SIERRA NEVADA & GRANADA
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Every day revealed some new delight, whether it be understanding the complex irrigation systems, lunching in a spot where it was impossible to avoid sitting on an orchid, watching birds of prey circling above in a clear bue sky or just enjoying a good walk in excellent company. The Alhambra was perhaps the icing on the cake.
What did you think of your group leader?
Jeremy was a great walking companion with lots of local knowledge, real enthusiasm for the area and clear explanations of the various walks. He paced us well and was usually able to encourage us along the final kilometre with the promise of refreshment in a local bar. It is a great luxury to walk in stunning countryside knowing that the route has been thoroughly researched and adapted to the group's needs. He was also a massive support when the Alhambra ticket facility crashed just as we arrived to pick ours up. The half hour it took to get re-started was frustrating but we got there in the end.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
We were lucky with the weather and had glorious sunshine all week. Instead of the waterproofs and thermals we had thought we might want, we needed sunhats and sunblock, so be prepared for any conditions. As others have indicated, also be prepared for it to be wet under foot - it's all down to those extensive irrigation systems. If you want to visit the Alhambra, book on line before you travel.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
This is a superb holiday option if you like spectacular scenery and varied wildlife. The hotel in Berchules is friendly, provides tasty food and has great views. Although the staff speak excellent English, they are happy to encourage you to practice your Spanish.