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Hidden Valleys of Cordoba Walk

from $1,349.00

This is the ‘real’ Spain – a region of tiny white villages nestled in the mountains and surrounded by dramatic hills and National Park. As well as stunning walks – gorges, peaks, valleys, views – you’ll enjoy wonderful Spanish hospitality. Option to visit Cordoba and Granada too.

  • Reviews 42 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
All about the Hidden Valleys of Cordoba Walk.

Midway between Cordoba and Granada, in the heart of Andalucia, the tiny white village of Zuheros sits high on the northern border of the Sierra Subbetica – a beautiful range of hills and National Park. The area is a dramatic limestone massif, weathered over millennia into a series of valleys and peaks, making it fantastic walking country.
The walks are all in or around the National Park on farm tracks, country paths and along the ‘Via Verde’, a panoramic disused railway line, once used to transport the olive harvest. Views open out to river valleys, tumbling waterfalls and olive groves against the backdrop of mountain sierras and hillsides sprinkled with red peonies and orchids. Routes take you to the tiny villages of Zagrilla Alta and Luque with their quince orchards and castle, and the stunning cave above Zuheros where Roman and Bronze age remains have been discovered.
Staying in such a small village guarantees genuine Spanish hospitality. The whitewashed 2-star Hotel Zuhayra, with its popular bar and patio restaurant, is a stone’s throw from the Moorish castle and town square. There is a small pool for a refreshing dip after a day’s walking. Your host, English-speaking Antonio, will be on hand with advice on how to organise your week. He will help arrange taxi transfers (included) where necessary from some of the walks, and tell you all about Zuheros’ museums and other villages in the area. And for ‘days off’ or extra nights, the classic cities of Cordoba and Granada are less than an hour away by taxi.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights, center based accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts and one evening meal with wine
  • Management by local hotelier
  • Route directions and maps
  • Walking transfers
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Supplement for picnic lunches and dinners included (inquire for prices)
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • The essence of ‘real’ Spain: tiny white villages, forgotten farming hamlets, traditional, family-run hotel with plunge pool
  • Fantastic walking country: spectacular gorges, craggy peaks, cascading waterfalls, wonderful valley views
  • Golden eagles, griffon vultures, red peonies, vibrant wild orchids
  • Chance to explore Cordoba and Granada
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive in Zuheros

    Arrive at your hotel in Zuheros. (Staying at Hotel Zuhayra, Half board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 - Cerro de Bramadero 13km/8mi/4hr or 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr

    A path climbs gently through almond trees above Zuheros before descending into the spectacular gorge of the Rio Bailon, then with golden eagles soaring above, you reach Cerro de Bramadero hilltop where you can relax under holm oaks enjoying wonderful valley views. You return past walnut trees and ancient wells on the way to the verdant river gorge that leads back into Zuheros. (Staying at Hotel Zuhayra, Half board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 - Virgen de la Sierra 18km/11.5mi/5hr or 20km/12.5mi/5.5hr

    We take you to the C14 whitewashed hilltop chapel of Virgen de la Sierra – at 1216m it deserves its nickname ’The Balcony of Andalucia!’. You descend to valleys sprinkled with white narcissi, yellow daffodils and red peonies. Then after lunch by a sparkling waterfall hidden in the valley side, the trail returns under limestone cliffs and past huge holm oaks to Zuheros in time for a cold drink in the village square. (Staying at Hotel Zuhayra, Half board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 - Free day

    You could have a relaxing day in Zuheros, visiting the Archaeological museum and Museum of Arts and Local Customs or head further afield taking a taxi to Cordoba (Antonio will happily arrange) and spend the day exploring the fabulous Cathedral, palace and Mezquita, sparkling like jewels in the Moorish crown. (Staying at Hotel Zuhayra, Half board)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 - Monte Abrevia 16km/10mi/6hr

    You may meet olivareros (olive farmers), with their mules this morning, diligently tending their olive trees on the hills above Zuheros, as you make the gradual ascent to Monte Abrevia (1129m), for lunch. Here you’ll enjoy the best views of the week. A thyme scented descent affords perfect views of Zuheros as you approach the village along the Via Verde. (Staying at Hotel Zuhayra, Half board)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Zagrilla Alta 17km/11mi/5.5hr

    Look out for protected griffon vultures soaring high above you today as you pass through remote Spanish cortijos (farms) in beech and oak shrouded valleys and enjoy stunning views east towards Sierra de la Pandera – the next range of hills. Before long the olive orchards of Zagrilla Alta are visible below, and when you arrive you can enjoy a cold drink by the natural spring in the village before we meet you and take you back to Zuheros. (Staying st Hotel Zuhayra, Half board)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - Luque 18km/11.5mi/5hr or 20km/12.5mi/5.5hr

    This morning sees you striding out east along the ’Via Verde’ passing whitewashed farms and olive groves. A short climb brings you to Luque with its imposing castle and elegant square – a good lunch stop. Then up into the National Park – stunning views – before winding down through wild herbs as you descend towards Zuheros. (Staying at Hotel Zuhayra, Half board)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Leave Zuheros
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Where you stay
Hotel Zuhayra
The typically Andaluz Hotel Zuhayra is the perfect base from which to explore the Sierra Subbetica and the surrounding villages. The homely country atmosphere is immediately apparent in the beamed wooden bar. The clean white washed rooms are all ensuite and have tiled floors, wooden furniture and shuttered windows giving views over tiled rooftops to olive groves in the valley beyond.
Eating and Drinking

Andalucía’s base their cuisine on traditional fresh fayre. Onions, tomatoes and peppers feature liberally, simply cooked in olive oil and served as a starter seasoned with local herbs and accompanied by good fresh bread. Dinner often consists of Fish (pescado) or meat (carne) served grilled or deep-fried in olive oil. A good alternative for vegetarians is ensalada de garbanzos y tomate – a delicious salad of chickpea and tomatoes. Local specialties depend on the region: in the mountains, including delicious hams and game, down by the coast seafood will be more prominent.

The town of Jerez is the home of sherry production and most villages also produce good cheap country wine known as Mosto, some of the better ones being Aljarafe and Los Palacios (Seville province), Costa Albondon (Granada province) and Villavicosia (Córdoba province).
Sangria is a wine and fruit punch, it makes a refreshing drink.

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 16.4km ( 10.4 miles). Please note that these are the average distances for the shorter walks , however on three of the days there is the option to extend the walk.
No. of days Walking: 5
Terrain:  This holiday has walking on farm tracks, narrow paths and over green countryside. There are great views but no dizzy heights. Walking boots are essential. As some of the paths are poorly defined, we also pprovide GPS files (.gpx) for this holiday.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 14/10/2019
5/5

Dr O'Grady

A charming hotel with lovely staff in quiet part of Andalucia

Reviewed On 24/10/2019
5/5

Mrs Drage

One reason we choose this holiday was because all meals were included in the cost of the holiday. This was exactly what we wanted. I see that future holidays in this area/hotel don't include a picnic lunch (essential as there are no shops on the walking routes) and only one evening meal. So I can't recommend on the basis of what we experienced. The food at the hotel was really good. The walks were as described on the itinerary and were enjoyable. In October the temperature was just right for walking. I'm glad we chose this month.

Reviewed On 25/09/2019
5/5

Mr Broad

Excellent and well organised.

Reviewed On 25/09/2014
5/5

Mrs Roderick

This was our second visit to Zuheros. The Hotel Zuhayra is the perfect base for a walking holiday. All the staff are friendly and helpful and the evening meals provide a wide range of well-cooked local food. The walks are challenging enough to feel that something has been achieved at the end of the day.

Reviewed On 17/04/2019
4/5

Mrs White

Good location to enjoy this beautiful natural park.

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