Sierra Nevada & Granada

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Trip code: 
TSN
Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
Centre-based Walking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–12

Walk in Spain's highest sierra; from Moorish Los Berchules to beautiful Granada

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

  • 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)

Key information

  • 6 nights Hotel Los Berchules and 1 night Granada city centre hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2000m, average 1400m
  • Some short steep sections

What's included

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

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
  • Alhambra Ticket; purchase in advance if you wish to visit
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Trip Notes

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5

Pace:

Approximately 5-7 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 214.0km/9.0miles
Day 316.0km/10.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.0miles
Day 516.0km/10.0miles
Day 620.0km/12.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Berchules.

    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.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Circular walk from the hotel door, following a stone-laid mule path with panoramic views.

    On this first day we take a circular walk from the hotel. Great views and water babbling in the irrigation channels give a good introduction to the Alpujarra. The area is generally agricultural and we will see how the land has been managed through the ages. As well as spotting relics dating back to the middle ages there are stunning views of the region. This will be the shortest and least demanding walk of the week giving a chance to acclimatise.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Descend into Guadalfeo Valley to the market town of Cadiar; climb through hamlets to Juviles, site of Mozarabic 10th century castle.

    Today there is the chance to see abundant local flora and fauna while walking through beautiful landscape. The route takes us through several towns and villages, such as Lobras and Timar, until we reach Juviles, home to a 10th Century Mozarabic castle. A 10-minute transfer takes us back to our hotel in Berchules.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

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

    A short transfer takes us to the beginning of our walk exploring the nature of the Rio Trevelez Valley. We walk along Roman paths through the area of La Taha, a collection of Moorish villages hidden in a deep gorge. Lunch is taken in a tiny bar, where we are offered a selection of local dishes, as available on the day, lunch is paid for locally.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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.

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Walk through a great variety of landscapes, from moonscape to the verdant upper reaches of Berchules' Rio Grande.

    The walk will vary with the season. Normally we take a circular walk from the hotel to take a deeper look at our home valley. An amazingly scenic walk giving an easy access through apparently impossible cliffs. Points of historical and folkloric interest are encountered along the way as well as paddling possibilities at the river crossing. We finish on the longest walk of the week.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

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

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Granada.

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

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

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.

Weather

Andalucia enjoys one of the mildest off-season climates in Europe, normally ideal for spring and autumn trekking. Days are warm to hot, with temperatures ranging from 10ºC in early spring to 30ºC; nights are cool to warm, with temperatures varying between 0ºC and 20ºC. The risk of rain is low, particularly in September and October, but if it does occur it is most likely to be an occasional shower or storm. April and May are the best months for spring flowers, whilst February brings the Almond blossom. Mountains can always make their own weather and as a result your guide may occasionally vary the walks from those in the itinerary, so as to suit the weather.

Andalucia

Is this trip for you?

Moderate - Activity Level 3

This centre-based walking week takes us through some of the finest scenery and villages in the sierras, with magnificent long distance views and many fantastic walks on the mountain flanks, ridges and in the valleys. We consider the walking to be moderate and no previous experience is needed.

We reach some fairly high elevations and on one day, walking from the highest village in Spain, the route can reach 2,000m above sea level. Whilst the gradients are reasonable, you should be prepared for some short, steep sections both uphill and downhill. You should be reasonably fit before you join this trip, though the walks are not long and the pace is leisurely. On most days we will walk for 5 to 7 hours on a mixture of forest roads and paths, some of which are rough, stony and difficult underfoot. Although we are in Andalucia, most walks involve some wet sections whatever the season, so good walking boots are essential. The heat can make the walking quite demanding at times.

Walking distances and hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Please be advised:

The entrance into the Alhambra is not included in the tour and should you wish to pay a visit on the last day in Granada you must purchase your own ticket in advance. We recommend purchasing this as far in advance as possible as they can sell out months ahead. Please refer to the 'Extra Expenses' section of the trip notes for further details.

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Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels

You will spend 6 nights in the traditional rural town of Berchules, staying in the family run Hotel Los Berchules. All rooms are en suite and all twin rooms have balconies with a table and chairs offering views of the mountains and valley. There is also a swimming pool (for use seasonally- usually June to September) set amidst the garden, and a lounge/bar area with comfortable sofas and a wood burning fire. Free Wi-fi is also available.

On your last night in Granada you will stay in a 3 star hotel in the city centre, within walking distance of all sights and restaurants. Single rooms here are limited but can be requested at the time of booking at a supplement from GBP25 (subject to availability). In Berchules, single rooms are available at no charge (subject to availability). These rooms are small and basic, without a view and with no TV, but all are en suite.

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+47-22 41 30 30
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2017
    Anne Smith

    Hiking the Sierra Nevada an amazing landscape

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking in the footsteps of the moors who created the most intricate scene of irrigation canals, edged in wild flowers and providing water for local farmers. Having lunch perched in the most beautiful places with a group of walkers who shared my holiday dreams and styles.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George is an extremely knowledgeable guide his information and perspective on moorish Andalusia is enthralling. George encouraged us all to extend the experience with side trips and enjoying the local bars at the end of the day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trails are rough and the days long so get fit on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces. Pack light it's easy to wash out your walking clothes in the evening.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Both drives from Malaga and to Granada are very long and twisty, be prepared with car sickness tablets if your prone. These drives detract from the wonderful walks.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Janet Milne

    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. 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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We went in May so the mountain sides were covered in spring flowers including many orchids. We also saw eagles, golden orioles and hoopoes. I found the geology of the area very interesting as there were some incredible rock formations and folding.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George was an excellent leader with a detailed knowledge of the history and culture of the area. The walks were well paced with opportunities to stop to take photographs and look at the spectacular views.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although most days there were opportunities to replenish water bottles at local fountains, do take 2 x 1 litre water bottles as the temperature can rise quickly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a very enjoyable walking holiday in an unspoilt area of Spain. There was a good variety of walks, each showcasing a different aspect of the area whether it be historical, geological or flora and fauna.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    David Cartwright

    Sierra Nevada and Grenada.

    The trip met all my expectations The walking was excellent and the company brilliant Our leader was enthusistic, patient and extremely knowlegeable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the path ---- every day!!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As above Would recomment him to anyone as a guide and leader

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book early to gain entrance to the Alhamra--- if you really really want to go because its full, ie really full of tourists!!!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend this trip to any walker
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Edward Curtis

    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 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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The variety of walks was a real high point. By walking in a different valley or at a different altitude on each walk every day had its own distinct landscape and character.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader did a great job of guiding us around the area. As well as the basics of looking after the group and getting everyone around the hikes he gave us some insights into the local way of life and history that really brought the landscape we were walking through to life.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Peter Jefferies

    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!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me there were many moments! The wall to wall sunshine and temperatures already in the mid-20s in April certainly helped! The variety of stunning scenery and walking terrain throughout the trip was excellent and each day's walking seemed to get better and better. Visiting Granada was a great conclusion to the trip and La Alhambra in particular is not to be missed!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George was warm, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the local area. It was a real pleasure finding out more from him about the way of life in Las Alpujarras, its nature and regional/national history.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are planning to visit La Alhambra in Granada, make sure you book tickets as soon as you book the holiday as they go quickly. Try to get an early morning or evening slot to avoid the tourist hordes in the middle of the day. Although the days were very warm-hot in mid-April, you will need some warmish layers to wear in the hotel on a night as it can get chilly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This holiday was perfect for a week at Easter - I would highly recommend it. The temperature was just right (20 - 25 degrees in the mountains), making it ideal walking conditions. Remember to bring lots of sun cream! Other reviewers have mentioned that it is not walking in the Sierra Nevada itself but in the foothills. In actual fact, it is a great mixture of the two and there is certainly more than enough dramatic mountain scenery to wonder at.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Clare Hall

    Walking in Las Alpujarras

    This was a nice week and a good choice for an easy walking holiday in Europe early in the year.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can't think of anything inspirational but it was a pleasant trip - the walks and scenery got better and better as the week progressed.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    At first I was surprised to be met at the airport by an English tour guide but he was great - very knowledgeable about the area and always helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Despite the name of this tour, don't expect to be walking in the Sierra Nevada mountains (it's the foothills), and only expect half a day in Granada!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel and Berchules were a nice choice for the location for the week but it would be nice to have more 'authentic, local' food at the hotel.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Maria Brambles

    Viva las Alpujarras!

    Great value trip. Wendy and Alejandro are fabulous hosts, George is a great guide. Great scenery, brilliant company :)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Really enjoyed the relaxation of the trip-nice to be so well looked after and the group were great and we gelled well. Seeing the Alhambra at night was very special

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George is a wealth of knowledge and it was good to get an insight into life in the Alpujarras. Very relaxed and manageable pace fur our group

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were so well looked after for this week. I would recommend the trip based on the hospitality of the hotel and the knowledge of the guide. And hopefully you will be in a great group as I was :)
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Janina Carlisle

    Sierra Nevada and Granada

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

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting George's home - what a superb achievement.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Friendly, knowledgeable and obviously concerned for the wellbeing of the region.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes covered everything very well but expect to put on a few pounds as the food is so delicious.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We have visited this region many times (and even done this trip before) - it never fails to please. And we were fortunate to have a really varied and interesting group with whom to enjoy the walking and evenings.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Eleanor Freckleton

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final day's walk - a circular walk from the hotel which gives you fantastic views across the valley back to Berchules. Although it is the most taxing walk, it is not too much hard work and it is worth it for the views from the other side of the valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George has a passion for the local area and his knowledge is second to none given he has lived in the area for over ten years. He was also very good at making sure people of mixed abilities were catered for on all the walks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The afternoon in Granada was very rushed, just too much to try and fit in. Therefore, if you are thinking of extending your holiday I would recommend an extra night or two in Granada for sightseeing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall, it was a very good holiday and a complete contrast to the busy beach resorts in the Costas. It is worth emphasising just how good the hotel in Berchules is. Officially, it is a two star (presumably due to lack of air conditioning - which wasn't a problem for us in September). However, the quality of service and food is top class.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Amanda Cullens

    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 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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The added bonus of a trip to Granada and particularly The Alhambra was more than I had hoped for.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George is clearly knowledgeable and passionate about his home.  He was constantly friendly, helpful and a reassuring presence.  He has a great relationship with the hotel which gave a warm feeling of continuity.  His knowledge of Granada and assistance with finding our way around was also great as it meant we could see the City in the short space of time we had.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the local weather forecast before you go.  It would be helpful to have done some hill walking beforehand and be used to walking on rough terrain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was my first Exodus holiday but it will not be my last.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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