Extremadura vacation accommodation, Spain

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Responsible tourism: Extremadura vacation accommodation, Spain

Environment

Environment:
We are continuing the traditional way of here and have taken alot of care to keep our part of the sierra looking natural. We have solar energy so no ugly power lines. Our swimming pool is as natural as possible using solar powered algae deterrents. We are lucky to have a rich wild life on the sierra, especially rare species of birds which are left undisturbed in their craggy nests.

The land on the finca is mostly wooded with cork oak and holm oak, we have been careful to maintain these old trees in good condition, using the pruned branches for firewood in the winter. It is especially important to keep the holm oaks pruned as they are the source of acorns which feed the black, iberic pigs producing the famous jamon iberico of Montanchez.

Community:
We employ local people for all our building, renovating and farming work. We also give a significant boost to the local tradesmen through our property selling activities, we try to guide the renovation as much as possible in traditional ways and methods which we have used in our own home. We contribute to the important local jamon iberico industry by letting local farmers use parts of the land for their iberic pigs to eat the acorns. We buy all food and wine for the finca from local establishments. By attracting outside people to the area with our accommodation and activities we help the local shops and restaurants with new clients.

In winter local farmers use parts of the finca for their free range pigs. We have initiated a programme to revive the callejas, pathways, of the sierra dating back to Roman and Moorish times. Many have become choked with brambles and weeds.

We have cleaned all the old callejas on the finca and surroundings and encourage the local councils to do the same. It is so important to keep these ancient ways open as they provide wonderful riding and walking, giving access to the remote, high olive groves and vineyards and the great views of the higher pastures.

Community

We have been living in the Sierra de Montanchez, Extremadura for 14 years and have a really friendly and co-operative relationship with our local community. We employ local people from the Montanchez area for all our building, renovating, farming work and guided walks.
We contribute to the important local jamon iberico industry by letting local farmers use parts of the land for their iberic pigs to eat the acorns. We buy all food and wine for the finca from local establishments. By attracting outside people to the area with our accommodation and activities we help the local shops and restaurants with new clients.
In winter local farmers use parts of the finca for their free range pigs. We have initiated a programme to revive the callejas, pathways, of the sierra dating back to Roman and Moorish times. Many have become choked with brambles and weeds. It is so important to keep these ancient ways open as they provide wonderful riding and walking, giving access to the remote, high olive groves and vineyards and the great views of the higher pastures.
The local people are very helpful and appreciate that by attracting walkers to the sierra we are boosting the local economy as we frequent local bars, restaurants and shops.
We also employ a local bus company if we need a mini bus for larger groups.
We attract many professional journalists, artists, biologists and photographers on our vacations so our local community benefits when there is a professional entry in any of these fields. The report or art or photograph is published either on the internet or through professional bodies so the word spreads about our precious environment and more people will have access to a vacation that walks lightly through the centuries and the magnificent landscape of Extremadura.

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