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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 is 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 fresh juicy fruits, the refreshing wine, the bright olive oil and much more.
DURATION: 10 days
PICK UP: 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 will meet you at the hotel in the early afternoon – we recommend making use of the excellent high-speed train network (AVE), with trains running to Sevilla from any of Madrid, Barcelona or Málaga (all of which have international airports).
After time to settle 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.
Dinner this evening is in one of Sevilla’s excellent restaurants, the city being well-known in Andalucía for its cuisine.
Our first full 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 sited their first capital here. Then 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 Columbus “discovered” them were, of course, thought to be the “Indies”).
After lunch in Sevilla we travel to Ronda, known as “The Queen of the White Towns” and which occupies a spectacular situation, 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 town of 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”.
This evening we dine in the hotel’s restaurant, “Azahar”, which enjoys panoramic views across the surrounding countryside.
Meals: Breakfast / 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’s mostly gentle ups and downs over the 8kms 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, almonds 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 many fissures in the earth’s surface that produce spectacular cave systems. The first is known as the Cueva del Gato (“Cave of the Cat”) where, framed by the cat’s mouth a beautiful waterfall falls to pool of “Charco Frío”, making for one of the best known and beautiful postcards of the region. The second, the Cueva de la Pileta (“Cave of the Pool”) is without a doubt the main Paleolithic site of the Mediterranean and one of the most important sanctuaries of the Prehistoric 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. Dinner this evening is in one of Ronda’s many fine local restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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 (4.5kms, 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’ll 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 next destination, the rural hotel, near the town of Cozvíjar, of Señorío de Nevada. The hotel, our base for the next two nights, takes its name from the boutique winery of which it is a part and enjoys a wonderful setting on a plain at the feet of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Before dinner this evening there is the chance to join in a guided tour of the winery’s installations and tasting of its fine vintages.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
This morning we travel the short distance to the bucolic 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 trace a linear route 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 around 5pm we head into Granada.
Our evening in the city allows for free time to have a brief look around the Realejo quarter, and have some tapas for an early dinner in one of its attractive squares. Later with an expert guide we go for a night visit of the Alhambra, one of Europe’s most stunning monuments and perhaps the greatest surviving legacy from over 8 centuries of Moorish presence on the Iberian Peninsula.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Tapas
Today’s walk takes us into the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, a circular route of 13kms that traverses a wide range of terrain, from dry arenales (gravel rivers formed by erosion) to lush riverside vegetation. We begin from the old Cortijo Sevilla plateau from where we have commanding views of Los Alayos, Trevenque (2083 metres) and Boca de la Pescá, all mid-mountain peaks of dolomite formations. The path takes us to another viewpoint of El Trevenque peak, dips down to the dry bed of the Barranco del Búho gorge, and then climbs up again before we enter a much leafier and greener landscape of pine forest, as we descend towards the waters of the Aguas Blanquillas gorge. As we return towards the Cortijo Sevilla we may well able to spot mountain goats on the rocky outcrops or kestrels flying above us.
After the walk we’ll sit down to a hearty lunch in a countryside restaurant by the well-known mineral spring “Fuente del Hervidero” before continuing to Granada and checking in at our hotel and some time to relax.
This evening is dedicated to a guided tour of some of the best tapas bars in downtown Granada, a way to sample in small bites some of the classic dishes of Andalusian cuisine.
Heading north from Granada we pass several Moorish period watchtowers and castles along what was in the 13th-15th centuries the Christian frontier with the Muslim sultanate of Granada. We will walk from one such castle, in the village of Moclín, on a delightful 10kms circular walk through the valley of the Rio Gollizno which we cross by 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, is reward for our efforts.
Our journey then continues, entering first Jaén and then Córdoba provinces, and takes 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.
In the late afternoon we are the guests of Antonio & Coco Zafra, first in their one-hectare olive grove, then at a dinner in their village, to first see the olives and then enjoy a spread of dishes either cooked with the wonderful extra virgin oil or using the several varieties of olives, as we get an insight into this essential part of Spanish agriculture and rural life. Our accommodation is at the rural hotel, 3 kms outside Zuheros, of Hacienda Minerva.
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 15kms 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 or perhaps take a stroll along the “Vía Verde”, an old railway line, before dinner in the cosy hotel restaurant this evening.
We depart for Córdoba after breakfast, 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 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 Cordobese 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.
After breakfast we head to Córdoba train station.
If you wish, we can help you to extend your stay or make other independent departure arrangements such as early taxis to the airport.
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We always look for attractive, clean and quiet rooms with private bathrooms. But, our priority is also to find the best possible accommodations to make sure that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm.
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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.
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