Walking, history and nature - small international guided group - Extremadura (western Spain)
We explore Extremadura from Trujillo: rich birdlife of the llanos and the Monfragüe National Park... weird rock formations of the Barruecos... mountain scenery and traditions of the Sierras of Guadalupe and Montánchez... elegant Conquistador cities of Cáceres and Trujillo... fabulous Roman remains of Mérida...
9 DAYS (8 nights) Activities: visits, some guided, others with a plan and a detailed topo-guide written by us; entrances included to the sites mentioned below; 6 walks, 3 of 3-4 hours and 3 of 1h15-2h30 (denivellation max +250m). Group 8 maximum.
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, sheeps' cheese tortas, migas del pastor, quails with thyme, scrambled eggs with wild asparagus, cardillos, criadillas de tierra, tagarninas...
2022 20-28 September.
PRICE 975 euros per person; single supplement 155 euros.
RENDEZVOUS & DISPERSAL Trujillo, connected by bus with Madrid. 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. Please contact us if you wish to arrive and depart by bus or train, other than from Madrid.
Location of this programme:
TUESDAY: Arrival at Trujillo, and transfer to our hotel in a recently-restored noble house less than 5 minutes from the Plaza Mayor, where we have dinner.
WEDNESDAY: The Monfragüe National Park: introduction to this important nature reserve, which has colonies of griffon and black vultures as well as other raptors and black storks. Walk of the dehesa, from Huerta de la Animas tothe walls of Trujillo, and agreeable tour of the alleys of the old city, birthplace of the notorious 'Conquistadores' Pizarro and Orellana, as well as Las Casas, defender of the Amerindians.
THURSDAY: The walled city of Cáceres, UNESCO world heritage (as are Mérida and Guadalupe monastery). Los Barruecos: strange granite scenery: lakes, terrapins and storks.
FRIDAY: On foot through the landscapes of the Sierra de Montánchez and panorama from the castle of Montánchez village. Roman remains on the Vía de la Plata and the singular Visigothic church of Alcuéscar.
SATURDAY: The Ruta del Búho, panoramic walk through the "owl country". Discovery of the old phosphorite mine of Logrosán and the magic of its polvorín [former explosive store].
SUNDAY: The incredibly rich Roman sites 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.
MONDAY: Sierra de Guadalupe: rocky summits and legendary sites; the Hieronymite monastery, hostelry and college, and the picturesque village of Guadalupe; a short walk on the Camino de Alfonso XI, in the steps of pilgrims coming to Guadalupe from the north. The castle of the Pizarros.
TUESDAY: The Dehesa de Robledillo, with its curious zahurdas, azure-winged magpies and black pigs. Excellent views of Cancho Blanco, Navarredonda lake and the villages of Zarza and Robledillo, and interesting sites such as the 'little Escorial', a Vetton fortification and an 800 year-old holm oak.
WEDNESDAY: Dispersal at Trujillo.
Zafra and the Tierra de Barros / Ciudad Rodrigo-Arribes del Duero / Ciudad Rodrigo Theatre Festival
Discovery: Almagro-Mancha / Rioja / Berlanga-Soria / Candás-Costa Verde / Liérganes-Santander
two centre discovery: Ruta del Oro / Land of lakes and storks / Almería / Huelva / Guadiato-Campiña
Segura-Júcar-Mundo / Xmas on the Costa de la Luz / New Year Natural Parks Cádiz
Bienal Flamenco Seville / Jerez Flamenco Festival / Almagro Theatre Festival / nature rambles
walking: Andalusia / Madrid-Segovia / Old Castile / Soria / Albarracín-Cuenca-Teruel / historical journeys
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