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Sierra Nevada & Granada
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Stunning walks through Spain's highest sierra; from Moorish Los Berchules to beautiful Granada
Trip Highlights
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What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 4 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included. Breakfast is usually continental in style, comprising cereals or yoghurt, toast with marmalade or tomato, fresh orange juice and tea/coffee. The picnic lunches include bread, cheese and/or cold meat, tomato, chocolate/biscuits, fresh fruit, and other seasonal produce. For dinner, a typical Spanish soup is usually served first, followed by a local dish including meat/fish and vegetables for the main course and for desert there may be fresh fruit or a typical Spanish sweet. Vegetarians and most other dietary requirements can be catered for, but please inform us at the time of booking or in advance of travelling.

Day 1
Fly to Malaga
Fly to Malaga; transfer to Berchules (approx 2hrs 45mins drive).
Day 2
Circular walk from hotel along stone-laid mule path with panoramic views.
On this first day we take a circular walk from the hotel. Great views and water babbling in the irrigation channels give a good introduction to the Alpujarra. The area is generally agricultural and we will see how the land has been managed through the ages. As well as spotting relics dating back to the middle ages there are stunning views of the region. This will be the shortest and least demanding walk of the week giving a chance to acclimatise.
Day 3
Descend into Guadalfeo Valley to market town of Cadiar; climb through maquis to Juviles, site of Muslim tenth century castle.
Today there is the chance to see abundant local flora and fauna while walking through beautiful landscape. The route takes us through several towns and villages, such as Lobras and Timar, until we reach Juviles, home to a 10th century Muslim castle. A 10-minute transfer takes us back to our hotel in Berchules.
Day 4
Walk through a great variety of landscapes, from moonscape to verdant, and pass through some tiny communities.
A short transfer takes us to the beginning of our walk exploring the nature of the Rio Trevelez Valley. We walk along Roman paths through the area of La Taha, a collection of Moorish villages hidden in a deep gorge. Lunch is taken in a tiny bar, where we are offered a selection of local dishes, as available on the day, lunch is paid for locally. Walk Profile: 6 hours, 16km.
Day 5
Scenic walk from the white village of Trevelez (the highest village in Spain at 1500m); return through working cortijos to see how the traditional way of life continues.
Our day starts with a short transfer to the white village of Trevelez – at 1500m the highest village in Spain. The town is particularly famous for the quality of its world-renowned Jamon Serrano. There are shopping opportunities in this larger village and a chance to sample the ham at its source. From here we enjoy a scenic circular walk involving riverside sections and a chance to see the local cowboys handle their herds on the hillsides. Walk Profile: 6-7 hours, 14km.
Day 6
Walk along Roman paths through La Taha to explore Moorish villages hidden in deep gorge.
This is the longest walk of the week and will vary with the season. Normally we take a circular walk from the hotel to take a deeper look at our home valley. An amazingly scenic walk giving an easy access through apparently impossible cliffs. Points of historical and folkloric interest are encountered along the way and paddling possibilities at the river crossing.
Day 7
Free day in Granada and optional visit to magnificent Alhambra Palace.
Transfer to Granada (2 hours). We arrive in the city at about 11:30am and after check-in there is free time to explore this wonderful city at your own pace. The tour leader is on hand to point you in the right direction. The city is a mecca for tapa-hunters and has an abundance of pleasant squaresto relax in, riverside areas to stroll and monuments abound. There is the opportunity to visit one of Europe's most visited historical monuments- the moslem 14thC Alhambra Palace: if you would like to visit, it is best to pre-book ast tickets are restricted. From the hotel, the Alhambra is 20 minutes walk uphill or a 5 minute taxi ride. Overnight in Granada.
Day 8
Fly to London
Transfer from Granada to Malaga airport; fly to London.
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Sierra Nevada and Granada 4/5

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip? The final day's walk - a circular walk from the hotel which gives you fantastic views across the valley back to Berchules. Although it is the most taxing walk, it is not too much h…

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We stay in the comfortable family run Hotel Los Berchules, set in a spectacular location overlooking the mountains and valleys of the Sierra Nevada. All twin rooms have balconies, with tables and chairs and wonderful views as far as the sea on a clear day and all rooms are en-suite.
In the hot summer months you can relax by the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool or in the spacious café-bar where there is a large woodburning fireplace for the colder months. The hotel gardens are well stocked with many interesting flowers and shrubs, tomato plants and a small almond grove.

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