Living in tune with nature
Vida Sana began as a personal project for a Healthy (Sana) Life (Vida). Since the beginning, the major goal was to use local resources (Km 0) and to live and eat, as ecologically as possible. The Finca (Land) was abandoned for more than 20 years, and we’ve owned it for 4 years, so we are 100% sure that NO chemicals have been used on the land for more than 20 years.
The land consists of 8 acres, of olive, carob and almond trees, with open stables built using the dry stone walling technique, and the site for the architect designed house, integrated in nature, which is overlooked by mature pine trees, in the far corner.
The local landscape changes according to the season, so sometimes you can see vast fields filled with the silvery-pinks of the almond blossoms, or during the winter months, the vibrant oranges and greens of the orange plantations. The area is peaceful and relaxing, people say hello to each other; it’s a bit like a small town in Ireland or England, a few decades ago.
Dry stone walling: living history & a sustainable heritage practice
The locally sourced stone was used in pretty much every aspect of the recent constructions and everything was built by hand: stone by stone, using the dry stone walling technique that can be traced back to the Iron Age and today is considered to be living history and a sustainable heritage practice. Dry stone walls, like those which are a major feature in Vida Sana, can be seen in parts of the UK, such as Cumbria, The Lake District, North York Moors, and also in various locations across Ireland. In fact there are now Dry Stone Wall Associations in both Great Britain and Ireland, working to keep this wonderful practice alive.
Not everyone has the talent for dry stone walling, so we’ve been very lucky that my father-in-law discovered that he has almost a vocation for dry stone walling. When he has been building the walls, it is as if he is at one with the stones.
“Watch a beginner and you can tell within two minutes if they’ve got a knack for it, says Richard Ingles. It takes a certain kind of eye-brain co-ordination, dry stone walling: you need to be able to look at a stone and know straight away whether it’s the one you want.” Excerpt from the Guardian newspaper.
Check out the photos on the Dry Stone Walling page
The area introduction:
The area where the land is located is the Baix Maestrat, which is only 20 minutes drive to the closest beach, and between 10 to 25 minutes drive from two Natural Park: Els Ports and the Delta de l’Ebre. It is extremely well communicated, lying 65 miles (105 km) from Reus (serviced by Ryanair), just under 100 miles (165 km) to the beautiful city of Valencia and 128 miles (207 km) to Barcelona. There are regular train and bus services to Barcelona and Valencia.
This region is known for temperate, yet pleasantly hot summers (the temperature normally don’t go much over 30 degrees) and mild winters. Often during the hottest part of the day in winter, the temperature can be anywhere from 16-20 degrees. It’s not unsusual to have a Christmas drink or lunch out in the sun.
Vida Sana is also between 20 to 50 minutes away from three of Spain’s officially most beautiful towns: