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White Villages of Andalucia Walk

from $2,279.00

You walk through timeless white washed villages, along flower decked paths – poppies, wild iris, and pink oleander – and there’s a good chance of spotting golden eagles soaring overhead.

  • Reviews 104 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Easy plus
    4/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the White Villages of Andalucia Walk.

Based at a firm Headwater favourite, the Finca el Cerrillo, this holiday combines gentle walking to the nearby white villages of Sedella, Salares and Competa with visits to the caves at Nerja and a day in Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso. The week ends with a spectacular 4X4 drive to Loma del Daire with views of the nearby peaks and distant views to Nerja and the sea. Our experienced walking leader will accompany you on all walks. Some of our paths will take us off the beaten track in the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park and on other days, we’ll be exploring the pretty white villages and olive-planted hillsides that date back to Moorish times. The walks are short, typically allowing for free time in the afternoon to relax in the beautiful grounds of the Finca.
The Finca el Cerrillo is an absolute gem of a place to stay. There are 13 individually styled en-suite rooms. The living areas include a wonderfully atmospheric beamed lounge – cool in summer and kept cosy on winter nights with a blazing log fire, dining room, small library and ‘honesty’ bar. The terraced gardens, with 100-year-old carob and palm trees, surround both sunny and shaded patios with comfy seating areas. The pool affords stunning views of the valley below and the pretty Moorish village of Archez with its C13 Moorish tower.
The food here is superb with menus relying on fresh, local produce. On five evenings you eat at the Finca, either in the dining room or al fresco on warm evenings, and on the remaining nights dinner is included in a local restaurant. Wine (1/2 bottle per person) is included every evening as are all breakfasts and picnic/tapas lunches.

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 single-center accommodation in a HHHH hotel
  • 5 Days walking
  • All meals (including wine at dinner)
  • Management by local hotelier
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Bodega tour
  • Nerja Caves entrance
  • Many dates with no single supplement (inquire for dates)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra night pre and post tour (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Stay in a wonderful 200-year-old olive mill with pool and beautiful gardens
  • Superb hosts and walking leader
  • Exceptional cuisine; all meals included and wine in the evenings
  • Moorish white villages, olive orchards, old mule tracks and panoramic vistas
  • Malaga old town; Nerja Caves and the Balcon de Europa
  • Spectacular 4×4 drive into the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Canillas de Albaida

    Arrive at your hotel in Canillas de Albaida. (Staying at the Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Competa Walk 6km/4mi/3hr

    A 5-minute transfer takes us to the church of Santa Ana in Canillas de Albaida from where we head towards Competa passing smallholdings with avocados, maize, artichoke and citrus trees. We stop at the Bodegas Almijara where Maria will show us around and explain about wine making in the region – of course you’ll get to enjoy a taste! It’s then on to Competa for a tapas lunch in the lively main square, Plaza Almijara. We wind our way back to Santa Ana Church and either take the transfer back to the hotel or continue walking along the mule path from the village back to the Finca. (Staying at the Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Sedella Walk 6km/4mi/3hr

    Today we head to the white village of Sedella where a track takes us above the village passing Roman terraces, still farmed today. We head up through almond groves to the Molino de Montosa, beneath the imposing La Maroma (2,096m), the highest peak in the region. On a clear day we can see North Africa’s Rif Mountains. It’s big bird country here too with regular sightings of griffon vultures and other birds of prey. After stopping for a picnic we head back down to Sedella and enjoy a cool drink in Salvador’s bar before heading back for a lazy afternoon by the pool or in the library. (Staying at the Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Free Day

    We take you to the beautiful city of Malaga where you have the day to explore at your leisure. Your starting point is the Castillo de Gibralfaro, a Moorish fortress with spectacular views to the port and town below. From here venture down into the old town where you can explore the Alcazaba, the Moorish Palace next to the Roman ruins. The C16 cathedral is in the heart of the old town and a short distance from here is the Picasso museum with over 200 of the artist’s paintings on display. (Staying at the Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Salares Walk 6km/4mi/2hr

    We head along a track through olives and citrus groves before dropping down past the bat house with resident horseshoe bats. We’ll then continue alongside woodland, listening out for the river running beneath us and watching out for golden orioles. We enter Salares over the Arabic bridge which provides a great photo opportunity! There is an interesting church, Santa Ana, still bearing an old Moorish minaret. Lunch is taken at Theo’s bar before a transfer back to the Finca. (Staying at the Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Nerja Caves and Gorge 7km/4.5mi/2.5hr

    A 45-minute transfer takes us to the spectacular Cuevas de Nerja where a 750m walkway takes us through a series of caves to a large column 32 metres high. We then head back out to start our walk along the Barranco de Maro. Wildflowers line the gorge with amazing rocky overhangs providing shady spots. After lunch explore Nerja town where you can people-watch from the Balcon de Europa, a rocky promontory made famous by King Alfonso XII. Relax on the beach or head to Nerja Museum to discover more about the caves. It’s then back to the Finca before dinner in a local restaurant. (Staying at the Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Loma del Daire 8km/5mi/4hr

    Today is all about views – a 4×4 drive takes us into the Sierra de Alhama Natural Park where we stop at a viewpoint – a stunning vista of jagged peaks and the coast. The drive and the views continue until we reach the start point for the walk. We begin with a gentle climb surrounded by cistus, rosemary, thyme and an abundance of wildflowers. The trail flattens and contours round the mountain, below Cerro Verde, before meeting up with the historic silk trail taking us into Granada Province and back to the viewpoint. (Staying at the Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Canillas de Albaida
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Where you stay
Finca el Cerrillo
Situated in the heart of the southern Andalucian province of Axarquia, and on the edge of the Tejeda National Park, the Finca el Cerrillo is an absolute gem of a place to stay. Run by Sue and Gordon Kind along with manager – chef, Christine, and dog, Sybil, it is a comfortably restored 200-year old farmhouse (it was used as an olive mill between 1805 and 1960). There are just thirteen individually styled air-conditioned en-suite rooms – all south-facing. The living areas include a wonderfully atmospheric beamed lounge – cool in the summer and kept cosy on winter nights with blazing log fire – dining room, small library and ‘honesty’ bar. Outside, the terraced gardens, with 100-year old carob and palm trees surround both sunny and shaded patios. The pool affords stunning views of the valley below and the pretty Moorish village of Archez with its 13th century Moorish tower.
Eating and Drinking

All meals (including wine at dinner)

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 ytomate – a delicious salad of chickpea and tomatoes.  Local specialities depend on the region: in the mountains, you’ll be offered delicious hams and game, down by the coast seafood will be more prominent.

Tapas was invented in this region and several different mini snacks can make a cheap, fun way to try the various dishes on offer.  If you want larger portions, ask for ‘raciones’.  Seville is the best place to tapear – tour the many bars sampling their tapas!

Classification: Guided Group
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 5.2km (4.1miles).
No. of days Walking: 5
Terrain: Walks are along mule paths and tacks with some ascents and descents.

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.

The week ends with a spectacular 4X4 drive to Loma del Daire with views of the nearby peaks and distant views to Nerja and the sea. Our experienced walking leader will accompany you on all walks. Some of our paths will take us off the beaten track in the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park and on other days, we’ll be exploring the pretty white villages and olive-planted hillsides that date back to Moorish times. The walks are short, typically allowing for free time in the afternoon to relax in the beautiful grounds of the Finca.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 17/10/2019
5/5

Mr Wilson

Superb welcoming English hosts and staff at outstanding accommodation. Nice mixture of eating at local restaurants and at accommodation. 12 walkers in group were an ideal number. All walkers were good timekeepers (including four Icelanders) making for a very affable happy group. Our guide had excellent knowledge of the area and its inhabitants.

Reviewed On 28/10/2019
5/5

Mrs Whalley

I could not fault this holiday. Although I have been on many Headwater holidays both cycling and walking I would recommend this particular trip to anyone considering taking their first walking holiday, both with friends and alone. It was recommended to me mainly because the hotel was so nice and I certainly appreciated that as soon as I arrived.

Reviewed On 30/10/2019
5/5

Mrs White

A wonderful area of Spain to explore and the easy walking on offer was just right and gave access to wonderful views. Everything was organised well and the walking guide was excellent.

Reviewed On 20/05/2013
5/5

Mr Prior

As other reviewers have noticed, the Finca el Cerillo is a gem. Gordon and Sue are great hosts; the location is stunning; and nothing is too much trouble for the hosts or the staff. The hotel is superb and the mix of local restaurants and eating in gave us an excellent mix of really enjoyable food. The grounds of the hotel are lovely and the views from the various patios are exceptional. The walking guides (Jenny & Rose) were also very good with a relaxed manner and a store of local knowledge. They responded well to the varying walking levels and needs of the group. This was unquestionably one of the best Headwater holidays that we have had.

Reviewed On 14/05/2015
5/5

Mr Prior

We did this holiday two years ago and loved it - hence the decision to return. We think the new programme makes it even better, especially in hot weather, which we had! The mix of walking, visits and sightseeing exactly hit the spot for us. Gordon & Sue are, as ever, wonderful hosts; Jenny was a first-rate guide; and the local drivers were also first-class. Well done to all at the Finca - we cannot fault your excellent service, food and attention to detail!

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