How to arrive there

The Finca is practically half way between Madrid and Lisbon,following the E90 or A5, 14 kms away from Trujillo which lies 250 kms West of Madrid (2h.30 driving); second exit coming from Madrid, exactly km 253; or 1h,15 min form Badajoz at the Portuguese border.

Take road Ex 208 from Trujillo to Zorita and Guadalupe, 8min driving. At 14 kms , that is at signpost “89”,a sign TR (Turismo rural) appears on your right, in front of a big entrance portal of a winery called “Los Grandados”. A dirt road of 200 kms leads you to Finca Santa Marta; go to Parking P.

Gardens, trees and vineyards

The hundreds of almonds in blossom beyond the gardens are a wonderful sight. The almonds are harvested in November and brought to the cooperative.

A few hundreds of acres of the Finca are covered by plots of vines (Cabernet Savignon,Tempranillo), registered as original Guadiana wine. Further on up the hill, walkers come across a variety of colourful orchids.

Relaxing by the swimming pool is a favorite for leisure aspiring travellers.

Trujillo

Trujillo is as every tourist has read, the birthplace of Pizarro who led the conquest on horseback down from Panama along the coasts of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. His is the imposing warrior monument dominating the Plaza Mayor. Few however know that the proud conquistador mounting a horse of beautiful proportions, was originally meant to represent Hernan Cortes, another famous conqueror, as gift to the Mexicans. Mexico turned down the neocolonialist statue which was conveniently rebaptised as Pizarro and offered to the town of Lima where its copy is now adorning its Plaza Mayor.

Actually, Trujillo was first built by the Romans. Though it is set on a hilltop, its water supply was guaranteed by undercurrent water flows originating in the Sierra of Guadalupe (70kms away). Arabs fortified the place during their century long occupation, as its impressive wall structures still testify. The 13th century Christian invaders from the North gradually took hold of similar fortresses in their gradual takeover of Southern Spain.

“By the time the artists had arrived, the skies above Trujillo were alive with lesser kestrels, swifts and swallows and the white storks had young in their nests” (Nick Hammond in “The flight of the Cranes”,inspired by the “Artists for Nature Foundation”)

Extremadura

Among the striking features of Extremadura’s natural resources and touristic attractions are the National Park of Monfrague (50 kms North of Trujllo), the medieval Palaces of Caceres, and the Roman monuments of Merida, all at an hour and a half distance from the Finca Santa Marta.

The western province of Extremadura is no longer associated with poverty and isolation. Though it lacks an industrial infrastructure, its agro-industrial growth is keeping pace with the increasing popularity of its natural authenticity. Birdwtachers in particular have strengthened Extremadura’s fame.

See Crossbill, Lonely Planet, Walking through Extremadura (…Wood)