Experiences

ENJOY AN UNFORGETTABLE PICNIC IN THE HEART OF THE REAL ANDALUSIAN COUNTRYSIDE

 

WHERE YOU WILL BE?

We will start our walk from the village of Calabazares, located in the Sierra de Huelva, within the boundaries of the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche, 4 km from Almonaster la Real. From there we will head south-west to the Valdelogro ravine where we will have a picnic.

WHAT WILL WE DO?

  • Meet at 10:00, after breakfast, and undertake a walk of almost 1 hour, heading towards the Valdelogro ravine.
  • Walk along a beautiful path, surrounded by native trees of the area, circumventing streams that feed into the Rivera Escalada.
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic, with local ingredients, in the heart of the Andalusian countryside.

NOTES:

  • Low difficulty trail, with few slopes. The menu will be adapted to your food preferences.

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VISIT A SUSTAINABLE LIVING EXPERIENCE ON A RURAL SMALLHOLDING

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WHERE WILL YOU BE?

At the Ecofarm “La ecoHuerta del Tito”, located next to the municipality of Los Marines in the Sierra de Aracena. Los Marines is famous for its wine and for astro-tourism, since it is labeled by the UNESCO as part of a Dark Sky Reserve.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

We will meet Daniel (PhD in Biology and an expert in agro-ecology) and discover his lifestyle in the Sierra de Aracena. His background, experience and passion for permaculture and sustainable living will no doubt fascinate you, and boost your interest in protecting the environment.

We will visit his small Ecofarm “La ecoHuerta del Tito”. Integrated into nature, isolated for a part of the year, powered by solar energy and designed according to the principles of permaculture, Daniel has created a totally sustainable life.

Daniel will start the guided tour, 500m from his farm. He will then take you along a beautiful path, which runs through cork oak, pine and chestnut groves, taking approximately 15 minutes. If you are lucky enough you will observe the herds of deer and their fawns that usually frequent the area. During this walk, in an idyllic environment, you will learn about the main species of plants and mushrooms found in the area: you will learn about the uses that human beings have traditionally had for them and how they can benefit us when living sustainably.

Once you get to the farm, you will be able to see the main challenges of sustainable housing in mountainous areas and how these have been tackled by our expert Daniel. He will show you different techniques used to minimize the negative impact of our daily life on the environment (dry toilet, composting, vermicomposting, grease trap, water treatment with plants, etc.) In addition, he will introduce you to different methods of saving water and improving the soil.

A sustainable lifestyle implies sustainable food production. Daniel will explain to you how he performs organic gardening with different types of terraces, techniques and crops. He will also show you how he shares his knowledge and the methods applied in his garden and orchard to help, for instance, the local school to better manage their gardens and orchards.

We will experience tasting seasonal produce and discover new flavours that will pleasantly surprise you. After the tasting you will harvest a multitude of leaves and flowers with which we will prepare a delicious, multicoloured salad that will be accompanied with a homemade beer from Aracena or wine from Los Marines. In addition, we will be able to taste some of  Daniel’s homemade preserves.

Finally, you will visit the garden and orchard, meet and feed the animals of the farm – a small donkey, chickens, and Zeus and Maya, Daniels’ two water dogs that love carrots!

NOTES

  • The activity will take around 2 hours.
  • It is important to wear suitable clothing, preferably hiking boots.
  • Bring a notebook and pen to take notes.
  • It is recommended that you bring a recyclable bag in case you want to buy some of the products made on the farm.

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PAINTING WORKSHOP IN ALMONASTER LA REAL

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

In this workshop we will experience a creative introduction to the art of painting, following in the footsteps of our ancestors, who first began making rock paintings on the walls of their homes. Many techniques and materials used in this era can still be found in modern day paintings.

We will learn to value the properties of the different surfaces on which the paint is applied, such as rock, stone, wood canvas and paper. Each surface has a different texture and this texture provides essential characteristics for the technique and materials used.

We will start by preparing our chosen surface, before taking the big step of drawing directly on to it. Step by step, we will create our artwork:

  • On a board of 40 x 50cm we will add layers of primer, trying to create volume that imitates a rocky wall.
  • We will use a dryer to accelerate the process.
  • While the work is drying, we will choose our rock drawings from examples given.
  • Once chosen, we will make a pencil composition on paper.
  • We will then trace over the pencil line with a fine brush and acrylic paint, enabling us to practice using these tools.
  • Once the board has dried, we will add colour to imitate stone.  We will use two colours, which will enable us to learn to mix and how to handle the paint.
  • With a big brush we will apply the colour mixture, which, together with the texture, will help us to create a background similar to that of a rock, featuring interesting and attractive shades.
  • The last big step is to integrate our drawings of the rock animals into this textured background.

NOTES

  • The workshop’s anticipated run-time is 3 hours
  • Wear old, comfortable clothes that you are not afraid to get dirty
  • It is recommended that you bring a notebook and pen to take notes
  • If you wish to record your experience don’t forget your camera!