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Blog and website updates / 16 stunning national parks in Spain to visit.
« Last post by Clive on September 13, 2019, 11:55 AM »
16 stunning national parks in Spain to visit.

There are sixteen areas designated national parks in Spain. Ten are in the Iberian Peninsula, four are in the Canary Islands and one is in the Balearic Islands. National parks are different to natural parks in that the area they cover is predominantly wilderness with less human impact in their history and evolution. Natural parks … Continue reading 16 stunning national parks in Spain to visit.
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The Picos de Europa, Wildlife, Skiing and Spectacular Scenery.

Welcome to The Picos de Europa, your complete English guide to these beautiful mountains of Northern Spain.I’ve known Lisa Stuart for quite a few years now, when, before facebook overtook the world she was an active member of a forum created by nature lovers in Spain called iberianature. I even had the immense privelege of staying in the guesthouse she runs along with husband Mike in the Picos de Europa of … Continue reading The Picos de Europa, Wildlife, Skiing and Spectacular Scenery.
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Spanish Steps – Culture, Gastronomy, Retreats and the Camino de Santiago

Spanish steps Camino de Santiago Walking Tours. Retreats. Workshops.I absolutely love the style and ethics of this company that have been running guided walking along the Camino de Santiago since 1996…. To be going so long they certainly must be doing something right! Along with guided walking you have language courses, cooking courses, yoga and retreats. All set in their stunning hotel in … Continue reading Spanish Steps – Culture, Gastronomy, Retreats and the Camino de Santiago
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Blog and website updates / August flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema
« Last post by Clive on August 13, 2019, 11:55 AM »
August flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema

nerium-oleanderThis is a golden month, as most annual flowers have finished their colourful phase, produced their seed heads and dried completely to a straw colour. Although if you look in the right places there are still flowers to be found; watercourses, irrigated areas, animal watering troughs, damp meadows and high mountains will offer the best … Continue reading August flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema
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Insects and creepy-crawlies / Re: Possible"Horsefly", Tabanidae or Chrysops ID?
« Last post by Clive on June 12, 2019, 08:29 AM »
Could it be one of the deer flies? It does have the pretty wing patterns.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_fly
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Insects and creepy-crawlies / Possible"Horsefly", Tabanidae or Chrysops ID?
« Last post by JSW099 on June 12, 2019, 00:18 AM »
Hi all,

I was up Sierra Loja when this "fly" landed on my hand then on the inside of my windscreen, it has such intense blue eyes.
Can anyone ID this insect for me. Sorry about the state of the photo, but literally had seconds to snap a picture of it.

Syd
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A couple of new interesting companies added to Wildside Holidays.

edible bike toursBoth based in the Ronda area of Western Andalucia it great to see these new holiday startups. I Love Lucid has a new concept of cultural, gastronomic and activity holidays without alcohol… Alcohol free holidays (thats holidays without alcohol not free alchol whilst you are on your holiday!)   Edible Bike Tours have combined a … Continue reading A couple of new interesting companies added to Wildside Holidays.
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Flowering plants – May in the Sierra de Grazalema

paeonia-broteroiSpring is in full swing during the month of May and the plants in flower are so numerous that it is difficult to choose which ones to mention here. You will see that the waysides and meadows hold a tremendous variety, pause to count how many species you can find in just one square metre! … Continue reading Flowering plants – May in the Sierra de Grazalema
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Blog and website updates / The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain
« Last post by Clive on May 17, 2019, 12:01 PM »
The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain

Founded in 1928 by order of King Alphonso XIII the Paradores of Spain are made up of medieval castles, Moorish fortresses, ancient monasteries, palaces and stately homes. Many paradors are set in town and city centres whlst others are situated within large estates and stunning natural parks…. There are now over 90 paradors in Spain … Continue reading The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain
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Blog and website updates / Cork and its huge importance to the environment
« Last post by Clive on May 16, 2019, 11:55 AM »
Cork and its huge importance to the environment

Quercus suber is a type of evergreen oak tree native to the Mediterranean region. The tree has adapted to the problems of fire and drought in this area by growing a thicker bark as a protective layer. This outer layer of cork has many industrial uses and huge open forests have been developed to benefit … Continue reading Cork and its huge importance to the environment
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