Doñana Natural Park, Trekking, Sailing, Cycling in the Algarve, Kayaking
Isla Cristina (Huelva-Andalusia) 7 days/6 nights

      

Suffused by fresh Atlantic breezes and set amidst dunes and pine forests, the attractive fishing village of Isla Cristina is situated in one of the least crowded areas of the Andalusian coast. The village provides a convenient base for; birdwatching in the famous National Park of Doñana (World Heritage), cycling in the Algarve (Portugal), kayaking in the quiet marshes of Isla Cristina Natural Park, hiking in the astonishing Sierra de Aracena Natural Park and sailing in the wide Atlantic Ocean… all this plus time to relax on any of the wild and lonely nearby beaches. From our apartments we can see the fishing boats on the estuary, we offer activities full of nature, culture and tradition. This is Faro del Sur.

Andalusia and the Algarve are privileged places to enjoy all year round: good weather, natural parks and long sand’s tongue to create a system of dunes and very thin sand beaches which are perfect in order to do any kind of activities. Gastronomically speaking, the Andalucian Province of Huelva is extremely famous for two things: the diversity of its superb quality seafood from its coast and the highly prized cured ham made from acorn-fed Iberian pigs from the mountains.

That’s a great choice for an adventure trip without leaving Europe. This trip is suitable for everyone with an active spirit and a normal physical condition.

DEPARTURES 2020

  13th, 27th June

4th, 11th, 18th, 25th July

1st, 8th, 15th, 22th, 29th August

5th, 12nd, 19th September

INCLUDED

Transfers to/from Seville.

Faro del Sur’s specialized guides throughout.

Double or individual room accommodation in apartments located in front of a natural reserve

All activities in the program (bicycles, kayaking, Doñana Natural Park, sailing with skipper and appetizer, walking in the Sierra Aracena Natural Park.)

All transfers in private vehicles

Sheets

Insurance

NOT INCLUDED

All other non-specified activities.

All meals throughout except a light snack aboard the sailing boat.

PRICE

585€

Supplement 100€: 11th, 18th, 25th Jul /29th Aug /5 Sep

Supplement 150€: 1st, 8th,15th, 22nd Aug

Supplement individual room. (Optional): 50€ (100€: 11, 18, 25 julio; 1, 8, 15, 22 ago.)

THE TRIP

This is a trip for those who enjoy nature, walking, sailing, watching our country fauna. It is a very complete route that includes several activities all developed in an excepcional location: the South West of Andalusia. Great beaches, enormous dunes and coastline pine forests, chesnut forests at the mountains or white villages with Arabian heritage. Pure Andalucía with an active style and far from crowded areas as classic tourism. Perfect for resting after a stressed week at home town, both in winter and summer. Everything is developed by us, with own guides, and carefully designed routes. All the material is from Faro del Sur: bicycles, kayaks, sailing boat and van, in that way we achieve our goal of a perfect relation quality/price. Accommodation is in our appartments, in front of marshes, they are new and fully equiped. We also have the help of Faro del Sur’s offices located in Isla Cristina. We are convinced that this is a perfect option for adventure travelling in Spain. This is a very complete trip, different and it doesn’t need previous experience to do it, just an active spirit and normal fitness.

All the activities are subject to changes or suspension due to weather condicitions or any other forces beyond our control.

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Day 1

 Transfer from Seville airport to Isla Cristina. (NB. Pick-ups can also be made in Seville train station) at 5pm upon arrival at the offices of Faro del Sur we are briefed about the week’s activities. Accommodation in our apartments located in front of a natural reserve.
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Day 2

Doñana Natural Park (World Heritage). This is doubtlessly the most eagerly anticipated excursion for bird lovers. With our naturalist guide we’ll leave early in the morning to enjoy a full day in this, one of Europe’s most famous stopover points for migratory birds. Doñana’s entire ecosystem is a vital haven and wintering ground for a multitude of birds that come there to feed and breed. Over 360 different species are seen at various times of year. We’ll begin in the well-known village of El Rocío, where the marshes become waterlogged with the first autumn rains, flooding the clay soil and creating a fantastic place for spotting waders such as flamingos and other animal species such as wild horses and organically reared livestock. We can also see a huge variety of birds of prey on the wing, such as kites, western marsh harriers and if we are lucky, the spectacular western imperial eagle. Springtime sees the arrival birds from Africa which come to breed – plenty of colour and activity. We’ll then visit the Mediterranean forest which is home to deer, wild boar, rabbit and the elusive Iberian lynx. In the afternoon we’ll approach the Dunas del Asperillo Natural Park by a path that ends at a deserted beach. For those interested it’s possible to enjoy a horse-ride across the dunes of the park (optional). Later we return by road to Isla Cristina.
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Day 3

Kayak Excursion. After a short safety/training talk, we take advantage of high tide to immerse ourselves in the tranquillity of this coastal wetland and learn about its unique ecosystem. Slowly traversing areas of salt pans, marshes and navigation channels we’ll enjoy a rich diversity of flora and fauna. There are ancient mills, shore carpenters, fishing ports and fish markets offering tastes and smells it seems we’d almost forgotten. No previous experience is necessary for the kayaking – the only requirement is that you are able to swim. The excursion takes 4 to 5 hours and the remainder of the day is free to visit the old town with its port, fish market and daily fish auction – a fascinating opportunity to savour the sights and smells of this lively town.
Kayaking time: Four hours.
Overnight in Faro del Sur’s Apartments.
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Day 4

 Portugal by Bicycle. Today we take our bicycles and cross the Guadiana estuary by ferry to Portugal. Following a “Via Verde” or ‘green way’ (a specially conditioned cycle track reclaimed from an old railway line) we pass salt pans, marshes and tidal mills. Finally our “Via Verde” brings us to the town of Ayamonte where from the quayside we’ll take the regular ferry to the Portuguese town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Like many towns along the Algarve, Vila real was destroyed by the great earthquake of 1755 and was subsequently laid out and rebuilt in the enlightenment style.  We’ll have time to stroll the pleasant town with its marina, stylish 18th century architecture and highly celebrated town plan. We can extend our cycle ride following the banks of the Guadiana to the wide open beach where the river opens to the Atlantic Ocean. There should be time to swim before returning to Isla Cristina in the afternoon. If you don’t want to ride a bike, don’t worry, we will offer you an alternative plan.
Cycling: Distance 30 kilometres approx. Whole day.
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Day 5

 Hiking in Sierra de Aracena Natural Park. Very early in the morning the van picks us up and we go to the north to Castaño del Robledo, a mountain village. From this point we make a gentle walk through paths and tracks that, even today, comunícate small white villages. This route crosses mountains, chesnut forests and also pastures of cork oaks and olm oaks where the Iberian porks run freely. In the afternoon, after enjoying the gastronomy, we go back to Isla Cristina.
Walking time: 4-5 hours. Distance 11 kilometres. Whole day.
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Day 6

 Ocean Sailing. Today we set sail aboard our ocean-going yacht, Alcyon. If weather and sea conditions permit then we’ll take to the open ocean to learn the ancient art of navigation. There will be opportunities for everyone to crew the boat and help steer a steady course in search of soaring seabirds and dolphin riding the waves. Swimming at sea is possible and the excursion includes a snack aboard ship. For a few hours we will feel the magic of the ocean and discover a world of wind, sea, sky and tides.
Sailing time: 4 hours.
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Day 7

Transfer out to Seville airport. Today there may be some free time to relax in the village before our transfer vehicle takes us on the 1½ hr journey to Seville airport for your flight out. We will arrive at 5pm.

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