NARCISSI OF IBERIA - Run by GREENTOURS for the AGS
This tour takes us to the Narcissus hotspot of Iberia, the centre of evolution and diversity of these wonderful flowers. We’ll explore the most important locales for the early-flowering species, starting in Andalucia where we’ll encounter Narcissus assoanus and endemic Narcissus cuatrecasasii. Narcissus hispanicus is plentiful in Spanish Fir forests and in the Sierra de Alcaparain is ghostly Narcissus cantabricus.Narcissus bulbocodium, Narcissus cordubensis and Narcissus jonquilla adorn meadows dotted with cork oaks. Based in one of Andalucia's most beautiful 'white villages', peaceful Benaojan, we’ll also find plentiful Orchids, Fritillaries and Linarias in rich limestone turf, while cliffs hold a plethora of charming saxifrages and elegant Ornithogalum reverchonii. Next we explore Central Portugal where drifts of Narcissus asturiensis and Crocus carpetanus colour the mountains of the Serra da Estrela. Narcissus calcicola and Narcissus obesus prefer the rugged limestone of the Serra de Porto de Mos while the in the coastal Serra da Arrabida, Narcissus bulbocodium is abundant amongst Tulipa sylvestris, Two-leaved Gennaria, Arisarum simmorhinum and Anemone palmata. Distinctive Narcissus triandrus (and some fine hybrids with the rare Narcissus scaberulus) and sweetly-scented Narcissus papyraceus enjoy loamy banks in the Tejo drainage, an area home to several early flowering orchids.
With such beauty and elegance on offer on the floral front it seems somehow fitting that this tour has us staying at some very fine hotels where we can also enjoy some excellent cuisine during our visit to the home of the daffodil.
DATES AND PRICES
11 Days 24th February - 5th March 2012
Cost = £1945
Ground Only Price Malaga – Porto = £1800
Deposit = £300
Single Supplement = £255* *
does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged
UK flights are direct from London Gatwick to Malaga, returning from Porto to Gatwick. Departures outbound are available from many regional airports*, but returns from Porto are only available to London Airports. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* may be available.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Day 1 To Malaga and Molino del Santo
Days 2 - 5 Sierra de Grazalema, Montejaque, and the Sierra de las Nieves.
Day 6 To Portugal
Day 7 Serra da Arrabida
Day 8 Serra de Porto de Mos
Days 9 & 10 Serra da Estrela
Day 11 Depart Porto
Leaders Paul Green and Stefano Doglio
Walking We will be ambling no more than two or three miles in any one day, and always at a slow pace, ideally suited to flower photography. Included in the Price All flights. All transport, accommodation and meals in Spain and Portugal. Tips. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, and items of a personal nature including insurance, are not included.
Group Size Minimum is 4 and the maximum is 12. Only one leader will accompany a group of 6 or less.
Accommodation We start with five nights at delightful Molino del Santo, peacefully situated in Benaojan, close to historic Ronda. Molino’s conversion from a flour and olive mill into a small hotel has kept considerable character. Most of the lovely rooms have their own terrace overlooking the willows, figs and walnuts growing along the river. Next we’ve two nights at the Quinta das Torres situated right by the Serra da Arrabida. This fine old mansion built has been converted into a very comfortable hotel and is surrounded by lovely wooded grounds and an extensive kitchen garden which provides for the excellent restaurant. Lastly we’ve three nights at the Hotel Rural Quinta da Geia. 'Quinta da Geia' is ancient Portuguese for a farm 'with so much land that it cannot be ploughed with an ox in one day'. The hotel is an eighteenth century, granite-built collection of buildings amidst 7 hectares teeming with fruit trees and grapevines. The quinta has been restored as a cosy hotel featuring all mod-cons. The accommodation throughout this tour is of a particularly high standard and all rooms have en suite facilities.
Climate Generally settled, sunny and warm, but not hot. Atlantic depressions often bring rain and cooler weather, especially to Portugal, where the weather can be decidedly damp.
For further information or to book a place on this tour, please contact GREENTOURS
Tel: 01298 83563
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