Pedroches & 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.
Alcaracejos is a picturesque village in the Pedroches valley, a rural area of oak forest, rolling fields and pastureland.
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: 6 days with walks of 1h15-3h (denivellation max. +150m), in fairly easy terrain except the Torcal de Antequera; varied historical/natural visits as outlined below. Group 7 maximum.

FULL BOARD
EXCEPT 2 MEALS in rooms for 2 with private bathrooms and buffet breakfast, in two comfortable hotels: four nights in the modern rural hotel of Alcaracejos, and three 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 (Friday-Friday)
2022 22-29 April.

PRICE 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.

Location of this programme:


DAY-TO-DAY

FRIDAY: Transfer to Alcaracejos 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 mining town of Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo: French engineers' quarter and industrial area.

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

MONDAY: Agreeable walking circuit of the Dehesa: many birds including the endemic azure-winged magpie, in Spanish rabilargo but locally here mojino, which has become the nickname of the inhabitants of Alcaracejos!

TUESDAY: The colossal Roman cisterns of Monturque. Aguilar de la Frontera, with an octogonal main square. Birdlife of the Laguna de Zóñar. Lucena's castle.

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

THURSDAY: 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. A sumptuous Roman farm-villa with exceptional mosaics. A bodega of Moriles wine. The Laguna Amarga, a salt lake. Baroque palaces of Lucena.

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

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