Orchard house

The abundance of different climate zones has turned Europe into a land suitable for different types of agricultural activities. Especially during the spring and summer months some of the countries turn into a paradise of delicious locally grown produce. Orchard houses are essentially family estates with a fruit plantation, which usually offer the possibility to accommodate 1-2 small groups of travelers.

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Orchard house

The abundance of different climate zones has turned Europe into a land suitable for different types of agricultural activities. Especially during the spring and summer months some of the countries turn into a paradise of delicious locally grown produce. Orchard houses are essentially family estates with a fruit plantation, which usually offer the possibility to accommodate 1-2 small groups of travelers. These visitors are not only immersed into the country life but are also allowed and even encouraged to help around in the family business. The orchards can include anything from apples to lemons, but oftentimes they include much more such as strawberries, blueberries, or even vegetable gardens with tomatoes.

The nature at the palm of your hands

Weather conditions and the quality of soil are important for the orchards, which is why there are specific regions with a cluster of such farms. Very often the location of these clusters are wild territories surrounded by natural wonders. Spain and Italy are the two biggest orchard-fruit producers in Europe. Heading to each of these countries will not only allow you to try some of the best fruits on the continent, but also to admire the majestic nature behind these yummy fruits.

Spain is a country rich in culture, tradition, history, nature, but obviously in agriculture too. Spain is a big European producer of oranges, apples, olives and grapes. Valencia is among its regions with the most agricultural land employed for orchard trees. This Spanish province has 22 national parks welcoming visitors. Sot de Chera is a beautiful and very wild natural park. There are stunning canyons, narrow gorges, springs and rivers crossing quiet meadows and so much more.

One of the best apples in the world is produced in Italy in the picturesque South Tyrol region. The natural landscape there is spectacular and includes a variety of natural wonders, including the strikingly beautiful Dolomites mountain range. Three Peaks is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and our recommendation for your trip to South Tyrol – a huge massif which includes the mountain in the north-east part of the Dolomites. Small villages can be found scattered around the hills in the province and they are especially famous for their exceptional Italian cuisine.

Activities

For a day full of adventure, consider taking the hiking trail through Geopark Chera, where you will come across not one, but more than five waterfalls such as the La Garita and La Castellana. There are many small churches along the way, too, therefore some people regard this trail as a less famous pilgrim route.

Three Peaks massif is a paradise for climbers, however there is much more to discover in the region. Hiking through the many trails can be quite an adventure, having in mind that most of the peaks come at more than 1,800 m of height. Mountain biking and regular biking are also a favorite activity which allows you to discover the surrounding areas and the many glacial lakes much quicker. Adrenaline-seeking travelers can get a bird’s view of South Tyrol by going paragliding or even by booking a helicopter ride over the mountains.