Moorish Kingdom of Granada
Guided mountain walking, history, nature - small international group - Granada-Sierra Nevada
A walking holiday with a difference! Based partly in the Alpujarras and partly in Granada, we take some of the finest routes on foot in the Sierra Nevada-Alpujarras Natural Park, the "Roof of Iberia", approaching from both north (Granada-Marquesado) and south (Alpujarras) sides. We also explore Granada, with an evening's entertainment in this most vibrant city, such as: flamenco in the Albayzín or Sacromonte, an open-air concert in the Corral del Carbón or Generalife, dance or a play in a city-centre theatre!
ONE WEEK Activities: 4 guided walks of 3h30-5h30 and one of 2h30; historical visits. No portage of luggage; no technical difficulty; on (often steep and/or stony) paths with a few 'off path' sections. Denivellations 300-550m a day. Entry to the Alhambra-Generalife and an evening entertainment included. Group 10 maximum.
FULL BOARD EXCEPT 3 MEALS (in Granada), in rooms for two (private bathrooms) in hotels of charm: 3 nights at Pampaneira in the Alpujarras and 4 at Granada.
During our stay we shall sample both the delicious traditional cuisine and wines of the Alpujarras, and the trends in 'tapas' and 'tablas' in the bars of Granada.
PRICE 875 euros per person; single room supplement 155 euros.
2018 18-25 March, 12-19 May (Sat-Sat), 15-22 July#, 29 July-5 August#, 4-11 November.
#Summer: itineraries adapted to the hotter weather.
RENDEZVOUS Málaga, in the afternoon - choose a flight arriving before 15.30.
DISPERSAL Málaga, in the morning - choose a flight departing after 12.30.
Location of this programme:
SUNDAY: Transfer from Málaga to Pampaneira (3 nights) in the Alpujarras: these high valleys with their little villages with flat roofs covered with launa (a sort of decomposed slate), their terrace cultivation and acequias (irrigation canals), take us back five centuries to the last days of Moorish Andalusia.
MONDAY: Walk in the Tahá de Pitres where the Moorish village structure remains unchanged, each having its washhouse and network of empedrado footpaths.
TUESDAY: We walk on transhumance paths in the valley of Trevélez, a village well-known for its delicious hams.
WEDNESDAY: The wooded Sierra de Huétor: panorama of all Sierra Nevada. Visit to La Calahorra castle: fortress outside, palace within, and to the troglodyte quarter of Guadix. Transfer to Granada for the second half of the week.
THURSDAY: The Albayzín, historically the most important quarter of Granada, with something of a "village" atmosphere. Afternoon in the fabulous Alhambra and Generalife palaces.
FRIDAY: Walk of the Vereda de la Estrella, a panoramic path overlooking the lush Genil gorge, past isolated farms, with views of the trio of 11,000 foot summits.
SATURDAY: The Sierra Nevada is not generally associated with limestone scenery: nevertheless there are such peaks on its northwest side (nearest Granada), including the Arenales del Trevenque, with fascinating alpine plants and the chance to see ibex. On a panoramic ridge path and a rambla. Afternoon free for exploration or shopping.
SUNDAY: Transfer to Málaga.
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