Our holiday programmes for 2018...

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!

Two NEW walking programmes in Andalusia and a NEW Escapade in Cantabria
'Mar y Sierra' walking: coasts + mountains of Cantabria, Asturias and Andalusia
Festivals: Theatre: Almagro, Ciudad Rodrigo, Lucena; Flamenco: Jerez, Seville
Discovery from a single hotel: Cantabria, Costa Verde, Jaén, La Mancha, Soria
Guided mountain walking in Andalusia, Extremadura, La Rioja, Castile, Aragon
'Two centre discovery': Extremadura, Arribes del Duero, Ruta del Oro
Festive Cordoba Patios and Zambombas at Jerez and Cordoba
Christmas at Cordoba and New Year at Trujillo
AND: holidays for families, friends, associations and other groups.

New for 2018

Mar y Sierra Andalusia: zambombas short walks and seasonal music
A festive 'Mar y Sierra', with the Zambombas Flamencas at Jerez, and the festival of popular Christmas music and song in the patios of Cordoba.

Caliphs of Cordoba walking
The province of Cordoba in all its variety, with accommodation in the delightful mountain village of Zuheros and in Cordoba city.
The high plains, summits and canyons of the Subbéticas Cordobesas Natural Park... the gallery woods and agricultural lands of the banks of the Guadalquivir... the woodlands of the Sierra Morena... ancient traditions... the Caliphal capitals Qurtuba and Madinat-al-Zahra, and Cordoba in the steps of Luis de Góngora, Julio Romero de Torres and Antonio Gala. Delicious mountain cuisine, unbeatable Cordoban tapas and Montilla wines.

Baeza, Cazorla & Segura walking

The Natural Park of Cazorla, Segura y las Villas, largest in Spain, offers an incredible diversity of unspoiled areas. Its mountains have kept their wild beauty, and its villages their timeless charm. This new walking programme begins in the world heritage city of Baeza and ends with a tapas evening at Granada. Five selected walking days explore the natural landscapes of the park: luxuriant valleys, verdant gorges, Mediterranean forest, plateaux and limestone peaks... An excursion to the neighbouring Sierra de Alcaraz [Castilla la Mancha] is also on the agenda, including the source of the Río Mundo, an impressive torrent gushing from the rocks!

Escapade in Cantabria walking or discovery
An attractive, economical and refreshing holiday for the end of summer, ideal for couples or friends with good and less-good walking abilities. Six days of action and relaxation, to offer you the best of Cantabria. We stay in the heart of the Parque Natural de las Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel. Our charming posada, reputed for its cuisine, is in the pretty village of Escalante.
Four days with walks to explore scenery as varied as it is spectacular: salt marshes, glacial valleys, sea cliffs, circular panoramas... with a choice between walking or rambling levels (the latter with shorter itineraries and time on the fabulous Berria beach, and the option of a thermal circuit at Solares spa). An original range of visits to discover the rich culture of this seductive little region, which houses splendid romanesque churches and some of the world's oldest cave paintings... we also look at the maritime way of life of the Cantabrian sea: the Bay of Santander by boat, a tidal mill, a fish cannery, the ports of Santoña and San Vicente de La Barquera.

Two fabulous weeks of Flamenco: the Jerez Flamenco Festival and the Bienal of Seville, with new visits, excursions and walks.
Three theatre festivals, all of high quality but quite different from each other, which also include an exploration of the historical and natural patrimony of the area:
- for amateurs of Golden Age theatre, the Almagro Festival
- for lovers of contemporary theatre: the Lucena Festival [NEW] includes 7 evenings of prizewinning plays and actors. An excellent chance to discover the new tendencies in Andalusian and Spanish theatre
- for those who like a festive atmosphere, the Feria del Teatro de Ciudad Rodrigo unites actors, dancers, musicians, acrobats, mime artists, puppeteers, you name it, for 5 days of spectacle in the theatres and in the street!

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), the province of Cordoba and the Sierra de Cazorla-Segura

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 Lucena, Almagro and Ciudad Rodrigo, and flamenco music and dance (at Jerez and Seville), with complementary daytime activities

– other festive programmes in Andalusia: Cordoba patios & Granada in May and seasonal music and song at Jerez & Cordoba in December

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

– 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 walks.

– two week historical 'journeys' in western Spain, central Spain and Aragón (only for groups in 2018)

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 at the village hotel (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 hotel or at a tapas bar. 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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