Sierra Nevada & Granada

8 Days Starting in Berchules and ending in Granada, Spain

Visiting: Spain

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

TSN

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

5 - 14

Physical rating:

Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English
From: $1920 $1867 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$53

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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.



Highlights

  • Moorish white-washed settlements and the highest village in Spain, Trevelez

  • Family-run hotel offering stunning views and warm hospitality

  • A night in Granada with a free day to explore this beautiful city

  • Alhambra Palace and its grounds (optional)

  • Beautiful walks through Spain's highest sierra

  • Beautiful walks through Spain's highest sierraMoorish white-washed settlements and the highest village in Spain, TrevelezFamily-run hotel offering stunning views and warm hospitalityA night in Granada with a free day to explore this beautiful cityAlhambra Palace and its grounds (optional)

  • — Beautiful walks through Spain's highest sierra — Moorish white-washed settlements and the highest village in Spain, Trevelez — Family-run hotel offering stunning views and warm hospitality — A night in Granada with a free day to explore this beautiful city — Alhambra Palace and its grounds (optional)

Itinerary

Day 1


Fly to Malaga; transfer to Berchules (2 hours and 45 minute transfer)



Day 2


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.



Day 3


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.



Day 4


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.



Day 5


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.



Day 6


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.



Day 7


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.



Day 8

End at Hotel Dauro and transfer with the group back to Malaga Airport (1.5
hour transfer).
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What's Included

  • Meals
    7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners.


* All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included
* All accommodation
* Transfer for group flights

What's Not Included

  • Alhambra Ticket; purchase in advance if you wish to visit

  • Visas & vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single supplement

  • Travel insuranceVisas & vaccinationsSingle supplementAlhambra Ticket; purchase in advance if you wish to visit

  • — Travel insurance — Visas & vaccinations — Single supplement — 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.

Accommodation

On this walking adventure in Spain, we mostly stay at a family-run hotel in Berchules. Our final night is spent in Granada, at a three-star city centre hotel. Below are the properties we typically use:



Berchules: Hotel Los Berchules (nights 1-6)







Our time in the rural village of Berchules is spent at this welcoming 14-room hotel run by Alejandro Tamborero and Csilla Gajo. It has a swimming pool (open seasonally, usually June to September) in the garden and there's a lounge-bar with a fireplace. The 35-seat dining room serves regional cuisine and there's a selection of local and Spanish wines to work through.



Granada: Hotel Dauro 2 (night 7)







On the last night, we normally stay in this three-star hotel in Granada old town, a 15-minute walk from the Alhambra. It has a bar specialising in wine, meats and tapas, plus a meditation room for relaxation and a quiet moment to reflect on the trip.



Worth knowing



In Berchules, single rooms are available at no charge (subject to availability) – these rooms are small and basic, without a view, but have private bathrooms. Single rooms are limited at Hotel Dauro 2 but can be requested at the time of booking for a supplement.

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Reviews from travellers on this tour

Glorious location, great walks and a fabulous hotel

We took this trip in early September, the weather

We took this trip in early September, the weather turned out to be very hot (mostly 30-32 degrees) but the walks were still fine for most of the group and were really well selected with varied and interesting walking every day. I would say, though, that a fair rating would be 'moderate to hard' as each walk had some challenging sections, especially in the heat. The scenery of the Alpujarra is glorious, different to any other mountains we have walked in and very beautiful. Our guide Dan was also excellent, really well informed, dryly funny and considerate to all members of the group. Finally a word for the hotel in Berchules - it was absolutely fabulous! Csilla is a wonderful hostess, so friendly and welcoming and Alejandro is a terrific chef, evening meals were a delight and the breakfasts and packed lunches were very generous. The setting of the hotel, at the head of the Berchules valley, is glorious - one of my favourite memories of the trip was just sitting on the terrace before breakfasts and suppers, chatting over drinks with our walking buddies. I thoroughly recommend this trip.

Loved it!

Our first Exodus holiday and it will certainly not

Our first Exodus holiday and it will certainly not be the last. Everything ran smoothly even though we had to have a replacement guide due to illness. Dan, our guide, had a great sense of humour and was knowledgeable about the region. The walks were varied and the scenery was beautiful. Hotel Los Bérchules was comfortable and very clean. Wendy, Alejandro, Csilla and Omar made us all feel so at home. The food was super, tasty homemade bread and marmalade at breakfast, satisfying packed lunches and generous portions at dinner with always a homemade pudding. Finally our fellow travellers were a great group of people, so interesting and full of fun.

Excellent walking

A good variety of walks out from a lovely small ho

A good variety of walks out from a lovely small hotel run by very friendly people. The food was excellent, the lunch bags superb, the wine and beer very enjoyable.

Great time

Stars aligned for this trip, Outstanding Lead, Lan

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.

Great time

Stars aligned for this trip, Outstanding Lead, Lan

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.

Hiking the Sierra Nevada an amazing landscape

A wonderful week based in the most friendly and su

A wonderful week based in the most friendly and supportive Hotel Los Berchules. Long days hiking the narrow trails captivated by the landscape dressed in spring flowers.

Beautiful Alpujarra

Wonderful opportunity to enjoy the more rural side

Wonderful opportunity to enjoy the more rural side of Spain - stunning scenery, friendly & hospitable accommodation and lovely walking.

SIERRA NEVADA & GRANADA

Stunning scenery, wonderful, informative guide and

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

Sierra Nevada and Granada

The holiday was fantastic - great walks, a very kn

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

Sierra Nevada

The heat and the rough trails made the walks chall

The heat and the rough trails made the walks challenging enough for a grade 3. Although some of the days were less of a challenge than others. After a very hot summer in Europe, late September was still very hot and the scenery reflected this. It was cooler down in the valleys shaded by trees with lovely natural streams still full of water.

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