The Spanish region of Andalucia is rich in contrast and home to everything that is quintessentially Spanish.
More diverse than most people imagine, Spain is a collection of iconic sights, sounds and smells. Travel to the hot Andalusian plains for grand cathedrals and white hilltop villages or the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa for remote jagged mountain tops.
Hear the rhythm of flamenco in Madrid’s backstreets and taste wine and tapas from hidden bars in the Basque region. Spain is culturally abundant with passion interwoven into the very fabric of everyday life. Famous yes for glittering beaches but it is Spain’s historic cities, contrasting landscapes, enduring cultures, and traditions, which bring it to life.
With some of Europe’s most celebrated historical cities, charming, whitewashed villages, craggy mountains and fertile valleys, Spain is a collection of the known and unknown. Move away from the obvious highlights to find hidden wildlife with the lynx of Andalucía or bears in Cantabria and Asturias. Stay in charming homesteads to experience authentic Spanish hospitality and meet artisan food producers in San Sabastian to the Marques de Riscal winery in La Rioja.
Many have rightly explored the Islamic beauty of the Alhambra in Seville or marvelled at the architectural majesty of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, but few have discovered the hidden corners of this diverse country, from the Mercado de Abastos in Santiago de Compostela to a private lodge working to restore the lynx population in Andalucía. Steppes have a keen eye for local suppliers, eclectic wildlife and cultural guides while ensuring travel continues to enhance communities and engage in a positive and restorative way.
• Taste delicious red wine at lesser known vineyards of Rioja and Alava while exploring the buzzing local towns dotted with pilgrim churches
• Explore some of the smaller villages such as A Guarda, a fishing port in Galicia close to the Portuguese border. Home to a pretty harbour and fresh seafood, worthy a few days of gentle walking.
• Spend a few peaceful hours at Aljaferia found in the less visited Aragon region, considered a jewel of 11 century Islamic architecture.
Steppes Travel has partnered with the European Nature Trust (TENT) in order to connect people to nature and to raise funds for projects that protect and restore European wilderness. The wild areas of Europe are a sometimes-overlooked option for immersive wildlife experiences however, right on our doorstep lies some of the most outstandingly beautiful swathes of wilderness and national parklands, rich with wildlife. Each of our engaging and impactful wildlife experiences takes you to explore some of Europe’s most hidden wild secrets, providing you with access to conservation experts, local projects on the ground and exceptional wildlife sightings.
It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.
With an expert naturalist, walk through pristine mountain terrain in search of Iberian wolves, Brown bear, wildcat and other interesting mammals.
Watch the very beautiful Wildcat hunting for rodents in the grass.
Observe family groups of Iberian wolf feeding their young in the Cantabrian Mountain range, some of the best-preserved habitats in Spain.
Stay in one of the many pretty white villages that dot Andalucia.
Explore the magical palaces and gardens of the Alhambra in Granada.
Walk in the national parks and coastal mountains with an expert guide.
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Originally built as an Arabic farmhouse in the 12th century, Son Brull became a Jesuit monastery in the 18th century before undergoing an impressive transformation into the boutique, luxury hotel it is today. The building’s beautiful…View Property
Hotel Alhambra Palace dominates the hillside of Sabika, a lofty position with great views overlooking the city of Granada.Being just a stroll away from the Alhambra Palace and Gardens makes for a perfect base. With an…View Property
Originally a 17th Century casa palacio, this 300-year-old building is now a boutique hotel that has been meticulously restored and converted. The 17 rooms and suites offer chic accommodation that fuses contemporary with Moorish design. Many…View Property
Hacienda de San Rafael was formally an olive farm and has now been renovated and converted into a small and intimate hotel. The eleven duplex rooms are situated around a bougainvillaea filled courtyard, each with its…View Property
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Sara in Seville was a great, very good idea to have the bicycle tour!
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