Las Alpujarras walking holiday, Spain
Description of Las Alpujarras walking holiday, Spain
This marvellous Las Alpujarras walking holiday explores some of the most spectacular scenery in southern Spain. Led by Chris Stewart, passionate walking enthusiast and author of the bestselling Driving over Lemons, you’ll hike ancient footpaths to whitewashed villages that gleam under the sun, surrounded by terraces of almond orchards, past dramatic gorges and meadows teeming with flowers.
The views, across the Mediterranean to Morocco, can be nothing short of breathtaking. One day also gives you the option EITHER to spend a day roaming the medieval Moorish city of Granada with the option to visit the Alhambra, soak in a hammam or shop in the Arab Quarter. OR to walk to a picturesque Alpujarran garden, where you’ll enjoy a long lunch on the terrace followed by some wine tasting. Difficult to choose, isn’t it?
Your host for this eight-day walking holiday is a superb source of information on the region’s history, nature and culture, and a highlight of the trip is an al fresco lunch at Chris’ own farmhouse, which (along with Chris’ cooking!) was featured in Rick Stein’s Spain for the BBC.
Throughout the week, your base will be a magnificent 400-year old guest house in the village of Ferreirola, a 90-minute taxi ride from either Malaga or Granada airports. Once a family home with its own stables and wine press, the house now serves cosy accommodation for up to 14 people. You’ll be immensely comfortable, and a few hours of an evening in the Moorish garden is highly recommended, for the beautiful mountain views.
Walking in the hills can build up a healthy appetite, and you’ll appreciate it given that gourmet dining is a significant feature of this holiday, whether it’s languid lunches in restaurants or feasting on tapas at local bars. On a few evenings, the guest house chef takes over, showcasing locally sourced and seasonal ingredients in authentic, delicious Spanish cuisine.
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26 Reviews of Las Alpujarras walking holiday, Spain
Reviewed on 21 May 2023 by Lucian PhippsExcellent. Quite unusual to have a famous author as our walking guide. Casa Ana is a wonderful place. Totally peaceful, friendly and beautifully designed with it's courtyard garden, reading room and bedrooms overlooking the valley and the mountains. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2023 by Lynne Morris10/10. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2023 by Jenny BroeIt was an absolute delight Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Jun 2022 by Susanna WilliamsReally enjoyed it, and the food was great. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 May 2022 by jane bremnerI enjoyed the holiday immensely but not necessarily in the way I expected. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Nov 2021 by Sue RiceCasa Ana is in a stunning area and the surrounding countryside is dramatic. All the people we met - from our host Anne, Chris, Emily and all those who looked after us - were delightful, generous and kind. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2021 by Jackie WhittakerExcellent, a real change from everyday life to see how people make a home from nothing in such remote villages with very little facilities on offer. The humour and good nature of the group made it a fun week Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2021 by Barry TiernanReally great - we have already recommended to two couple who love the outdoor life - but also like good quality cooking and accommodation!!! Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2021 by Claire CarrollWonderful escape from the lockdown! Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Oct 2020 by Kathryn TurnerChris Stewart is the most wonderful guide - full to bursting with interesting information, stories and history of the stunning Alpujarras area. Thoroughly enjoyed our walk to his farm and, how generous, he and his wife (another Ana) prepared a tasty lunch on their terrace. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020 by Anne FarthingThe most memorable part of the holiday was the almond blossom walk. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019 by MK KottkeEvery day was a new memory in the making, with fabulous company, views, & food Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Oct 2019 by Priti ChotaiJust fabulous. Great walking, great accommodation, the most amazing food (vegetarian food was not an after thought but well catered for and really delicious), and interesting people to share with. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jul 2019 by Martin CookeThe holiday was excellent, really enjoyed it. Fantastic accommodation, Incredible scenery, Chris’s enthusiasm for all things totally infectious I came away a happier person and would do it all again tomorrow! Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019 by Lesley OIt was excellent in every way. Highly to be recommended to nature lovers, especially if curious to learn the history, economy and ecology of the region. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 May 2019 by Anne MurphyChris Stewart bringing the landscape to life was the most memorable part of the holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019 by nikki mossFollowing the ancient waterways-Acequias walking in the snow and sun and wandering through the white towns were the most memorable parts our holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Nov 2019 by Marion MacLennanVery good and varied walks. Excellent food. Day trip to Granada had extremely knowledgable, friendly guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Nov 2018 by Bob MackThe Alpujarras are a striking area of Spain, full of history and remnants of the Moorish culture. Certainly the comraderie of our group of 12 was a daily joy...We would rate this holiday highly, being one of our most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Nov 2018 by Helen TolleyMost memorable: The wonderful food, hospitality and people at the tour company. Meeting & walking with Chris Stewart & the superb walking in the Alpujarras! Walking to El Valero for lunch with Chris & Ana. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2018 by Dierdre McCarthyThe beauty of the Alpujarras and the wonderful food. Fantastic holiday. Anne and her team looked after us very well. Charming accommodation, good company and great food. Chris and his team were great walking guides. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Apr 2018 by Helen ConwellThe walks were wonderful, the food was great and very varied...we had picnics, ate in tiny mountain bars, had a fabulous meal in a amazing restaurant in Granada overlooking the Alhambra, but the best were the nightly meals in the lovely Casa Ana from a series of excellent chefs in house... Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Oct 2017 by Mara HellmanGood times at meals. It was wonderful sharing a week with strangers that became friends thanks to Anne's nurturing of warmth. Very sweet looking place overlooking the mountains. Chris Stewart was a wonderful guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jun 2016 by Glenda KayHighly recommended to anyone who loves walking in the open countryside, sprinkled with white hilltop villages, and snow capped mountains a little way off. A fantastic holiday which went way too fast! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by Steven HopkinsIt exceeded my expectations due to the venue, weather and levels of real engagement by the organisers. I will return again one day to this rural idyll. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jul 2016 by Sally JamesThe walking holiday itself was amazing, really quite challenging, but in the most stunning landscape and we learnt a lot about the local history Read full review
PlanetOur guest house is a 400-year-old historic building which has been converted to a casa rural in the village of Ferreirola in the Alpujarra of Andalucia. In developing our business in the Alpujarra our first priority was to provide low-impact, sustainable and environmentally conscious tourism.
Our activities are low impact: we accommodate groups of no more than 14 people. We organise holidays which do not negatively impact on the local environment. We always use designated footpaths for example, do not pick wildflowers, do not leave litter and do not cause any damage.
We also run a creative writing programme which also does not impact negatively on the local environment.
Environmentally conscious tourism:
Water: water is a precious commodity in this area, which is prone to drought from time to time. We minimise water use with dual flush loos, showers rather than baths, and we have a drip system for our garden watering.
Energy saving: we use low-energy light bulbs throughout the house and our outside lights are on timers.
NO to plastic! we recycle our plastic waste. We regularly encourage our local shops and market traders not to use plastic bags, but to encourage shoppers to bring their own. We encourage our guests to fill their water bottles from a natural spring nearby rather than buying plastic bottles of water.
Recycling: as well as recycling our plastic, we also recycle our paper, cardboard and glass items.
Shopping: we buy produce and supplies locally and when possible, we buy organic food and non-polluting cleaning products.
PeopleThe area of the Western Alpujarras known as La Taha, where the guest house is located, is considered the jewel of the area and yet it is the least populated. Villages such as Ferreirola and others in La Taha were once thriving but have been in decline since the 1960’s to the point where the resident populations are too small to support a healthy economy.
By bringing visitors to the area and promoting sustainable tourism, we are contributing to the local community in several ways.
The local community: members of the local community participate in and benefit from our business. We are the major employer in our village (population 28), employing three local people at our Casa.
We provide economic benefits to local businesses including bars, restaurants, shops, the local laundry and the local bus company, as well as local people involved in the building industry including plumbers, electricians, carpenters and builders.
Our premises: we restored a historic building that had fallen into ruin with great care and sensitivity, rather than bulldozing the site and erecting new, high-rise buildings. Our part of the Alpujarra is a conservation area so we maintained the traditional building style and used traditional materials such as chestnut beams and launa for the roof.
Protecting the local environment: We are fortunate to be located in a Parque Natural conservation area. However, it is also an area which has suffered and continues to experience minimal economic development. Through our business we are demonstrating that sustainable tourism brings significant economic benefit to the area, and we argue that for tourism to flourish here, the unique rural environment that is the Alpujarra must be preserved and protected.
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