Baeza, Cordoba and Segura NEW
Guided mountain walking, history, nature - Jaén, east Andalusia

Discover with us the landscapes and nature of a superb Natural Park, the Sierras of Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas: the biggest in Spain (2140 km2) and one of Europe's largest. Little known outside Spain, this is an idyllic area for both walkers and naturalists: impressive gorges, high plateaux with vast sheep flocks, forested crags and the crystalline waters of the upper Guadalquivir... There is a great variety of flora and fauna including the very dark 'red' squirrel, symbol of the Sierra de Segura, as well as ibex, mouflon, red and fallow deer.

ONE WEEK Activities: 5 walks of 4-5 hours; an excursion into the Sierra de Alcaraz with a short walk; visits to Baeza, Riópar, Alcaraz and Segura de la Sierra. No portage of luggage; no technical difficulty; on (sometimes steep and/or stony) paths with some 'off path' sections. Denivellations 400-600m a day. Group 10 maximum.

in twin rooms (private baths): 5 nights in a hilltop fortified village of the Sierra de Segura, the first night at Baeza and the last at Granada.

(Sunday to Sunday)
2018 available for group bookings at dates to be agreed.

on demand, depending on group size.

RENDEZVOUS Málaga, in the early afternoon - choose a flight arriving before 14.30.
DISPERSAL Málaga, in the morning - choose a flight departing after 12.30.

Location of this programme:

SUN/SAT: Transfer from Málaga to Baeza and visit to the World Heritage old city with our historical topo-guide. Night at Baeza.

MON/SUN: Entering the Sierra de Cazorla, we explore the extraordinary poyos (vertical limestone cliffs) of the Cerrada de Utrero or La Mesa: deer, mouflon and vultures. The Río Borosa gorge: splendid geological features, game, perhaps a dipper.

TUE/MON: The río Madera [wood river] with numerous spring flowers, enormous pine trees and calares (eroded limestone plateaux with spectacular forest-clad cliffs). Squirrels and very interesting flora. In the afternoon we walk on the narrow path which dominates the río Hornos.

WED/TUE: Walking amid the olive groves, pinewoods and hamlets of the Trujala. Views of the eastern part of the Sierra de Segura and the confines of Andalusia. Visit to quaint Segura de la Sierra, with its walls and Mudéjar castle of the knights.

THU/WED: Excursion "over the border" into Castilla-La Mancha, where we discover that the Sierra de Alcaraz is just as mountainous as the Sierra de Segura. A a short walk to discover the source of the río Mundo. Visits to the village of Riópar with its surprising craft workshops, and to monumental Alcaraz, birthplace of the famous Renaissance architect Andrés de Vandelvira.

FRI/THU: Circuit of the Yelmo, panoramic views of the Natural Park, and the Tranco lake with the ancient salt pans of Hornos.

SAT/FRI: Circuit in the Campos de Hernán Perea, an immense plain at 1600m of altitude, populated by flocks of segureña sheep with vultures circling overhead. Transfer to Granada, via the Sierras of La Sagra, Baza and Huétor, for the last night, with a tapas dinner.

SUN/SAT: Transfer to Málaga.

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