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The Alhambra Palace, Granada

The mighty Alhambra Palace, a spectacular example of Moorish architecture, reigns over the city of Granada. We hike to Moorish-inspired villages in the Sierra Nevada as well as to spectacular medieval Ronda, with a grand finale in beautiful Sevilla.

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Granada to Sevilla

The Alhambra, Ronda, and the Whitewashed Villages of Southern Spain

Granada to Sevilla route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4295  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: Granada, Spain
Depart: Sevilla, Spain
Lodging: 7 nights hotels and inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 5 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, 4-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)


  • Explore the courtyards and fountains of the Alhambra in Granada, attend a flamenco performance in Sevilla
  • Hike the mountain villages of the Alpujarras and the Sierra de Grazalema, among Spain’s most renowned pueblos blancos
  • Savor southern Spain’s cuisine, including delicious tapas and gazpacho Andaluz
  • Visit a saladero (a place where local jamon is cured)

We loved the trip. Everything was well planned and ran smoothly.Mary P.—Bedford, NY

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Southern Spain holds two impossibly romantic cities: Granada, with its extraordinary Alhambra Palace, and passionate Sevilla, home of flamenco. Linking these cultural capitals, we’ve created a hiking journey that brings you back in time through the tranquil pueblos blancos, the whitewashed villages of Andalucia, with their fascinating Iberian, Roman, and Moorish heritage. The rose-festooned hamlets of the Alpujarra foothills, Grazalema, with its balconies overflowing with flowers, and mountain-perched Ronda—they’re all on this wonderful adventure. Along the way, you’ll sample delectable Andalucian cuisine, from jamón ibérico and gazpacho to local sherries.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Granada / Las Alpujarras / Poqueira Gorge

Explore the Moorish fortress palace of the Alhambra, an unforgettable city unto itself, then head to Las Alpujarras to hike between flat-roofed Moorish-style villages set amid terraced almond, orange, and olive groves. Water works its magic everywhere in these villages—the sounds of bubbling springs and fountains fill the air. Our hike through the Poqueira Gorge brings you past ancient chestnut trees and isolated cortijos (farmhouses) with their herds of sheep and goats, with marvelous views of snowy Mt. Mulhacen as a backdrop.

Days 3-4

After a hike through La Taha de Pitres, seven linked villages that offer a wonderful glimpse of hidden Spain, you’ll hike right into dramatic Ronda, with the sun illuminating the Roman bridge and the Parador de Ronda, our hotel set right over the river gorge. Our explorations include the arched colonnades of Spain’s very first bullring and a visit to a ganaderia (bull ranch) that belongs to a professional matador. While we’re in Ronda, you can try some typical local Rondeño cuisine, such as rabo de toro (oxtail stew).

Days 5-6
Sierra de Grazalema

Sierra de Grazalema National Park shelters majestic cork oak and fir trees along with a dozen of Spain’s traditional villages. One special hike brings you from the whitewashed village of Benaojan, hidden among high peaks, through the canyon of the Río Guadiaro to the hamlet of Jimera de Libar.

Days 7-8

In elegant Sevilla, city of artists, poets, jasmine-scented gardens, and the sublime Alcazar, a World Heritage palace complex dating back to Moorish times, you’ll follow narrow streets to enjoy tapas and a festive flamenco performance in the labyrinthine Barrio de Santa Cruz. Depart on Day 8.

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 3. We hike from 2 to 5 hours on most days over rolling hills, with some steep sections. Distances are not long , but you should be in good shape and wear good hiking boots. Hiking poles are recomended. You need to carry only a daypack for your camera, water bottle, rain jacket, etc. A vehicle transfers our luggage between overnight accommodations. On some days, we enjoy picnic lunches prepared by the Trip Leaders with local produce, wine, breads, vegetables, and cheeses. On “town” days, we have lunch at local cafes. Accommodations are in charming small inns, with two nights in a spectacular and historic parador in Ronda. Please note that in Spain, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 9:00 PM.

Although rooms are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders always try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

May 21-28, 2016

Sep 16-23, 2016
Oct 7-14, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$4295 (11-15 members)
$4795 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $370
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations as noted
  • All meals included except 1 dinner
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Entrance fees for museums and sites
  • All land transportation, transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Granada, Spain
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Granada, Spain (Airport code: GRX)
Sevilla, Spain
Date: Day 8

Suggested Airport for Departure:

Sevilla, Spain (Airport code: SVQ)
Suggested Flight Departure Time: 10:00 am

Hotel Mecina Fondales

Hotel Mecina Fondales

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Bubion, Spain

The Hotel de Mecina Fondales is a traditional accommodation located in a small village in the Alpujarras. It offers comfortable rooms, friendly ...
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Parador de Ronda

Parador de Ronda

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Ronda, Spain

This is the place to stay in Ronda, right at the bridge that separates the ancient Moorish part of town from the new town. The hotel is a ...
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Hotel Fuerte Grazalema

Hotel Fuerte Grazalema

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Grazalema, Spain

Set among a forest of cork oaks in Sierra de Grazalema National Park, the Hotel Fuerte is an ideal base for our hikes in this spectacular natural ...
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Hotel Dona Maria

Hotel Dona Maria

Day 7 (1 night), Sevilla, Spain

In the heart of old Sevilla, the Dona Maria strikes a good balance between tradition and modern comforts. It sits directly across from La Giralda ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Santiago Bejarano

Santiago Bejarano trained in Environmental Sciences in his native Ecuador and began his guiding career by bringing visitors to the jungle and highlands of Ecuador and the storied Galapagos Islands, where he worked as a naturalist. He later moved to Britain, where he lives with his British wife and ...
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Marian Gibert

Departure Dates: September 16-23, 2016

Marian Gibert has been a world traveler from a young age. She was born in Bilbao, Spain, grew up in Venezuela, and later lived in Britain, where she studied Business Administration at Cambridge. She also lived and worked in Engelberg, a resort in the Swiss Alps, picking up the Swiss-German and ...
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Annie Hawkins

Departure Dates: May 21-28, 2016, October 7-14, 2016

Annie Hawkins, born and raised in a small village in Burgundy, is a passionate world traveler and one of our most enchanting Trip Leaders. After studying art history in Provence, Annie moved to California, where she led adventure tours in the American Southwest and realized that leading adventure ...
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Patricia Raczkowski

Departure Dates: May 21-28, 2016, September 16-23, 2016, October 7-14, 2016

You may say it was divine forces that led Patricia Raczkowski to be a Trip Leader. Her first taste of mountaineer life came in high school, when she would attend monthly hikes with the nuns in Madrid. After practicing as a veterinary nurse in England, she found herself back in Spain where she ...
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Client Comments

We loved the trip. Everything was well planned and ran smoothly. Mary P., Bedford, NY Having all the important decisions already researched makes the experience so much more relaxing and memorable. The culture came alive through our trip leaders and the local guides they arranged for at the various cities. William S., Spring, TX This trip was a great mixture of culture and nature. Although I came on this trip primarily for the hiking, I found that the other activities (guided trips of the Alhambra, Alcazar, Ronda, a ranch raising bulls, a cave with ancient drawing) added so much to the trip. Each activity had its own expert local guide that provided insight into the culture of Spain. I would never have found most of these activities or the excellent guides on my own. Ann S., Los Alamos, NM This was a trip of a lifetime for me. Who knew I would fall in love with Spain? Lindsay L., Denver, CO The hikes were beautiful, the tours were interesting, and the culinary experience was outstanding. It was a fabulous, top notch introduction to Spain. Brenda S., Thompson's Station, TN A wonderful trip in a marvelous region. Scenery, people, food, and layers of history are all excellent. Trip design and balance of activities reflects careful thought and could not be better. Joe N., Seattle, WA
The trip was brilliantly led and superbly organized. I've got to assume that this is typical of WT and therefore you'll be seeing us again. Michael E., New York, NY Well run and exactly what we wanted—a personal, up-close look at southern Spain. Susan G., Weston MA Great hikes, great food, and great accommodations, super-great guides. What more can I say? Marion D., New Paltz, NY One of the most enjoyable trips I’ve been on. Suzanne W., Weybridge, VT I’d highly recommend this trip to most anyone. Mary Lee B., Greenbrae, CA We got to see places we would never have been able to visit on our own, and we learned a great deal while also having fun. Jane S., Albuquerque NM An outstanding cultural experience. Joel and Elizabeth P., Sea Girt, NJ A well designed trip in a part of Spain known for its unique characteristics. It was a nice mix of hiking in beautiful country and cultural experiences. Stan M., Lake Oswego, OR

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