Cultural Holiday Spain
A varied and interesting week that combines culture, nature, walking and gastronomy in the breathtaking Spanish Pyrenees.
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€1395 per person
No Single Supplement
Solo travellers have their own private ensuite bedroom, at no extra cost.
€1395 per person
“On our Gastronomy and Culture week as well as cooking, we visited some beautiful Spanish villages, castles, cathedrals, wineries, an amazing olive oil factory, lovely restaurants and even the house of the local mayor.” Patrick. Tasmania.
With gentle walks our Cultural Holiday Spain will explore the central Spanish Pyrenees. A land rich in history, architecture, gastronomy and culture. Pre-historic cave paintings, Paleolithic stone circles and Dolmens mix with formidable forts, medieval monasteries, majestic castles, ancient ruins and Romanesque churches.
The May week coincides with our village fiesta on the final day of the holiday. An authentic Pyrenees experience well off the tourist trail.
We are Simon and Lucy, your hosts, a husband and wife team who pride ourselves on our personal service, the care we take and our attention to detail.
You will be staying at our exceptional, renovated farmhouse, within a UNESCO Geopark, a place of particular geological interest and close to two other parks. The National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido, a UNESCO world heritage site, and the Natural Park of Sierra de Guara, now itself with UNESCO world heritage status.
The group size is limited to a maximum of 8 people.
Why not organise a group of friends! With a minimum of 6 people we can make this a private, tailor made holiday.
Culture Holiday Spain Itinerary
The bullet point itinerary below gives an idea of what we will be doing during a typical week.
Please note: this is strictly a no-smoking holiday.
- Arrival at Casa Allué, Albella.
- Dinner and a chance to meet the group.
- Morning walk to explore Albella and the Ara Valley. Picnic lunch.
- Afternoon cookery class.
- Morning visit to a 10th century monastery.
- Afternoon in a fortress town dating back to the Romans.
DAY 4 :
- Visit to an olive oil producer.
- Afternoon bodega visit with tasting.
- Evening tapas in Ainsa.
- Morning walk to an amazing canyon in the Ordesa National Park.
- Picnic lunch.
- Afternoon cookery class.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Sierra de Guara.
- Afternoon visit to a medieval town dating back to 9th century.
- Morning walk above a gorge in the Ordesa National Park to see raptors (2 hours).
- Lunch at a mountain restaurant.
- Evening visit to the town of Ainsa.
- A flexible timetable depending on departure times.
The base for our Cultural Holiday Spain is our 17th century farmhouse, Casa Allué. It nestles on the hillside in the small farming hamlet of Albella, within the Pyrenees Geopark and close to the National Park of Ordesa and the Natural Park of Sierra de Guara.
We undertook a major restoration project to transform Casa Allué into both a family home and a “must stay” destination.
The transformation complete, we have created a home from home. The bedrooms are spacious with luxury en suite bathrooms and thermostatic rain showers. All have mountain views with plenty of natural light. Four have stone balconies, perfect for star gazing, as the night skies here are breathtaking.
Each room is named after the wildlife that surrounds the house.
We love to cook and we prepare all your meals using only locally sourced, or our own organic produce. We can cater for all dietary requirements. The flavour is definitely Spanish, but often with a twist!
But it’s not just the accommodation and food that make our holidays stand out! See our section What Makes Us Different!
And for more information on our farmhouse, Casa Allué, visit our page Guest House Accommodation.
How to Get to Albella
When considering the options below why not add on a couple of nights to include a city break.
Flying to Zaragoza
Our nearest airport is Zaragoza. Ryan Air offer flights all year round from London Stansted.
Arrival time in Zaragoza is normally 16.40 and departure 17.05. We do offer a pick up and drop off service – see below.
Flying to Barcelona (El Prat) & Madrid
Barcelona and Madrid are hubs for international flights from outside Europe. If you are arriving from the USA, Canada, Australia or another international destination these are the best options.
There are also flights from many UK airports. All the low cost airlines fly to both cities.
We can provide transfers from both Zaragoza airport and Zaragoza train station, the cost is €70 return. Our pick up and drop off times are below.
Due to airline schedule changes we have provisional times which may alter. Please consult with Simon & Lucy before booking flights.
Pick-up: 18:00 train station.
Drop-off: 13:00 train station
Pick-up: 17:00 airport / 17:15 train station.
Drop-off: 15:00 train station / 15:15 airport.
The journey time for the high speed Renfe train from Barcelona and Madrid to Zaragoza is approximately 1½ hours.
To find train times and prices try the site direct or Omio. The latter also gives times and prices for travel by bus and car.
Prices by train are approximately 90 euros return from either Barcelona or Madrid. Trains can be booked 3 months in advance.
Be aware that paying with a foreign credit card can be problematic, however, using the same card via PayPal is very straightforward – we speak from experience and are here to help if you run into problems!
From Zaragoza it is two hours to our base in the Pyrenees.
Transfers from other airports can be arranged and would be charged on a pro rata basis.