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Sierra Nevada & Granada - Exodus Travels
Sierra Nevada & Granada - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Malaga
+9 Destinations
Southern Spain
Ends
London
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Start in Malaga and end in London! With the hiking & trekking tour Sierra Nevada & Granada, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Malaga, Spain and 8 other destinations in Europe. Sierra Nevada & Granada is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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16 to 80 year olds
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28 Reviews

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  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 1
    Written on April 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent introduction to walking in Spain.  A comfortable hotel and breathtaking scenery topped by an opportunity to visit the Alhambra Palace on the final day.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every day revealed some new delight, whether it be understanding the complex irrigation systems, lunching in a spot where it was impossible to avoid sitting on an orchid, watching birds of prey circling above in a clear bue sky or just enjoying a good walk in excellent company.  The Alhambra was perhaps the icing on the cake.What did you think of your group leader?Jeremy was a great walking companion with lots of local knowledge, real enthusiasm for the area and clear explanations of the various walks.  He paced us well and was usually able to encourage us along the final kilometre with the promise of refreshment in a local bar.  It is a great luxury to walk in stunning countryside knowing that the route has been thoroughly researched and adapted to the group's needs.He was also a massive support when the Alhambra ticket facility crashed just as we arrived to pick ours up.  The half hour it took to get re-started was frustrating but we got there in the end. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We were lucky with the weather and had glorious sunshine all week.  Instead of the waterproofs and thermals we had thought we might want, we needed sunhats and sunblock, so be prepared for any conditions.  As others have indicated, also be prepared for it to be wet under foot - it's all down to those extensive irrigation systems.If you want to visit the Alhambra, book on line before you travel. Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a superb holiday option if you like spectacular scenery and varied wildlife.  The hotel in Berchules is friendly, provides tasty food and has great views.  Although the staff speak excellent English, they are happy to encourage you to practice your Spanish.

  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 2
    Written on April 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent introduction to walking in Spain.  A comfortable hotel and breathtaking scenery topped by an opportunity to visit the Alhambra Palace on the final day.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every day revealed some new delight, whether it be understanding the complex irrigation systems, lunching in a spot where it was impossible to avoid sitting on an orchid, watching birds of prey circling above in a clear bue sky or just enjoying a good walk in excellent company.  The Alhambra was perhaps the icing on the cake.What did you think of your group leader?Jeremy was a great walking companion with lots of local knowledge, real enthusiasm for the area and clear explanations of the various walks.  He paced us well and was usually able to encourage us along the final kilometre with the promise of refreshment in a local bar.  It is a great luxury to walk in stunning countryside knowing that the route has been thoroughly researched and adapted to the group's needs.He was also a massive support when the Alhambra ticket facility crashed just as we arrived to pick ours up.  The half hour it took to get re-started was frustrating but we got there in the end. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We were lucky with the weather and had glorious sunshine all week.  Instead of the waterproofs and thermals we had thought we might want, we needed sunhats and sunblock, so be prepared for any conditions.  As others have indicated, also be prepared for it to be wet under foot - it's all down to those extensive irrigation systems.If you want to visit the Alhambra, book on line before you travel. Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a superb holiday option if you like spectacular scenery and varied wildlife.  The hotel in Berchules is friendly, provides tasty food and has great views.  Although the staff speak excellent English, they are happy to encourage you to practice your Spanish.

  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 3
    Written on October 1, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

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

  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 4
    Written on October 1, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

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

  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 5
    Written on September 10, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Our first Exodus trip, but on the strength of this trip, not our last! Every aspect of the holiday exceeded our expectations. A good deal of attention had been paid to the details, and it showed - everything went like clockwork. We felt very well looked-after throughout.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many highlights... seeing a Golden Eagle soaring above the mountains, walking through varied and beautiful scenery, learning a little about the history and culture of this fascinating region.What did you think of your group leader?Jeremy was superb in every way. He had designed the walks to be suitable for a wide range of abilities, and to provide a wide variety of scenery and terrain. Every day he briefed us about what the practicalities would be - whether we'd be able to re-fill water bottles en route etc. The pace of the walks seemed to be fine for everyone in the group. He was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the area, and was able to enrich the walks with anecdotes and useful information about the villages and countryside we passed through. He was very good at what he was doing, and a thoroughly nice bloke too. I can't praise him highly enough.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just Do It. We were thoroughly glad we'd chosen this trip for our first Exodus holiday. It's a lovely region ideal for outdoor pursuits, and I'd imagine there's something for most people to enjoy, whether you're into history, wildlife or just enjoying the walking.The pace and length of the walks was generally relaxed, but the terrain added a degree of challenge. There were a lot of fairly steep climbs and descents over rocky terrain, plenty of spiky vegetation, and some muddy patches where the path followed streams. Nothing too extreme, but definitely not suitable for sandals... boots required, really. We found walking poles very helpful. Some days we needed to take water for the whole day, and when we went (early Sep) it was pretty hot, so we needed to drink plenty - so take a couple of big bottles or (probably preferably) a Camelback-type system. I wouldn't have been without a good sunhat, too, as shade could be hard to come by at some points. The village where we were based (Berchules) was pleasant and the hotel very friendly and comfortable, but the village is small and quiet. If you're planning to take a rest day, you'll need a book or something to occupy yourself as you probably won't be hitting the shops...A small tip for book fans.. read Chris Stewart's 'Driving Over Lemons' before you go.Is there anything else you would like to add?Just thanks to Jeremy and everyone else who made this trip so enjoyable and memorable. We were slightly apprehensive about taking a group holiday, but we needn't have worried - everyone was really nice and just there for a relaxed good time. By the end of the holiday everyone felt like old friends, even though we'd only known each other a week! It was excellent.

  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 6
    Written on September 10, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Our first Exodus trip, but on the strength of this trip, not our last! Every aspect of the holiday exceeded our expectations. A good deal of attention had been paid to the details, and it showed - everything went like clockwork. We felt very well looked-after throughout.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many highlights... seeing a Golden Eagle soaring above the mountains, walking through varied and beautiful scenery, learning a little about the history and culture of this fascinating region.What did you think of your group leader?Jeremy was superb in every way. He had designed the walks to be suitable for a wide range of abilities, and to provide a wide variety of scenery and terrain. Every day he briefed us about what the practicalities would be - whether we'd be able to re-fill water bottles en route etc. The pace of the walks seemed to be fine for everyone in the group. He was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the area, and was able to enrich the walks with anecdotes and useful information about the villages and countryside we passed through. He was very good at what he was doing, and a thoroughly nice bloke too. I can't praise him highly enough.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just Do It. We were thoroughly glad we'd chosen this trip for our first Exodus holiday. It's a lovely region ideal for outdoor pursuits, and I'd imagine there's something for most people to enjoy, whether you're into history, wildlife or just enjoying the walking.The pace and length of the walks was generally relaxed, but the terrain added a degree of challenge. There were a lot of fairly steep climbs and descents over rocky terrain, plenty of spiky vegetation, and some muddy patches where the path followed streams. Nothing too extreme, but definitely not suitable for sandals... boots required, really. We found walking poles very helpful. Some days we needed to take water for the whole day, and when we went (early Sep) it was pretty hot, so we needed to drink plenty - so take a couple of big bottles or (probably preferably) a Camelback-type system. I wouldn't have been without a good sunhat, too, as shade could be hard to come by at some points. The village where we were based (Berchules) was pleasant and the hotel very friendly and comfortable, but the village is small and quiet. If you're planning to take a rest day, you'll need a book or something to occupy yourself as you probably won't be hitting the shops...A small tip for book fans.. read Chris Stewart's 'Driving Over Lemons' before you go.Is there anything else you would like to add?Just thanks to Jeremy and everyone else who made this trip so enjoyable and memorable. We were slightly apprehensive about taking a group holiday, but we needn't have worried - everyone was really nice and just there for a relaxed good time. By the end of the holiday everyone felt like old friends, even though we'd only known each other a week! It was excellent.

  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 7
    Written on May 19, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A superb trip which exceeded my expectations.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me, just being surrounded by the sublime landscape of the region.What did you think of your group leader?Jeremy Rabjohns is an excellent group leader who is considerate of all the needs of all individuals and the group alike.At no time did I feel like just another group member,Jeremy really took time to get to know each of us on a one to one level,which enabled us as individuals to get the most from our trip. Personally I was interested in photographing the landscape  and so at times needed to be apart from the group,either in front or behind,I was never inhibited or made to feel a burden.Jeremy has a very good knowledge of the local flora and fauna alike and thus is able to answer most questions in this regard.He is also very knowledgeable of the local history regarding the Moorish peoples who once inhabited these lands,he has even written a book on walks in the area and so is more than qualified to lead.He is also able to speak Spanish and is very helpful to those who wish to shop and order food etc.In general I found Jeremy to be an exceptional leader,and a decent, down to earth,good to honest bloke which these days seems to be the exception rather than the rule.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I personally did not feel that poles are necessary.Ankle length (short) walking boots were fine for me.I used a hydration pack as opposed to bottles which I think is better.Is there anything else you would like to add?The hotel Berchules is good and clean with a well stocked bar,plenty of hot water,great food and the most brilliant staff.I did have my doubts about this trip and was the last to book,however, I had a brilliant time and I think you will too so just book it!! 

  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 8
    Written on May 19, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A superb trip which exceeded my expectations.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me, just being surrounded by the sublime landscape of the region.What did you think of your group leader?Jeremy Rabjohns is an excellent group leader who is considerate of all the needs of all individuals and the group alike.At no time did I feel like just another group member,Jeremy really took time to get to know each of us on a one to one level,which enabled us as individuals to get the most from our trip. Personally I was interested in photographing the landscape  and so at times needed to be apart from the group,either in front or behind,I was never inhibited or made to feel a burden.Jeremy has a very good knowledge of the local flora and fauna alike and thus is able to answer most questions in this regard.He is also very knowledgeable of the local history regarding the Moorish peoples who once inhabited these lands,he has even written a book on walks in the area and so is more than qualified to lead.He is also able to speak Spanish and is very helpful to those who wish to shop and order food etc.In general I found Jeremy to be an exceptional leader,and a decent, down to earth,good to honest bloke which these days seems to be the exception rather than the rule.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I personally did not feel that poles are necessary.Ankle length (short) walking boots were fine for me.I used a hydration pack as opposed to bottles which I think is better.Is there anything else you would like to add?The hotel Berchules is good and clean with a well stocked bar,plenty of hot water,great food and the most brilliant staff.I did have my doubts about this trip and was the last to book,however, I had a brilliant time and I think you will too so just book it!! 

  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 9
    Written on April 12, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Lovely walking, friendly hotel, good food and great weather - what more can you want from a holiday?What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Sitting on the hill sides with the views of the snow covered mountains, enjoying the sunshine, dreaming of living in such a landscape.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent, Jeremy understood the needs of all the group and ensured everybody had a great time. The pace of the walks was good and he adapted them to ensure we got the most from the days.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you go with a good appetite - there's no shortage of good food to eat.Ensure you book tickets for the Alhambra in advance, whilst it does take half a day to see it is well worth it in my opinion and save any worries about getting tickets on the day.Is there anything else you would like to add?I've done a couple of other walking trips in Spain and this was definitely the best. The variety of the scenery was great, the hotel is an excellent comfortable base providing good food and the trip to Granada at the end allowed for a bit of sightseeing. I'd always wanted to visit the Alhambra and this trip allowed that box to be ticked and I could have easily spent another day just wandering around.

  • Sierra Nevada & Granada reviewer 10
    Written on April 12, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Lovely walking, friendly hotel, good food and great weather - what more can you want from a holiday?What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Sitting on the hill sides with the views of the snow covered mountains, enjoying the sunshine, dreaming of living in such a landscape.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent, Jeremy understood the needs of all the group and ensured everybody had a great time. The pace of the walks was good and he adapted them to ensure we got the most from the days.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you go with a good appetite - there's no shortage of good food to eat.Ensure you book tickets for the Alhambra in advance, whilst it does take half a day to see it is well worth it in my opinion and save any worries about getting tickets on the day.Is there anything else you would like to add?I've done a couple of other walking trips in Spain and this was definitely the best. The variety of the scenery was great, the hotel is an excellent comfortable base providing good food and the trip to Granada at the end allowed for a bit of sightseeing. I'd always wanted to visit the Alhambra and this trip allowed that box to be ticked and I could have easily spent another day just wandering around.

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  1. Day 1: Start Berchules.
  2. Day 2: Circular walk from the hotel door, following a stone-laid mule path with panoramic views.
  3. Day 3: Descend into Guadalfeo Valley to the market town of Cadiar; climb through hamlets to Juviles, site of Mozarabic 10th century castle.
  4. Day 4: Walk along Roman paths through La Taha to explore Moorish villages hidden in a deep gorge.
  5. 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.
  6. Day 6: Walk through a great variety of landscapes, from moonscape to the verdant upper reaches of Berchules' Rio Grande.
  7. Day 7: Free day in Granada and optional visit to the Alhambra Palace (those wishing to visit must purchase a ticket in advance).
  8. Day 8: End Granada.

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Covering a total distance of approx 1,939 km.
  • Malaga (Spain)
  • 113 km
  • Berchules (Spain)
  • 3 km
  • Cadiar (Spain)
  • 3 km
  • Timar (Spain)
  • 2 km
  • Lobras (Spain)
  • 2 km
  • Juviles (Spain)
  • 4 km
  • Berchules (Spain)
  • 7 km
  • Trevelez (Spain)
  • 35 km
  • Granada (Spain)
  • 89 km
  • Malaga (Spain)
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