Spain is with no doubt a global touristic destination that joins the sun and the beach plan with snow attractions. The white sport is in and rising, and there are increasingly more people who feel appealed for this kind of tourism in winter. The Iberian Peninsula has many ski resorts and Avexperience helps you to visit and join the most spectacular ones: the ones of the Pyrenees, Sierra Nevada, Guadarrama or Javalambre.
In the city, visitors can enjoy four splendid parks, and walking or cycling, starting from the town and through Maria Cristina Canal and its branches, you can make a suburban area about 40 km, visiting places such as the Palo, the Eyes of San Jorge or the Lagoon Acequión (with an important archaeological site of the Bronze Age). Through the Natural Way of Maria Cristina, the visitor can connect to the Greenway of the Sierra de Alcaraz, which with a distance of 74 Km reaches the foothills of the Sierra de Alcaraz, crossing the valleys of the rivers “Garden” and “Cubillo”.
Also after a visit to the splendid Botanical Garden C-LM, the tourist can take a tour of 3 kilometers to the suburban Pulgosa Park, where refreshments, skating, BMX circuit performing …, as in the “Pine forests of river Júcar” very near the capital.
In addition the province of Albacete has featured Places and Natural Parks, among others, the Natural Park Ruidera, the Calares of World River” or the valleys of the “Júcar” and “Cabriel”.
There are three places you cannot stop visiting when coming to our region:
Moreover, Antequera puts at your disposal a new motor home park zone located next to the El Maulí football pitch. Definitely, a different way of enjoying our charming town.
The geographical situation of Barcelona and the mild climate allow for the enjoyment of all type of active tourism activities.
The Catalan Pyrenees, just a two-hour drive from the city, is the ideal destination for snow and ski lovers. Ski resorts such as La Molina, La Masella, Baqueira-Beret, Port del Compte, Boi-Taull, Espot, Vall de Nuria, Port Aine and Valter 2000 allow for the practice of this winter sport. Some of them have play parks for children.
La Pica d’Estats (3,143 metres) is the highest mountain in the region. It is an area with a great natural and landscape richness, which still also has centenarian Romanesque churches and fortresses. In fact, many of the valleys are protected as biosphere reserves. Besides skiing, adventure sports like rafting, hiking/ecotourism can be practised in the Aiguestortes Natural Park and in the Lake of San Mauricio. Rural tourism is also very popular.
Our countryside is one of the most valuable parts of the heritage that our ancestors have handed down to us and the countryside around Cordoba has some of the most varied landscapes and most interesting wildlife in the whole Iberian Peninsula.
The city, situated on a vale better known for its 3,000 year history and wealth of historical remains and cultural interest, is also lucky enough to be extremely close to the mountainous region known as Sierra, with its remarkable natural value. Discover five routes to go through the spectacular
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You will find large unique natural spaces of great ecological value within the urban area of Lleida.
When arriving in the city, with the outline of Seu Vella (the main monument of the city) in the distance, you will be able to see the agricultural land from Lleida, the green belt surrounding the city.
Far from losing its identity, the Lerida agricultural land keeps a large part of its natural flavour, of peasant farmers, and has been able to adapt in a spectacular manner to the comforts of modern life.
The park of the river
Having a walk in the parallel avenue to the left side of the Segre River, you will be able to see the noble façade of the city: the Montepio building, the Casino Principal, the Jaume Morera Museum, Casa Melcior, the neoclassic façade of Paeria and the Pal·les building, overlooked by Seu Vella.
Els Camps Elisis
This public place holds remarkable buildings, such as the Cafe Chalet and the Templete de la Musica, two constructions from the 1900s, or the Aquarium, a modernist building decorated with glazed tiles and engraved beams. The sculptures are a notable feature of the gardens.
La Mitjana is a remarkable natural area around the edges of the city. It is a river wetland area of approximately 90 ha. It was declared an Area of Natural Interest in 1979. The key element of the area is water. The microclimate has favoured the growth of a dense gallery forest. Poplar, black poplar, alder and ash trees; shrubs such as willows, tamarisk or bramble and an herbaceous layer filled with duckweed, bulrushes, reeds, yellow lilies and rushes make up the flora of the area. Fauna is another noteworthy aspect of La Mitjana. Given their habits, birds are particularly easy to spot. The animals that can be seen in the areas with water are mallards, moorhens, gulls, egrets, and grey herons. There are several birds of prey like such as marsh harriers, Montagu’s harriers or even ospreys. Amphibians and reptiles are represented by viperine snakes, marsh frogs and toads. The area also provides a habitat for fish like barbels and pikes, and mammals like wild boars and foxes. La Mitjana area is ideal to go for a walk, to practise sports or to observe the fauna and the flora. For more information, please contact the Interpretive Centre of La Mitjana: (+34) 973 232 559.
Arboretum – Botanic Garden of Lleida
The Arboretum Dr. Pius Quer and Font, is a unique space of almost 7 hectares of land with a complete collection of living plants with more than 500 species of trees and bushes, classified according to the biome of the habitat in which they live.
Trees are the key element of this botanic garden; this is why we present four of the most important tree biomes in the planet: boreal forests, deciduous forests, sclerophyll forests and temperate forests. Up to 16 forest environments have been created inside each of these biomes, all of them very representative.
Contact details: Enric Farreny, 144
Inside Puertollano, a big natural urban treasure invites us to enjoy the lush Botanical Garden, and, just in the heart of the city the Nineteenth century Paseo de San Gregorio. You can enjoy our mining past with a nice tour along the Parque- Museo del Pozo Norte. From the Santa Ana´s hill, you can discover a panoramic view of the city while you climb it.
To discover new roads, you can walk along the Path of the miners, go across the Vía Verde del carbon y la Plata, or ride your bike and meet the Buenavista´s Hill, including others. Our wonderful oasis Dehesa Boyal park you can rest and recover. If you love 4X4, you have a permanent circuit close to the Ojailén River.
You shouldn’t forget to visit the Valle de Alcudia Natural Park and Sierra Madrona which show an incredible landscape of contrasts from the meadow of holm oaks to oaks forests. Not only has this area been the location for ancient minning patrimony like the archaeological roman site of Sisapo but also has witnessed a long transhumant tradition. Listening the bawls of the deers or the crane flyway will not remain indifferent to you.
When Segovia is named, the Aqueduct comes to mind. Not many people know that, with a length of 15 kilometres, it starts in the National Park of Sierra del Guadarrama, and that it goes through different places, from the water collecting point to the centre of the city. The Aqueduct is called the third river of Segovia because of this.
However, although the Aqueduct is a good reason to visit the city, the mountain outline and the confluence of the Eresma and the Clamores Rivers surrounding the city, provide a unique natural environment which was declared picturesque landscape in 1947. This is because just a few metres from the historic centre, Segovia has beautiful walking areas, such as Balcon de la Mirada, Valles del Eresma and Clamores, Senda de los Molinos, or Pinarillo. Many of them allow bicycles or horse riding.
The monumental heritage and the natural environment in Segovia are both very beautiful. The outline of the Alcazar and the Cathedral from the valleys surrounding the medieval city is an unforgettable view for visitors, surrounded by a 3 km wall encompassing many buildings and works of art which testify the rich legacy resulting from the coexistence of Christians, Jews and Muslims, which the population of Segovia has been able to preserve.
From the African Savannah to the Arctic, via the Turia Gardens
The River Turia used to cross the city but, after it was diverted, it left an immense garden that connects the two main local tourist attractions, Bioparc Valencia and the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences). And so, the city now has a marvellous park, over eight kilometres long, the Turia Gardens, for you to enjoy by bicycle, on foot or for sport.
A green lung that begins at the Cabecera Park, amid museums and monuments on either side of the route, crossed by bridges in different styles and from different times.
Villanueva de Cordoba (Los Pedroches) is located in the heart of the largest and most populated dehesa (oak forest) in the whole of Europe. Once the Valle del Guadalquivir has been left behind, and from the foothills of Sierra Morena, there is a spectacular holm oak forest.
The dehesa has become a top tourist resource, with activities like hiking, cycling, interpretation of the dehesa, horse riding, fishing, hunting, etc. Along with gastronomy and tradition, they are attractive options based on enjoying nature and searching for tranquillity.
The colours and smells of the dehesa offer very diverse landscapes all throughout the year. In autumn and in winter, during the montanera period, we can find Iberian pigs in the fattening stage for slaughter. Spring is the time of the year for the colour explosion, the mild weather is an invitation to go for walks and get to know the holm oak woodland.
Summer is the time of light and also to enjoy the warm and starry nights, offering possibly one of the cleanest skies.
Zamora, both the capital and the province, allow one to enjoy its magnificent and varied natural heritage. In the city, we find extensive parks like Valorio with its more that 80 hectares of vibrant nature within the city limits as well as playgrounds, playing fields and other free-time activity areas for the enjoyment of Zamora’s inhabitants. Additionally, the river and its surrounding area accommodate extensive and significant natural spaces as well as sports facilities, a swimming pool, a bike path, skate-boarding rink and much, much more.
Zamora, aves y naturaleza is an initiative which promotes routes of wild bird-watching, in addition to the observation of other species (mammals, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, dragonflies…) in the city and the surrounding area. The very same urban landscape, including Valorio and the Duero riverbanks, form part of the proposal which can also include a route through Carrascal neighbourhood among others in the immediate area of the city up to a 30 kilometre radius. It is an “urban birding” proposal to see, observe and familiarize oneself with the winged population of Zamora: the omnipresent storks, herons, kestrels, goldfinch, kingfishers… as well as, depending on the season, those which are just passing through: cormorants, lapwings… This richness of fauna beautifully intermingles with the attractive countryside in distinct times of year. www.zamora-turismo.com/rutasdeobservaciondeaves
Additionally, the province offers a veritable palette of diverse landscapes and territories with regions of marked character and diverse natural spaces, in some cases virtually unknown: to the north and northwest, the mountains of Cabrera and la Calva or the Segundera, with its glacial lagoons and lakes, or the flagship natural area of the province, Sanabria Lake; the mountains of the Culebra which are a paradise for wolf-lovers as it is home to the most dense population of this animal in the entire peninsula; Sanabria, Aliste and, in the southeast extreme, Sayago’s region of granite speckled scenery where the Duero forms a natural boundary between Spain and Portugal. The river bore a deep and very long canyon in this stretch which comprises the little known and spectacular Arribes del Duero with precipitous banks decorated with junipers, oaks and rocky crags mixed with Mediterranean cultivation like olives and fruit trees. A large portion of this territory comprises the Meseta Ibérica Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Reserva de la Biosfera Transfronteriza Meseta Ibérica.
The regions of the east are of softer and more undulated orography with fertile and humid earth in the valleys of Benavente and large extensions of cereal in Tierra de Campos, where we find the Lagunas de Villafáfila: a notable meeting place for thousands of aquatic birds during their annual migrations. To the south, we find the lands of Toro, Vino and la Guareña where the landscape is overtaken by vast vineyards.
Because of its privileged location, a valley crossed by rivers and surrounded by hills and mounts, Ourense has natural landscapes of great beauty, starting with its rivers. Walking along the banks of river Minho is to discover a world of small animals and riverside forests where to get lost, following paths that extend along its tributaries, miles and miles of nature.
East of the city is Montealegre, Ourense’s large forest park with a landscape populated with meek pine trees, which has the honour of being the most northwestern Mediterranean forest in all Europe. Part of its surface has been configured as a botanical park to preserve its vast biodiversity: more than 240 floral species and about 132 species of fauna.
In the adjacent slopes there are areas such as Cudeiro, Vilar, Palmés or Seixalbo, rural villages that stand out for their traditional architecture and their impressive views over Ourense. In Santomé, the dense vegetation of cork oaks and holm oaks also hides an interesting archaeological site. The ancient roads connecting these areas in a green belt are perfect for hiking or cycling.
In the province there are many other places of great natural value, such as river Sil’s impressive canyons in Ribeira Sacra, the Invernadoiro Natural Park or the snowy mountains of Peña Trevinca, where is the Manzaneda ski resort.