Looking for practical skills at my finca in the mountains of Catalonia, Spain



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    An off-grid finca in the wild and ancient mountainous lands of Catalunya. Secret Valley Finca is an organic 30 acre 'wild' and natural farm nestled in a hidden mountain valley, clinging to ancient terraces and surrounded by forests. It's completely private, no neighbours, just nature. Olives, hazelnuts, almonds, cherries, grapes all grow in an eco friendly manner surrounded by forest, scrub and hiker pathed mountains. Living close to nature and enjoying great food, good company, exploring and traveling too.

    Under an hours drive from Tarragona and two south of Barcelona, a historic hill town is nearby and the beaches of the Mediterranean just 25 minutes away. There are wild boar and deer in the forests, great hiking and mountain biking paths starting from the finca and the Mediterranean for swimming, kite surfing and snorkeling.

    The casita is small, completely modernised inside; it still looks like an ancient workers cottage hugging the steep terraces. The nearby guest caravan is for your exclusive use. It is your private space to relax, forget the world and enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. This is the perfect place to get away from it all, experience living off-grid and be close to nature, to bring skills and learn new ones, to have fun and take away good memories. We can only accept one person at a time due to our limited off-grid facilities.

    I am specifically looking for these skills, so if you have one or more of them, please contact us, but only if you have capability and experience in these areas:

    - heavy duty grass/weed strimming
    - stone wall repair
    - chainsaw trees & logs
    - land clearance
    - pruning

    If you can help with one or more of these, get in touch with your dates!

    Thanks for reading this far.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    English is the main language. You will be welcome to hang out whenever you like, in the house and for trips to the towns and cities. Here you will try escape civilisation - the views in the daytime and stars at night are amazing. No neighbours, just raw nature. It is a happy, enchanting 'secret valley' finca you will always remember.

  • Help


    Chainsaw pine trees & chopping logs; heavy duty undergrowth strimming & land clearance. These are all projects for the coming year. If you have skills in these areas, please let me know!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Independent caravan for our guest. It's comfortable, private and you will wake up to the most amazing views of the rising sun's rays hitting the mountain peaks surrounding the finca. It is off-grid so that means careful with water and power - plus there is a compost loo! Plenty of internet so you can stay in touch with the outside world as much as you like.

    All meals are with me in the nearby casita. We cook creatively and eat well - so you will too.

    You hike walk through the almond groves and forest paths to the nearby hill-town (30 mins). We often drive to the bigger valley towns or to the coast for a day out on the beach so can take you exploring too.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Lifts to local towns to beaches. Also to the local train station to visit Barcelona. We are very flexible with time and jobs - depending on the weather and opportunities off site.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4.5 hours a day with 2 days off

From the vineyard up through the olive grove.
Me, Kevin, trekking through the woods and terraces around the finca
Our 50 year old half-working tractor. 2-stroke diesel engine, 4 wheel drive - articulated. JLO German engine, Agria - Spanish built.
Conservation - new with the old
The finca valley is surrounded by forested mountain - here in the spring sunshine
White grapes, ready for harvest.
Produce from the land
Wild spring flowers border the olive grove and almond trees.
Ancient walls and terraces abound.
Storm damage!
Calçots party at the finca with friends
Winter came... and went ;)
Preparing calçots, a local Catalan delicacy.
Our signature fruit tree, by the well in the valley

Host ref number: 383468275547