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¡La Alegría de la Huerta! – The Joy of the Orchard! Live Experience, Live Tour

Valle de Ricote, Murcia, Spain Culture, Food & Drink, History, Nature
  • Languages English
  • Duration 60 Minutes

Curious about the real Spain? Want to know more about life here beyond well known tourist spots like Madrid and Barcelona?

This Region of Murcia has a nickname: La Huerta de Europa – “The Orchard of Europe”. Amazingly many traditional huertas still use an irrigation system over 1000 years old inherited from moors when they arrived in the Iberian Peninsula in the year 711. And thanks to year round warm weather we are able to grow upto 4 crops a year!

On this tour we will discover a traditional huerta in the spectacular Valle de Ricote in Murcia, South Eastern Spain. I am excited to show you my favourite place to be when I’m not touring. We will learn about the way of life of the people who have loved and worked this land for hundreds of years.

We will start the visit in front of the tiny, 100+ year old construction that I am now lucky to call home, with its stunning views of the River Segura. After learning about some of the typical features and building techniques we will start our walk through the garden part. As we pass a centennial grape vine we will discover why so many Mediterranean houses have them climbing over the porch.

We will see olive trees and learn the local way to pick and pickle them. We will shelter from the sun under the fig tree and discover some unique local wisdom about the shade it casts… From here I’ll be able to show you another stunning view of the river Segura – the lifeblood of the valley. We will continue down the steep terraces to end our visit in the plum tree orchard where we will discover the legacy of the moors in the irrigation channels and how we still use them today.

I can’t wait to share a little part of real, rural Spain with you!

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Hosted By Lisa

Lisa

¡Hola! I’m Lisa. I’m half English and half Spanish and I live in Murcia in the South East of Spain. I’m a tour guide by profession and also an “accidental farmer” – I jumped in at the deep end when I
moved to a traditional orchard in the beautiful Valle de Ricote.

After finishing my degree in English Literature & Language at university in England, I moved to Murcia because I wanted to experience this part of my culture by actually living it. I’ve been based here and leading tours across Europe, specializing in Spain, for over 20 years now.

I am passionate about sharing my Spanish heritage and making connections with people and places.
Having grown up with one foot in Britain and one foot in Spain, my unique perspective gives me an understanding of the culture from the inside, and at the same time means I can translate that culture to an outsider’s point of view.

I would love to help you discover the Spain beyond the guidebooks!

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