New for 2020

Andalucia Guided Walking Holiday

Seville from above
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,879pp with flights

Uncover the beautiful landscapes and delicious food of Andalucía on our new multi-centre holiday. Enjoy guided walks in natural parks and historic cities, sample the region’s renowned gastronomy and learn more about its fascinating heritage and wildlife. Andalucía is, to many, the very essence of Spain and this holiday uncovers the region’s many rural and urban charms as we explore on foot.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Seville and Córdoba with expert local guides
  • Enjoy dinner in an Andalusian home
  • Walk the Guardiaro Valley and travel by train to Ronda

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks and sightseeing with experienced local guides including transport and entrance fees
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Half Board en-suite accommodation - 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 evening meals

Trip Notes

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On arrival, meet your local leader and transfer from Málaga airport to Grazalema and our hotel. The rest of the day is then at leisure, giving you a chance to relax before our welcome dinner this evening.

Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, Andalucia

Our first four nights are spent at the 4-star Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, located a short drive from the village of Grazalema. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, enjoy the stunning views from the pleasant outside areas and pool. Traditional, local cuisine is served in the on-site restaurant. There are 77 spacious ensuite rooms featuring private balconies, air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi.


We travel by coach to the nearby village of Benamahoma. From here we begin our first walk of the day along the Río Majaceite and through a landscape of waterfalls and typical riverside vegetation to the town of El Bosque.

Here, we’ll visit two local food producers: a flour mill which makes bread in the traditional manner, and a producer of artisanal cheeses, for which the Grazalema region is well known. We’ll enjoy lunch here, sampling these local delights. Distance: 3 miles (5 km) with negligible ascent.

This afternoon, we continue walking and follow a more challenging circular loop trail through the valley, called Llanos del Endrinal. There is then some time to enjoy a stroll around the pretty town of Grazalema before we return to the hotel. Distance: 1½ miles (2½km) with 750 feet (230m) of ascent.

Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, Andalucia

Our first four nights are spent at the 4-star Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, located a short drive from the village of Grazalema. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, enjoy the stunning views from the pleasant outside areas and pool. Traditional, local cuisine is served in the on-site restaurant. There are 77 spacious ensuite rooms featuring private balconies, air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi.


Today we’ll enjoy a full day excursion to Seville. Enroute, there’ll be a stop in the mountain town of Zahara de la Sierra.

Our guided walk in Seville will trace the connections between Spain and its former colonies in the Americas via the 1929 Iberoamerican Expo, and the legacy of its singular architecture. We’ll conclude our morning exploration at the Hotel Alfonso XIII, where you can buy a drink if you wish, before enjoying free time for lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll experience Seville from upon high. We’ll walk through the commercial centre of the city with a local guide, who’ll then show us the city as seen from atop two of its landmark buildings: the Giralda spire of the 14th-century cathedral and the walkways of the avant-garde 21st-century Metropol Parasol building, known locally as ‘Las Setas’ (‘the mushrooms’).

We’ll round off out visit to this stunning city with a tapas dinner before we return to our hotel.

Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, Andalucia

Our first four nights are spent at the 4-star Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, located a short drive from the village of Grazalema. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, enjoy the stunning views from the pleasant outside areas and pool. Traditional, local cuisine is served in the on-site restaurant. There are 77 spacious ensuite rooms featuring private balconies, air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi.


We depart for Ronda and the Guardiaro River valley. Our first walk traces a section of the long-distance path GR-249 between the stations of Benaoján and Jimera de Líbar, from where we’ll take the train to Ronda along one of Spain’s most scenic railway lines. Distance: 5 miles (8km) with negligible ascent.

We’ll explore the enchanting town of Ronda, passing its most distinctive monuments, such as the 18th-century bull ring and ‘New Bridge’. Enjoy free time to explore further and have lunch before we reconvene for our afternoon walk.

Descending from the Old Town, we walk to the Guadalevín River valley and on through farmlands and vineyards to the winery, Bodegas Descalzos Viejos.

Here we’ll learn the fascinating story behind the business from the owner and taste a selection of the wines. We return from here to the hotel, where any remaining time today is at leisure before dinner. Distance: 2 miles (3km) with 320 feet (100m) of descent.

Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, Andalucia

Our first four nights are spent at the 4-star Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, located a short drive from the village of Grazalema. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, enjoy the stunning views from the pleasant outside areas and pool. Traditional, local cuisine is served in the on-site restaurant. There are 77 spacious ensuite rooms featuring private balconies, air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi.


As we travel from Grazalema to Priego de Córdoba, we’ll stop at a unique and special place: the salt lagoon of Fuente de Piedra.

Here, guided by a botanist, we’ll learn more about the large breeding colony of flamingos – a species of bird more commonly associated with Africa than mainland Europe. In this lovely landscape, there’ll be time for you to enjoy your picnic lunch.

We continue our journey to our second hotel. This evening, we’ll take a gentle guided stroll through the attractive and historic quarter of nearby Priego de Córdoba, ‘La Villa’, before we enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Hotel de las Palomas, Andalucia

The final three nights of our time in Andalucía are spent at the 4-star Hotel de las Palomas. With 34 rooms set around a central courtyard and all enjoying views over the beautiful surroundings, you’ll be sure to enjoy a pleasant stay in this rural environment, a few kilometres outside the delightful town of Priego de Córdoba. Rooms feature a full bathroom, air-conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi. At the end of your day, relax in the outdoor pool or jacuzzi.


We travel to the town of Cabra, where we’ll enjoy a short stroll through its streets and see the sword used by ‘El Cid’ in the battle of Cabra in 1079 between the Islamic states of Granada and Seville. We continue to the Natural Park of Sierra Subbética: here we’ll walk from below a hermitage, which sits on a knoll overlooking the surrounding countryside, through varying landscapes to the captivating white village of Zuheros, stopping along the way to enjoy our picnic lunch. This walk is of medium difficulty, although our route is mostly a gradual descent. Distance: 7½ miles (12km) with negligible ascent.

There’s some time in Zuheros to enjoy a drink before we return to the hotel, where you’ll have time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities before dinner in the hotel this evening.

Hotel de las Palomas, Andalucia

The final three nights of our time in Andalucía are spent at the 4-star Hotel de las Palomas. With 34 rooms set around a central courtyard and all enjoying views over the beautiful surroundings, you’ll be sure to enjoy a pleasant stay in this rural environment, a few kilometres outside the delightful town of Priego de Córdoba. Rooms feature a full bathroom, air-conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi. At the end of your day, relax in the outdoor pool or jacuzzi.


Today we’ll discover the history and character of the city of Córdoba on a walk through the historic centre with a local guide. From the palace of the Viana noble family to the San Basilio district, admire the floral patios – an essential element of city life, and the focus of an annual Festival of Patios – as we explore the charm of this ancient city.

After time for lunch, our exploration of the city continues with an insight into the rich history of the Muslims and Jews who lived here in the medieval period, with guided visits to the Great Mosque and a small, intimate Synagogue – both monuments which evoke the city’s fascinating and varied heritage.

We conclude our day with an insight into the region’s ‘liquid gold’: extra virgin olive oil. In the world’s largest area of olive production, we’ll learn more from a resident of Zuheros, Antonio Zafra, on his one-hectare small holding, where he grows 12 different olive varieties. Dinner this evening in a local’s home makes use of the oil and olives from Antonio’s trees, and is a wonderful and fun way to bring our Andalusian experience to a close.

Hotel de las Palomas, Andalucia

The final three nights of our time in Andalucía are spent at the 4-star Hotel de las Palomas. With 34 rooms set around a central courtyard and all enjoying views over the beautiful surroundings, you’ll be sure to enjoy a pleasant stay in this rural environment, a few kilometres outside the delightful town of Priego de Córdoba. Rooms feature a full bathroom, air-conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi. At the end of your day, relax in the outdoor pool or jacuzzi.


After breakfast we’ll transfer by coach to Málaga International Airport for our return flight.


Andalucia Itinerary Map

Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, Andalucia

Our first four nights are spent at the 4-star Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, located a short drive from the village of Grazalema. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, enjoy the stunning views from the pleasant outside areas and pool. Traditional, local cuisine is served in the on-site restaurant. There are 77 spacious ensuite rooms featuring private balconies, air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi.

Hotel de las Palomas, Andalucia

The final three nights of our time in Andalucía are spent at the 4-star Hotel de las Palomas. With 34 rooms set around a central courtyard and all enjoying views over the beautiful surroundings, you’ll be sure to enjoy a pleasant stay in this rural environment, a few kilometres outside the delightful town of Priego de Córdoba. Rooms feature a full bathroom, air-conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi. At the end of your day, relax in the outdoor pool or jacuzzi.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2020
23 May / 30 May 2020 Itinerary £1,879 Available Book Now
19 Sep / 26 Sep 2020 Itinerary £1,879 Available Book Now
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2020
23 May / 30 May 2020 Itinerary £1,649 Available Book Now
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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £28 per night
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,879pp with flights

New for 2020

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