Andalucia self guided walking holiday, Spain
Description of Andalucia self guided walking holiday, Spain
Come and relax on an Andalucia self guided walking holiday and experience a side to Spain rarely glimpsed by the coach loads heading to the Costas.
As one of the driest and sunniest sections of Spain, the province of Almeria offers walkers October to May walking in the Sierra de los Filabres mountain range, close to Alpujarras, inviting quintessential rural images from where to undertake an Andalucia self guided walking holiday.
Based in the traditional southern Spanish village of Lubrin, this Andalucia self guided walking holiday promises Mediterranean views and easy access to rural lifestyles with two acres of land surrounded by surreal lunar-like landscapes covered in almond and olive orchards.
Set amongst the valleys and hillsides, where wild rosemary, sage and thyme have overrun abandoned properties and rugged mountain slopes, youll discover a patchwork of self guided walking trails, perfect for birdwatchers, foodies and nature lovers alike.
The finca accommodation for this Andalucia self guided walking holiday is Spanish to the core with two individual self-catering apartments and one detached cottage all of which sleep two people each. Log burning stoves and open terraces add to the comfort levels with fabulous mountain views providing the perfect backdrop to alfresco dining or just supping a glass of the local tinto.
Everything else you need on this Andalucia self guided walking holiday can be found in the whitewashed village of Lubrin where narrow cobbled streets lead to uncomplicated squares where butchers, bakers, tapas bars and restaurants offer up extremely affordable options just five minutes from your door.
Accommodation details for this Andalucia self guided walking holiday:
One bed and bathroom cottage, suitable for two guests
Two one bedroom and one bathroom semi-detached cottages, suitable for two guests
All accommodation has a kitchen, lounge, log-burner, private outdoor terrace with grill area and furniture, WiFi, DVD player, books, board games and DVDs.
44 Reviews of Andalucia self guided walking holiday, Spain
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2020 by Duncan GreenHi Duncan, Thanks for your review. We just wanted to explain that we have been able to employ loclas to maintain the apartment you stayed. They were cleaned by a Lubrin villager. We also employed a local Lubrin woodcutter to deliver logs to the burner. When the drainage problem was reported, we were able to offer a free upgrade to a detached east facing cottage. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2018 by Briony TurnerHard to choose between seeing the most spectacular sunrises from my terrace with a pot of coffee or standing on a high point on a nearby hill, able to see the sea on the horizon and the lunar landscape and mountains to my left. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Mar 2018 by Annette EastonThe highlight was the spectacular walks offering such amazing views. During our 5 days in Lubrin we did three of the long walks and we thoroughly enjoyed walking through the foothills as well as high in the mountain tops, just stunning. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Nov 2018 by Mak KubeisyExcellent....The hiking and the views were first rate the accommodation was charming, clean and convenient. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Mar 2018 by Denise OakmanThe walking was the highlight. Very good value, excellent location but need a certain level of fitness, or at least an ability to manage a short, steep climb in and out of the village. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Feb 2018 by Fiona SmithGreat walks with no-one else around followed by a cold beer in Lubrin. Great holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 May 2018 by Marie BakerThe highlight was Los millares archaeological site. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2017 by Sally JamesThe walking was excellent. The walks from the farmhouse all have clear instructions with a large scale map, there is a photo of every key point on the walk to help you... Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2017 by Christine OwensThe most memorable was sitting on the balcony under a cloud free brilliant blue warm sky enjoying a cold beer after a long walk in the hills. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jul 2017 by Angela NicholsThe wildflowers and the views were especially memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 May 2017 by Ken EllisThe wild spring time flowers were absolutely amazing. Beautiful vibrant colours everywhere we walked. Local scenery was spectacular, with great (and somewhat challenging) walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Mar 2017 by Kathleen RevellThe highlight was walking the mountainside amongst the wildflowers watching the varied bird life. We saw a different bird species every day. These included lesser Kestral, Sardinian and sub alpine warbler, black, black eared and common wheatear among others. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 May 2017 by Gareth JonesThe highlight was the walking. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Apr 2016 by Anthony MorganWe loved the holiday and will be recommending it to a number of our friends. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2016 by Mark FrankThe scenery on the North and West walks. Hospitality and helpfulness of our hosts. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Oct 2016 by Jayne WadsleyThe amazing landscape; so different from where we live! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2015 by Henrietta NaishFantastic and restful Read full review
Reviewed on 16 May 2015 by Trev LibersonJust what we wanted. We used the local restaurants and bars, used the local taxi, shopped in the village. They are all very friendly and helpful but it does help if you speak a bit of the language. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 May 2014 by lin pattulloThe entire experience was delightful, and it would be too difficult to pick out any one aspect. We had a terrific time. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Apr 2014 by Bronwyn PetrieGreat holiday, great weather, our hosts Gale and Terry were fantastic and made us very welcome. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Apr 2014 by Tom CrippsExcellent. Incomparably superior to the normal Mediterranean / Canaries packages. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2014 by Damaris ArmstrongThe first sunny morning at Cortijo Fuerteventura was lovely, the garden beautiful and sitting out for breakfast delightful. The welcome from Terry and Gail was also great and the information provided by them and John about the local area invaluable. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Feb 2014 by Debbie Bayntun-LeesPeaceful location, excellent or walking, Beautiful scenery, friendly and welcoming people, great wine..... Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Feb 2014 by Alison BuckinghamAn excellent break...A splendid welcome from our hosts and the lovely inhabitants of the village. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Nov 2013 by Kevin HillVery nice relaxing experience...All pretty memorable, but particularly enjoyed eating in Lubrin. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2013 by Terrie RobinsonExcellent. We loved our typically Andalucian accommodation and warm welcome, and fell in love with the area. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 May 2013 by susan ClackBrilliant, enjoyed every minute...the best part was climbing the small hill out from the cortijo, wondering where the village was, and suddenly, there it was, below us, tucked up in its hollow amongst the hills. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Mar 2013 by Liz RandallIt was a really enjoyable and relaxing holiday...There were some wonderful scents and lots of bird song. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Feb 2013 by David TrueloveWe really enjoyed our week. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. . John and Mair were very helpful with the self guided walk which we did and with advice on nice beaches to visit. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Oct 2013 by Alison LinyardExcellent....Lovely place to simply relax and unwind. Great walking in the hills. We were lucky to be there at the time of the October food festival which was great fun and the weather was perfect throughout our stay. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Dec 2012 by Eleanora NewberyAbsolutely fabulous holiday. The beautiful scenery- vast blue skies and total peace and quiet and amazing views. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 May 2012 by Evelyn RussellThe peace and tranquility of the cortija and surrounding area. Being able to start all walks from the cortija meant that we did not have to drive. The accommodation was authentic and entirely comfortable. The owners were available and helpful if required but recognised their guests needs for their own space and freedom. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 May 2012 by Moira ArbuckleA really relaxing and enjoyable stay in a beautiful and unspoilt part of Spain. Our hosts were very welcoming and happy to help if we needed them. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Hopefully we'll be back. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Apr 2012 by Simon NicholsonThe most memorable parts were the landscape, peace and flowers in the countryside. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Feb 2012 by David LyneVillages and countryside truly wonderful and with the almond blossom in bloom, very pretty. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2011 by Hilary WightLovely apartment with pool in a spectacular location. Exceeded our expectations in every respect. Read full review
PlanetAlmeria is a low rainfall area and so travellers are reminded that fresh water is a very precious commodity and should not be wasted, so we use a minimum for showering and washing. We ask that guests ensure that lights and ceiling fans are switched off when not required, and not to leave the 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.
Planting drought-resistant or tolerant plants has reduce the need for watering. Producing walking routes that keep to established historical trails has meant that wildlife and flora and fauna corridors are not interfered with.
We encourage visitors to leave their car in our car park and to walk to the village to help reduce carbon footprint.
Wind up torches now replace battery powered torches and reusable plastic bags available for shopping in village.
As this is a walking holiday all main transport is done with your own two feet, reducing our carbon emissions and ensuring the area is preserved.
PeopleThe 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 as walking routes. 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.