Tiempo Natura Project
Tiempo Natura is years in the making, born of the experiences of a lifetime, shared between travelling abroad and living at home in the Extremadura countryside. The comparisions and differences between “here” and “there” of this world we live in are considerable and inevitable. We live in an age of endless commitments and responsabilities when we often forget to slow down and appreciate all that is around us.
Our increasingly fast paced society, filled with stress and obligations, continues to take us further away from our most basic and simple lifestyle needs. Tiempo Natura project is an answer to this and aims to reverse this trend by providing a nuturing oasis in time and space. Nestled in the Extremadura countryside Tiempo Natura wants you to pause, reflect and reconnect with your roots. With this holistic immersion into our rural culture, land and people, we invite you to join us in creating and receiving and both create and receive the enduring memories of this shared experience.
By experiencing Extremadura through Tiempo Natura, you will take an unforgettable and memorable souvenir of your encounters with the rural culture and the people who carved and shaped it over the centuries. We have learnt how to blend those elements into a rich simplicity that will awake senses lurking inside you.
Extremadura is a land of extraordinary vivacity and diversity. This open, underpopulated space makes the region the richest and best preserved in Europe in terms of flora and fauna. It is an ancient land where many different civilizations left their legacy. Extremadura combines modern comforts with a broad history into a place where nature, customs and traditions meet to offer a range of enjoyments for all bodies and souls.
Burguillos del Cerro is a town of extreme natural beauty within the Lower Extremadura. With a heritage pre-dating the Roman Empire, Burguillos´ golden age as an important stronghold of the Templar Knights lives on to this day in its well preserved architecture and historical buildings. Overlooked by its legendary medieval castle, this rural town combines its rich past and well preserved cultural and historical heritage with an extraordinary range of natural surroundings. In a matter of minutes on foot, one can go from all manner of modern amenities in town and cross a medieval bridge over a murmuring stream, pass fertile pastures of sheep and forests full of Iberian pigs, stroll in the shade of countless olive groves and hear nothing but the natural silence in the shadows of the granite peaks.
Nicomedes, Our Organic Farm
Nicomedes is an organic farm of three hectares with a wide variety of trees and plants. In the shade of flowering fig, olive and oak trees our garden produces a wide range of organic seasonal vegetables of excellent quality. Its fertile soil provides us with sustenance and the basic ingredients that we transform into authentic delicacies that fill our table with joy and health. The farm is the starting point and host for many of our activities, our small universe where time stops for us in order to immerse ourselves in the essentials for the understanding of Nature´s processes. From tracking seeds and crops to harvesting fruits and nourish the soil with organic material, from feeding our livestock to reparing fences and making compost, the tasks vary from season to season. The garden provides sustenance and nourishment, satisfation and wisdom with its continuous generosity. Located southwest of the town of Burguillos del Cerro, under the imposing presence of the medieval castle, we can admire the ancient gothic churches of Santa Maria and San Juan Bautista, and, the neoclassical tower of the parish church of the village, while carrying out our duties. A unique setting for learning about and participating in traditional farming and rural tasks, the farm offers you the space in which to appreciate the tranquility and beauty of the bounteous surroundings.
PROGRAMMES AND EXCURSIONS
*Single occupancy is available at extra cost (please consult with us)
*All hikes are moderate, even though, a vehicle is at hand.
*These prices have been quoted on a 12 participants sharing double or twin accommodation
Day 1. We arrive at the town of Burguillos del Cerro. We check in at our lodgings and enjoy a welcome Templar dinner followed by a night walk in the old section of town with its hidden spots.
Day 2. This morning will be dedicated to explore the rich heritage of Burguillos with a short hike to its Templar castle from where we can admire incredible views of the surrounding countryside. A visit to the former St. John´s church is planned which nowadays houses a permenet exhibition dedicated to the Templars Order. We then continue to Nicomedes farm for an authentic barbaqueu-picnic lunch among fig trees and our beautiful vegetable garden. Here we shall learn about ecological gardening and the dehesa forest will be introduce with its complexity and importance for the region and its economy and environment.
Dinner and free time.
Day 3. We drive to the nearby town of Jerez de los Caballeros, a fortified town epicenter for the Knight Templars. This stronghold was the most important in the region in medieval times. Jerez impressive and rich heritage can be seen everywhere. Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, the discoverer of the Pacific ocean was born here. Jerez de los Caballeros has unique historical, cultural, gastronomic resorces with no equal comparision as well as large acorn forest vital for the breeding of the Iberian pig.
Alconchel is another quiet town near the Portuguese border with remarkable traces of Templars presence. We shall discover them too.
Back in Burguillos we shall enjoy a superb dinner and free time after it.
Day 4. The tour comes to an end after a typical Extremadura breakfast.
What includes: Three dinners, one lunch and three breakfasts. Guided visits of Burguillos and Jerez de los Caballeros and Alconchel.
*Includes: Transfers from and to Seville and all during the tour, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners and breverages with them, entrance to a winery, entrance to the archeological site of Mérida, a beauty treatment at Alange spa, an authentic flamenco show and the exclusive services of a Tour Director and supportive staff.
*Does not include: Flights, travel insurance, outbound transfer to airport unless requested in advance.
TOUR: TEMPLAR FOOTPRINT IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
Route: Burguillos del Cerro-Jerez de los Caballeros-Reguengos de Monsaraz-Évora-Arraiolos-Tomar
DEPARTURES EVERY THURSDAY DROM JANUARY 24, 2019
A TIEMPO NATURA guide throughout the itinerary
Includes: 4 nights accomodation in hostels and 2 and 3 stars hotels/2 dinners, 3 lunches, 4 breakfasts
Day 1. Start in Burguillos del Cerro, headquarters of the First Spanish Medieval Combat Championship 2018. Entrance to the lodge and departure to explore the town. Welcome dinner enlivened with talk about the Templars and their customs.
Day 2. In the morning we explore the rich heritage of Burguillos del Cerro, with ascent to its Templar castle, with unparalleled views. In San Juan Bautista, restored church and converted into an interpretation center of the Order of the Temple, we will see the most important medieval war machine exhibition in Europe. We leave the village along paths with ancestral charm to the farm where a rural lunch awaits us with products from the garden obtained with the traditional ecological agriculture in the middle of the pasture, as the templars did in their time. Upon our return, we will visit the workshop of an emblematic espartero from the town, where we can see his technique and acquire really unique craftsmanship. Free time.
Day 3. We go to Jerez de los Caballeros to explore its fascinating medieval center, full of historical footprints, such as La Torre Sangrienta, from where they threw the last Templars of the region. We continue towards the border with Portugal to enter the Portuguese Alentejo. We will visit Reguengos de Monsaraz, a small medieval town with wonderful views over the Alqueva reservoir, the largest in Western Europe. Visit to a renowned winery with tasting of wines and local products. We continue to the capital of Alentejo, Évora, where we will stay. Free time.
Day 4. Portuguese awakening in Évora, UNESCO heritage city, where we will discover the charms of a rich past in our guided tour. We will continue to Tomar, crossing cork oak forests, stopping at Arraiolos, a town famous for its carpets that have decorated palaces, castles and noble houses. Arrival to Take and free time. Stay with dinner.
Day 5. We have breakfast and take a guided tour of Tomar, which also has an interesting Templar legacy. We returned enjoying pleasant landscapes until our initial meeting point of the tour, Burguillos del Cerro, around 6 in the afternoon. End of the tour *. Check with us for connections with transports or to extend your stay with us.
* Possibility to extend your stay in Hostal La Estación (40€/ double room with breakfast) and access to gastronomic, cultural, wellness, astrotourism, ecotourism, etc.
** Price: € 295 (Small groups)
** Prices are per person in a shared double room. A supplement of € 60 will be applied for a single room.
Does not include: Travel insurance. Nothing that is not specified in the itinerary described.
In this circuit there are visits on foot and farms. We move in a rural environment, and although they are not long distances, it is recommended to bring suitable and comfortable footwear.
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