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... while maintaining social distance!
Since maintaining social distance is a serious subject nowadays, it’s more important than ever to include enough outdoor activities in future events. There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and sunny weather of Andalusia (southern Spain), than outside in the fresh air. And frankly, the best way to really get to know southern Spain is literally to go "out there", to enjoy nature, taste the local products and see the wonders of this diverse area of Spain.
Cititravel DMC is your local guide to help you when it comes to all kinds of events in this area: whether you have to organise a small group incentive, a meeting trip or big conferences: EVERY EVENT NEEDS A FUN ELEMENT! Therefore, Cititravel have selected their top 5 of favourite autumn activities that perfectly fit into the protocol of the new normal here in Spain.
1. The King’s walk - Caminito del Rey
Those who have googled Málaga region, will without doubt come across the “Caminito del Rey”. This famous Path is located in the proximity of the towns of Ardales and Álora (Málaga province), an area with mountains, gorges, reservoirs and valleys. The path was named after a visit from King Alfonso XIII, who came to inaugurate the hydroelectric power station at El Chorro; a great engineering project to provide Málaga with power and water. The king himself walked over the boardwalks the workers used, and since then path is called “King’s path”. The walk has a total length of 7.7 km, making it completely accessible for the non-experienced hiker as well. The route is linear, meaning you will start at one point and finish somewhere else. The total time to finish the route is three to four hours. The most impressive part of it are the boardwalks: with views on the deep rocky walls below, this is certainly not the place for people afraid of heights! But those who dare will be excited to finish the walk by crossing the hanging footbridge with amazing views. After such an impressive walk, we settle down for a nice local lunch, enjoying the natural surroundings. The walk can be done in small groups with a guide, maintaining the required distance between people.
2. Discover the stone formations in “Torcal Natural Parc”
An area that is not automatically related to the sunny Costa del Sol is “Torcal natural Parc”. About an hour drive from Málaga by coach, we encounter a geographical area of limestone formations that were once covered by sea. We take you on a guided walk among the giant stone formations and flower covered valleys, with licensed instructors of course, enjoying the fresh mountain air (1,100 metres above sea level). Depending on the physical conditions of your guests, different routes can be chosen. Each guest will be able to maintain the social distance and a personal picnic can be arranged for lunch. At the foot of the Torcal area, we encounter the town of Antequera, known for its spires of her many churches and the walls and towers of the great Moorish fortress silhouetted against the sky.
3. Witness the process of olive harvesting:
Did you know Spain is the largest country producer of olive oil, with 50% of worldwide production? Reason enough to learn about this product during your event in southern Spain. Andalucía has been exporting olive oil for centuries, even in Roman times, this liquid gold (4 million gallons a year!) was transported all the way to Rome. In the months October - February the olive harvest takes place, the perfect moment for you to witness how Spain’s famous olive oil is made. Guest will discover the history, the production process, and the benefits of the jewel crown in Spanish gastronomy. We take you to a farm of 26 hectares producing organic olive oil, with a lot of space, which is great for events, even more those needing interpersonal distance. First, guests will have a guided tour along the farm, after which a tasting of organic oils is arranged, where guests will learn how to differentiate between a soft oil and an intense oil (100% hojiblanca). Of course, we can complement your visit with a nice on-site lunch or even a live paella cooking demonstration.
4. Taste organic wines in Ronda
Attention Wine lovers! Another great autumn activity here – an absolute favourite one of our Málaga team (Costa del Sol): visiting an “ecologically-sound Bodega” in Ronda, situated in the stunning mountain range the Serrania de Ronda. This place is on one hand close to the bustling Costa del Sol (so within your reach if you’re staying in Marbella or Malaga), yet remote in its tranquil, amazing setting. We’ll take you on a tour around the vineyard and guests will learn about the different varieties of grapes, methods of cultivation and the wine that is subsequently produced. And then it is time to taste the wines! Of course, this will make you hungry, so what better than having a countryside lunch at the vineyard, surrounded by nature and fresh air? Of course, a visit can be enhanced by choosing your way of transport: apart from comfortable coach seaters, perhaps you prefer a jeep tour, or even a helicopter ride is possible for the ultimate VIP experience!
5. Learn how to cut Iberian Ham
Apart from olive oil and paella, another very known local product is Spanish ham. You might have tried the delicious Iberian ham, but have you ever managed the technique to cut it properly? This is no easy task! But with this masterclass, you will be able to do so! We will teach the guests how to cut a ham and they will taste the different parts. The activity includes different types of ham (Serrano, Iberian, Iberian acorn), as well as a glass of cava or dry sherry to accompany and praise this Iberian delicacy. Furthermore, participants will learn about the Iberian ham production process, history, habitat of the pigs, special diets, differences between Iberian ham types, etc. Once you mastered the art of ham cutting, you can impress family and friends at home during a Christmas dinner for example!