Caliphs of Cordoba NEW
Guided mountain walking, history, nature - small international group - central Andalusia
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 from Cordoba city, the Guadalquivir valley and the Sierra Morena.

ONE WEEK Activities: 4 walks of 3h30-4h, maximum denivellation +350m; a shorter walk; historical visits. No portage of luggage; no technical difficulty; on (occasionally 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): 4 nights in the mountain village of Zuheros, and 3 in Cordoba city, in an ideal situation in the old city centre but away from the main tourist areas.

DATES (Saturday-Saturday)
2018 3-10 March, 21-28 April, 20-27 October.

845 euros per person; single room supplement 155 euros.

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:

SATURDAY: Transfer from Málaga to Zuheros in the Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park.

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

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: 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.

WEDNESDAY: Soto de Algallarín: the banks of the Guadalquivir. Arrival at Cordoba. Exploration of a typical patio, of the synagogue and of a Mudéjar chapel.

THURSDAY: Cordoba: Roman bridge, temple and walls; Omeyyad great mosque, noria, baths and minarets; delightful squares and patios, Alfonsina churches. Discovery of three important Cordobese artists: the poet Luis de Góngora, the painter Julio Romero de Torres and the writer Antonio Gala.

FRIDAY: Trassierra: from the Guadiato valley to the picturesque Fuente del Elefante and the village of Santa María. Madinat al-Zahra: ruins of the glorious but ephemeral city-palace of the caliphs. Las Ermitas: tiny hermitages in the Sierra Morena foothills, with an admirable view of Cordoba and its surroundings.

SATURDAY: Transfer from Cordoba to Málaga.

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