A cockerel crows as the morning sun rises above the distant hillside, bathing the whitewashed buildings of the town in a golden glow. The main square is bustling with the anticipation of the weekly market and villagers chat over a morning coffee swapping their latest news. And so starts another day in the traditional Spain you’ll discover away from the costas.
This is a nature lovers’ haven. The contrasting landscapes offer gently rolling hills, wooded valleys and acres of oak and cork trees, which gradually give way to dramatic rocky outcrops and high peaks. The province has rich and varied wildlife with plenty of opportunities to spot birds of prey or perhaps hear woodpeckers in spring. The profusion of springtime flowers gently gives way to mushroom season in the colourful autumn months.
There is an extensive network of footpaths and centuries-old drovers’ tracks linking numerous pretty villages, making it a delightful region to explore on foot or by bike. Many of the gentle trails offer the perfect terrain for Nordic Walking. Whitewashed towns and villages, often huddled around the focal point of a large church or castle, make a perfect lunchtime stop or for a late afternoon coffee. The region is famous for its black Iberian pigs, which roam free and feed on acorns from the numerous oak trees.