HighlightsLed by author Chris Stewart | Sierra Nevada hike | white-washed villages of Alpujarras and La Taha | Poqueira Valley | Trevelez Gorge | lunch at Chris' farm El Valero | village bodegas selling ham, wine, cheese and olive oil | guided tour of Granada with architect Rafa Anderson| almond orchards | terraced meadows |
Description of Las Alpujarras walking holiday, SpainTake your walking holidays in Spain to new heights as you explore the Alpujarra and hike the high mountains and southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range where terraced orchards and fast-flowing rivers lead to white-washed villages and lush green meadows.
There’s no better guide to lead you on this eight day walking holiday in Spain than walking enthusiast and author Chris Stewart who will be able to talk you through the cultural and natural history of the region as well as sharing the inspiration for his best-selling book Driving over Lemons.
Chris Stewart’s knowledge of the Alpujarras is nothing short of encyclopaedic and soon you’ll be getting to know the historical stories and cultural identity of the region as you enjoy day walks in the high Sierras, explore the river gorges of Poqueira and Trevelez, and listen to what life in the Alpujarras is really like.
Juxtaposed against the white-walled villages of the Alpujarras are hillsides and meadows blanketed with alpine flowers and following Chris for an alfresco lunch at his farm, El Valero, places you at the heart of the stunning Spanish countryside as featured in the BBC programme Rick Stein’s Spain.
Aside from walking along the Trevelez River gorge to Chris’s farm you’ll also experience a day of historic sightseeing in the Arabian, Jewish and Moorish sections of Granada, which presents an exciting opportunity to compare and contrast architecture that lies within the shadow of the Alhambra.
As this walking holiday in Spain is based in a guesthouse within the mountain village of Ferreirola your small group (no more than 14 walkers) will be able to make the most of gorgeous views over the surrounding gorge on a daily basis. The guesthouse itself has been featured in the top fifty holiday destinations in Spain, as voted by the Times, and has been lovingly converted from what used to be an old stables and wine pressing facility to make the most of the valley views from the Moorish garden.
If the Rick Stein mention hasn’t given the game away already, this walking holiday in Spain also involves a fair bit of gourmet dining with the guesthouse chef well-versed in preparing delicious dinners alongside the chance to indulge in the Spanish slow food revolution at one of Granada’s finest tapas restaurants. As well as opportunities to sample gastronomic delights over long lunches you’ll also be invited to enter the village bodegas where a superb selection of rustic hams, Spanish wine, locally-made cheese and olive oil can all be found in abundance, perfect for taking a true taste of Spain, back home
|Day 1:||Arrival day. Welcome drinks on the terrace followed by a gourmet dinner prepared by our chef at the guest house.|
|Day 2:||Exploring the White Villages of La Taha (10km/6mi/4hr)
A fairly leisurely start to the week. We begin in Ferreirola, a hidden gem of a white village, perched on the side of the Trevelez Gorge at 1000m above sea level. We follow footpaths through almond orchards, terraced meadows and woodlands from village to village, taking in the panoramic views of the Contraviesa range, stopping for coffee at local hostelries, as the mood takes us.
Dinner at a local restaurant|
|Day 3:||Into the Poqueira Valley: 14km/8.5mi/6hr
This walk crosses from the Trevelez to the Poqueira gorge, taking in the three famous white villages – Capileira, Bubion and Pampaneira - and much varied and beautiful countryside in between. Expect stunning views of the Veleta and Mulhacen peaks.
Dinne at the guest house|
|Day 4:||A day in the Moorish city of Granada
Chris and architect friend Rafa Anderson will take you around 15th century Granada including the old Arab quarter, the remarkable Moorish water system, the old silk market, and the oldest minaret in Spain. We'll head to one of Granada's best restaurants in the historic Jewish Quarter (Realejo) for a long and lazy lunch.
Supper at the guest house|
|Day 5:||Following the Medieval Way to Notaes and Castaras (14 km/8.7 mi/6 hr) A hike along the Trevelez river past Busquistar, then a climb out of the river valley and a meadow walk down to Castaras. Followed by a footpath to Notaez (wonderful spring flowers). Transport back to the guest house. nb. this walk can be shortened if required.
Dinner at the guest house|
|Day 6:||Walk and lunch at Chris Stewart’s farm 12km/7.5mi/4hr
This walk takes us down to a Roman bridge over the Trevelez river then some way up the Corona mountain via a Moorish silk route. From here we descend to Chris’ Farm El Valero, with spectacular views of the Guadalfeo and Poqueira rivers. We’ll join Chris and his wife Ana for a leisurely lunch on the terrace. After lunch we continue, following the Guadalfeo before taking the minibus to the guest house where supper awaits.|
|Day 7:||Sierra Nevada Mountain Hike: 16k/10mi/8hrs
We drive into the Sierra Nevada National Park high above Capileira. Our walk follows an acequia (water channel), for an hour and a half, with stunning views of the high peaks and the Alpujarras and the sea far below. Here you may see golden eagles, bonelli’s eagles, hoopoes, mountain goats and more. We then descend to the Poqueira river and walk through meadows and woods before climbing back up to the village of Capileira. nb. this walk can be shortened if required.
Dinner at the guest house|
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