A Paragliding Cross-country Camp to smash your personal distance!
We have named this XC Camp as "Hunters of Hundreds" because is specially designed for those paragliding pilots with previous experience flying cross-country who seek to fly further than 100, 200 and even 300 km!!
During a week, we will establish our base camp at Zarza-Capilla, one of the best paragliding sites in Spain to fly XC long distances with one unique goal in our mind: to make the longest flights we can!
Extremadura: one of the best paragliding XC zone in Spain
Spain has a good reputation for paragliding, mainly due to its weather conditions. Areas such as Piedrahita, Ager or Algodonales are well known for paragliding pilots to make long-distance cross-country flights.
But there were still areas to be discovered: in the last years, some of the best Spanish XC pilots were looking for a place without restricted airspaces and with the best weather conditions to fly cross-country further than 200 and 300 km. We knew that the Extremadura region met these requirements, but we needed to find a suitable take-off place.
And we found it! In the region of La Serena is the small town of Zarza-Capilla, at la comarca of La Serena, based on a natural region which includes plains, as well as some low ranges of the Sierra Morena. This region has always remained somewhat isolated from the rest of the country, in its economic and demographic aspects.
The orography of the terrain of this area is easy to fly, with many landing zones, immense plains and low reliefs that make understandable and easy navigation for any type of pilot; The weather conditions in this area are great for paragliding distance flying, with thermal conditions that will allow you to reach flight levels of more than 3,000 meters and incredible low-safes.
Here there are no changing valley breezes or complicated mountain passes. Here you just have to worry about staying high and gliding for hundreds of kilometres!
There are other places in the region where we can take-off and fly, in the event that the wind direction doesn't make the flight possible from Zarza-Capilla, we will move to a different site, if necessary.
When is good to fly cross-country in Spain?
The best season to fly cross-country is from May to September. We run 3 XC Camps during the season: one at the end of June, another in July or August and a another during the first week of September.
The conditions to fly in June and September are not too strong and it is the best time to come if you are not a pilot with too much experience. Nevertheless, it is possible to fly more than 100 km in 6-7 hours of flight.
For those advanced pilots with XC experience who like to fly more than 200 km, July and August are the best choices: the conditions to fly are strong and the days are long enough to fly during 9-10 hours.
An amazing paragliding site in Europe to fly cross-country
THE PLACE TO FLY XC IN EUROPE!
Zarza-Capilla is located at the foot of the Sierra de Torozo, a relief of just over 120 meters high that interrupts an immense plain, next to one of the largest reservoirs in the country.
Zero Gravity bets on this flying zone; we believe it can offer the same or better conditions for long-distance paragliding flights than other areas located on other continents: you may not need to travel to South America or South Africa to beat your flight distance record; There is a place to fly long-distance XC here, in Europe, with all the advantages that this implies.
Check it out in XContest.org
A PLACE TO BREAK DISTANCE RECORDS
You can check the flights made in this area at XContest.org and see a large number of flights over 100, 200 and 300 km made here!!
In summer 2022 the European Record was achieved here, 330 Km to Goal.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BE AND TO BRING
⚠ Although the expected flight conditions are not particularly harsh, this XC Camp is only recommended for experienced pilots with more than 100 hours of air-time and with previous experience in cross-country flights.
- You should have a Flight License and a Third Party Insurance specific for paragliding. Bring it with you.
- Bring your Flight Equipment, with a reserve parachute, helmet, Walkie VHF 2m and mobile phone. A power bank is reccomended.
The briefings are in English or Spanish. You must understand at least one of these languages.
WE OFFER YOU IN THE PACKAGE...
- Daily briefing to check the weather forecast and design the XC route of the day.
- Shuttle to the flying sites: we can fly in many different spots around the base.
- Retrievals in a 9-seat van with air conditioning.
- Airport transfers included, from Sevilla airport *
- Accommodation included.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
We will have our base in the Youth Hostel at Zarza-Capilla. There are not too many accommodations in this small village but in this hostel, we have everything we need: there is a small restaurant, wifi, a next-door pool and it is located just 10 minutes from the take-off
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
If you are a citizen of the EU, bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to reduced-cost, sometimes free, medical treatment.
WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL FLY
Spain has the best weather to fly but, you know, we can't control the weather!
We always do everything to try to fly and we don't mind to drive hundreds of kilometres around our base to find a place with good conditions to fly if necessary.
Anyway, in the rare event that we have to cancel some days during a week due to bad weather, we will give you credit for your next booking in one of our packages.
GPS LIVE TRACKING
YOU JUST FLY; WE WILL BE WATCHING
WHEN TO ARRIVE AND DEPART?
⚠ The dates of your booking are starting and finishing dates. You should arrive on the day before the starting date, at any time, and depart on the day after the finishing date.
i.e. If your reservation is Sunday, Sept 22th at 9.00 to Friday, Sept 27th at 20.00 you should arrive on the 21st. We start at 9:00 a.m. on the 22nd and finish on the 27th evening. You must check-out on the 28th.
The shuttle service is at the airport at 13:00 h on the arrival date (the day before the starting date of the course or tour) and arrives at the Airport at 13:00 approx. on the check-out day (the day after the finishing date). Please keep this time in mind when you book your flights.
GROUPS: If you are a group of 5-7 pilots, then you guys can choose the airport to be picked up (Sevilla or Malaga).