Oct. 30- Nov. 10, 2017
We are so excited to offer this trip to the southwestern corner of Spain known for its small villages, rugged beautiful landscapes and many well-preserved Roman and pre-Roman historical sites. The remoteness of the region has contributed to the continuity of many folk celebrations, linguistics and gastronomy. Today this remoteness has become an attraction for nature-lovers, poets, musicians and mycologists.
Oct. 30- Nov. 10, 2017
Our guided autumn mushroom tour will depart form Madrid on Monday, October 30th en route to the province of Cáceres, a diverse mycological region of Spain. We will spend 2 nights in the ancient city of Cáceres, exploring the fresh produce markets and the Old Town of Cáceres, designated a World Heritage Site with urban art and architecture from a combination of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles.
In Plasencia we will meet members of the local Mycology Society of Extremadura. This society, established in 1981, promotes the awareness, collection, identification and scientific study of local fungi and their medicinal, gastronomic and other uses. They have documented more than 700 of the local species, including 40 from the genus Amanita. The highly prized mushroom A. caesarea is gathered here, and we hope for the exquisite experience of collecting this beautiful fungus.
We have planned forays to pine, oak and chestnut forests, accompanied by local mycologists. Naturally we shall indulge in the mycological gastronomy of this region, and enjoy the wines and tapas, the famous Iberian ham, the fragrant “pimentón” or paprika, cured meats and cheeses (including the potent “Torta del Casar”), and the specialty pastries.
In Hurdes we´ll have the privilege to join-in the celebration of Carbochá, a remembrance of ancestors around the eve of All Saints, with the collecting and roasting of chestnuts, with music and dancing, --where the “gaita” (flute) and the drum liven-up the traditional festival.
Beyond Cáceres and Plasencia, we´ll travel to the beautiful city of Salamanca, home to Spain’s oldest university, and explore this city rich in art, history and international gatherings. On our day trips from Salamanca we will explore the unique “dehesa” or open oak woodlands of western Spain, and the Cistus stands (rockrose), of Zamora, where Boletus edulis are found, a most unique symbiosis.
Our final night we’ll enjoy the famous city of Avila, surrounded and protected by its magnificent Romanesque wall. We shall depart for Madrid on Friday morning.
WE TAKE CARE OF:
All transportation starting from and returning to Madrid for 12 days
Hotel accommodations with breakfast for 11 nights
Guided mushroom forays to different forest habitats
Daily luncheons with regional specialties & wines
Guided visit to the city of Cáceres, World Heritage Site
Excursion to the unique “dehesa” the open oak woodlands, famous for "Iberian ham".
Trip Cost: US $3200 per person (double) / $3400 per person (single). Contact us below to sign-up!
A bundle of fresh Amanita caesarea is many a mushroom hunter's dream!