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The subjects for discussion may vary considerably, according to the interests of the group.
This timetable is also subject to change dependent on the weather conditions.
Bringing lightweight walking boots or sports shoes would be advantageous for our trips out into the village.
Newspaper articles and/or short videos based on some of the themes, will be forwarded to you before the weekend in order that you can watch/read them in advance, if you have the time.
We feel that meal times are equally important for continued conversational English but for those who are not booking accommodation through the venue there are several options of bars in the village.*
A bit of history
Almedíjar is a municipality of the Valencian Community, Spain. Located in the region of Alto Palancia. It is located in the Sierra de Espadán, to the south of the province of Castellón. The municipal area of Almedíjar is entirely within the Natural Park of the Sierra de Espadán. Its mountains are covered with cork oaks, pines and holm oaks.
Though finds have been discovered from the Iberian period and some Roman remains, the present locality has a clear Muslim origin. It was conquered by the troops of Jaime I of Aragon in 1238. After diverse changes of owner, the locality happened to comprise of the family Centelles. Despite the Christian conquest, the Muslim population continued being the majority, generating multiple revolts until its definitive defeat in 1528, in the called battle of Almedíjar, that put an end to the rebellion of the Moriscos in the Kingdom of Valencia. In 1611 the Muslims were expulsed from the kingdom. The subsequent first settlers were from the neighboring towns of Jérica and Segorbe. Later many of these families left the village and were replaced by others from the other localities of the area or the south of the province of Teruel.
Traditionally the economy of Almedíjar has been based on agriculture, being predominantly olive trees and almond trees.
Vineyards (vines) have always been cultivated to produce wine for local consumption but more recently a bodega has opened in the village producing commercial quantities of wine for sale.
The exploitation of its waters had been a fundamental element for the people and with the opening of the bottling plant local people were employed. This has subsequently closed.
There is a thriving cheese factory in the village which has won many awards for its fine quality cheeses made from local goat and sheep milk.