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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
This departure: Grade 3
Arriving at Malaga airport, we make the transfer by private coach to the village of Mairena, located in the Sierra Nevada. Depending on the arrival time we may have an orientation walk round the village, with a climb to a look out point to see ancient threshing circles. We'll have some pre-dinner drinks and a talk about the week ahead.
On the first day we walk along the way marked route GR7 for half an hour up to the neighbouring village of Jubar. This tiny traditional hamlet boasts the oldest church in the area which dates back to the 12th Century and was both a mosque and synagogue before it became a church.
While we enjoy the view our host will tell us a little about the history of the Alpujarras and its Moorish heritage before going in to see the ancient murals inside. The walk then continues for a couple of hours walking up the Laroles valley, along a waterway under the ancient chestnuts and down into Laroles itself. After a picnic en-route we end our walk with refreshments at a local bar before returning to Mairena. Approx 11.5kms, 4-4.5 hours,
Today starts with a walk across the terraces down to the Las Chimeneas farm. Here, amongst the almond and olive trees is a shelter and yoga Shala which makes a great base from which to explore the several hectares of land picking seasonal produce and with luck, the foraging of the makings of our salad for lunch.
For those who would like to participate, there will be an hour's introduction to yoga at the Shala. Lunch is a traditional paella cooked outside with the Las Chimeneas chefs. After a suitable pause to digest, we finish the day with a leisurely stroll back to the village. Approx. 5kms, 2 hours from Mairena to the Shala
Today's trip is down to the little known but fascinating city of Almeria. The 90 minute drive takes us through the wine and orange growing area of the Alpuarras to arrive mid morning with time to explore the city's amazing food, the fish market and to enjoy coffee and traditional churros.
We lunch at an authentic tapas bar in the old town and walk up to the Alcazaba, which offers panoramic views over the port and the Mediterranean sea. We finish the day with mint tea and cakes at one of the city's many Moroccan tea shops before heading back to Mairena and the mountains.
Nestled in the valley approx. 400 metres below Mairena is the market town of Ugijar. It is a pleasant downhill walk through the almond and olive groves and through the amazing sandstone rock formations and cliff faces. We have time to explore the small but insightful local museum before enjoying a light lunch of tapas. In the afternoon we visit the award winning bodega of Buenavista Veleta wine for a tour and wine tasting. Approx. 6kms, 1.5-2 hours
Heading out west from Mairena, once again on the long distance trail GR7, we come to the old silk producing village of Valor. Here we will visit Lola and her traditional village house where she still works on her ancient family looms to produce brightly coloured carpets. As well as an explanation of the silk industry and demonstrations you can also try your hand at spinning and weaving. After a picnic lunch under the old Moorish bridge next to the stream we continue with our walk and before dinner we will pop in to say hello to Adolfo at Mairena's local olive mill with a talk about olive production, olive oil and farming. Approx. 7.5kms, 3.5 hours, Ascent 500m/ Descent 622m
On our last day we drive 20 minutes to the village of Yegen, home of the British writer Gerald Brenan for much of the century after the first world war. On the fringe of the Bloomsbury set, Brenan was visited by both Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey as he describes in this book South of Granada, an exceptionally good introduction to life and traditions in the Alpujarras.
We are able to see his house before walking La Ruta de Gerald Brenan, which is a dramatic two hour loop beneath the village. We finish the day with a visit to a Sierra ham drying centre with shop before heading back for our final evening. Approx. 3.5kms, 2 hours, Ascent/descent 300m
Transfer to Malaga airport for our return flight
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