1 independent reviews for Southern Spain self guided walking tour

Reviews for Southern Spain self guided walking tour


review 21 Jun 2019

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

Our hosts, Lucy and Angel, were brilliant. Angel picked us up from the airport and the holiday started right there. He is a mine of local information and our journey was punctuated by him picking out the spectacular flora and fauna of the region - buzzards, vultures and other local wildlife. Lucy put together for us a 50-mile walking itinerary for the next six days which started with Angel leading us on a personal 2-hour hike to see the local landmarks. The schedule then saw us moving from Alajar to Aracena for two nights then on to Galaroza for two nights ending with us trekking back to Alajar for the final night (they moved our bags from hotel to hotel). The longest hike was just over 10 miles but each of the walks varied in both Vista and duration and were classed as either 'easy' or 'moderate'. I'm in my sixties and not that fit but managed each of the ascents and descents OK. All the walks took in the very varied landscape of the Sierra de Aracena and Lucy’s route made sure a coffee/beer stop could be included along the way. For those with smart phones, Lucy’s excellent trail notes were supplemented by a Wikilocs app that nagged at you if you came off the trail – very handy and no chance of getting lost.

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

The hotels we stopped at along the way were better than we expected; each with a large double bed and en-suite facilities (the one in Galaroza also had a pool!!). We had food provided by Lucy on our first and last nights (truly exceptional local cuisine with freshly picked herbs, salad and vegetables from their garden) and a meal at the Galaroza hotel. If you want to explore the best of local Andalusia and the Sierra de Aracena, there can be no better place than this one in Alajar and no better hosts than Lucy and Angel – we will be back!

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

We had a fabulous holiday. It is in one of the most picturesque locations you will find in Andalusia and certainly lived up to their ecological credentials - a perfect mix of comfort and low environmental impact - their pool was very much welcomed

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

A fantastic experience enhanced by charming and knowledgeable hosts.

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