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Walking the Alpujarras

Listed under Walking in Andalucia, Spain.

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If you’re looking for scenery, climate, architecture, history, flora, history and culture (why else would you travel on foot?) then Andalucia has a lot of offer.

The Alpujarras, which are the hills leading up to the Sierra Nevada have become pretty popular with walkers, especially seeing the proximity from there to the blue Mediterranean coastline. It’s stunning country and despite the drama it’s not to difficult to get around.

The Arabs built all these great Camino Reales (roads), passes and aqueducts from the mountains to the fields which are still in good nick today. Some of the villages on these old roads have become touristy but not all of them.

For something a bit more cosmopolitan drop in to Ronda where there is a famous bullring and Berber style houses and streets (and the New Bridge, actually really old, that people used to be hurled off of during the Spanish Civil War) then walk on to Grazalema village (one of the regions famous pueblos blancos or whitewashed arab inspired villages.) then the Grazalema Natural Park.

The best time to go walking in Andalucia is late spring, early summer or early autumn for the annual bird migrations (inc. eagles and vultures) and the best weather, but there is supposed to be sunshine all year round (or that could just be what the local information guides say to get you to come in winter?).

Certainly everything grows here which is a good sign by my reckoning - olives, grape vines, tropical fruits, flowers. Expect to be eating cured meats, olive oil and fresh veggies for days - often in the form of tapas and drinking sherry.

Written by  Kelle Harbour.

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Walking in Granada

We stayed in Granada for a long weekend, and we had a great time, but we kept seeing the mountains in the background. We really wanted to go walking there so we got in touch with a local walking company called Ibex Trex based in las Alpujarras. They picked us up from Granada and took us walking for the day, the guide, Dan was very informative and funny. We walked around la Taha, a beautiful valley full of white washed villages. We saw Ibex, a wild mountain goat and some large birds but best of all was the flowers,there was such a variety and so many. We are defintley going back to do a full weeks walking.

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