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Sierra Nevada & Granada

from $1,449.00

Stunning walks through Spain’s highest sierra; from Los Berchules to Granada

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 14
All about the Sierra Nevada & Granada.

The Sierra Nevada is Europe’s second highest mountain range and towers over southern Spain. Much of this dramatic landscape is a protected biosphere reserve, rich in wildlife and home to many endemic plant species. Here, and in the neighbouring Alpujarra region, we are rewarded with some of the finest walking in Andalucia; from ancient chestnut forests to lavender and broom-clad moorland and white-washed Moorish villages. A night in the city of Granada, home to the magnificent Alhambra Palace, is the perfect end to the week.

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.

* All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included
* 6 nights Hotel Los Berchules and 1 night Granada city center hotel, all rooms ensuite
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader. Min age 16 years

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Alhambra Ticket; purchase in advance if you wish to visit

Highlights

  • Beautiful walks through Spain’s highest sierra
  • Moorish white-washed settlements and the highest village in Spain, Trevelez
  • Family-run hotel offering stunning views and warm hospitality
  • A night in Granada with a free day to explore this beautiful city
  • Alhambra Palace and its grounds (optional)
  1. Day 1 Start Berchules.

    The tour starts this afternoon at our hotel in Berchules where you will meet your leader and the rest of the group at the main trip briefing. Berchlues is located a 2 hour and 45 minute drive from Malaga Airport.

  2. Day 2 Circular walk from the hotel door, following a 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.

  3. Day 3 Descend into Guadalfeo Valley to the market town of Cadiar; climb through hamlets to Juviles, site of Mozarabic 10th 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 Mozarabic castle. A 10-minute transfer takes us back to our hotel in Berchules.

  4. Day 4 Walk along Roman paths through La Taha to explore Moorish villages hidden in a deep gorge.

    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.

  5. Day 5 Scenic walk from the white village of Trevelez (the highest village in Spain at 1550m); 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 1550m, it is 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.

  6. Day 6 Walk through a great variety of landscapes, from moonscape to the verdant upper reaches of Berchules' Rio Grande.

    The walk 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 as well as paddling possibilities at the river crossing. We finish on the longest walk of the week.

  7. Day 7 Free day in Granada and optional visit to the Alhambra Palace (those wishing to visit must purchase a ticket in advance).

    Transfer to Granada (just under 2 hours) and free time to explore this wonderful city at your own pace. There is the opportunity to visit one of Europe’s most visited historical monuments – the magnificent Alhambra Palace. If you would like to visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, tickets are restricted so you will need to book this in advance. Please refer to the ’Extra Expenses’ section of the trip notes for further details.

  8. Day 8 End Granada.

    For those not travelling on the group flights, the tour ends after breakfast.**

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Where you stay

Hotels

You will spend 6 nights in the traditional rural town of Berchules, staying in the family run Hotel Los Berchules. All rooms are en suite and all twin rooms have balconies with a table and chairs offering views of the mountains and valley. There is also a swimming pool (for use seasonally- usually June to September) set amidst the garden, and a lounge/bar area with comfortable sofas and a wood burning fire. Free Wi-fi is also available.

On your last night in Granada you will stay in a 3 star hotel in the city centre, within walking distance of all sights and restaurants. Single rooms here are limited but can be requested at the time of booking at a supplement from GBP25 (subject to availability). In Berchules, single rooms are available at no charge (subject to availability). These rooms are small and basic, without a view and with no TV, but all are en suite.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Breakfast in Berchules: Cereals or yoghurt, toast with marmalade or tomato, fresh orange juice and tea/coffee. A similar continental breakfast is provided in Granada.

Lunch: Bread, cheese/cold meat, tomato, chocolate/biscuits, fresh fruit, and local products are provided as part of the packed lunch.

Dinner: First course usually typical Spanish soup, main local dish with meat/fish and vegetables, followed by fresh fruit or typical sweet for dessert.

Vegetarians: It is possible to cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements. Please inform us at time of booking.

Mealtimes in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 20:00 and 21.30.

Moderate – Activity Level 3

This centre-based walking week takes us through some of the finest scenery and villages in the sierras, with magnificent long distance views and many fantastic walks on the mountain flanks, ridges and in the valleys. We consider the walking to be moderate and no previous experience is needed.

We reach some fairly high elevations and on one day, walking from the highest village in Spain, the route can reach 2,000m above sea level. Whilst the gradients are reasonable, you should be prepared for some short, steep sections both uphill and downhill. You should be reasonably fit before you join this trip, though the walks are not long and the pace is leisurely. On most days we will walk for 5 to 7 hours on a mixture of forest roads and paths, some of which are rough, stony and difficult underfoot. Although we are in Andalucia, most walks involve some wet sections whatever the season, so good walking boots are essential. The heat can make the walking quite demanding at times.

Walking distances and hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Please be advised:

The entrance into the Alhambra is not included in the tour and should you wish to pay a visit on the last day in Granada you must purchase your own ticket in advance. We recommend purchasing this as far in advance as possible as they can sell out months ahead. Please inquire with our office for further details.

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