Self guided walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain
Description of Self guided walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain
On this self guided walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain, you’ll be based in Zuheros, a small village between the cities of Cordoba and Granada, in the hills of the Sierra Subbetica. Your whitewashed hotel is home to an excellent bar and restaurant, as well as a small swimming pool, and is just a short walk from the village square and Moorish castle. The host is English speaking, and will help you organise your week’s activities, from pointing you in the direction of local cultural attractions, to arranging taxi transfers to the starting points of some of the walks.
This is incredible walking country - a millennia old landscape of limestone peaks, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and hillsides ripe with olive groves and peonies. There are farm tracks and country paths, as well as the panoramic Via Verde - a former railway line, once used to transport olives during the harvest. You’ll walk up to six hours a day, with a rest day half way through the week, when you can explore the local towns and museums, or just relax back at your hotel.
Planet and peopleUK Office:
We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.
Leaders & local suppliers:
Everyone in the white Moorish town of Zuheros knows Juan Carlos and his many brothers who, together as a team, run Hotel Zuhayra, right in the centre of everything! Staying here is like living with a large traditional Spanish family, with locals also enjoying the hospitality by popping in for meals, drinks and tapas as much as the visitors. Evening meals are served on the enclosed patio at the back of the hotel, and often include ingredients from the village cheese factory and adjacent organic regional store.
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.
We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.
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