Sierra Nevada and Granada walking holiday in Spain

“Five days of walking and one free day in Granada to experience Andalusia’s breathtaking landscapes and fascinating Moorish heritage.”

Highlights

Malaga | Guadalfeo Valley | Maquis to Juviles | La Taha | Roman paths | Moorish villages | Trevelez | Berchules' Rio Grande | Free day in Granada | excellent variety of landscape |

Description of Sierra Nevada and Granada walking holiday in Spain

If you've ever wanted to go walking in Sierra Nevada mountain foothills or exploring the peaks surrounding Granada in southern Spain then now is your chance as this eight day holiday features all of the above and plenty more besides.

This region of southern Spain is renowned for its forest-covered valleys and shaded chestnut groves making walking in Sierra Nevada an absolute pleasure, especially either side of the hotter summer months.

As Europe's second highest set of mountains, the Sierra Nevada dominate the region surrounding Granada with walking trails amongst highland moors, blanketed in wild flowers and lavender, some of the finest in the whole of southern Spain.

Aside from the excellent array of landscapes for walking in Sierra Nevada you'll also discover the region's fascinating past with Roman and Moorish heritage apparent in everything from the architecture in the mountain villages to the dishes served at the local tavernas.

Of course, no walking holiday in the Sierra Nevada would be complete without a visit to Granada and if you're looking to experience the magnificence of the Alhambra alongside some of Andalusia’s most dramatic landscapes then this itinerary allows travellers to do just that.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sierra Nevada and Granada walking holiday in Spain

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Leaders & local suppliers
On this trip we stay for 6 nights in the family-run Hotel Los Berchules, where all the hotel food is home-made and by using locally produced and sourced goods. We also use a locally-owned transport company for transfers and we stay in a relatively unknown area of Spain, so clients are providing income to an area that would usually not benefit from tourism.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

Activity
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this.

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