Sierra Nevada & Granada

Start: Berchules Finish: Granada

Visiting: Sierra Nevada, Granada, Alhambra, Malaga,


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 5 - 14

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1326

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Tour Overview

The Sierra Nevada is Europe’s second highest mountain range and towers over southern Spain. Much of this dramatic landscape is a protected biosphere reserve, rich in wildlife and home to many endemic plant species. Here, and in the neighbouring Alpujarra region, we are rewarded with some of the finest walking in Andalucia; from ancient chestnut forests to lavender and broom-clad moorland and white-washed Moorish villages. A night in the city of Granada, home to the magnificent Alhambra Palace, is the perfect end to the week.   *Temporary changes due to COVID-security measures. * *Last updated: 22/07/2020*   At Exodus we acknowledge our responsibility to have the most up to date information on anything that will affect our customers on holiday, and to communicate this to our customers as effectively as possible. Our general global COVID security measures are described in our Travel">https://www.exodus.co.uk/travel-safety-charter">Travel Safety Charter, and changes will be made to these measures as required by the global pandemic situation. However, we also expect there to be *specific* requirements, measures and sometimes itinerary changes that apply to certain trips only, and may well be temporary measures. We have highlighted all known changes in the section below.   *Entry requirements. * There are */no known changes/* to entry requirements that may affect your joining this trip. However for all trips, having the correct documentation and visa, if required, remains the customer’s responsibility based on their own nationality. We therefore encourage all travellers to check entry requirements using the travel advice of their home nation for the relevant destination. For UK passport holders that is https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice   *Local">https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice">https://www.gov.uk/foreign-tra... COVID restrictions* There are likely to be some local requirements (some of which may be local law) in your host destination, related to face-masks and social distancing, details of which, will be explained by your leader on arrival.     *Itinerary changes* There are */no planned itinerary changes/*. However, customers should be prepared for occasional short notice changes as required by local authorities or recommended by the Exodus Leader to maintain COVID-security for the group.  

Highlights

  • iconAlhambra Palace and its grounds (optional)
  • iconMoorish white-washed settlements and the highest village in Spain, Trevelez
  • iconBeautiful walks through Spain's highest sierra
  • iconFamily-run hotel offering stunning views and warm hospitality
  • iconA night in Granada with a free day to explore this beautiful city

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Berchules.

Meals: dinner

The tour starts this afternoon at our hotel in Berchules where you will meet your leader and the rest of the group at the main trip briefing. Berchlues is located a 2 hour and 45 minute drive from Malaga Airport.

icon Day 2 : Villages walk in the Contraviesa mountain range with panoramic views of routes for the week ahead.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we will take a 20-minute transfer to the top of the Contraviesa mountain range that faces the hotel. We will walk through almond groves and vineyards with the Sierra Nevada as the backdrop, before walking through picturesque villages and enjoying splendid views of the local area. Our guide will point out the walking routes that we will take during the week so that we can get our bearings. We will walk back to the hotel, or for those who prefer to take a transfer, there will be the option to be collected from the town of Cádiar where we stop for a break and some refreshments.

icon Day 3 : Descend into the Guadalfeo Valley, walking from Juviles to Cádiar; return to the hotel via the famous GR7 long-distance footpath.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we take a 10-minute transfer to Juviles, where there is a Mozarabic 10th century castle. Take the chance to see abundant local flora and fauna while walking through beautiful landscapes. The route takes us through several traditional towns and villages, such as Lobras and Timar, until we reach Cádiar. We walk back to the hotel via the GR7 long-distance path through the villages of Narila and Alcútar.

icon Day 4 : Walk along Roman paths through La Taha to explore Moorish villages hidden in a deep gorge.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

A 20-minute transfer takes us to the beginning of our walk exploring the nature of the Rio Trevelez Valley. We follow a forest trail with great views of the Taha villages before descending along Roman paths into the area of La Taha, a collection of Moorish villages hidden in a deep gorge. Lunch is taken in a bar, where we will be offered a selection of local dishes, as available on the day. Lunch is paid for locally.

icon Day 5 : Scenic walk from the white village of Trevelez (the highest village in Spain at 1550m); return through working cortijos to see how the traditional way of life continues.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Our day starts with a short transfer to the white village of Trevelez – at 1550m, it is the highest village in Spain. The town is particularly famous for the quality of its world-renowned Jamon Serrano. There are shopping opportunities in this larger village and a chance to sample the ham at its source. From here we enjoy a scenic circular walk involving riverside sections and a chance to see the local cowboys handle their herds on the hillsides.

icon Day 6 : Walk through a great variety of landscapes, including Mediterranean scrub and the pine forests of the upper reaches of Bérchules' Río Grande.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

This walk will vary with the season and is the longest walk of the week. Normally, we take a circular walk from the hotel to take a deeper look at our home valley. Walking through the village of Bérchules, we follow the old mule trail that goes over the Sierra Nevada before arriving at the Junta de los Ríos - the last stand of the Moorish king, Aben Aboo. This is an amazingly scenic walk with opportunities to see ibex and birds of prey. Points of historical and folkloric interest are encountered along the way as well as paddling possibilities at the river crossing.

icon Day 7 : Free day in Granada and optional visit to the Alhambra Palace (those wishing to visit must purchase a ticket in advance).

Meals: breakfast

Transfer to Granada (just under 2 hours) and free time to explore this wonderful city at your own pace. There is the opportunity to visit one of Europe's most visited historical monuments - the magnificent Alhambra Palace. If you would like to visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada, tickets are restricted so you will need to book this in advance. Please refer to the 'Extra Expenses' section of the trip notes for further details.

icon Day 8 : End Granada.

Meals: breakfast

For those not travelling on the group flights, the tour ends after breakfast. **

What's Included

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    All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included

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    All accommodation

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    Transfer for group flights

What's Not Included

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    Visas & vaccinations

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    Single supplement

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    Travel insurance

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    Alhambra Ticket; purchase in advance if you wish to visit

Food

All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included.  *Breakfast in Berchules:* Cereals or yoghurt, toast with marmalade or tomato, fresh orange juice and tea/coffee. A similar continental breakfast is provided in Granada. *Lunch:* Bread, cheese/cold meat, tomato, chocolate/biscuits, fresh fruit, and local products are provided as part of the packed lunch. *Dinner:* First course usually typical Spanish soup, main local dish with meat/fish and vegetables, followed by fresh fruit or typical sweet for dessert. *Vegetarians:* It is possible to cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements. Please inform us at time of booking. Mealtimes in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 20:00 and 21.30.

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Reviews

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Great time
Stars aligned for this trip, Outstanding Lead, Landscape, hosts and crew.Our guide Dan, had a bit of style and swagger. instilled confidence in all the group making all the walks ....more Stars aligned for this trip, Outstanding Lead, Landscape, hosts and crew.

Our guide Dan, had a bit of style and swagger.

instilled confidence in all the group making all the walks of Sierra Nevada a stroll in the park.

Hotel Los Berchurles a welcome retreat full of charactor and warmth.

Wendy, Shelia, Alejandro and Omar,all served us well.

Our fellow guests was the final part in the alignment and it was great to share anniversaries, quizs, horse wrestling with them all.

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Sierra Nevada and Granada
The holiday was fantastic - great walks, a very knowledgeable guide and first class hospitality from the family at the Hotel Los Berchules. The holiday was fantastic - great walks, a very knowledgeable guide and first class hospitality from the family at the Hotel Los Berchules.

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Walking in Sierra Nevada and Granada
An unspoilt area of Spain with interesting walks and scenery. It was good to have walks starting from the hotel and / or a short transfer to a local village. ....more An unspoilt area of Spain with interesting walks and scenery.

It was good to have walks starting from the hotel and / or a short transfer to a local village.

At the end of the week to have a day and overnight stay in Granada worked well especially as the hotel was very central to the old part of the city.

The hotel in Berchules was lovely.

The staff very welcoming and accommodating.

The food was excellent as was the service.

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SIERRA NEVADA & GRANADA
Stunning scenery, wonderful, informative guide and excellent family run hotel.Well organised giving a trouble free holiday.   Stunning scenery, wonderful, informative guide and excellent family run hotel.

Well organised giving a trouble free holiday.

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Sierra nevada and Grenada
A lovely week of walking in Las Alpujarras through pretty white villages, woodland trails, hillsides covered with wild lavender and thyme. As it was in early October there was also ....more A lovely week of walking in Las Alpujarras through pretty white villages, woodland trails, hillsides covered with wild lavender and thyme.

As it was in early October there was also the added bonus of picking walnuts, almonds and ripe figs from the trees.

The group was lovely and each day ended with a well earned beer in a local bar.

We were made to feel very welcome in the hotel - the food was always excellent and the staff went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable.

And last but not least Sami the dog made an excellent member of the walking group.

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Sierra Nevada and Granada
Lovely varied walks in unspoiled countryside and a visit to the beautiful Alhambra Palace of Granada. Lovely varied walks in unspoiled countryside and a visit to the beautiful Alhambra Palace of Granada.

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Walking in the Alpujarra
An amazing week of walks and Alpujarran culture.  As a non hill walker I was a little nervous about my ability to complete the many ascents involved in the guided ....more An amazing week of walks and Alpujarran culture.

  As a non hill walker I was a little nervous about my ability to complete the many ascents involved in the guided walks but the pace was set by the group with plenty of capacity for those of us who live far from the hills! The scenery was continuously breathtaking with a new landscape around every corner.

  The Hotel Los Berchules is by far the most friendly and hospitable I have stayed in with a real feeling of being at home.

  The best packed lunches I have ever been given and the evening meal was always tasty and nutritious.

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Great mix of history and hiking
Great walking in a dramatic and historic landscape which isn't as well known as it deserves to be. This trip has a variety of different walks with lots of different ....more Great walking in a dramatic and historic landscape which isn't as well known as it deserves to be.

This trip has a variety of different walks with lots of different aspects to keep your interest.

The scenery is dramatic - lots of crags and gorges with views of the snow topped mountains, but there is also the history and culture of the area.

The villages are scenic but not twee, this is a working agricultural landscape after all, and the terraces and ancient moorish irrigation system give the landscape a distinctive character.

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Peace and beauty
Just returned from a wonderful holiday in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This tour has been part of the Exodus programme for many years, I understand, and deservedly so. ....more Just returned from a wonderful holiday in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

This tour has been part of the Exodus programme for many years, I understand, and deservedly so.

The walking itinerary and accommodation are both excellent.

We experienced Spring unfolding as our week progressed - the temperatures rising, the leaves and flowers emerging, the warmth of the sun! The walks were varied - 3 ascending from the village, in cool fresh air, following irrigation channels and gorges and one to the snowline, whilst 2 descended to explore the local villages and cultivated slopes with blossoming almond groves, olive trees and vineyards.

We saw wild ibex in the remote Berchules valley.

We walked through herby scrub with the intoxicating scent of sage, thyme, rosemary and lavender wafting up as you brushed through it.

We viewed the snowcapped peaks and Mulhacen.

The staff at the hotel were exceptional - Wendy, Alejandro, Csila, Omar - so friendly and good service.

Rooms cleaned immaculately daily, and the meals were lovely - hearty and tasty.

Amazing breakfast buffet - no stale rolls here! Chat with Wendy and you will catch her enthusiasm for this area - she is the lychpin - so classy to meet us to chat at breakfast and at the end of our walks, with genuine interest to hear of our adventures each day.

And well, as for Granada.

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what can you say - except book your Alhambra tickets well in advance.

The Alhambra is a special place indeed - beauty in architecture and the gardens, with peace (if you pause away from the crowds) and spirituality of a bygone age.

Dan our guide helpfully took us to a lovely meal in the city, a fantastic flamenco show and gave those who wanted it a guided walking tour.

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Sierra Nevada and Granada
A fantastic week of varied walking in sunny Andalucìa! Great hosts, great tour leader, great fellow company. I would highly recommend this trip! A fantastic week of varied walking in sunny Andalucìa! Great hosts, great tour leader, great fellow company.

I would highly recommend this trip!;

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