Going wild about Spain: Sustain Spain without compromising
Going wild about Spain: Sustain Spain without compromising
From safaris and farms to perfect panoramas SawdayÃ¢Â?Â?s man on the ground CARLOS OPPE selects eight of the best rural getaways.
HIDDEN RETREAT: Pampaneira in the Alpujarras
Casa Ana, La Taha, Granada, Andalusia
This simple, beautiful white village house in the stunning Alpujarras is a walkerâ??s paradise where friendly Anne makes delicious picnics and post hike restaurants await.
Fiercely beautiful sky-scraping mountains plummet to deep gorges zigzagged by ancient mule paths.
Tiny, scattered Alpujarran villages, the Moorsâ?? legacy to walkers, cling by their fingernails to the Sierra Nevadaâ??s hillsides.
Ferreirola is one such pretty cluster with a church, fountain and walking trails.
? Doubles from â?¬82 (Â£58) per night, B&B.
SAFARIS AND STARS
Finca la Ramallosa, San MartÃn de Trevejo, CÃ¡ceres, Extremadura
This foodie retreat offers guests splendid isolation, star-studded skies, home honey and views across to Portugal.
The approach is rustic, wild and the term home-grown was coined here.
The world could disappear and engaging hosts Rebecca and Alfonso wouldnâ??t bat an eyelid for months.
Bounties of seasonal goodies appear as do home-farmed olive oils, Iberian pork and the honey of 200 beehives.
Pack a picnic and head off with Alfonso on a safari-style picnic, spot golden eagles, wolves or even the elusive lynx.
? Doubles from â?¬95 (Â£67) per night, B&B.
MAKE A SPLASH: CaserÃ?Âo del Mirador has great views and a warm welcome
FREE RANGE FAMILIES
CaserÃo del Mirador, JalÃ³n/ XalÃ³, Alicante, Valencia
Young families will adore it.
The setting is staggeringly beautiful with mountain and sea views.
Johnny and Sarah are the warmest folk and you can just do as you please.
The whole point is to relax. Let your children make friends with the animals, splash in the pool, explore vineyards and olive groves, collect breakfast eggs or ride on a tractor.
Fresh bread and croissants appear each morning, you can stride out with a picnic lunch and return to an honesty bar and dinner already prepared.
? Apartments from â?¬125 (Â£88) per night (sleeps two), room only.
LOW IMPACT ADVENTURES
Finca el Moro, Fuenteheridos, Sevilla, Andalusia
Welcome to Arabs Farm, 75 acres of sweet chestnut trees, olives and cork where your discreet but hospitable English hosts live with horses, a donkey and various livestock.
It is a blissful spot for an out-of-the-way holiday, nature surrounds you.
You can enjoy your own lovely pool and there is a village two miles away.
Go hiking or horse-riding, do yoga, spot the migration of short-toed and Bonelliâ??s eagles, black storks and blue thrushes among 80 species.
A perfect trip for travellers seeking a low-impact adventure.
? Cottages from â?¬500 (Â£352) per week (sleeps two), self-catering.
COSY: Room at Rural el Anadio
Hotel Rural El AÃ±adio, Vilches, JaÃ©n, Andalusia
The approach is an adventure in itself.
A three-mile track wends its way across tree-strewn dehesa and up to the farmhouse, remote in the hills and utterly beautiful.
The ganaderia, dedicated to the rearing of fighting bulls, has been in Mariaâ??s family for four generations.
Bedrooms are in the old farm managerâ??s quarters, each with a warming wood-burner.
Vivacious Maria, passionate about preserving the toro bravo breed, will take guests on a tour of the farm, on horseback or by 4×4.
? Doubles from â?¬99 (Â£70), B&B.
Posada La Pastora, Uncastillo, Zaragoza, Aragon
Just behind IglÃ©sia Santa MarÃa is this grand 18th-century house where the traditional elements of old flagstones, wrought-iron grilles, terracotta tiles and wooden beams have been preserved and restored.
See Zaragoza City and the Moorish Palace by canoe, visit the extraordinary European desert at the natural park at Figarol and take a trip to Aragon which is one of the most unpopulated places in Europe for a haunting view of the Egyptian vulture.
? Doubles from â?¬60 (Â£42) per night, room only.
HISTORIC CHARM: Castle-topped Uncastillo
THE BIRDS OF BURGOS
Posada Molino del Canto, Valle de Zamanzas, Burgos, Castile and LeÃ³n
This jewel of a place lies in a primeval Eden-like valley, lapped by the river Ebro. It is a 13th-century millworkersâ?? home restored by young owner Javier and the simplicity of the faÃ§ade is reflected inside.
All is exquisite and authentic, splendid bedrooms come with sky windows for stargazing and you will drift off to the sound of the river.
Spot otters, try your hand at fishing or ask Javier to arrange a birding trip to tick off some of the 300 or so species found in Burgos.
? Doubles from â?¬71 (Â£50) per night, room only.
Picos panorama in Asturias â?? Jascal, Berodia de Cabrales, Asturias Over the Casano river, then up the winding road to a village surrounded by majestic pines.
A sharp turn and there is Jascal, an intricate pattern of red roofs and chimneys against a Picos panorama. Choose one of three pretty apartments set back in the hillside or one of two â??casasâ? in the house.
The enchanted mossy forest will leave you spellbound. Wild cherries bloom in March, fungi burst forth in autumn, mountain streams gush, badgers trot the paths and cow bells tinkle.
? Doubles from â?¬77 (Â£54) per night, room only.
For information and bookings: sawdays.co.uk/wildspain
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