A guided night sky tour and cookery workshops are just two of the really special bespoke activities we offer here at the hotel.
In addition, our rural location is perfect for those who love birdwatching, lovely walks or mountain biking.
Your host Ilaria offers pizza making workshops (kids love this) or you can learn how to make authentic Andalucian dishes with a visiting local chef. Our secluded location means the night sky is incredibly dark. Our expert astronomer Javier demonstrates (in perfect English) his powerful telepscopes for a guided tour of the night sky that you won´t forget in a hurry!
The south eastern corner of Spain is renowned for its clear skies and El Geco Verde´s rural location means you get a superb opportunity to observe starry nights as never before.
“Understanding the vastness of the universe makes one aware of the tiny space we occupy, and the magnificence and beauty of the planet we live on,” says Azimuth workshop leader Javier.
“We use powerful telescopes and easy to understand explanations to bring you closer to the wonders of our universe.”
During Azimuth´s 90 minute presentation you will take a fascinating tour of the night sky while Javi answers all your questions about life, the universe and everything!
Optional refreshments such as cava (Spanish champagne) in summer, or mulled wine and hot chocolate in winter will help make your night with the stars at El Geco Verde something really special (extra cost).
Cost; Minimum fee €250, so this is usually a group activity with each person paying €25-€35. For larger groups kids discounts may be available at Javi´s discretion.
NB: Azimuth´s presentations depend on the lunar calendar and the weather. Although every effort is made to predict conditions in advance, we can never guarantee the activity will take place and it is usually necessary to confirm on the day itself. Because of this, payment is not taken in advance. For more information go to:http://www.azimuthspain.com/en/
You can hire mountain bikes from the hotel with advance notice. We have various routes mapped out in the surrounding countryside. Guided rides are also available at extra cost and are a good way to safely explore the more challenging routes in the natural parks. Bikes come in various sizes. Helmets, gloves and water are provided.
Cost; €18 per bike for two hours. Half day, full day and full week hire are also available at very competitive prices, just ask if you are interested.
There are some really lovely walking routes around the hotel, from short strolls to full on four-hour hikes. The terrain is deeply rural and secluded.
Foodies may enjoy a fabulous two hour walk to the village of Campo Camara, where Pepe serves the local specialities Cordereo Segureño (mountain reared lamb) and Morcilla (Spanish black pudding) served with very good local wine.
If you opt for a short stroll our lovely dog Lola will be only too glad to keep you company, provided there is no running involved! Just decide how long you want to walk, ask your host Des for recommendations and a map and he will point you in the right direction. This is of course a free activity, though Lola may insist on some stroking in return for her time.
If you´d like to discover some of the secrets of Andalucian cooking, we can organise a three hour workshop with one of the local chefs.
Morning workshops take place in the hotel kitchen. You will learn how to make a three course Andalucian meal, which you can then eat for lunch! The choice of dishes depends on the season and the availability of fresh ingredients.
Cost; The cost of the workshop (all materials included) is €25 per person for a minimum of two participants. A one-to-one workshop with the chef costs €50.
You can learn how to make authentic Italian Pizza and Focaccia with our resident Italian chef. This activity is available in the morning and you can then eat your creations for lunch!
Cost; €15 per person and all ingredients are included.
Italian chef Ilaria also shows you how to make the most delicious lasagne, from preparing fresh pasta to making authentic bolognese and beschamel sauces. You can then put them together for a little portion of Italy on your plate.
Cost; €25 per person and all ingredients are included.
Cookery workshops are available by prior arrangement and last between two and four hours. All ingedients are provided. NB: The Pizza/Focaccia and Lasagne workshops cannot both take place on the same day.
El Geco Verde is 900m above sea level in the foothills of the Sierra de Castril mountains, which rise to 2,000m. With no roads or other disturbances, just sitting on the terrace or on a short stroll from the hotel you will see some of the amazing birds of this area; in particular, squadrons of Griffon vultures sweeping past on the thermal air rising to the top of the valley, where the hotel is situated. Our proximity to the Sierra de Castril offers a rare opportunity to spot Lammergeiers (Quebrantahuesos), huge bone eating vultures which have been reintroduced after disappearing from the local mountains in 1986. For more on birds of the Altiplano region, see; ‘Only Birds Blogspot‘
Sunbathing and relaxing
Although there is lots to do in the vicinity, you don´t have to be on the go all the time. We realise that not all family members enjoy adventurous pursuits, so if you´d rather read a book than go kayaking or horse riding that´s fine with us!
We have a lovely shady outdoor terrace, sun loungers, hammocks and a swimming pool area where you can kick back and recharge your batteries. And don´t forget there are lakeside beaches, hot springs, idyllic outdoor swimming baths and natural pools in the area.
We can also book sessions for you at a nearby spa, so, for example, if you´d like to be pampered while the rest of your family is busy canyoning. Just let us know!