palace of Fuente Obejuna, a town known all over the world thanks to the play Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega (1619). Walk of the former coal-mining town of Peñarroya Pueblonuevo: monumental centre, French engineers' quarter and industrial area.

SUNDAY: Walk of La Granjuela, once a notorious Franquist concentration camp, where we hope to observe great bustards and cranes.

MONDAY: Arrival at Lucena: Castle, Palace and Mudéjar-gothic architecture. Cabra, twin town of Lucena, in the steps of the writer and diplomat Juan Valera (1824-1905) who originated from Cabra and situated his best-known novel Pepita Jiménez in it.

TUESDAY: The Roman remains of Monturque. A bodega of Moriles wine. Aguilar de la Frontera, with an octogonal main square. Birdlife of the Laguna de Zóñar.

WEDNESDAY: The walled citadel and dolmens (UNESCO World Heritage) of Antequera, as well as a walk in the famous limestone formations of the Torcal.

THURSDAY: A sumptuous Roman farm-villa with exceptional mosaics. The Laguna Amarga, a salt lake. The town of Estepa, home of many of Spain's Christmas sweetmeats.

FRIDAY: A former mosque, on the summit overlooking Archidona. Transfer to Málaga.


Discovery: The land of lakes and storks / Berlanga-Soria / Candás-Costa Verde / Liérganes-Santander
Ruta del Oro / Almería / Huelva, land of mariners / Segura-Júcar-Mundo / Extremadura: Trujillo / Zafra
Xmas Costa Luz / New Year Natural Parks Cádiz / Jerez Flamenco Festival / Bienal Flamenco Seville
Almagro Theatre Festival
/ Ciudad Rodrigo Festival / historical journeys / nature rambles
walking: Andalusia / Madrid-Segovia / Albarracín-Cuenca-Teruel / north Spain / Mar y Sierra Cantabria
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