Walking in Andalucia

Walking through the olive groves and rugged hills of Andalucia

Outside the golden cultural triangle of Seville, Cordoba and Granada, the rural landscape of Andalucia is breathtaking, and what better way to appreciate its diversity than on foot. The walks take us through rugged hills, picturesque fields of sunflowers, olive groves, the limestone peaks of Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the stunning El Chorro Gorge & Caminito del Rey. In this corner of Europe the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and our home for the week is the perfect example: a rustic, homely cortijo in the heart of the agricultural countryside. During the week, a whole day is reserved for exploring the magnificent city of Seville. For those looking for more of a challenge, our weeks graded level 4 feature longer walks on steeper terrain.

 

Highlights

  • Stay in a converted farmhouse with swimming pool
  • Discover the fascinating Moorish history of white villages
  • Experience the real and authentic Spain
  • Walk the stunning Caminito del Rey

 

Key information

  • 7 nights in a comfortable converted farmhouse with pool
  • 5 days centre-based walking
  • Group normally 4 to 15, plus UK leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 1256m, average 612m
  • Travel by minibus
  • More challenging walking available on selected departures

 

Is this trip for you?

This trip is Activity Level 2 (leisurely/moderate) with 5 days of walking.

Walking is mostly on well-marked paths, yet this is a hilly area and some easy ascents should be expected. Walking hours stated in the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. 

The majority of drives are short except for the journey to Seville, which is approximately 2hrs.

Whilst most departures have a physical rating of 2 (leisurely/moderate), we also offer three weeks with an Activity Level of 4 (moderate/challenging) which allow us to ascend the higher peaks and walk on more challenging terrain for longer hours. It is important to be assured of your fitness on these departures. 

The Activity Level 4 (moderate/challenging) weeks will depart:

2018: 10th March, 19th May & 29th September

2019: 9th March, 18th May & 28th September

Please note all activities are optional and a rest day may be taken at any point should you prefer to relax at the Cortijo.

Cortijo Rosario is renovated to a high standard whilst maintaining its traditional heritage, so the farmhouse should not be considered a luxury villa or hotel.

 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 evening meals are included.

Breakfast: Continental buffet-style breakfast with local fruit and yoghurt.

Lunch: Packed lunches are provided for the day walks, usually filled with cheese/cold meats. On some days it is possible to enjoy some authentic Tapas in local villages.

Dinner: One of the included dinners will be taken in a restaurant in Algamitas, whilst all the others will be prepared by the lovely Maria, the 'Queen of the Kitchen' at Cortijo Rosario. Having worked at the Cortijo for over 20 years and looking after more than 6000 guests, Maria's cooking has always been appreciated for being authentic and delicious. One evening she will be offering an entertaining Paella demonstration, giving you tips you can't normally get in traditional cookbooks! All food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce, and the meals come with complimentary wine as well as tea/coffee. A selection of soft and alcoholic drinks are available at the bar (payable locally).

Vegetarians are generally well catered for at the Cortijo Rosario. Please advise us on booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

Please note: Prices shown are based on low season travel. Seasonal surcharges may apply.


What's not included

* Travel insurance
* Visas and vaccinations
* Single accommodation (not available)

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

8 days from

$1,995*

Includes

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 evening meals are included
  • All accommodation
  • Caminito del Rey walk
  • Exodus Tour Guide
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