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Snow-capped mountains, sleepy pueblos, sun, sea and citrus groves: Andalucia is rightly considered one of Spain’s most magical regions. Fall under its spell on this week long walking retreat!
Once the hub of Islamic influence in Europe (thanks to its proximity to neighbouring Morocco), Andalucia is like nowhere else in Europe. Combining the ceaselessly Spanish – bullfighting, tapas and sombreros – with the magically Moorish – Alhambra, Spain’s most iconic building, can be found in the southern hills – the autonomous community is a cultural goldmine. Add to this a landscape as beautiful as it is diverse, with rolling green hills, whitewashed villages, forest, beach and the mighty Sierra Nevada, and you have all the makings of travel perfection!
This week's walking retreat is the perfect way to discover the landscape and culture of Spain’s must southern and sunny region. Specially selected for beauty and historic significance, the daily walks cover a variety of routes and terrains. One day it’s the stunning Al Mijara range on the old mule trail to Granada, the next it’s the whitewashed villages of the Cujula river valley. You’ll follow the route of sultans to the Alhambra palaces of Granada, and even go a wild food walk to find herbs and plants for the pot! There’s terrific food and fine local wines throughout, and there’s even the option of yoga and pilates to stretch your well-used muscles!
Fine food, spectacular scenery and the salubrious Spanish sun – this is without doubt one of the most relaxing retreats we’ve come across! The walking isn’t particularly demanding – the three long walks cover an average of 18km – so no need to be super-fit or uber-equipped. What’s more, it’s equally suitable for singles, couples and families as there’s a load to do, from wild adventuring to poolside reclining. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine someone feeling ill at ease at The Orange Grove, though those who are attracted to Andalucia for its nightlife might be better off heading to the coast; although there are bars in cosmopolitan Competa a short drive away, this trip is very much about getting away from crowds and discovering the true culture of this fascinating region.
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