This small corner of Teruel is known as Matarraña, the ‘Spanish Tuscany’. On the edge of the dramatic Els Ports Natural Park with its incredible hiking trails, the masia is only just over an hour from the coast. Here the three kingdoms of Catalonia, Valencia and Aragon meet. The countryside is a patchwork of pine forests, almond and olive groves interspersed with beautiful meadows of wild flowers, hills and mountains. A truly wild place that increasingly attracts attention from conservationists for its environmental value.
It is a part of Spain that has only recently been discovered by the Spanish themselves who come to see a part of their country where the traditional Spanish values remain. Here the locals work the land for a living and the villages preserve their medieval past. A truly unique area of Spain.
As well as these beautiful landscapes, which Picasso captured in his youth, here you can see some of the best wildlife in the country. Large horned ibex – a type of mountain goat – descend the steep precipices to the almond grove that surround the masia in the summer evenings. The region is also home to Mas de Bunyol, a vulture observatory rated one of the top 5 wildlife attractions for visitors in Europe.
Valderrobres is only 14 kilometres away and offers a wide selection of supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants. It has been frequently voted one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.