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Join us on our Walking Tour in Andalucia, Spain. An exciting destination that brings together hiking, culture, food and wine! At the crossroads between Christian & Moorish architecture, the beauty of cities like Sevilla, Cordoba & Granada are well known, while the small villages have a charming and quaint feel you will find nowhere else. Hiking in the National Parks of Andalucia is one of the highlights, and then let’s not forget the tasty juicy fruits, refreshing wine, delicious olive oil and much more.
DURATION: 10 days
MEET: Sevilla hotel
DROP OFF: Córdoba train station
Andalucia is one of the most emblematic destinations in southern Spain. It is a magical place of rural and urban beauty. It has some exciting hiking opportunities: The Sierra Nevada mountain range, Spain’s largest National park looms majestically over the popular city of Granada in the west. Further east towards Cordoba is sleepy and often ignored Sierra Subbetica which was the frontier between Christian and Moorish Spain for hundreds of years. Pretty much every town has a dramatic hilltop castle. From its white villages and sandy beaches to the mountain tops and lush interiors, Andalucia is a diverse and exciting area to explore.
Rich in history, culture and natural beauty the region has been defined by its unique location at the crossroads between the Islamic and the Christian worlds. The blend of Moorish and Christian architecture is unique in the world and no more evident than in cities like Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla. The charming white-washed villages of Zuheros, Monachil and Carmona provide the perfect place for quiet exploration and a peek into local Andalusian life.
Andalusian culture is still alive and strong and representative of our romantic idea of Spain. Flamenco, fiestas, guitars, bullfights, tapas and bodegas – a tremendously fun place to go out for an evening stroll, some food and a glass of wine!
Andalucia is the perfect destination to explore on a Caspin Journeys Walking Holiday, where we blend activity and adventure with food, wine and culture!
If you would like to speak with us to know more about our Andalusia Walking Tour, please write us an email. We would be happy to help you plan your next adventure!
Independent arrival to Sevilla where we meet you at our hotel at 17.00. We recommend making use of the excellent high-speed train network (AVE), with trains running to Sevilla from Madrid, Barcelona or Málaga, all of which have international airports.
After check-in, we set out on an informal stroll around the Santa Cruz district, the former Jewish quarter of the old city centre and a labyrinth of streets and small plazas (squares).
Before dinner, we will take in a live performance of flamenco, that quintessentially Andalusian art, in a palatial residence dating from the 15th century where the colonnaded patio, its traditional handcraft tiling, the aroma of the flowers, and the trace of almost six centuries of history, create a unique atmosphere.
We dine in one of Sevilla’s excellent restaurants, the city being well-known in Andalucía for its cuisine.
Our first day in Andalucía is devoted to Sevilla, the region’s capital and one of Europe’s most captivating cities. Iberians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Visigoths had all left their mark before the Moors established their first capital here. After its conquest by the Castilians in 1248, it became a favoured residence of Spanish kings – indeed, to this day the royal family retains the palace of the Real Alcázar, which is one of the twin highlights of our guided walking tour along with the incredibly adventurous construction of the cathedral, the world’s largest built in the Gothic period and style. From this period, we will see mansions, churches, convents, and the trading house of The Archive of the Indies which in its day was the epicentre of the trade with the Americas (which, when “discovered” by Columbus, were still thought to be the “Indies”).
After lunch in Sevilla we travel to Ronda, known as “The Queen of the White Towns”. Ronda occupies a spectacular position with the two sides of the town straddling a deep chasm which plunges 130m to the Río Guadalevin below. We will take a stroll through the lovely old Ronda in the afternoon, and as we return to the hotel there will be the opportunity for those who wish to see Spain’s second oldest bull ring to step inside the “Real Maestranza de Ronda”.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
The hills and valleys in the hinterland of Ronda are known as the “Serranía”, a term which is a diminutive of the word for mountain, “sierra”. That’s not to say that all of our walking today will be on the flat (!) but as we follow the course of the Río Guadiaro it is mostly gentle ups and downs over the 8km to the small hamlet around the station of Jimera de Líbar. The walk follows both the railway line of Ronda-Algeciras and the river and takes us through vegetation largely comprised of Holm and Quercus oaks, almond and walnut trees.
We’ll enjoy a picnic when we reach the Barriada de la Estación, just outside Jimera.
Today is also about two caves, this being an area of limestone rock and hence featuring many fissures that form spectacular cave systems. The first is known as the Cueva del Gato (“Cave of the Cat”) where, framed by the cave mouth, a beautiful waterfall falls to the pool called the “Charco Frío”, making for one of the best known and most beautiful postcards of the region. The second, the Cueva de la Pileta (“Cave of the Pool”) is without a doubt the main Palaeolithic site of the Mediterranean and one of the most important sanctuaries of the Prehistoric period in all Europe with paintings dating back as far as 30,000 years. We will have a guided visit here, the guiding being still conducted by the family of the man who originally discovered the cave back in 1905, one José Bullón.
Back in Ronda you will have free time this afternoon to further explore the town or enjoy some peace & quiet in the hotel gardens.
We head east across Andalucía today and visit its geographic centre, the city of Antequera, and its imposing natural motif, the karst limestone plateau of El Torcal. Here wind, rain and erosion have wrought strange patterns in the pillars of rock, creating a myriad of sculptures and shapes. With a local guide we will do a circular walk (4.5km, 3 hours) through this unique landscape where we will see ammonites – a type of fossil which enables scientists to link the rock layer in which a particular species or genus is found to specific geologic time periods. We are also likely to see many bird species as the area is categorised a “Special Zone for the Protection of Birds”.
Afterwards we descend to Antequera, and following lunch in a local restaurant, take a stroll around its historical centre which lays claim to more religious buildings per capita than any other city in Spain.
From Antequera we head to our rural winery hotel near Cozvíjar, our base for the next two nights, and enjoys a wonderful setting on a plain at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Join in a guided tour of the winery’s installations and a tasting of its vintages.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
This morning we travel the short distance to the rustic Valley of Lecrín, where a semi-tropical micro-climate allows for small-scale citrus cultivation alongside the more widespread olive and almond groves. Here we will walk through villages, orchards and fields, starting in Albuñuélas and ending Niguelas, two of the most attractive villages of this region.
On the walk we will stop for a picnic and there will also be some free time in Niguelas – where you may wish to visit an ancient olive oil mill, reputedly the oldest still surviving in Spain, and learn how this precious and essential Mediterranean crop was turned into oil.
The remainder of the afternoon is free time to unwind back at our hotel before dinner.
We travel to Granada and visit the Alhambra Palaces, one of Europe’s most stunning monuments and perhaps the greatest surviving legacy from over 8 centuries of the Moorish presence on the Iberian Peninsula.
Circular walk in the woods above Granada and through the Albaicin near Sacromonte, known as the gypsy quarter. Here there are houses built into the rock along the narrow Camino de Sacromonte road.
We check into our hotel and have time to freshen up before we head out to sample tapas in some of the best tapas bars in downtown Granada, a great way to sample small bites of classic dishes of Andalusian cuisine.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Tapas
Heading north from Granada, we pass several Moorish period watchtowers and castles along what was the Christian frontier with the Muslim sultanate of Granada during the 13th-15th centuries. We will walk from one such castle, in the village of Moclín, on a delightful 10km circular walk through the valley of the Rio Gollizno which we cross via a hanging bridge. As we climb back up to the town there are superb views of the castle walls and fortifications which, along with the picnic in the shade of pine trees, will reward us for our efforts.
Our journey then continues, entering first Jaén and then Córdoba provinces, taking us to the village of Zuheros, our base for the next two nights. This typical white village, with its medieval castle keep, sits on the edge of the Sierra Subbética Natural Park and overlooks a “sea of olives” as the landscape is often described.
Enjoy a spread of dishes cooked with the wonderful extra virgin oil using the several varieties of olives, as we get an insight into this essential part of Spanish agriculture and rural life.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
After breakfast we are driven to the nearby town of Cabra where, among other curiosities, we find the sword allegedly once used by El Cid! Outside the town our walk properly begins from the rocky summit occupied by the hermitage of Virgen de la Sierra which, at 1267m altitude, gives us great views across the Natural Park. The Park is largely of a rugged limestone terrain with some spectacular scenery and is home to one of southern Spain’s largest breeding colonies of griffon vultures, as well as around 70 other bird species, and herds of semi-wild horses. The walk, back to Zuheros, is around 15km and is largely descending, through holm oak woods and along the Río Bailón, taking us around 5 hours to reach the village where we will then stop for our picnic.
Time to relax back at the hotel in the late afternoon.
After breakfast we depart for Córdoba, a city that boasts a wealth of history and culture spanning over two millennia. With the guidance of a local expert, we will get an idea of why the city’s star shone so brightly in Roman and Moorish times. As a testimony to this, we enter the incredible and utterly unique Cathedral-Mosque, the city’s main place of worship from the 8th century to this day, and then walk through what was once one of Europe’s principal Jewish areas. Our walk ends in the Realejo district where we discover a nobleman’s palace renowned for its intimate patios, a feature of Cordoba’s homes and a proud city tradition that is celebrated every May in the annual Festival of Patios, a showpiece of gardens within walls that is one of Córdoba’s principal attractions.
Tonight, we celebrate the end of our tour with a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Group transfer after breakfast to Cordoba station for onward travel with good train links to Madrid, Sevilla and Malaga.
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Getting out and about on foot is a wonderful way to slow down the pace, relax and get some healthy exercise.
When we walk we see so much more – grapevines, wildflowers, ancient oaks, wheat fields, avenues of cypresses and pine, time resistant hills and valleys.
As we stroll through historic towns we learn about the culture of the people; as we stand in the splendour of the countryside, beneath the soaring columns of ancient temples, abbey walls and turrets of medieval castles we marvel at man’s ability to conceive of and construct such monuments.
Food is an all important part of each and every one of our journeys. We are foodies, we love to savour the authentic flavours of each destination we visit. And let’s not forget the wine “the drink of the gods” which will accompany every meal, even picnics!
Picture yourself eating Buffalo mozzarella from a farm in Amalfi, tasting a Sicilian cannolo with fresh ricotta cheese, home-made pasta, organic vegetables, fresh fish and so on.
Or why not consider a Gourmet Cooking Holiday in Tuscany, where you will learn directly from the locals?
If all this sounds mouthwatering then look no further, you are in the right place 😉
On our small group tours we use a combination of gourmet restaurants, local trattorias, traditional pubs, tapas bars and farmhouse meals, to give you the best overall experience!
Each adventure combines fantastic hikes and authentic cultural experiences which make for a phenomenal and enriching travel experience. – admire Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi – walk in the Castle gardens of Henry VIII – stand at the tomb of St James in Compostela – gaze at and touch the columns of a Greek temple – visit the birthplace of Napoleon Buonaparte – see how a Duke lives at Blenheim Palace – tread the streets of Pompeii – admire mosaics in a Norman cathedral – understand more about the Roman Empire Travel in the richest artistic heritage in the world, many of which are part of UNESCO. What are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on an unforgettable trip.
Our travel style attracts a similar type of people, outgoing, interesting, adventurous, cultured and curious.
You’ll enjoy the company of your fellow travelers on our small group tours. Italy’s food and wine, England’s local pubs, and Spain’s meditative and spiritual pilgrim route are best experienced amidst the camaraderie of the group.
Guests who join our small group tours become our friends. They return again and again to share new adventures as we explore these unforgettable destinations with like-minded travellers and build ever-lasting memories together.