Spanish rural life

  • Grass Routes Associate - To The Core Of Things
  • Discover beautiful, unspoiled valleys
  • Fine mountain walks
  • Organised visits to local farmers & artisans
  • Stay in stone casas rurales 

Walking and Visiting

Holidays with To The Core Of Things are all about appreciating local life and can be experienced as a longer holiday or a short break - easy to add on to other travel arrangements. Guests may be invited to visit a local shepherd and join him for a few hours in the mountains, to see how a farmer tends his olive trees, or harvests the cherries. Enjoy guided walks in the hills and around the villages, learn about the landscapes and cultural history of the valley, and relax and explore at your own pace. 


Stay in beautiful village houses

You stay on a self-catering basis in beautifully-restored stone village houses – casas rurales. These are comfortable and appointed to a high standard, with wood burning stoves for cool evenings in the autumn and spring. Some houses have shared kitchens. Your welcome hamper includes a sample of local fresh products (milk, tea, coffee, bread, infusion plants, vegetables, pasta, honey, cold meat, etc.). There are some good local restaurants, and meals can also be prepared for you by arrangement.


Vall de Gallinera

Just a few miles from the tower-blocks of the Costa Blanca, the Vall de Gallinera is another Spain entirely, a remote, mountainous valley where the ancient villages house people who are justly proud of their traditions and rural way of life. Local people have got together here to welcome guests to discover their beautiful valley and to allow them privileged access to their ways of life. Enjoy wonderful self guided walking routes to discover waterfalls, high ridges, wetlands, prehistoric cave paintings and some of the most beautiful hidden and unspoiled beaches of the nearby coast. Get to know the local traditions and immerse yourself in village life.

Contact To The Core Of Things

To the Core of Things offer privately guided and small group trips to hidden rural areas of Spain, ideal as a standalone trip or added on as a short break to existing travel plans in Spain. Book directly with To the Core of Things and please mention Village Ways when booking.

Visit To the Core of Things

Booking enquiries: 01223 750049