NATURAL PARKS OF JAÉN

1045 €

DESCRIPTION

     Jaén is the province with largest surface area of protected natural spaces in Spain, and boasts over 300,000 hectares of natural heritage. The wealth of botany, fauna and geology make it the ideal place for the nature lover.

     The vast, unspoilt extent of the Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Nature Reserve, where rocky limestone peaks rise above dense pine forests and clear mountain streams, including the source of the great Guadalquivir River. Here you can observe birds of prey like the bearded vulture, which for the first time in history since its disappearance, returned to reproduce in this area in 2015.

     The excellent condition of the Mediterranean forest in the Sierra de Andújar and Despeñaperros Nature Reserves provides some of the last refuges for the greatly threatened Iberian lynx, in grave danger of extinction. Birds of prey like the golden eagle and the black vulture also deserve special mention.

     The medieval, mountain castles in the Sierra Mágina Nature Reserve make it an excellent place for observing the different peaks in the mountain range, which are covered in snow in the winter.

      Enjoy a hiking trail guided by local experts into one of the hot spots of biodiversity in Europe, sample traditional dishes and sleep in charming rural houses and hotels.

ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrival at the airport and pick up. Flights not included.

Day 2Sierra de Andújar Nature Reserve:

     - Morning: Hiking trail through the beautifully preserved Mediterranean forest (moderate length).

     - Afternoon: time to relax in a wonderful country house within the Nature Reserve.

Day 3. Despeñaperros Nature Reserve:

     - Morning: hiking trail over a wide area of unspoilt forest with the impenetrable barrier of great quartzite rocks (moderately long).

     - Afternoon: enjoy the surroundings of the nature reserve an relax in a country inn with stunning views.

Day 4. The town of Cazorla:

     - Morning: hiking trail on the outskirts of this lovely town. Choose between 3 routes of varying difficulty and length.

     - Afternoon: time to visit the town and sample traditional dishes. Accommodation in a lovely hotel with a spa and various activities.

Day 5. Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Nature Reserve:

     - Morning: enjoy a popular hiking trail beside the Borosa River where you'll be surprised by the limestone formations and the blue colour of the water (14 km, low difficulty).

     - Afternoon: transfer to the neighbouring Sierra de Segura Mountains to continue enjoying your journey. Rest in an impressive country house near the source of the Segura River.

Day 6. Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas (Segura) Nature Reserve:

     - Morning: hiking trail through majestic mountain ranges with incredible lookout points for observing vultures and the threatened bearded vulture (medium/long distance).

     - Afternoon: rest in a fantastic country house in stunning surroundings and sample the typical Segura roast lamb.

Day 7. Sierra Mágina Nature Reserve:

      - Morning: hiking trail taking in the well-preserved forests and medieval mountain castles, which are the perfect place for observing the other peaks (choice of 3different routes).

      - Afternoon: After this wonderful journey, relax in a wonderful country house within the Nature Reserve and sample traditional dishes.

 Day 8. Leave-taking at the airport.

INCLUDES

- 7 nights accommodation

- Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

- Pick up at the airport (Málaga, Sevilla or Madrid).

- Guided walking.

- Transfer between Nature Reserves.

- Liability insurance.

- Expert local guide.

- Optical material: binoculars and Swarovski spot scope.

CALENDAR

- All year (consult availability)

- Recomended season: september-june

NOTES

- Price per person (included VAT).

- Maximum group 8 people.

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