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Casa rural Azabache

Surroundings and activities from the Rural House Azabache

El Barco is situated between the provinces of Avila, Salamanca and Caceres, with an altitude of 1.027 metres above sea level, in a precious valley surrounded by mountains.
 
The area captivates its visitors with its blue ceiling, its tranquillity, its snowy open mountain ranges …and its incomparable beauty.
The Starlight Foundation, a viewpoint that assures a dark ceiling for the best observation of the stars, was granted certified starlight status in 2013 by the Sierra Norte de Gredos. The Starlight project, endorsed by UNESCO and the World Tourism Organisation, was created in 2007 as a system of certification for places that create the best conditions for the contemplation of the firmament.
 
El Barco de Avila has always served as one of the doors of natural access to the Central Macizo of the spectacular Gredos mountain ranges, the main massif of the Central System. Thanks to its location, in between the vast array of impressive mountains nearby, El Barco boasts many privileged views. Visitors can take in the natural beauty from all angles.
Activities
 
  • Tierra: Mushroom collecting, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, horse-riding, hiking, trekking, tennis.

  • Water: fishing.

  • Air: hang gliding, paragliding

  • Observation: fauna and flora


Bathing in rivers of crystal clear water
Routes through the Gredos

Routes through the Gredos

Modelled by the glacial erosion in past epochs, the Gredos mountain ranges in the south of Castilla and Leon present themselves as a spectacular succession of lakes, cirques, gorges, ridges, and cliffs. These mountains are the home of the Hispanic goat, and on multiple occasions you will be able to see the goats from just a few metres away.
gredos with the children…

With the children…

In El Barco de Avila you can find the Museum of Beans, which pays homage to our flagship product with origin of name. 
We also have the Honey Museum and the Seasonal Migration Museum, situated in the nearby town of Navalonguilla. 
Lastly, for all the family to enjoy a bit of sport in the fresh air, we have the adventure park Pinos Cimeros, situated nearby at the peak of the Gredos.
Castillo de Valdecorneja, El Barco de Ávila

Cultural Heritage of Barco

Valdecorneja castle, The Wall, the Church of assumption…the castle was created in the 7th century around the remains of an ancient settlement. In the 14th and 15th centuries it was rebuilt, equipped with its original parts, with a round tower in each corner, plus the beautiful Torre del Homenaje.
The castle is currently used as an outdoor auditorium. During your stay here in El Barco you will be able to enjoy many summer nights in the castle, with numerous shows and musicals being put on.

The church of the 7th (Bizantine Period) and of the 13th century (Romanic)century is also situated in the centre of the village. It retains its beautiful iron gate for the choir and a wonderful organ.
La Covatilla, estación de esquí, he ski resort of Covatilla

The Ski Resort of Covatilla (Bejar)

Within a 30 minute drive from the house, you can enjoy the ski resort of Covatilla, where you can have fun in the snow with your loved ones, play sport, or simply enjoy the precious views.

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