Nature & Wellness
Whilst our focus is firmly on cultural trips in Spain and Portugal, we are always happy to receive enquiries from travelers who seek to connect with nature and/or to improve their wellbeing. Spain’s and Portugal’s breath-taking National Parks are characteristic for their diversity and sustain an abundance of wildlife. Hikers and mountaineers are frequently drawn to the aptly named ´Picos de Europa´ or ´Peaks of Europe´ in Northern Spain, littered with river-filled gorges and cloud-piercing mountains. The Sierra Nevada National Park in the south-east boasts the highest point in continental Spain, rich in rare flowers and wildlife. The volcanic Islands of Azores and Madeira offer amazing hikes, endemic species, tropical flora, whale watching, the possibilities are endless!
As part of your itinerary, why not take a break from city life and enjoy the outdoors? We arrange a great variety of hiking excursions with flora and fauna experts as well as forays into the national parks.
For example, visit stunning Doñana, home to multiple endangered species and characterized by a unique biological diversity; from mountains to dunes, to beautiful, quaint beaches. Enjoy a wonderful and fruitful day with one of our expert guides in an incomparable setting, observing the magnificent wildlife that inhabits it, including the endangered golden eagle and Iberian Lynx. On the Portuguese islands of Madeira and Azores, there are some beautiful nature reserves. As from May 2018, there are direct flights from New York to the Azores…
In an age where people rightly place greater emphasis on wellness, you don’t need to break your regular home habits like yoga, tai chi or meditation. We can arrange it here for you. Whilst all the specialist yoga trips we’ve handled to date have been accompanied by a yoga instructor traveling from the country of origin, we offer the option of an English-speaking yoga instructor in Spain or Portugal to accompany you for some of your trip, or we can simply arrange one or two yoga sessions when and where it best suits you. In addition, it’s worth mentioning that Spain and Portugal are home to a number of alluring yoga retreats in idyllic settings, where yoga can be combined with meditation, mindfulness, spa and massage treatments. Namaste!
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OUR HAPPY CLIENTS SAY
The Pyrenees— what an extraordinary mountain range. We have hiked all over North America, Italy and Switzerland but we have never experienced hiking like Spain offers.
Patty and Harold Stanley
Oscos is a wonderful escape back into the natural surrounds with great walks through lush forests, amazing views, deep local history and very quaint small villages.
Talia Nikpalj and Richard Price
The drive north from Vejer de la Frontera is a scenic wonder. We had no idea that Andalusia had such substantial mountains and rugged scenery.
Our guide was a great guy; very personable with all generations, carried on conversations at will with all members of group during the hike. He had us gauged perfectly, as girls and Jackie really were not “hiking enthusiast” so obviously he took us on “easy route” but filled it worth many fun facts and local observations of interests [from mushroom varieties, condor’s birds nest locations, Iberian pig herding, farming history].