Extremadura walking holiday, Spain

“Extremadura is a dream destination for walkers, bird watchers and photographers interested in ancient architecture and tempting plates of air-dried jamon.”

Highlights

Stepped olive terraces | solar-powered swimming pool | Montanchez castle | Caceres | Trujillo | Merida | Bird sanctuary sheltering several rare species | Monfrague National Park | Arroyomolinos | Barruecos protected area | Griffon vultures

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2016: 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec
2017: 11 Feb, 25 Feb, 11 Mar, 25 Mar, 8 Apr, 22 Apr, 6 May, 20 May, 3 Jun, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov
Our top tip:
Siestas are perfect for reading about the fascinating history of the region or grabbing your binoculars and scanning for azure-winged magpies and hoopoes.
Trip type:
Small group. Max 6 people.
Activity level:
Leisurely-moderate.
Accomm:
Self catering villa with 3 en-suite bedrooms or converted 1 bed barn with bathroom and kitchen.
Included:
Guided walks and use of the solar-powered swimming pool.
Meals:
Full board inc. picnics and lunches at tapas bars (not drinks).
Solos:
Individuals welcome. Single room supplement applies.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Extremadura walking holiday, Spain

Environment

We are continuing the traditional way of life here and have taken alot of care to keep our part of the sierra looking natural. We have solar energy so no ugly power lines. Our swimming pool is as natural as possible using solar powered algae deterrents.
We are lucky to have a rich wild life on the sierra, especially rare species of birds which are left undisturbed in their craggy nests.

The land on the finca is mostly wooded with cork oak and holm oak, we have been careful to maintain these old trees in good condition, using the pruned branches for firewood in the winter. It is especially important to keep the holm oaks pruned as they are the source of acorns which feed the black, iberic pigs producing the famous jamon iberico of Montanchez. On the high crags of the finca we have 2 eagle owl nests, we are careful to avoid any activities too near the nesting grounds so that the owls can carry on their natural breeding and feeding without any interference from man. Clients are respectful of this and although there is much interest the birds are left in peace and only captured digitally with zoom lenses. We will sustain there natural habitat, the finca would not be the same without their deep hooting at dusk.
The whole finca is run with photovoltaic energy, we are completely off grid with our own water supply from a bore hole. Our system is efficient and powerful as we receive enough sunlight throughout the year but we always warn our clients to be aware of energy waste and water waste. Our pool water is filtered and purified using a salt water ionizer which keeps the water sparkling without the use of chemicals. We advise our clients to carefully separate their garbage, we deliver it to the local recycling plant. Kitchen vegetable waste goes to make compost which we use for our vegetable garden. When out on our walks we leave no trace and only take digital samples of plant life, obviously all our picnic waste is packed up and dealt with appropriately. All the building on the finca has been made with sustainable materials which are sourced from our immediate area so they are traditional and appropriate e.g. the chestnut wood doors and windows, locally made floor tiles and locally grown cane for our sun shaded areas. We try to buy well made good quality objects from our locality or at least made in Spain, they last longer than cheaply made objects and if they break can usually be mended not just thrown away. We follow this philosophy in all household objects, try not to throw away but mend, reuse, recycle.

Community

We have been living in the Sierra de Montanchez, Extremadura for 12 years and have a really friendly and co-operative relationship with our local community. We employ local people from the Montanchez area for all our building, renovating, farming work and guided walks.
We contribute to the important local jamon iberico industry by letting local farmers use parts of the land for their iberic pigs to eat the acorns. We buy all food and wine for the finca from local establishments. By attracting outside people to the area with our accommodation and activities we help the local shops and restaurants with new clients.
In winter local farmers use parts of the finca for their free range pigs. We have initiated a programme to revive the callejas, pathways, of the sierra dating back to Roman and Moorish times. Many have become choked with brambles and weeds. It is so important to keep these ancient ways open as they provide wonderful riding and walking, giving access to the remote, high olive groves and vineyards and the great views of the higher pastures.
The local people are very helpful and appreciate that by attracting walkers to the sierra we are boosting the local economy as we frequent local bars, restaurants and shops.
We also employ a local bus company if we need a mini bus for larger groups.
We attract many professional journalists, artists, biologists and photographers on our holidays so our local community benefits when there is a professional entry in any of these fields. The report or art or photograph is published either on the internet or through professional bodies so the word spreads about our precious environment and more people will have access to a holiday that walks lightly through the centuries and the magnificent landscape of Extremadura.

Reviews of Extremadura walking holiday, Spain

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The accommodation and location.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It's a very pleasant holiday with walking rather than a walking holiday with long daily hikes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, because the environment reflected a commitment to low impact agriculture.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Read the operator's response here:

Thanks for this informative review, especially mentioning that the holiday is designed as a gentle walking experience to discover the delights of our part of Extremadura both the nature and the historical towns. Thanks again for this review and so glad that the holiday was enjoyable with lots of new sights, especialy the bird watching experiences.

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Great to see a totally different area, 2000 years of history.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Beware the hosts have 3 dogs who may accompany the walks. Friendly but large.
Take plenty to read as plenty of time for siesta and binoculars as plenty of local birdlife visible from the balcony

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Walks often ended up at the local village square so supported bars and eating places. Several from the Finca, though some longer drives.
House entirely solar powered.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Good

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks very much for this very positive review, it was a great pleasure to introduce
these walking clients to our wonderful town and country walks.

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The care and trouble taken by the providers (Pippa and Manfred) to meet our particular needs and make this a holiday to remember. Nothing was too much trouble from the house, meals and guided walks both country and city.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't take too much luggage as washing machine facilities are available. Always ask your hosts if there is anything special you want to do (or not to do). Walking poles. Remember this couple fit the holiday to your needs - do tell them what your needs and abilities are.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


This finca is run on energy efficient systems with solar panels and batteries Local produce used including wine. The bore hole water is so soft and delicious to drink.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Superb. For us the personal service made this a memorable holiday.

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