Headwater - White Villages of Andalucia Walk

Headwater - White Villages of Andalucia Walk

8 Days



Headwater - White Villages of Andalucia Walk

8 Days Starting and ending in Canillas De Albaida

Visiting: Canillas de Albaida, Cómpeta, Sedella, La Maroma, Salares, Nerja, Sierra de Alhama

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

15 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

4WD, Trekking

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Tour Overview

Based at a firm Headwater favourite, the Finca el Cerrillo, this holiday combines gentle walking to the nearby white villages of Sedella, Salares and Competa with visits to the caves at Nerja and an optional day in Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso. Discover spectacular scenery and enjoy time with superb hosts as you immerse yourself in the beauty of Andalucia.


  • Superb hosts and walking leader

  • Exceptional cuisine; all meals included and wine in the evenings

  • Stay in a wonderful 200-year-old olive mill with pool and beautiful gardens

  • Nerja Caves and the Balcon de Europa

  • Spectacular 4x4 drive into the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park

  • Moorish white villages, olive orchards, old mule tracks and panoramic vistas


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Day 1 : Arrive In Canillas De Albaida
Location: Canillas de Albaida
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board
Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive at your hotel in Canillas de Albaida. 

Day 2 : Competa Walk
Location: Cómpeta
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A 5-minute transfer takes us to the church of Santa Ana in Canillas de

Albaida from where we head towards Competa passing smallholdings with

avocados, maize, artichoke and citrus trees. We stop at the Bodegas Almijara

where Maria will show us around and explain about wine making in the region -

of course you'll get to enjoy a taste! It's then on to Competa for a tapas

lunch in the lively main square, Plaza Almijara. We wind our way back to

Santa Ana Church and either take the transfer back to the hotel or continue

walking along the mule path from the village back to the Finca.

Day 3 : Sedella Walk
Location: Sedella, La Maroma, Sedella
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we head to the white village of Sedella where a track takes us above

the village passing Roman terraces, still farmed today. We head up through

almond groves to the Molino de Montosa, beneath the imposing La Maroma

(2,096m), the highest peak in the region. On a clear day we can see North

Africa's Rif Mountains. It's big bird country here too with regular sightings

of griffon vultures and other birds of prey. After stopping for a picnic we

head back down to Sedella and enjoy a cool drink in Salvador's bar before

heading back for a lazy afternoon by the pool or in the library. *

Day 4 : Free Day
Location: Sedella
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Staying at the Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There is the option of an excursion to the beautiful city of Malaga (payable

locally) where you have the day to explore at your leisure. Your starting

point is the Castillo de Gibralfaro, a Moorish fortress with spectacular

views to the port and town below. From here venture down into the old town

where you can explore the Alcazaba, the Moorish Palace next to the Roman

ruins. The 16th century cathedral is in the heart of the old town and a short

distance from here is the Picasso museum with over 200 of the artist's

paintings on display. 

Day 5 : Salares Walk
Location: Salares
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We head along a track through olives and citrus groves before dropping down

past the bat house with resident horseshoe bats. We'll then continue

alongside woodland, listening out for the river running beneath us and

watching out for golden orioles. We enter Salares over the Arabic bridge

which provides a great photo opportunity! There is an interesting church,

Santa Ana, still bearing an old Moorish minaret. Lunch is taken at Theo's bar

before a transfer back to the Finca. 

Half Board)*

Day 6 : Nerja Caves And Gorge
Location: Nerja
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A 45-minute transfer takes us to the spectacular Cuevas de Nerja where a 750m

walkway takes us through a series of caves to a large column 32 metres high.

We then head back out to start our walk along the Barranco de Maro.

Wildflowers line the gorge with amazing rocky overhangs providing shady

spots. After lunch explore Nerja town where you can people-watch from the

Balcon de Europa, a rocky promontory made famous by King Alfonso XII. Relax

on the beach or head to Nerja Museum to discover more about the caves. It's

then back to the Finca before dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 7 : Loma Del Daire
Location: Sierra de Alhama
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Finca el Cerrillo, Half Board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is all about views - a 4x4 drive takes us into the Sierra de Alhama

Natural Park where we stop at a viewpoint - a stunning vista of jagged peaks

and the coast. The drive and the views continue until we reach the start

point for the walk. We begin with a gentle climb surrounded by cistus,

rosemary, thyme and an abundance of wildflowers. The trail flattens and

contours round the mountain, below Cerro Verde, before meeting up with the

historic silk trail taking us into Granada Province and back to the


Day 8 : Leave Canillas De Albaida
Location: Canillas de Albaida
Meals Included: Breakfast


What's Included

  • Accommodation

    7 nights single-centre accommodation

  • Meals

    All meals (including wine at dinner)

  • Fully Guided

    Services of an experienced walking guide

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request, compulsory supplement)


All meals (including wine at dinner)

Andalucía’s base their cuisine on traditional fresh fayre.  Onions,
tomatoes and peppers feature liberally, simply cooked in olive oil and served
as a starter seasoned with local herbs and accompanied by good fresh bread. 
Dinner often consists of Fish (/pescado/) or meat (/carne/) served grilled or
deep-fried in olive oil.  A good alternative for vegetarians is /ensalada de
garbanzos y/ /tomate/ - a delicious salad of chickpea and tomatoes.  Local
specialities depend on the region: in the mountains, you’ll be offered
delicious hams and game, down by the coast seafood will be more prominent.

/Tapas/ was invented in this region and several different mini snacks can
make a cheap, fun way to try the various dishes on offer.  If you want
larger portions, ask for /‘raciones’/.  Seville is the best place to
/tapear/ - tour the many bars sampling their /tapas/!



The Finca el Cerrillo is an absolute gem of a place to stay. There are 13 individually styled en-suite rooms. The living areas include a wonderfully atmospheric beamed lounge - cool in summer and kept cosy on winter nights with a blazing log fire, dining room, small library and 'honesty' bar. The terraced gardens, with 100-year-old carob and palm trees, surround both sunny and shaded patios with comfy seating areas. The pool affords stunning views of the valley below and the pretty Moorish village of Archez with its 13th century Moorish tower.

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  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

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  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 15 year age person can go on this tour.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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