Almeria walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain

“Explore unspoiled, wild Spain on a week’s self guided walking break in sunny Almeria Province, with moderate hikes in mountain foothills, fresh local food and finca accommodation – all for a terrific price.”


Lubrin | five self guided walks of around 13km in Sierra de los Filabres | maps and walk details provided | free time built into each day | Costa del Almeria 45 minutes away | cottage accommodation with wood burner | free Wifi | Almeria, Los Millares, Cabo de Gata National Park, Alhambra all within driving distance

Description of Almeria walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain

Enjoy a week of self guided walking in Andalucia, Spain. Head out straight from your finca accommodation to hike into the surrounding hills, valleys and almond groves of the Sierra de los Filabres, to the east of the Alpujarras, where there are plenty of enjoyable walks of up to 13km.

The countryside is wonderfully quiet and unspoiled here and, since this is a self guided walking holiday, you’re free to go at your own pace, enjoying the views, the wildflowers and almond blossom, and the fragrance of the wild herbs that fills the air as you brush past. We provide handy guide booklets with maps, photos and details of each walk, to help you navigate and get the most from each walk.

You’ll be based in Lubrin, a traditional Spanish village in the foothills of the Sierra de los Filabres mountain range. It has pretty narrow streets lined and white painted houses with colourful geraniums tumbling from window boxes and is well equipped with shops, bakers and a bank. There are three restaurants and several tapas bars serving great quality, inexpensive food, too, ideal for relaxing and refuelling after a day of walking.

The village has views of the Mediterranean 12 miles away and sits within Almeria Province, which is famed for being the sunniest region of Western Europe. It’s an ideal destination for a mountain walking experience, but also for exploring the beaches and coves of the coast, and the interesting towns of the region. Each day there is time to walk and explore and we provide suggestions of place to visit in the area.

The accommodation is a finca with two detached cottages converted from stables, set on two acres of land. The finca is suitable for families with children 12 years or over. It’s a peaceful spot, within easy walking distance of the village. Each cottage has a wood burner, covered terrace and lovely views. You can also make use of the free Wifi, DVD player, and the library of books, DVDs and board games.

This is a wonderful walking destination pretty much all year, with the exception of July and August, which are too hot. Autumn, winter and spring walking is really enjoyable here. Catch an Indian summer in October and November or enjoy some winter walking in mild temperatures in December and January, when you can see the olive harvest, too. The almond blossom appears in February while March to May are the best time for bird watching and wildflowers.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 provided for winter heating to minimise conventional oil fired central heating. Planting drought-resistant or tolerant plants to reduce the need for watering. Producing walking routes that keep to established historical trails and not to interfere with wildlife and flora & fauna corridors. Encouraging visitors to leave their car on our car park and to walk to the village to help reduce carbon footprint.

We support our local PAWS (Peoples Animal Welfare Society) by taking stray animals to their compound and also by delivering personal and household effects to their charity shop in Mojacar. We encourage travellers to walk into village and use the local bus.

STOP PRESS: Wind up torches now replace battery powered torches and reusable plastic bags available for shopping in village

The Impacts of this Trip

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.


2 Reviews of Almeria walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

wonderful walking in unspoiled, quiet countryside

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

don't stay at this property in winter - it is definitely a spring/summer venue

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

yes - we bought food locally and ate out at the bars in the village

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

we loved the walking, but the property was cold and ill-equipped and dark, after the sun went down.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Katie,

Thanks for your review.

Apartment Castallico has central heating and log burning stove. The central heating is timed to go on in the morning before guests get up and in the evening when guests arrive back from a day out. If a guest prefers to stay in all day, then on request, we can switch the heating to constant and the unlimited log supply is free of charge.

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Experiencing the real and unspoilt Spain, sampling the local food and hiking in delightful countryside. No tourists and the rustic charm of the accommodation.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you want total tranquility, the real Spain with its delicious tapas bars and restaurants and local wine ( all at amazing value!) and totally peaceful accommodation away from it all, but near enough to walk into the village, then this is the place for you.
The walks were very enjoyable taking anything from 3 to 6 hours, but do take a good picnic with you and supplement John's excellent guides with a large scale map. This would also give you the opportunity for free walking.
We went as a family with 2 of our daughters (28 and 23 years old) and boyfriend of the oldest. We booked all 3 cottages which worked well for us, but always breakfasted together in one and entertained playing card games etc. together in one. If everyone likes walking and eating local food then you will have a great time together.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We were there for a week and only ate out, as the evening would have been too cold for BBQs and we did not want to cook. The food in the restaurants in the village was all freshly cooked , varied and delicious and amazing value for money! We bought whatever we could in the village, even bringing 2 huge terracotta dishes home that cost 10 Euros!
We hardly used our hire car, only on 2 occasions to drive down to the coast.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A lovely holiday away from it all total peace and tranquility, great food and wine, charming comfortable, rustic accommodation and fantastic walks. Rate it highly!

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