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Sierra de las Nieves

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Go inland and explore the rich countryside and rolling sierra parks of Andalucia - this holiday has been expertly designed by one of our resident leaders.
  • Product Code 13600
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking, New Holidays
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Moderate, Grade 4, Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Up in the hills, behind Spain's Andalucia coastline, you’ll find the dramatic Sierra de las Nieves, a natural park that covers 200km2. The Park is home to an unusually rich variety of indigenous flora, including fir, ash and oak as well as the Pinsapares, and offers wonderful springtime flowers. 

From the Moorish village of Tollox, on the edge of the Park, the trails take us along waymarked paths to small villages, into valleys, through orchards and offering some spectacular views. This area suits itself perfectly to 2L2G walking. 

Tolox is known for its thermal spa waters as well as its traditional welcome, where you’ll be able to experience a more rural lifestyle


You might also like to take a look at our one week holiday Sierra de Grazalema or why not extend your stay by combining both one week holidays and discover Natural Parks of Southern Spain

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the rich contrasting countryside, this holiday has been expertly designed by one of our resident leaders.
  • Enjoy the abundance of springtime flora during your walks, the park is home to a variety of rich indigenous flora.
  • Walk along waymarked paths to small villages, into valleys, through orchards and offering some spectacular views.
  • Discover the Moorish village of Tolox on the edge of the park.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Malaga (British Airways, Easyjet or Charter)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfast
      Dinners taken in local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, 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 4 and 6

  1. Day 1

    Arrive into Malaga airport and transfer by coach (approx. 1.15 hours) to the village of Tolox.

  2. Day 2 to 7

    The village of Tolox is located on the edge of the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park at the foor of the Sierra Blanca, or White Mountain. From here, we offer grade 4 and grade 6 walks each day..

    Grade 6 walk starts from our hotel with a steep ascent into the Sierra de la Nieves natural park via footpaths through pine forests to the mountains overlooking the Rio de los Caballos valley with some spectacular views. We then walk to Malaga’s tallest waterfall, La Rejía. Then descend to the Rio de los Caballos and walk to La Virgen waterfall and it’s beautiful natural water pool for an optional swim. We then descend following the river down to Tolox passing eucalyptus forests, and some sections of peridotite rock, extremely rare and essential for holding the sulphur waters of Tolox’s historical spa. 15km and 500m ascent/descent. Grade 4 will take a shorter route, preferring wider tracks, where possible, to La Rejia and follow the Rio de los Caballos back to Tolox. 

    Today 4x4 transport will take us to Puerto Saucillo, 6km west of the village of Yunquera and at a height of over 1200m, and we’ll walk in the heart of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. Grade 6 walk will start with an ascent through the world’s largest Pinsapo fir forests to go over the tree line and head for some of the highest areas of the park, at just over 1700m, famous for the karst topography, with many of Spain's largest caves and sinkholes. We will have some spectacular views and come across centuries-old specimens of ’spooky’  Quejigos (Valencian Oak). We then descend to see the breath-taking La Caina limestone cliff and finish walking through the Pinsapo forest to reach Puerto Caucon for our transport back to Tolox. 17km 750m ascent 800m descent. Grade 4 will explore the Pinsapo forest through a wonderful network of ancient mule paths and head to the spectacular views from La Caina cliffs avoiding the higher paths.

    Grade 6 walk starts at the beautiful quiet hamlet of Jorox walking though orange and avocado terraces and along the ‘Acequia del Moro’ irrigation canal with great views of the Jorox and Rio Grande valleys. We descend to the Rio Grande river and see some beautiful natural water pools before returning to Tolox over the hills covered with olive and almond groves. 17km 550m ascent end 750m descent. Grade 4 walk will start from the lovely village of Yunquera with its many natural springs down to the Rio Grande valley and over the hills to Tolox to cover the same area on wider tracks. 10km 170m ascent 500m descent.

    Grade 6 walk starts with a stroll through Tolox’s charming moorish streets and then a steep climb to La Cruz shrine for beautiful views of the village. We go through olive groves and pine forests and on some beautiful mule tracks to the Piloncillo for great views of the Horcajos river valley and will come across the ruins of some lime kilns. As we descend towards the river we will walk along more ancient mule tracks past some dramatic limestone cliffs and huge centuries old carob trees, fig trees and finish with a walk along the Acequia del Hijar irrigation canal. Where we might be able to pick our own oranges and avocados. 14km 650M ascent/descent. Grade 4 walk will follow a similar route avoiding higher parts of the ridge and taking wider tracks for certain sections.

    The 'white mountains' get their name from the marble that is abundant in these parts. 4x4s will take us to the bJuanar country hotel, the start point for todays walk. Grade 6 will start crossing the peculiar plateau of Juanar with its olive groves and beautiful forests. We then climb to the ridges at around 1100m that dramatically drop all the way to the Mediterranean coast giving us spectacular views all the way to Gibraltar and the North African coast. We then descend back to the plateau and take a path with a long descent along the dry stream all the way to the charming village of Ojén via the botanical gardens. 14km 600m ascent 900m descent. Grade 4 will take a similar route and finish at the Juanar hotel avoiding the final, and somewhat challenging descent to Ojén. Transport back to Tolox by 4x4s.


  3. Day 8

    We leave Tolox today and transfer to Malaga airport for our return light to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Malaga (British Airways, Easyjet or Charter)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr15mins
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Balneario de Tolox

The three-star Hotel Balneario in the village of Tolox, southern Spain, offers air conditioned rooms, a large garden and a swimming pool with terrace. The hotel is is a restored 19th-century building and offers a traditional feel with modern comforts. The rooms have an elegant decor and are full equipped with en suite bathrooms, hairdryer, in room safe, a TV, wi-fi and minibar. Rooms have a balcony and views over the garden or surrounding mountains. Breakfasts are taken at the hotel, in the restaurant, with dinners at local restaurants.