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FIO2015


FIO2015

MonfragueIIMonfragüe National Park

FIO es una feria internacional de turismo ornitológico que se celebra anualmente. Este año cumple su décimo aniversario. La Feria tiene lugar en el Parque Nacional de Monfrague, reserva de la bioesfera, del 27 de Febrero al 1 de Marzo.

Este es el enlace a la página de FIO: Feria Internacional de Turismo Ornitológico

This is the page of FIO Extremadura  in English Extremadura Birdwatching Fair.

You can also visit our page for birdwatchers and nature lovers here

Programa completo de #FOTOFIO2015

FIOprograma1 FIOprograma2 FIOprograma3You can find more information in english here

 


WHAT IS ‘LA CASA DEL HOLANDES’?


What is La Casa del Holandes?

(To Collin and Helen for inspiring me)

“The house of the Dutchman” is officially classified as “apartamentos rurales” (we have three studio- apartments) and a restaurant. We could also say it is like a B&B or a little apartment hotel. We are situated in Extremadura, probably one of the least known and unexplored areas in Spain, far away from the mass tourism of the coast, not so recently discovered by bird watchers… In terms of nature and bird-life, it is a extraordinary spot. But Extremadura regio is about the size of The Netherlands so, where are “we” located exactly?

We’re on the southern slopes of the Gredos Mountain range, watching the Almanzor face to face, in the east border village of La Vera. If you ask anybody what they know about La Vera, they would probably tell you about the beautiful mountain rivers and the transparency of their waters. Maybe, they would talk about the famous smoked paprika (Pimentón) “the red gold”, the smell of which envelopes the villages in October. Some others, more interested in history, will tell you that emperor Charles V ended his days close by, at the Yuste Monastery…

If you visit this area, I’m sure you will understand how we, like many others, ended up here, two hours driving away from Madrid.

‘La Casa del Holandés’ is, in first place, a love story. I fell in love with La Vera one autumn day at the “Devil’s Water Fall” some seven minutes away. Take that view together with the noise of the waterfall and you will understand it immediately!

Well, now you get the idea. Afterwards, there was a tough time to rebuild, trying to make it as comfortable as possible while conserving the “flavor” of a typical village house. I think we managed it.

So, what can you expect? You can expect a warm welcome, a comfortable room in the heart of Madrigal de la Vera. Nice walks around oak and chestnut trees. Maybe you get lucky and see the storks on the bell tower nest. Maybe you get really lucky establishing contact with the friendly local population… They can proudly tell you all about the smoking process of paprika, or about the tobacco fields or the lives of the goat shepherds who where their grandparents…

You can always have a slow-food meal at our restaurant with recipes from around the world, enjoy a wine or a Belgian beer on the terrace next to the irrigation channel. You can also be woken up by the sound of the birds or by the flute of the knife-sharpener or by the melon seller, depending on the time you decide to wake up…

But if, what you want is to indulge in luxury, far away of any contact with authenticity, or if you just want a bed to sleep on, then, this is not your place.

La Casa del Holandés not only is what we have to offer, but also what we are. We hope you would enjoyed it. You will always be welcome.


Photo contest: Night sky


Send us up to three photos of the night sky of the La Vera region. The photos should be taken from now until the 25th of august.

The best photos receive a price of one night at La Casa del Holandés or one dinner for two (to use or to give away).

Second and third runner ups also receive a price.
The contest will be voted on and shared in social media. This way, anybody can participate. We’ll publish the winner on the 31st of august.

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“The 2014 Perseid meteor shower will peak between August 10 and August 13. A waning Gibbous Moon (the Moon’s phase after a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower. Despite this, astronomers suggest that observers try their luck to catch some Perseids before dawn on August 11, 12 and 13.

Perceids

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occur every August, peaking around August 9-13. Consisting of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids are named after the constellation, Perseus. This is because, their radiant or the direction of which the shower seems to come from lies in the same direction as Perseus. The constellation lies in the north-eastern part of the sky.

While the skies light up several time a year by other meteor showers , the Perseids are widely sought after by astronomers and stargazers alike. This is because at its peak, one can view 60 to a 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place.”

Source: timeanddate.com


A Flower is not a Flower


Listen to “A flower is not a flowerpeonías3 peonías2 peonías1 orquídea calas2 calas

 

 


Little Hotels


So far, this is the most friendly description about “The Dutch House”, we are delighted with it!

Little Hotels  >  Spain  >  Central Spain  >  La Casa del Holandes

 

La Casa del Holandes

Madrigal de La Vera

An exquisite little guest house surrounded by wonderful countryside and mountains, including the spectacular gorges of Extremadura.

You know you are in a small traditional village when the house belonging to a Dutchman is known to everyone as “La Casa del Holandés”. Here in Madrigal de la Vera, La Casa del Holandés is a tiny guesthouse with just three studio apartments. The house was built in 1850. The recent restoration has remained true to the nature of an old village house in a narrow village street, yet the interior has sympathetically introduced modern comforts and convenience.

The three studio apartments are each designed for two people, with the option of a cot for a baby, and is equipped with a television, wi-fi, air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with a hydro-massage shower. They even have a little kitchenette suitable for making tea and coffee or a light meal.

Just a ten or fifteen minute walk from the guesthouse brings you to a impressive chestnut woods or the Alardos Gorge with its picturesque stone bridge. The river here is a great spot for swimming and sun-bathing, just as if you were on the beach. Indeed it is a perfect spot for enjoying all that nature has to offer including swimming, walking, fishing, horse-riding and even studying and picking the spectacular variety of mushrooms that grow in the area.

Madrigal village lies at the foot of the looming Mansur mountain, a spectacular rocky peak that would not look out of place in the Alps, and which forms a striking backdrop at the end of the little streets and alleys of the village. Best of all though are the river gorges that drain the central plateau of Spain towards the Atlantic Ocean. Many are steep, deep and spectacularly enchanting, while others are softer and more mellow.


In the Hotel

• Restaurant  • Air conditioning  • Wi fi internet  • Terrace

In Your Room

• Flat screen television  • Free wi fi  • En suite bathroom  • Hydro massage shower  • Kitchenette  • Air conditioning


Surrounded by spring beauty


Spring beauty

I could recognize Extremadura in almost every single shot, except the flamingos that I suppose were shot in Doñana National Park. Don’t miss it; it’s splendid!

Primavera el regreso de la vida from 1080 Lineas producciones on Vimeo.

“Fainting, daring, be furious,
rough, gentle, liberal, aloof,
encouraged, mortal, dead, alive,
loyal, treacherous, cowardly and courageous;

While not finding out the center and rest,
be cheerful, sad, humble, proud,
angry, brave, fugitive,
satisfied, offended, suspicious;

face to clear away the disappointment,
drink poison instead soft liquor,
forget the good, love the damage;

believe that a heaven in hell fits into,
give life and soul of a disappointment;
this is love, who tried it knows it.

Lope de Vega

Spring the return of life”


Best practices at La Casa


ecoprácticas
Daily, there is greater sensitivity for recycling. To make better use of energy and to preserve the environment. We, who have the privilege to live in a natural setting share the obligation to protect it. Some of our clients have taught us a great deal. Dave Kilbey, for instance, was a marvellous example. We have the false idea (at least, I had) that ecology was contrary to comfort. In reality, a small number of daily gestures and a touch of common sense help greatly. For a number of reasons, we’ve come to realize at La Casa that we’re “not doing it badly” with respect to the environment, even though we can surely still improve… We’ll be happy to listen to new proposals.