Our holiday programmes for 2017...

If you want to find out about the real Spain:
- on foot and by 4WD vehicle
- in comfort (though not luxury)
- the most interesting local cuisine
- history and traditions
- geography and nature
... and to know the parts of Spain others hardly touch
- then we're for you: Benamonarda!

'Mar y Sierra' walking: coasts+mountains: Cantabria, Asturias, W Andalusia
Guided mountain walking in Andalusia, Extremadura, Castile and Aragon
'Relaxing discovery' weeks, each based in one of our favourite hotels
Festivals: Theatre at Almagro; Flamenco at Jerez with Cadiz carnival
'Extremaduran Kaleidosope': an easy-paced look at Extremadura
Summer and autumn Flamenco in Jerez and Granada

NEW: walking in La Rioja; discovery of the Arribes del Duero and the Ruta del Oro; New Year 2017-8 at Ciudad Rodrigo
AND: holidays for families, friends, associations and other groups.

New for 2017

Rioja Alta and Sierra Cebollera
The province of La Rioja is, of course, very well known for its wines (we shall visit a bodega), but this new walking holiday in the south encompasses the Sierra de Cebollera Natural Park, mountains of the Sistema Ibérico Norte, and the monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla (cradle of the Castilian language) and Valvanera.

New Year 2017-18 at Ciudad Rodrigo
In the magnificent setting of this fabulous little city: excursions, walks, and visits, with accommodation and New Year's Eve celebrations in the Parador, once the castle-palace of Enrique II.

Ciudad Rodrigo and the Arribes del Duero
A relaxing discovery holiday featuring the micro-cities of Ciudad Rodrigo and Toro, and the Natural Parks of Sierra de Gata and Las Arribes del Duero.

The Ruta del Oro, El Bierzo and León

Astorga, Ponferrada and León cities, the high peaks of the Ancares and Montes de León, and the amazing landscapes left behind by the Roman gold-mines.

New itinerary for Almagro, La Mancha and Toledo
An extra day for this discovery holiday, so as to include an excursion to the verdant Cabañeros National Park. Easy access to La Mancha from Madrid via Manzanares.

Albarracín, Cuenca and Teruel
A walking week in east-central Spain, incorporating the Serranías of Albarracín and Cuenca, Montes Universales and Sierra de Gúdar, as well as numerous visits.

New itinerary for Natural Parks of Old Castile
We have adapted this holiday even more to summer conditions, for which it is ideal!

Jerez Flamenco Festival
In 2017, we have the luck to be able to include the world-famous Cadiz Carnival in this Flamenco week in southwest Andalusia!

New itineraries for self-guided walking in the Genal valley
A new version of our popular self-guided walking around Jubrique and the Genal, with two levels of walking completely in parallel, and five nights in Jubrique and two at the splendid hotel of Benarrabá.

Our holidays normally take place Sunday to Sunday. Our specialities include:

– walking and nature holidays in the most unspoiled parts of Andalusia, including the Serranía de Ronda (Genal Valley walking, and Nature Rambles), and the Sierras Subbéticas Cordobesas

Moorish Kingdom of Granada, a walking holiday which includes time in Granada city, with evening entertainment included

Mar y Sierra: West Andalusia, spring and autumn walking in western Andalusia, with Cadiz, Jerez, Ronda and Seville cities, sherry and flamenco

– walking programmes in La Rioja, Extremadura, New Castile & Aragon, Old Castile, Asturias and Cantabria

– programmes based on major festivals, including theatre at Almagro and flamenco music and dance (at Jerez, Granada and Seville), with complementary daytime activities

– discovery weeks based in a single hotel, with short walks and numerous visits, at Uncastillo (pre-Pyrenees of Aragon), Candás (Costa Verde of Asturias), Berlanga (Soria, Castilla-León), Almagro (La Mancha, with Toledo) and Liérganes (Santander, Cantabria)

– new two-centre discovery weeks in the west and northwest: the Ruta del Oro (León, Ponferrada, El Bierzo), and Ciudad Rodrigo & Arribes del Duero

Extremaduran Kaleidoscope: all the facets of Extremadura: gastronomy, history, monuments, legends and traditions, rich birdlife and flowers, with four very easy mini-walks.

– two week historical 'journeys' in western Spain, central Spain and Aragón (only for groups in 2017)

holidays for families, friends, associations or groups, and self-guided walking.

Holidays in the Serranía de Ronda, starting from Jubrique

CHOICE OF PROGRAMMES We have walking and nature rambles in the Serranía de Ronda, with accommodation at Jubrique. These are guided holidays at fixed dates, with individual bookings forming an international group with a maximum of ten participants. Find out about the fascination of Spain with the help of Benamonarda guides (we give explanations in English, French and Spanish). Or try our self-guided walking holidays.
FULL BOARD In Jubrique you stay with a host family (separate bathroom for up to 4 guests), giving you the unique chance to sample Andalusian mountain life and enjoy the warm welcome of village families. Or, the village hotel is now available (rooms with bathroom). Your lunch will be at a restaurant or country 'venta', or sometimes a picnic, and in the evening all the group dines together at the 'Bar Eladio'. Try some of the delicious specialities of the Serranía made with local products!
Who are we and where is Jubrique?

Guided programmes in Andalusia, Central and North Spain

Throughout the year, Benamonarda also takes you to more distant horizons, to discover new and unexpected mountain landscapes, on foot through the Natural Parks, or combining walking and cultural visits... unforgettable festivals... and fantastic historical sites, often in the most unexpected places! With Benamonarda there's always a sense of adventure in the air!
To see all our programmes by date, consult our index and calendar.
With these holidays we stay in comfortable, friendly small hotels, in rooms with private bathrooms, and always try the most interesting regional dishes.
These holidays are in full board (with some, a few main meals a week are not included, so you can explore the local cuisine on your own), except some festival programmes (half board).

Note: all our programme pages (accessible by our index and calendar) have a miniature map of Spain, showing the approximate location of the holiday and the nearest main city/airport. This is the one for Jubrique:

Benamonardaexperts in Andalusia

Chantal and Pete, the guides of Benamonarda, are based in the mountain village of Jubrique (Andalusia). We work in close collaboration with small businesses and local projects, for the direct benefit of the area's economy. We invite you to discover a natural paradise: the idyllic Andalusian mountains and little-known parts of central and northern Spain — regions unspoilt by tourism, with a sense of adventure and expectancy always in the air.


1. We live, and develop and guide holidays, only in Spain:
– personal service from our team
– possibility to stay with a village family in Jubrique
– unbeatable knowledge of cities, natural sites, hotels, food & drink, local customs, etc
– we offer you the best insight into Spanish nature, history, food and drink and way of life, including parts of Spain not visited by other companies.
2. Our prices are all-inclusive (apart from your journey to Spain), including:
– all interior transport and guiding, entrance fees and visits to monuments
– all meals with most programmes (see individual descriptions); drinks with meals.
3. We use our own vehicles: transfer times minimized; no carrying bags from bus stops!


Choose your means of transport: plane, bus, train. We shall collect you free of charge in Málaga or another pick-up city, depending on the programme (see index and our booking conditions). If you prefer to drive, ask us for a direct itinerary.


Jubrique, where we have been welcoming guests from all over the world since 1987 and where several of our holidays are based, is one of the 'white villages' of the Serranía de Ronda, a rugged upland area of western Andalusia (western Málaga province and northeast Cádiz), known for its hospitality, natural beauty, and rich cultural heritage. Our picturesque little mountain village, with its whitewashed houses, curious chimneys, and maze of narrow alleys, lies in the uniquely luxuriant, wooded Genal valley, at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja. Jubrique is an ideal site, not only to relax amid splendid scenery and become familiar with the ancient mountain traditions, but also to learn about the new spirit of Andalusia today.

Jubrique (Málaga), not to be confused with the town of Ubrique (Cádiz), can be found on Michelin map 578 (Andalucía) and the Michelin road atlas Spain–Portugal.

The Genal Valley is situated between four marvellous Natural Parks. You will admire the beauty and variety of the landscapes, with verdant mountain plains, dark green forest, streams for bathing, terraces and orchards, and white limestone crests against an azure sky...

Benamonarda, c/ Algatocín 10, E-29492 Jubrique
e-mail: benamonarda@avired.com or info@benamonarda.com
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walking: Andalusia
/ walking: central Spain / northern Spain / nature rambles
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/ festivals / historical journeys