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Spain Andalusia Walk

  • Location: Spain
  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Departing from: Málaga at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Day 1
  • Tour finishes: Córdoba train station, Day 8
  • Departures 2017: April 29, May 13, Sept. 16 & 30, Oct. 14.
  • Price 2017: Euro €2850 per person in double occupancy. Single supplement Euro €270.
  • Departures 2018: April 28, May 12, Sept. 15 & 29, Oct. 13.
  • Price 2018: Euro €2,900 per person in double occupancy. Single supplement Euro €270.

A riot of wild flowers and snow capped mountain peaks color our spring Andalucia guided walking tour. Flamenco dancers and gypsy songs spice it up while the ancient Alhambra palace and the twisting streets of Granada’s Moorish Albaicin give it mystique. Finally, you’ll be awed by the scale and brilliance of the Mezquita mosque of Córdoba and it’s competing Renaissance cathedral. Our guided walking tour explores the wild side of the Alpujarra, a mountainous region to which the last Moors fled in the 15th century. You’ll follow ancient paths from one whitewashed village to another. Then, it’s the beautiful landscapes of central Andalucia, a vast area of rolling hills, almond orchards, olive groves, and rocky ravines. Your evenings will be spent in small local villages as well as in Granada and Córdoba amongst Andalucia’s vibrant and colorful people.

Spain Andalusia Walk itinerary

Day 1 – Saturday — Málaga

Independent arrival in Málaga. There is an international airport and it is also connected to Madrid by high-speed rail service. Meet the guide and the rest of the group at 6:30 p.m. in our hotel in Málaga. After a brief orientation meeting, we’ll set off to drinks and dinner in the old heart of this lively, cosmopolitan city that boasts the birthplace of both Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas. The walk is sure to give us an appetite for a dinner featuring a selection of tapas in one of Málaga’s most famous local bodegas. Our hotel is the cozy and colorful Hotel Room Mate Lola, just 30 meters from the beach. Hotel and dinner included.

Day 2 – Sunday — The Alpujarra, Bubión & Capileira

Today we head to the beautiful town of Capileira in the Alpujarra mountain range.  When the Moors were defeated by the Christian monarchs in Granada in 1492, many decided to leave the city and settle in this remote and beautiful area. Known currently for cured ham, chestnut trees, wild flowers, welcoming residents, and stunning views it is a mecca for walkers.  After settling into our hotel, the beautiful Finca los Llanos, we will take a short lunchtime walk to the neighboring village of Bubión. In the afternoon there is a longer walk (two to three hours) where we will explore the lower parts of Capileira (one of the best of the white-washed villages that are typical of the region) before crossing the Río Poqueira and ascending steeply into Bubión once more, where we will visit a ham curing factory and there sample the wonderful jamón serrano that is another claim to fame of the area.  Dinner is in one of the many excellent local restaurants. Hotel, breakfast, evening drinks & tapas and dinner included.

Day 3 – Monday — The Alpujarra, Río Toril hike

Today's hike is a linear walk (five hours) taking us into the neighbouring villages of “La Tahá”, a name that endures from the time when the Moriscos (Muslims who had converted to Christianity to remain in Spain) lived in these remote mountain communities. You will begin with a gentle descent to Bubión, then join the GR-7 trail on an uphill section which takes you into pine & native oak forests and then down into Pitres, where we will stop for a drink in a local café. The second half of the walk links up the hamlets of Atalbéitar and Ferreirola, and we will find a good spot around here to enjoy our picnic lunch, before a final stretch through woods, orchards and then open, rocky ground takes us up into Busquístar, a pretty village set on the steep slopes above the Rio Trevelez. We take the public bus back to Capileira, with time in the late afternoon for a swim in the hotel pool, explore the winding, twisted, white-washed streets of the town, or just unwinding with a book.  Dinner is on your own tonight but to whet your appetite there is an early evening visit one of the local bodegas to try the local wine and a selection of light tapas. Hotel, breakfast, picnic lunch and tapas tasting  included. Dinner not included.

Day 4 – Tuesday –Granada

A spectacular, twisting mountain road takes us down to Granada.  Here we’ll discover the Alhambra palaces and gardens, the Albaicín (the best preserved Arab quarter in Europe), and the unique cave-dwellings of the Sacromonte.  On arrival we’ll visit the stunning Alhambra, an entire medieval city complex of fortress, palaces, and gardens that is the emblem of Granada and Spain’s most visited monument. Around lunch join us on an optional walk through the Albaicín, a picturesque cat’s cradle of streets and alleyways, churches and high-walled gardens from where there are many wonderful views of the Alhambra, framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. To complete our brief but intense sample of Granada, tonight we’ll walk to the Sacromonte district, renowned for its gypsy caves and flamenco, where we will visit a fascinating cave museum and then, after dinner in a local restaurant, see a flamenco “espectáculo” in one of the cave houses themselves. We stay tonight in the Hotel Zawán del Darro, originally built in 1563 but restored to modern perfection.  Overnight Granada. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.

Day 5 – Wednesday — Sierra Subbética

This morning’s journey from Granada to Córdoba takes us through undulating country of olive groves and hills dotted with impressive medieval Moorish castles. Our base for the next two nights is the pretty white village of Zuheros in the Natural Park of the Sierra Subbética. The area is a limestone massif, weathered over millennia into a series of valleys and soaring peaks, offering all manner of walking possibilities. Once settled in to the delightful rural Hotel Zuhayra, we will embark on a walk (four hours) around the Cerro de Bramadero hill and which offers some superb views back to Zuheros as we return through the valley of the Río Bailón. A picnic lunch, to enjoy in a shady spot on the walk, is included. This evening we dine in a restaurant which occupies the main square of the village, underneath the floodlit Moorish-Renaissance castle, and which serves excellent local dishes. Hotel, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included.

Day 6 – Thursday — Sierra Subbética, Zagrilla hike

Today’s is a longer walk, a loop walk that begins along a former railway line that was used until the 1960's to transport olives from the fields to mills, and which is now a long-distance walk path called a "green way" ("Vía Verde" in Spanish). This will take us from Zuheros almost as far as the neighbouring town of Doña Mencia, from where we begin a gradual ascent across open hillside towards the peak of Monte Abrevia (1129m) from where we have views over the mountains of three provinces, Jaén, Córdoba and Málaga. We may see Griffon Vultures on the walk, as well as other bird species such as Black Wheater, Chough, Blue Rock Thrush, and Dartford Warblers. The route returns us to Zuheros via open meadows, with enclosures hewn from the limestone rock for sheep in previous times, woodland and then olive groves as we enjoy a fine view of the town as we near it. A picnic lunch, to enjoy in a shady spot on the walk, is included. This evening we dine in the hotel’s excellent restaurant. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.

Day 7 - Friday — Córdoba

On our way to Córdoba we will stop in Baena, where we’ll be shown round the Nunez de Prado factory, producing what many consider to be some of the finest olive oil in the world. We arrive mid-morning in Córdoba, a city of incomparable history which between 711 and 1236, under Moorish rule, developed into one of the most advanced and enlightened cities of the Middle Ages. A walking tour this lunchtime will reveal the city’s riches: a mosque-cathedral unlike any other, a small, simple synagogue in the old Jewish quarter, and the floral patios of a 16th century nobleman’s house in the traditional Realejo quarter. There will be further time for some independent sightseeing before tonight’s farewell dinner, which features typical local dishes such as spinach and pine nut croquettes, orange and codfish salad, salmorejo (a thicker version of gazpacho), and the honeyed pastries based on recipes from the times of al-Andalus.  We stay at the Hotel Mezquita which occupies a typical house of the Jewish Quarter.  Overnight Cordoba. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.

Day 8 – Saturday — Córdoba & Departure

Today we bid farewell to our travel companions and have a morning transfer to the train station. Córdoba is well connected to Madrid, Seville and Málaga by high-speed and regular trains.  Breakfast included.

The walks

The walks in the Alpujarras contain moderate hills over some uneven terrain.  We usually walk between 3-5 hours a day, divided between morning and afternoon. We have designed the trip so that there is always some free time in the late afternoon so you can relax, read, or explore the towns we stay in. Breakfast is included every day, and dinners reflect the excellent traditional food of the region. Daily distance between 8 and 14 kms.

Activity rating: 3 out of 5 = Moderate: Rolling to hilly terrain with frequent climbs and descents, often over rocky terrain. Daily activity between 3-5 hours, mostly in the morning but sometimes also in the afternoon. Max distance: 16 kms.

Trip Cost Includes: at least 1 bilingual tour leader; transportation by private vehicle; 7 nights accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners, 2 picnic lunches; and all visits as noted in the itinerary. 

Booking: e-mail us at info@customwalks.com to receive a booking contract (or use the 'Contact Us' link at the top of this page), or click on the 'Book Now' button to the right.

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Getting There: the trip starts in Málaga, which is served by southern Spain’s largest international airport with flights from all over Europe as well as New York’s JFK. The airport is some 8 km from the center of the city, a journey which you can make by taxi, train or bus.

Air: most trans-continental flights into Spain arrive in Madrid or Barcelona, but Málaga is a key destination for many European airlines so check flights there as well. For more information see the airport's website for current flight schedules.

Rail: trains from Madrid, on the high-speed AVE service, take under 3 hours. From Barcelona the journey time by AVE is under 6 hours, and there is also a sleeper train which takes 10 hours. For more information, see the Spanish train service (RENFE) website.

Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip ends in Córdoba after breakfast on Saturday morning. From Córdoba you can travel by train to Madrid (the AVE service takes 1 hr 45), to Málaga or Seville (1 hr by AVE), and there are also bus services covering these routes.

If you book a trip with us you will receive detailed information about how to get to the start of your trip, or feel free to e-mail us with any specific travel questions.

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by Reynard from USA Atlanta
Posted Mar 06, 2015

I had the best time. Our guide, Jonathan, was very knowledgeable about Spanish history and culture. It was hike, coffee, hike, food, hike, drinks/dinner. Enough activity but at a very relaxed pace. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. We saw the standard big attractions in Malaga, Cordoba and Granada but also went to places off the routine itinerary. The white cities were amazing, the wild flowers gorgeous, the food delicious, the local people welcoming. We had a small group and paid a supplement which is why the value is average, but it was worth every Euro and then some.



I had the best time. Our guide, Jonathan, was very knowledgeable about Spanish history and culture. It was hike, coffee, hike, food, hike, drinks/dinner. Enough activity but at a very relaxed pace. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. We saw the standard big attractions in Malaga, Cordoba and Granada but also went to places off the routine itinerary. The white cities were amazing, the wild flowers gorgeous, the food delicious, the local people welcoming. We had a small group and paid a supplement which is why the value is average, but it was worth every Euro and then some.
by Reynard from USA Atlanta

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