NATURE

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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.

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ALBACETE-PARQUE-150x150In Albacete and its province traveler can enjoy a magnificent natural heritage.

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”.

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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.

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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”.

torcal-AntequeraAlong the vast and rich region of Antequera you will find many paths from which to contemplate our magnificent landscapes and get close to the native flora and fauna.

There are three places you cannot stop visiting when coming to our region:

  • El Torcal Natural Landscape: Just 13 km away from Antequera, you will find the most impressive karst landscape around all over Europe.
  • The “Laguna de Fuente de Piedra”. A lake located 25 km away from Antequera, next to the village from which it takes the name. It is the largest lake in Andalucía and home to the biggest colony of pink flamingos in the whole Iberian Peninsula.
  • peñaenamorados-Antequera“El Chorro” Reservoir. 30 km away from Antequera and next to the village named Ardales. Many people visit this area because its forests, the chance of doing sports, the paths and viewpoints, the ravines and its boxed rivers. The so called “Caminito del Rey” (King’s little pathway), which was constructed to watch the channel, crossed the gorge.

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.

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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.

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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
Sierra of Córdoba clicking here.

For Golf’s lovers there is a Club called “Campo de Golf” near the city, situated in a privileged place with panoramic views and landscapes gifted with great beauty. It has 18 holes, pair 72,  where the flora and fauna beautify the route. To know more, click here.
There is also a wide choice of country walks in the province, amid stunning landscapes which include one nature reserve and three natural parks: the Natural Parks of Cardeña-Montoro and Sierras Subbéticas, Sierra de Hornachuelos and Reserva Natural Lagunas del Sur.
Furthermore, it is worth to mention the activities related to the Andalusian horse carried out in the field. Córdoba also offers an equestrian and cattle permanent performance in Caballerizas Reales (Royal Stable of Horses) to visit and experience the life of its cattle and its herd of horses in the field. To more information, click here.
More information: www.turismodecordoba.org

 

 

 

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Natural Spaces

You will find large unique natural spaces of great ecological value within the urban area of Lleida.


Agricultural Land

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

lleida-cami_riu04Having 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

lleida-Parc-dels-Camps-ElisisThis 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

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
25198 Lleida
arboretum@pcital.es

BTT Centre Lleida

The BTT Centre (Mountain Biking Centre) of Lleida is in the Pardinyes district, providing services to biking tourists going around Lleida. Some of these services are: bicycle and equipment renting, garage and secure storage services, washing area, changing rooms, guided tours with different levels of difficulty, and also a cafe to have a rest.

Contact details:
Av. Tortosa, 88
25005 Lleida

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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.

puertollano Valle-de-Alcudia-turismo-naturalYou 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.

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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.

Segovia-naturalezaThe 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.

 

 

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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.

valencia-natural2A 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.

 

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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.

villanueva-CIMG1844The 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.

 

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