The Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica) is one of the bovine species of the Capra genus in Europe. There were four subspecies of this genus found in Spain, but two of them have recently become extinct.
The Capra Pyrenaica Victoriae is one of these four subspecies and is indigenous to several mountain ranges in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula. Its largest population is found in la Sierra de Gredos, between the provinces of Cáceres and Ávila.
It is characterized by its dark coat and, along with the Ibex of Beceite-Tortosa, has the largest antlers. Its horns are big and ringed, with a rugged surface, and shaped like a lyre. The growth of these horns is proportional to the age of the animal, adding one ring each year. The female goats have small, straighter horns. The males have an average weight of 90 kg and the females over 40 kg.
This game specie is hunted in vast zones where the density and quality of trophies allows for the hunt to be adapted to each person’s physical conditions.
In the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, toward the West, is the Central System, a long mountain range, formed by a series of mountains, among which we find la Sierra de Gredos, located between the provinces of Ávila, Cáceres, Madrid, and Toledo, and which gives the name to this subspecie of mountain goat.
La Sierra de Gredos presents a spectacular montage of lakes, cirques, gorges, ranges, cliffs, crags, and moraine deposits, with the Almanzor peak, at 2,592m being the highest point in the whole mountain range.
And although the relief transforms Gredos into a beautiful and spectacular mountain, from the biological perspective, its habitat provides us with one of the most interesting spaces in all of Western Europe.
The vegetation in the zone varies according to the altitude, and so it is possible to find a landscape of oak, chestnut, alder, ash, birch, poplar, willow, and Pyrenean oak, with the latter being replaced in various zones by the pine.
The main animal species, along with the Spanish Ibex, are the roe deer (capreolus capreolus), red-legged partridge (alectoris rufa), royal eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), honey buzzard (permis apivorus), black vulture (aegypius monachus), and griffon vulture (gyps fulvus).
The Romans taught Andalusia how to cultivate wheat and vines and used the fish from the seas to produce the best “garum” in the empire. The Arabs taught the people of Andalusia to grow fruit and vegetables. They used irrigation systems and perfected the cultivation of the olive and the production of oil. Furthermore, the Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Visigoths left their mark on the art, science, culture and gastronomy of Andalusia. This is quite a legacy and the best way to get to know it better is to sit down to the table.
A Mediterranean based gastronomy which is unique due to the extremely high quality of its ingredients from the sea or vegetable garden, and because of the use of extra virgin olive oil, an indispensable element which gives personality and distinction to these dishes, and is present in the quintessential Andalusian dish: gazpacho.
One culinary custom which is quite a tradition in Andalusia due to the favourable climatic conditions, and which can be found all year round is the “tapa”, a great way of tasting the dishes which define the universe of Andalusian gastronomy in small portions, usually accompanied by a beer or a good local wine. In the many bars and restaurants you can try countless cold or warm, simple or elaborate, seasonal tapas.
We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.
Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.
Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.
An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.
It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.
Hello Antonio and Mercedes, My experience at your Ibex Hunting destinations exceeded all of my highest expectations.
You are providing a destination hunting experience with all the amenities of an upscale hotel accomodation combined with hunting all Spanish Ibex (for me untill now: Cazorla, Gredos and Beceite), which makes a perfect setting to entertain clients and friends.
The accommodations, the out-of-this-world food and wine, your attention to detail, the rangers work, the variety of habitat which produced an abundance of exceptional animals all come together for the perfect hunting experience.
Thank you for the wonderful time. I look forward to seeing you again.
From: Etienne Schreurs( Belgium) roe deer, red deer and wild boar hunter who found a new and wonderfull experience in Spain