Andalucia centre based walking holiday in Spain

“Circular guided walks through the sunny mountains of Andalucia, soaking up views and savouring village life, all at an incredibly reasonable price.”

Highlights

Sierras de los Filabres mountains | Guided walks of no more than 13km | Cabo de Gata Natural Park | Stay at a peaceful finca | Accommodation in apartments and cottages | Five minutes’ walk to village of Lubrin | Village market | Optional: day trip to Granada to visit the Alhambra

Description of Andalucia centre based walking holiday in Spain

Enjoy a week of wonderful guided walking in Andalucia on this centre based holiday in Spain. Come and explore Almeria Province, full of varied landscapes, and soak up life in a traditional Andalucian mountain village, too, enjoying great food, meeting friendly local people and staying in a beautiful finca. A centre based break is relaxing – no need to move between accommodation, packing and unpacking each time – and all the walks except one begin from right outside the finca and follow circular routes, so no need to use a bus or taxi at all.

Walking in Almeria, which is particularly dry and sunny, is superb here between October and May. You can walk from your accommodation straight into almond groves and wooded valleys of the rugged and incredibly beautiful Sierras de los Filabres. Walks are moderate and no longer than 13km, and at the end of each walk you can end up in the local village of Lubrin for a beer, glass of local wine and delicious tapas. Magical!

Walks are lead by Paul and Sara, who own the finca, and know all the walking trails and fascinating details of the local landscape. They enjoy sharing their local knowledge, and their love for Lubrin village itself, with its welcoming villagers.

Accommodation is a finca situated a five minute walk from Lubrin, and set within two acres of land. Lubrin is a very authentic village, full of white painted houses, dripping with geraniums and tucked into the foothills of the Sierras de los Filabres mountains. It’s a thriving place, with two supermarkets, three bakers, two butchers, an ATM , Post Office and weekly street market.

You’ll stay at the finca on a B&B basis, so you have the freedom to choose where, when and what you eat. There are several tapas bars in Lubrin serving a great range of traditional and veggie Andalucian food, at very low prices.

There are two apartments within the original cortijo and two cottages converted from stables, all self catering and equipped with a kitchenette. There are wood burners, terraces and lovely views of the mountains from all the accommodation, and also free Wi-Fi, DVD players, books, DVDs and board games.

You can enjoy walking here almost all year round, except in July and August when it’s too hot. You might experience Indian summer temperatures in October and November, and can walk in mild winter weather during December and January, which is also when the olive harvest takes place. See the almond blossom in February and discover great birdwatching and beautiful wildflowers from March to May.

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Environment

Almeria is a low rainfall area and so travellers are reminded that fresh water is a very precious commodity and should not be wasted, so use a minimum for showering and washing. We ask that guests ensure that lights and ceiling fans are switched off when not required, and do not leave TV, Video, Hi-Fi etc in standby mode – switch off at the set.

Separate household waste is sorted into general waste, glass, paper & cardboard and plastic for deposit to the village recycling bins. Free logs are provided for winter heating to minimise conventional oil fired central heating. We plant drought-resistant or tolerant plants to reduce the need for watering, which are then supplied to our guests.

We produce walking routes that keep to established historical trails and not to interfere with wildlife and flora & fauna corridors. We encourage visitors to leave their car on our car park and to walk to the village to help reduce carbon footprint.

We now provide wind up torches to now replace battery powered torches, and reusable plastic bags available for shopping in village

Community

The past 20 years has witnessed a steady decline in the traditional industries of agriculture, mining and animal husbandry and the Mayor, along with the support of the Provincial and Regional Governments is committed to the introduction of tourism as a replacement industry. Work has started on identifying and marking the old donkey trails that criss cross the almond and olive groves in the Sierra de los Filabres around Lubrin. We are proud to be part of the quest to breathe new life into the village of Lubrin.

We employ a single parent local woman to carry out the domestic cleaning and a retired farmer to maintain the gardens. We use a local builder to maintain the fabric of the old Cortijo and outbuildings and a local plumber and electrician to maintain the infrastructure. We locally purchase hard and soft furnishings, white goods and electrical items. We also locally purchase our food and household items and encourage travellers to do the same.

We provide travellers with a map of the village showing the locations of the village shops together with the bars and restaurants. We sponsor a village website and are listing the local services to show travellers that there are all the basic necessities on our doorstep.

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