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Walking in Andalucia - Exodus Travels
Walking in Andalucia - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Malaga
+5 Destinations
Southern Spain
Ends
Malaga
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Highlights

  • Enjoy traditional Spanish tapas
  • Experience local rural lifestyles
  • Hike through the Sierra de Grazalema
  • Visit El Chorro Gorge
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Max Group Size
15
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Centre Based Walking Holidays
Start and end in Malaga! With the hiking & trekking tour Walking in Andalucia, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Malaga, Spain and 5 other destinations in Spain. Walking in Andalucia is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

73 Reviews

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  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 1
    Written on October 9, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Another great trip with Exodus lead by an amazing guide, Alex.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Good walks, lovely villages, great food and some stunning views. Particularly enjoyed visiting the local villages where we were able to sample some fantastic food and meet the locals.What did you think of your group leader?Alex was amazing. He was an exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and professional young man. Alex could could not have done more to make our holiday one to remember. Nothing was too much trouble organising refreshments at every stop at a cafe or bar, transport or helping those who were struggling with the walk. Alex was extremely patient dealing with all queries and all the different personalities in the group. We could not have asked for a better guide. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you're looking to experience village life, get away from it all, this is the trip for you.Is there anything else you would like to add?Can't thank Alex, our guide, enough for making this a trip to remember. The hotel was really comfortable, dinner every night was memorable and the paella demonstration was really good. Our hosts at the hotel, Anne and Bill were most welcoming. So peaceful and away from it all.

  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 2
    Written on July 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Our first ever Exodus trip - one of our best holidays EVER!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The superb varied scenery of Andalucía. Great walks in very different locations.  What did you think of your group leader?Alex was superb. A local guy - nothing was too much trouble. Knowledgeable about the area. Great company.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take a wide brimmed hat in hot weather.Is there anything else you would like to add?We were a little apprehensive just before the trip as we were told there were no other travellers joining us. We need not have worried. If anything we ended up being very spoilt indeed. The Cortijo Rosario is in a great location - the staff are lovely and the food is superb. This trip is highly recommended - our first Exodus trip. The next will have a lot to live up to.

  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 3
    Written on June 30, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great holiday with a great bunch of people.  The location was ideal - very peaceful apart from the bird chorus in the morning -  with good food and wine. A lot of nice little touches which didn't cost much but made quite a bit of difference - being able to have a cup of tea and a biscuit after a day's walking a classic example.  Nothing was ever too much trouble for our genial host.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?This was my second Exodus holiday and was as if not more enjoyable than the first.  It's amazing how 10 people from all walks of life just gelled.  The picnic lunch at the monastery was memorable - not only because of the quality of the fare but also the location and weather; you could have stayed there all day.  The day in Seville is to be recommended but do please be aware that you are not going to see it all in a day.What did you think of your group leader?Chris was superb - had the remarkable ability to ensure that the more able members of the group were contained but at the same time ensured that the less able did not feel as if they were holding the group up. An excellent blend of people management and public relations skills. Made sure everyone felt part of it and that eveveryone's requirements were met. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Classed as a Leisurely to Moderate walk I would view that it was more leisurely, which was ideal given the hot weather.  If you are an experienced walker go for the more challenging weeks.Is there anything else you would like to add?A very enjoyable holiday.  I took a friend along who had never done this type of holiday before so was a bit worried that he may not enjoy the format and that I had perhaps built up the expectation too much. How wrong I was - he really enjoyed it and I strongly suspect he will do another one quite soon.

  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 4
    Written on June 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This holiday makes for a relaxing week in stunning surroundings with some excellent walking and delicious food!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The visit to Seville was fantastic. We spent it wandering around the town, visiting the impressive Royal Palace and having a relaxing lunch on one of the shady squares. The walk to and over the Pass of the Doves was for me the highlight of the walks.  What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was excellent. He was friendly and easy going and full of knowledge. He was at all times aware of people's abilities, being attentive and helpful where necessary.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat, and don't forget your swimming things!Is there anything else you would like to add?For this holiday we stayed in the Cortijo Rosario. It is good to stay in one centre, as you don't have any packing and re-packing to do. The Cortijo has very friendly and efficient  staff. We had some very nice food, which was locally sourced and home cooked. On the last night we had a cooking demonstration on how to cook Gazpachio and a Paella and how to make a delicious Sangria. The walks are leisurely and moderate and always end in a local cafe with a nice beer or the superb 'tinto de verano' they serve there. On coming back to the Cortijo, you can fall straight into the swimming pool and cool off!

  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 5
    Written on June 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I must admit to being a little nervous about the holiday having never done anything like it before. However I need not have worried location, walks and the people were all first class.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I found parts of some of the walks a little challenging having trained mostly on the flat. However finishing the most challenging walk of the week-albeit the last to finish the warm welcome and congratulations I received from the group when I joined them in the bar at the end of a long day -and the realisation that I not only completed the walk I actually enjoyed it was a truly rewarding momentWhat did you think of your group leader?Chris was great. He was encouraging and supportive on the walks and good company when we were more relaxed. His local knowledge was faultless.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are wondering if this is the holiday for you I would absolutely say-go for it. I really don't think you will regret it.Is there anything else you would like to add?The scenery in Andalucia is quite simply stunning and this holiday is a great way to experience the real Spain-away from the tourist trail. The Cortijo Rosario is also a great base- comfortable and well appointed, the staff looked after us really well and there were a few surprises and treats thrown in to add to the experience. The food was exceptionally good too-Spainish fare, well cooked and plenty of it

  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 6
    Written on June 17, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    A nice hotel but perhaps not ideally situated. Too many long bus drives in the heat to get to a start point for the walks and too many long drives back..What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Canos Santos Monastery with a picnic lunch in the courtyard and not another tourist (or local) for miles... that was a good experience.However, the Pass of the Doves was probably the best day, with a great walk in a great place and fantastic views.What did you think of your group leader?Chris, well, what can one say..   He is totally unflappable, calm in all situations. Quiet yet very sociable. Knowledgeable and always attentive to the groups or individuals needs and quick to respond as well !!A great trip leader Do you have any advice for potential travellers?These are walks which I guess average 10 km in hot (sometimes very hot) weather. There are long uphill sections over rough ground. You don't have to be an Olympian, but you should at least try and get in practice for this otherwise your going to end up making excuses and sitting by the pool all day and that's not the point of this trip.Tapas in UK restaurants tend to be spicy, rich and very desirable. In Spain the food was a lot more bland - don't expect muchIs there anything else you would like to add?The beer was ice cold and the natives friendly, now that's worth a star...

  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 7
    Written on June 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellent hikes, beautiful country house-like a week in the mountains with friends!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Hiking in the natural parks and stopping to admire both the fantastic views and wildflowers. We felt a million miles away from work and everyday life. Upon returning from a day's walk, there was a great swim in the pool and then a gourmet quality meal with congenial people. Relaxing and yet invigorating--doesn't get better than that!What did you think of your group leader?Chris was helpful, always giving us a good sense of the walk ahead.. He was friendly, supportive and knowledgable, providing us with the histor of the region and a sense of the culture.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring hiking boots and poles. Although the trip is billed "leisurely/moderate," it is more moderate than leisurely--be prepared.Is there anything else you would like to add?Enjoy the "out of this world" experience in the Andalusian mountains!

  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 8
    Written on February 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Great walking despite the rain. Comfortable acommodation with fantastic home cooking, friendly staff and welcoming cups of tea and grinning dogs on return to  the Cortija Rosario Great group and excelllent guides,plenty of stops to gather breath and learn more on the local flora and fauna with a bit of history thrown in.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking to the top of Penon and seeing all around for miles.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent on all countsDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Take some good rainproof jackets and warm clothing, when it rained in the higher hills it was like walking in Scotland.Is there anything else you would like to add?You get to know the group you're travelling with really well. We had a brilliant sociable time, one of the best short holidays I've been on. 

  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 9
    Written on December 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Set among olive groves in the lesser known part of Andalucia, the Cortijo Rosario farmhouse is the perfect setting & launchpad for walking in this landscape. The rest of the population just gets on with farmiing the fertile soil, or tending their herds, whilst still extending a warm welcome.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the olive harvest first hand in November 2012. It made me feel so close to something we take for granted -ie olive oil!What did you think of your group leader?Inspiring and  knowledgeable, always good natured but genuinely interested in his clients and their lives.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you would like to try a quieter part of Spain, with a mixture of walking, culture and good food and wine in a tranquil setting, then go for this trip.

  • Walking in Andalucia reviewer 10
    Written on December 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was a great trip. The Cortijo Rosario was a wonderful place to stay in a beautiful location, with excellent traditional food, and welcoming hosts. The walks were varied, with great views especially in the Grazalema mountains and El Chorro Gorge. It was a good group to spend the week with, and the leader was excellent - entertaining, informative and helpful.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking in the Grazalema mountains, watching the birds sweep through the El Chorro Gorge, looking at the stars late at night, being in the winning quiz team!, meeting great people, drinking Andalusian sherry, eating delicious food, learning lots about the region, visiting Seville - especially the Alcazar, chatting into the night, and sitting by the pool in the sun.....What did you think of your group leader?We had an excellent leader - he kept us entertained over the week, led the walks at the right pace, knew an enormous amount about the places we visited, and was organised but also relaxed.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I would recommend this trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?This was a great place to stay. I would have loved some longer walks, but booked knowing not to expect that, so for me, I'd love to go back and do some longer walks around the area.

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  1. Day 1: Start Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.
  2. Day 2: Gentle walk through rolling olive groves to neighbouring village of Villanueva de San Juan; optional tapas lunch to soak up the Andalucian atmosphere.
  3. Day 3: Fantastic walk in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalucia's first national park and UNESCO Biosphere reserve- Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)
  4. Day 4: Walk to the abandoned Caños Santos Monastery and enjoy stunning views; walk to Setenil, a unique 'Pueblo Blanco' with homes built into the side of a gorge -Leisurely/Moderate (level 2)
  5. Day 5: Introduction to the magnificent city of Seville with free time to explore; return to the Cortijo after dinner-  Leisurely/Moderate (level 2) & Moderate/Challenging (level 4) departures 
  6. Day 6: Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the Caminito del Rey- Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)
  7. Day 7: Walk a circuit around the impressive Peñon overlooking Algamitas- Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)
  8. Day 8: End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 372 km.
    • Malaga (Spain)
    • 73 km
    • Algamitas (Spain)
    • 5 km
    • Villanueva de San Juan (Spain)
    • 21 km
    • Setenil (Spain)
    • 93 km
    • Seville (Spain)
    • 92 km
    • Benaocaz (Spain)
    • 89 km
    • Malaga (Spain)

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