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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: $4395  
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
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Highlights

  • 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
  • Enjoy Spain’s most renowned pueblos blancos, Ronda and Grazalema
  • Savor southern Spain’s cuisine, including delicious tapas and Andalucian gazpacho


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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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 amid the tranquil pueblos blancos, the whitewashed villages of Andalucia, with their fascinating Iberian, Roman, and Moorish heritage. We begin in the Alpujarra foothills below Spain’s Sierra Nevada, hiking back in time amid rose-festooned hamlets, and our westward arc brings us to atmospheric villages including Grazalema, with its balconies overflowing with flowers, and mountain-perched Ronda. Along the way, we fuel our hikes by sampling delectable Andalucian cuisine, from jamón ibérico and roasted chestnuts to tasty local sherries.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Granada / Las Alpujarras / Bubión

After visiting the Moorish fortress-palace of the Alhambra, a city unto itself, we head to Las Alpujarras to hike between flat-roofed Moorish-style villages set amid terraced orange and olive groves. Water works its magic here, with the sound of bubbling fountains filling the air as we hike. One hike brings us through La Taha de Pitres, seven linked villages that offer a wonderful glimpse of hidden Spain.

Days 3-4
Ronda

We hike right into dramatic Ronda, with the sun illuminating both the Roman bridge and the Parador de Ronda, our hotel, with its spectacular location overlooking the gorge. Ronda’s plunging river gorge separates the medieval part of town from the 18th century section. The next day, we hike a “secret” trail down through an exquisite landscape. While we’re in Ronda, we 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 ancient fir trees along with a dozen of Spain’s traditional villages. One of our special hikes brings us from the whitewashed village of Benaojan, isolated among high peaks, through the canyon of the Río Guadiaro to the hamlet of Jimera de Libar.

Days 7-8
Sevilla

In Sevilla, city of artists, poets, and jasmine-scented gardens, we explore narrow streets and enjoy 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

2014
May 5-12, 2014

Sep 25-Oct 2, 2014
Oct 18-25, 2014
2015
May 16-23, 2015
Sep 25-Oct 2, 2015
Oct 24-31, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$4395 (12-15 members)
$4595 (9-11 members)
$4895 (6-8 members)
Single supplement: $390
Forced single supplement: $195
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations as noted
  • All meals included except 1 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, wine at dinner (except at welcome and farewell dinners), 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.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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

Departure Dates: September 25-October 2, 2014

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 25-October 2, 2014, October 18-25, 2014

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 5-12, 2014

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 5-12, 2014, October 18-25, 2014

Patricia Raczkowski, born in Canada of a Spanish mother and Polish father, grew up in Spain and has lived there most of her life. She spent her final year of high school in Washington State, living with an American family, and then attended the University of Madrid to study veterinary medicine. ...
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Client Comments

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 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 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 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 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 This was a trip of a lifetime for me. Who knew I would fall in love with Spain? Lindsay L., Denver, CO