Littleton, CO, March 05, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Today CountryWalkers.com announced two walking tours in Spain for the 2010 season. One walking tour features the Basque region, while the other focuses on a winding path from Granada to Seville.
Walking tours are the foundation of Country Walkers —with the main attraction the sense of immersion travelers experience with every step. Travelers are never closer to the heart of a region than when walking its footpaths and trails; walking simply makes the world a familiar and friendly place. Walkers feel the culture and history when they walk the paths that explorers and poets walked; they experience nature’s forces as they meander through wind-carved towering rock formation; and, they understand the magic of slow travel as they enter a remote village, children greeting them with huge grins. Walking is simply The way to embrace a locale with gusto.
Walking Tours in Spain:
Spain & France: The Basque Country 8 days/7 nights
Departures in June, August, and September.
"There’s a spirit here in the Basque region—perhaps originating with medieval pilgrimage routes or the ancient cultures—and a deep hospitality," says native guide Itziar Zorilla. Walking along the borderlands between France and Spain you discover the truth in these words. Starting in the French village of Sare, walk through the oak forest of Senpère into Spain, where hidden paths wind through lush valleys and ancient towns. Meet local farmers eager to share their colorful history—and then follow your guide to a former smuggler’s hideout. Climb above the treeline in the Pyrenées to unobstructed views of the frontier. Visit the ancient monastery in Roncesvalles, Toloño Castle, the citadel of Hondarribia (overlooking the Bay of Biscay), and prehistoric tombs in the Artikutza forest. Stroll along the cobblestoned streets of Pamplona, site of the Encierro (Running of the Bulls), before enjoying a wine tasting at a medieval bodega (wine cellar) in La Rioja, renowned for its ancient winemaking techniques and ultramodern architecture. Authentic Basque cuisine, a unique fusion of French and Spanish traditions, includes Ernest Hemingway’s favorite, sopa de verdura and trucha a la navarra (vegetable soup and fresh trout stuffed with smoked ham).
To learn more about this walking tour in Spain visit:http://www.countrywalkers.com/Find+a+Walking+Tour/By+Destination/Europe/Spain/Spain+%26+France%3A+The+Basque+Country
Spain: Granada to Seville 8 days/7 nights
Departures in April, September, and October.
Steeped in Moorish tradition, this walking adventure captures the spirit of Southern Spain—from royal cities to remote whitewashed towns. In Granada, a crown jewel of Moorish architecture, tour the massive fortifications of the Alcazaba, the intricately designed Alhambra palaces, and the extensive gardens of the Generalife with your expert guide. Once in the countryside, watch shepherds herding their flocks along ancient cordeles, keeping an eye out for orchids, wild roses, mountain goats, griffon vultures, and royal eagles. In the Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve and Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, meander along mountainside paths to ancient dolmens, surreal karstic rock outcroppings, and classic pueblos blancos (whitewashed villages). The town of Ronda, perched on a cliff overlooking a spectacular river gorge, features a Moorish citadel, Arab baths, and one of the oldest bullrings in Spain. Your grand journey concludes in the cultural epicenter of Seville, home to flamenco dancing, tapas, bullfighting, and a plethora of historic monuments. At night, enjoy a jerez (sherry) or vino dulce de Málaga (sweet wine) and relax in four-star comfort at stylish hotels.
To learn more about this walking tour in Spain visit:http://www.countrywalkers.com/Find+a+Walking+Tour/By+Destination/Europe/Spain/Spain%3A+Granada+to+Seville
Country Walkers offers walking tours in many different countries with walks available for all fitness levels. Instead of watching the world move by travelers walk, pause, and experience a region up close. Travelers linger as they watch whales breaching offshore in the Olympic Peninsula, enjoy freshly baked flat bread with olive oil at a family-run trattoria, and partake of some magic at an Irish pub. Walking allows travelers the time to enjoy those special moments.
To learn more about Country Walkers and their walking tours please visit: http://countrywalkers.com
About Country Walkers
Country Walkers, based in Waterbury, Vermont (http://www.countrywalkers.com) was established in 1979 and is the world’s premier walking tour provider. Country Walkers offers well-crafted itineraries for Guided, Self-Guided, and Private & Custom vacations. All trips highlight superb, regional cuisine, and authentic accommodations.