Self guided trekking holiday in Southern Spain

“A week long tailor made walking holiday for hikers wanting to discover Andalucia and, in particular, the Alpujarras Mountains, trekking independently.”

Highlights

Alpujarras mountains | Sierra Nevada Range | Mulhacen | Bags transfer | Four different accommodations with bags transferred | Andalucian organic farmstay | Yegen | Berchules | Trevelez

Description of Self guided trekking holiday in Southern Spain

For walking holidays in Spain, Andalucia really is the most perfect region, and this one takes in many different areas of it, staying in four places along the way. And having your bags transported for you from one to the other makes walking in Andalucia very manageable too.

With four different overnight stops incorporated into your holiday, this trekking holiday is aimed at walkers who have a little experience of independent walking already and are confident in taking on some of Andalucia’s magnificent trails through the Alpujarras mountains, part of the Sierra Nevada range, with panoramic views out along the coast.

This is a region of olive groves, ancient woodland, tiny villages with traditional white washed houses, cooling mountain lakes and streams, rugged ridges on one trek and luscious valleys on another. At the beginning of the holiday, take time to absorb the landscape and natural wonders of the Alpujarras, spending two nights in our traditional Andalucian guesthouse, Las Chimeneas, in the village of mountain village of Mairena.

We will equip you with all the maps and itineraries that you need for the rest of the week, before you head off in a westerly direction, giving yourself all day to get to your next accommodation and hiking at your own pace. All accommodations are small, family-owned small hotels with a tradition of welcoming hikers in their mountain villages of Yegen, Berchules and Trevelez, the latter being in a wonderful setting, overlooked by Mulhacen, Spain’s highest peak.

At the end of your week of walking, we will collect you and bring you back for one last day of relaxation at our base in Mairena. You can either enjoy a final exploration of the local hills and trails, or simply relax and enjoy the natural environs and swimming pool at Las Chimeneas.

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Responsible tourism: Self guided trekking holiday in Southern Spain

Our objective is to maintain a low impact, sustainable business which employs local people, using locally sourced or home grown produce, allowing visitors the opportunity to sample traditional village life in a non-obtrusive manner, and to explore the hills and mountains along the ancient network of mule tracks , with zero or minimal effect on the fragile eco-system.

At the start of each tour guests are fully briefed on different aspects of life in Spanish villages as well as given guidelines and suggestions to minimise damage to the environment out on the trails. Spanish customs and social mores (behaviour at Spanish fiesta for example) are discussed as well as the importance of water conservation and information about local farming and watering. Guests are given the opportunity buy local produce as well as given directions to important cultural or historic sites.

Everyone we employ lives within the village. The same is true of the builders and tradesmen we have worked with to restore several local houses. The bulk of our purchasing is done at the nearest market town, and we actively encourage our guests to visit local shops which offer wine, honey, olive oil, tapestry work, sun-dried foods, carpentry and ceramics all produced within the community. We are currently in the early stages of an ambitious project to create a charity based work creation scheme whose aim is to create 10 full time positions for the conservation and maintenance of the local landscape.

We maintain a 4 hectare finca, or local farm, working with local people and using traditional agricultural techniques. As such we are members of the watering community, an ancient, near sacred body responsible for the upkeep of the network of water channels without which the whole massif would quickly desertify. Our farm is recognised by the soil association as organic, using goat manure from the village and compost from kitchen leftovers. We are members of an organic growers group, and are active members of various pressure groups campaigning against unregulated intensive farming. All our properties are built from locally available materials, using magnesium clay (launa) as insulation over the beams of poplar trees grown for this purpose on our farm.

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