Subbéticas Natural Park
Guided mountain walking, history, nature - small international group - East Andalusia (Cordoba, Jaén)
Special visit to the world heritage Cordoba patios!

From Zuheros, one of the most beautiful of the Andalusian white villages, we explore the limestone scarps of the Sierras Subbéticas Cordobesas, and the fascinating cities of Córdoba and Jaén!

ONE WEEK Activities: 4 walks of 2h30-4h, maximum denivellation +350m; historical visits. No portage of luggage; no technical difficulty; on (sometimes steep and/or stony) paths with a few 'off path' sections. Group 10 maximum.

EXCEPT 3 MEALS, in hotel in rooms for two (private bathrooms): 7 nights in the comfortable hotel of Zuheros, one of the most beautiful white villages.

DATES (Sunday-Sunday)
2017 Sat 18-Sat 25 February, 26 March-2 April, 29 October-5 November*.
*Quince gastronomy season at Zuheros.

845 euros per person; single room supplement 155 euros.

RENDEZVOUS Málaga, in the afternoon - choose a flight arriving before 15.00.
DISPERSAL Málaga, in the morning - choose a flight departing after 12.30.

Location of this programme:

SUN/SAT: Transfer from Málaga to Zuheros.

MONDAY: The strange poljes (high plains surrounded by abrupt limestone crests) of La Nava, once cultivated but now home to numerous grazing animals: horses, sheep, goats and black pigs... perhaps the chance to see Griffon vultures gliding majestically by.

TUESDAY: A day in Córdoba: mosque-cathedral, synagogue, caliphal baths, Alcázar, patios, as well as the fabulous ruins of Madinat al-Zahra, city-palace of the Caliphs...

WEDNESDAY: The panoramic circuit of the Fuente del Espino and a very interesting folk museum.

THURSDAY: Excursion to Jaén, where we discover a set of giant statues left by the enigmatic Iberian civilization, the cathedral by the celebrated Renaissance architect Vandel-vira, and a well-preserved hammam dating from the Taifal period (C12). We also explore the magnificently-sited citadel and the national museum of art naïf.

FRIDAY: The Bailón gorge and the vía verde, on the trackbed of the 'little train of the olives' which served to transport the olive oil and other agricultural produce of Córdoba and Jaén provinces to the cities and for export. Lunch in a former station. Visit to a famous olive mill at Baena.

SAT/SUN: Santa Rita walk in the heart of the Subbéticas Natural Park. The Murciélagos cave and the castle of Zuheros.

SUN/SAT: Transfer from Zuheros to Málaga.

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