Having your holiday here in La Zarza means in your free time you will be able to relax in the sunshine and enjoy the unspoilt beauty and tranquility of this stunning mountainous area to your heart’s content. However for those of you that are looking for still more activity to fill your time there is no lack of things to do!

rocky outcropOur location at the edge of Sierra de la Pila National Park makes it the perfect base to delve into nature, whether you prefer an energetic hike up a mountain, a scramble over a rocky crag or a gentle stroll amongst the surrounding fields, which are planted with vines, almonds and olives, and in February are pink with almond blossom. The National Park is host to a prolific amount of wildlife, particularly birds, and is a paradise for walkers and naturalists alike. The many kilometres of quiet country roads in the area are ideal for the long distance runner or adventurous cyclist. We can arrange activities such as mountain biking and climbing (and perhaps even flying!) on request. If you feel like a challenge, try the ascent of El Zulum, a tough climb, which in the heart of winter often boasts a snowy peak.

The nearby town of Pinoso,also known as El Piños, is named after the pine trees that cover the area’s mountain ranges. Pinoso provides a Spanish rural lifestyle, with barely any traffic. The town is well worth a wander around, with its many bars, restaurants and shops explore, as well as the local markets specialising in fresh food, clothes and locally produced shoes. Facilities on offer in Pinoso include an excellent sports centre with both outdoor and indoor pools, a gym, football pitches and tennis courts, a library, a theatre and a beautiful picnic spot hidden among the pines complete with seating and barbeques. If you are interested in local history and architecture, you may be interested to look around the Hermitage of St Catherine, the Church of St Peter the Apostle, and the Fatima Shrine. You may also like to visit Pinoso’s tower clock, built in 1889, which has become somewhat of a symbol for the town.

There are two main fiesta’s on the Pinoso calendar: the gastronomic Dia del Villazgo fiesta in February celebrates Pinoso’s independence from Monovar, and the main fiesta of the town is held in August – the whole town gathers together to celebrate with  food, stalls, music and dancing!

There are plenty of other pretty local towns and villages a short drive away, each with their own atmosphere and features to explore, and fiestas to experience. Click here for further information on the local area.

There are 2 regular trips per week to hike along Rio Chicamo - ‘the Chicamo run’ – with local guide Abel, who will share his knowledge of the area’s history with you, as well as where to pick the finest local pomegranates along the trail!

There is also the opportunity for trips to Murcia, or Alicante where there is a harbour and a beach (more details on Local Area page). The Pinoso, Monóvar and Jumilla regions are famous for their award-winning fine quality wines, and no visit to the region would be complete without a visit to a Bodega - something we can arrange for you (further information on our Wine Tours page).

If you wish to explore the wider local area, car hire is recommended and we suggest you organise that when booking your flights.

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