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Spain Best of Andalucia Hiking

Sierra Nevada Trails & Historic Wonders From Granada to Cordoba

 

Feel your senses come alive on this spectacular adventure in southern Spain! Marvel at Granada's exquisite Alhambra palace and stroll the medieval streets of the Albayzin before traveling to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. Follow mountain trails from white stone villages and summit Mulhacen - the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula! Explore Cordoba's enchanting Mezquita and learn about ancient Al-Andalus. See a vibrant flamenco performance, and enjoy warm hospitality at luxury historic hotels and tranquil mountain hideaways. This trip promises a unique blend of traditional culture, dazzling historical monuments, and active days in breathtakingly scenic national parks.

  • Admire the monumental beauty of Granada's Alhambra palace and Cordoba's stunning Mezquita

  • Blend cultural touring with active hikes in the Sierra Nevada, including a summit bid of mighty Mulhacen at 11,420 feet!

  • Experience a warm Andalusian welcome at charming hotels and enjoy a thrilling flamenco show

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Arrive:

Granada, Spain

Depart:

Cordoba, Spain

Price: from $4,895

Duration:

8 Days

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Group Size:

4-16 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

Moderate to challenging hikes through spectacular landscapes with an opportunity to summit a mountain at 11,420 feet. Cultural touring includes walking on narrow cobblestone streets-some steep.
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  • Arrive in Granada

    Day 1

    Welcome to Spain! Arrive in Granada and meet your group at the train station at 5pm. Transfer to our hotel and then take an early evening stroll around the splendid medieval streets of Granada's Albayzin and enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Alhambra Palace

    Inspired by the beautiful Alhambra itself, the five-star Hotel Alhambra Palace exudes century-old historic charm and elegance. Its rooms are comfortable and stylish, and come with an array of modern amenities. Unwind with a refreshing drink on the terrace and enjoy the hotel's spectacular location and warm ambience.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Visit the Enchanting Alhambra

    Day 2

    Rise for an unforgettable half-day tour of the magnificent UNESCO-listed Alhambra palace complex, towering over Granada. Originally constructed as a fortress in 889 and converted into a palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada, the Alhambra ("red or crimson castle") exhibits Spain's most remarkable Islamic architecture. Explore the beautiful Generalife gardens and take in the stunning panoramic views before heading back into Granada's old town. Dine at a traditional restaurant tonight and end the day with a vibrant flamenco performance.

    Accommodation: Hotel Alhambra Palace

    Inspired by the beautiful Alhambra itself, the five-star Hotel Alhambra Palace exudes century-old historic charm and elegance. Its rooms are comfortable and stylish, and come with an array of modern amenities. Unwind with a refreshing drink on the terrace and enjoy the hotel's spectacular location and warm ambience.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head to Las Alpujarras & Hike in the Sierra Mecina

    Day 3

    Depart from Granada this morning and transfer to the picturesque region of Las Alpujarras, located in the Sierra Nevada - Spain's highest mountain chain and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Check into your hotel in the charming white stone mountain town of Capileira and then set out for an afternoon hike. Follow scenic trails in the area's lush valleys, passing delightful villages along the way, and warm up those legs for tomorrow's summit challenge.

    Accommodation: Hotel Rural Finca Los Llanos

    This pretty whitewashed hotel in the heart of Capileira offers a tranquil mountain escape with plenty of warm Andalusian hospitality. Its comfortable rooms have a rustic charm, in keeping with the hotel's rural setting, and come with modern amenities. After a day of hiking, unwind on the patio or take a dip in the pool.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,300' elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Sierra Nevada & Summit Mulhacen

    Day 4

    It's summit bid day and your chance to hike to the top of Mulhacen (11,420') — the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula! Follow rugged trails on a steady uphill hike that is well worth the effort. The reward? Epic views of the Sierra Nevada massif, Granada to the north, and the Mediterranean and Africa's coast to the south. For those not wanting to hike to Mulhacen there will be an option of a less strenuous hike to the Poqueira mountain refuge.

    Accommodation: Hotel Rural Finca Los Llanos

    This pretty whitewashed hotel in the heart of Capileira offers a tranquil mountain escape with plenty of warm Andalusian hospitality. Its comfortable rooms have a rustic charm, in keeping with the hotel's rural setting, and come with modern amenities. After a day of hiking, unwind on the patio or take a dip in the pool.

    Activity: 7-10 hours/13-16 miles hiking with 2,500'-4,300' elevation gain and loss depending on route/conditions

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Drive to Cazorla & Stay in a Parador

    Day 5

    After breakfast, travel north to the region of Jaen and Parque Natural de las Sierras de Segura y Cazorla, the largest protected area in Spain and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy a picnic lunch before setting off on an afternoon hike in the little-visited eastern part of the park where wildlife abounds. Keep an eye out for ibex, fallow and red deer, wild boar, mouflon (wild sheep), and raptors soaring overhead in the 6,000-foot peaks.

    Accommodation: Parador de Cazorla

    The romantic Parador de Cazorla is a classic Andalusian country house set in an oasis of natural beauty. Its comfortable rooms have a classic feel and are equipped with modern amenities. Chat by the fireplace, relax by the hotel pool, and take in the panoramic views from this beautiful mountain retreat.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/10 miles hiking

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Spectacular Rio Boroso Hike

    Day 6

    Today you'll enjoy a classic hike in the Sierra de Cazorla's hauntingly beautiful karst mountain landscape. The trail follows the Rio Borosa upstream through exquisite valley and mountain scenery, via a narrow gorge, and past two deep-blue mountain lakes. Eventually you'll reach the source of the Borosa River, welling out from under a rock! Be awed by Cazorla's dramatic scenery and limestone pinnacles.

    Accommodation: Parador de Cazorla

    The romantic Parador de Cazorla is a classic Andalusian country house set in an oasis of natural beauty. Its comfortable rooms have a classic feel and are equipped with modern amenities. Chat by the fireplace, relax by the hotel pool, and take in the panoramic views from this beautiful mountain retreat.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/14 miles hiking with 1,800' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Cordoba

    Day 7

    Leave Cazorla in the morning and travel west towards Cordoba, once the largest city in Roman Spain and for the heart of the Western Islamic Empire for three centuries. Cordoba offers a wealth of fine buildings, churches and monuments, but the highlight of our walk through the city is La Mezquita. Founded in 785, this Great Mosque is the grandest and most beautiful mosque ever constructed by the Moors in Spain. After spending the day in Cordoba, enjoy a festive farewell dinner tonight.

    Accommodation: AC Hotel Cordoba Palacio

    Located close to Cordoba's historic center and the train station, the AC Hotel Cordoba Palacio is perfectly situated for city exploration. Its 98 rooms are comfortable and well-appointed with modern amenities. Rest up in the relaxing lounge areas, or take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and fitness center.

    Transportation: 2 private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Cordoba

    Day 8

    Bid farewell to Spain after breakfast or continue your journey with an extension to Seville and Ronda.

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Spain Best of Andalucia Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been leading treks in Spain for over 40 years, working with top-notch teams of local guides.

Reason #02

This is one of the few Andalusian adventures that blends immersive cultural touring with active adventure in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Reason #03

We hand-pick the best regional accommodations and dining options, so all you need to do is go.

Meet your guides

Leo San Sebastian

Leo San Sebastian

Leo was born in the mountains of Spain's Basque Country and made his home in Jaca, in the heart of the Pyrenees, where he spends his winters on backcountry skis. He has been guiding in the Pyrenees for many years, as well as in Nepal, Morocco, Tanzania, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Pakistan, India, and the French Alps. He has also taught skiing in Colorado. He is an International Certified Mountain Guide (UIAGM) and a professional ski instructor (ISIA). Leo is fluent in English, French, and Basque.

Erik Perez

Erik Perez

Erik was born and raised in the Asturias region of northern Spain and has been leading MT Sobek trips in Europe, Asia and South America since 1989. Erik holds the coveted IFMGA/UIAGM certification, which is the highest professional award attainable in mountaineering. He has written two guidebooks on hikes and climbs in the Picos de Europa. Erik studied Humanities at the University of Oviedo-the capital city of Asturias-and received a Masters degree in History. He is among MT Sobek's most well-loved guides, leading Across the Pyrenees, El Camino de Santiago, and MT Sobek's 50th Anniversary Base Camp Trek in 2019.

Activities

Moderate to challenging hikes through spectacular landscapes, including a summit bid, blended with immersive cultural tours.

Lodging

A luxurious historic hotel in Granada, rustic and romantic mountain retreats, and a modern hotel in Cordoba.

Climate

Expect a warm Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summer days, cooler nights, and a chance of rain in spring.

FAQ

Who will meet me in arrival in Granada?

Our MT Sobek guide will meet you and the rest of your group at the train station in Granada at 5:00pm on Day-1 of the itinerary.

How do I get to and from this trip?

Most travelers from the U.S. will fly in/out of Madrid, and take the train to/from our trip. The Madrid (MAD) airport train station is on the 1st floor of terminal 4. The journey to Granada is 3 - 4 hours, and 2 hours from Cordoba.

Can I skip a day of hiking if I want?

We hope that you enjoy hiking, and will want to join us each day, but it is possible to skip a hike if you want to relax or explore the towns on your own.

I hear Spain is a meat and potatoes destination. Can you accommodate my diet?

The cuisine of Andalucía is some of the best in all of Spain, with a variety of seafood, meats, vegetables, and spices. We can accommodate almost any diet. Please let us know in advance of your dietary restrictions.

Will it be hot where we are hiking?

Our departures are scheduled before and after the hottest summer months in Spain, avoiding temperatures that would prohibit our hiking.

What if we would like to extend our stay in Spain?

We highly recommend our 5-day pre-trip extension seeing most important places in Sevilla and Ronda, before joining the group in Granada.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Apr 02 - 09, 2022
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • May 07 - 14, 2022
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 03 - 10, 2022
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 01 - 08, 2022
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts where necessary
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2022 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $5,495 per person double occupancy

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts where necessary
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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800-974-0300

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