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Agri-tourism



A country house is always an ideal place for relaxing and enjoying the natural surroundings. If you come to a country house lodge ("casa rural") in Spain, you'll also be able to enjoy experiences such as drinking cider directly from a barrel, feeding farm animals, picking local produce and cooking it yourself... Because "agrotourism" is not a strange word, but a wonderful experience that will help you get to know the local culture, and will enable the children to have lots of fun. In many of the country house lodges where you can do agrotourism you can actually stay with the owner and the family, while in others you can enjoy the peace and quiet of a house all to yourselves. Come and enjoy the best freshly-made breakfast of your life!

You can book your agrotourism activities and experiences on this page. Here you'll find information on prices, the dates on which you can do the activity in question, how long it takes, what language options are available and its target public.



Why Spain?

Because it offers well looked after accommodation all over the country, and because it is really easy to book. A lot of the agrotourism activities take place in stunning protected natural spaces, such as National Parks. The scenery is truly spectacular… Did you know that Spain has more Biosphere Reserves than any other country in the world? Spain boasts wonderful rural and ethnographic heritage. You'll find that each town has its own distinctive farming, cultural and linguistic traditions. Our National Rural Network is a platform that aims to promote this rich heritage by offering different experiences. Because there are so many different places to stay. If you like rural tourism, you can choose from country house lodges, rural apartments, country hotels, hostels, holiday villas, campsites in the countryside, and educational farms for children, to name but a few. Did you know that there are even rural tourism activities in uninhabited villages? Also, each area has typical local accommodation, such as caseríos in the Basque Country and Navarre, pazos in Galicia, masías in Catalonia, hospederías in Extremadura, agrotourism farms in the Balearic Islands, rural tourism centres in Castilla y León, casonas in Asturias, etc. Other activities are usually available to complement agrotourism, such as art-oriented tours, walks at night to see the stars, massages, adventure sports, and many more. Thanks to Spain's excellent climate there are activities all year round.

Most common agrotourism activities

As there are so many different places to stay, the experiences to choose from are endless. You can learn some basic farming skills: how to feed the animals, milk the cows, collect chicken eggs, shear a sheep, be a shepherd for a day, look after the horses, and the children can go on donkey rides. Look after a vegetable garden: watering the plants, picking vegetables, helping with the ploughing, using organic techniques, etc. Make wine or cider: take a look at our Wine Routes to see all the activities they offer. In the middle of a forest or out at sea: recognise nuts and berries, learn how to find wild mushrooms, walk on paths only the locals know, try being a sailor for a day... Making foods: jam, junket, yoghurt, cheese, honey… It’s all delicious. Make things with your own hands: learn how to make natural decorations or aromatic oils, experiment with ceramics and pottery, etc. Enjoy the most original festivals: there are many connected with farming, like the wine harvest in La Rioja or the shepherds' fair in the Covadonga Lakes, where they demonstrate herding with mastiffs.

Areas

You can find agrotourism activities practically anywhere in Spain, but here are a few examples:Navarre This inland area in the north of Spain is full of possibilities. Here you'll find "Navarre Agroroutes", which are routes that go through beautiful tourist attractions, and include many leisure activities connected with agrotourism. These agro-routes will take you through stunning mountains like the Pyrenees, and will let you visit sheep farms, traditional farmhouses, interpretation centres, cheesemakers, wineries, oil museums, truffle museums, and many other exciting places. Here are two very interesting websites with all the agrotourism activities available in Navarre:www.agroturismonavarra.orgwww.agroturismosnavarra.comBasque Country This area on the northern coast of Spain is very famous for its culinary traditions. You'll find that some of the farmhouses make their own natural cider and enable you to watch the process in a small group. You can also taste the delicious Idiazabal Designation of Origin cheese, after visiting the sheep that graze in the fields, and the shepherds' houses. You can find these experiences on the Euskadi/Basque Country Tourist Office website. You can also discover what Nekatur has to offer (Agrotourism and country house lodges in the Basque Country):turismo.euskadi.netwww.nekatur.netOther areas and suggestions:Asturias and Cider Country: also in the north of Spain, this area offers the Apple and Cider Route, and workshops where you can learn to make crafts, jewellery, leather, wood items, and more.Galicia and its marine tourism: in northwestern Spain you can go on a fishing boat and spend a day with the crew.Malaga, in Andalusia: in villages close to the Costa del Sol (in the south of Spain) you can go to workshops where you can learn how to make foods and prepare olives, and go for a donkey ride along the village streets. “Vacaciones en la Granja – Accueil Paysan” Association: there are farmhouses and country houses in Andalusia, Asturias, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Galicia and Navarre where families or groups of friends can spend their holidays in direct contact with the rural way of life.Why not practise sustainable agrotourism? In fact, Spain has the Ecoagroturismo Foundation, which includes more than 100 rural tourism and agrotourism initiatives that guarantee quality and respect for the environment. We recommend visiting the Ceres Ecotur project website to find rural accommodation and activities in the countryside.

Tips

For some activities it doesn't really matter if you don't speak the language, but if you are concerned about it, check with the country house lodge or company to see if they carry out activities in several languages. For more information, you can also go to the tourist offices in each area. Before you come, we advise you to read our Travel Tips and our Inland Tourism section.Given that the information provided may change, we advise you to check its accuracy always before starting out on your journey.



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