Andalucia

Walking in Andalucia

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$1,999 USD
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4.6 / 5 from 101 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
TDS
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–15
Ages:
16+

Walking through the olive groves and rugged hills of Andalucia

Outside the golden cultural triangle of Seville, Cordoba and Granada, the rural landscape of Andalucia is breathtaking, and what better way to appreciate its diversity than on foot. The walks take us through rugged hills, picturesque fields of sunflowers, olive groves, the limestone peaks of Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the stunning El Chorro Gorge & Caminito del Rey.

In this corner of Europe, the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and our home for the week is the perfect example: a rustic, homely cortijo in the heart of the agricultural countryside. During the week, a whole day is reserved for exploring the magnificent city of Seville. For those looking for more of a challenge, our departures graded level 4 feature longer walks on steeper terrain.

 

Why travel with us?

Surrounded by ancient olive groves, sunflower fields and rolling hills, you’ll enjoy an authentic stay in Cortijo Rosario, a beautifully converted farmhouse in Algámitas. Known as one of Andalucia’s ‘forgotten villages’, life has remained largely unchanged for centuries, and it’s here, where you’ll gain a fascinating insight into the ‘real’ Andalucia.

 

Highlights

  • Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the spectacular Caminito del Rey
  • Trek through Sierra de Grazalema, Andalucia’s first National Park
  • Explore the abandoned Caños Santos Monastery and the famous white village of Setenil
  • Travel to Seville, the birthplace of flamenco, to see the Giralda and Alcazar palaces

Key information

  • 7 nights in a comfortable converted farmhouse with pool
  • 5 days centre-based walking
  • Group normally 6 to 15, plus UK leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 1256m, average 612m
  • Travel by minibus
  • Moderate/Challenging walking (level 4) also available on selected departures
  • Countries visited: Spain

What's included

  •  All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 6 evening meals are included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Caminito del Rey walk

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

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Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

On this trip, we spend the nights in a family run farmhouse, Cortijo Rosario that employs several people from the village and provides homemade food using locally produced and sourced goods wherever possible. Located amongst the olive groves and hills of central Andalucia, Spain's poorest region, it is virtually untouched by tourism hence, our visit will provide economic benefits to the local community. 

Water is especially important and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to not cause too much waste from single use plastic bottles. Hence, we provide large water containers so that clients can refill their reusable water bottles.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

    Our trip starts at Cortijo Rosario, located in the heart of the authentic Andalucian countryside, approximately 100km from Malaga. Our converted farmhouse is just a short walk from Algamitas, a peaceful traditional village far from the hustle and bustle of the big towns or cities. This location is ideal as it gives the chance to experience the real Spain, whilst still offering very easy access to the best walking areas and Andalucian towns such as Olvera, Setenil and Seville which we'll visit during the week.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Gentle walk through rolling olive groves to neighbouring village of Villanueva de San Juan; optional tapas lunch to soak up the Andalucian atmosphere - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Today we take a guided walk on the trails and paths around the Cortijo and on to the neighbouring village of Villanueva. The countryside surrounding Algamitas is picture-perfect, covered with olive trees, beautiful farmland and rolling hills.

    During the walk, our leader will give us a good overview of the rural lifestyle and traditions of this part of the world, which are largely based around the production of olive oil. An optional tapas lunch in the village gives us a chance to soak up the authentic Andalucian atmosphere. Once back at the Cortijo, we have some free time to relax by the pool or enjoy a drink on the lovely outdoor terrace. We then have dinner and stay overnight at the Cortijo.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 12km/7 miles, total ascent 330m and descent 330m, approx. 6 hours walking including stops.

     

    Penon Crag walk- Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    Today is a full day's walk from our base at the Cortijo Rosario to the impressive summit of Penon Crag which towers above the village of Algamitas. We take a circular route up to the campsite and then climb quite steeply in places over rocky terrain to the summit at 1121m. Later, we return to the campsite and head back to the Cortijo by a different route.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/10 miles, total ascent 850m and descent 850m, approx. 6 hours walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Fantastic walk in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalucia's first national park and UNESCO Biosphere reserve - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Our private bus will drive us high into the Grazalema Mountains over the Pass of the Doves. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in 1977, the Sierra de Grazalema was declared the first natural park in Andalucia in 1984 and is one of Spain's most ecologically outstanding areas.

    The park is famous for its spectacularly rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies, caves, and gorges. We walk up past this fantastic scenery and down into the white Village of Benaocaz.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 9km/ 5 miles, total ascent 272m and descent 545, approx. 4-5 hours walking including stops.

    Summit of Terril- Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    Today our walk takes us to the summit of Terril, which at 1129m is the highest point in Seville province. We take transport to the start of the walk – about 10 minutes from the Cortijo Rosario.

    Our route climbs steeply up on to the long ridge of Terril. Here, the gradient eases but the terrain is quite rocky and uneven in places. From the summit on a clear day, we have a fantastic view over the rolling plains of Seville. We retrace our steps along the wide, rolling ridge before descending to the south and picking up a sandy track back to Algamitas.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, total ascent 560m and descent 850m, approx. 6 hours walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk to the abandoned Caños Santos Monastery and enjoy stunning views; walk to Setenil, a unique 'Pueblo Blanco' with homes built into the side of a gorge - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Today we set out from the Cortijo Rosario, walking through Algamitas farmland to the abandoned monastery of Canos Santos, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we follow the Ruta de los Molinos along the river that runs through the famous white village of Setenil de las Bodegas. Built under the overhanging ledge of a gorge, Setenil is not only famous for its peculiar architecture but also for its bars, restaurants and food shops which are ranked as the best in the region. We have free time to discover Setenil and later return to the Cortijo by private minibus. 

    Walk Profile: Distance- 14km/ 09 miles, total ascent 275m and descent 275, approx. 5-6 hours walking including stops.

    Walk to the abandoned Caños Santos Monastery and enjoy stunning views; walk to Setenil, a unique 'Pueblo Blanco' with homes built into the side of a gorge - Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    We set out from the Cortijo Rosario through Algamitas, passing through varied farmland before reaching our lunch spot close to the abandoned monastery of Canos Santos.

    In the afternoon we follow a network of old drovers' routes to the fascinating white village of Setenil with its little houses built under the overhanging ledge of a gorge. We return by private bus to the Cortijo Rosario.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, total ascent 450m and descent 200, approx. 5-6 hours walking including stops.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Introduction to the magnificent city of Seville with free time to explore; return to the Cortijo after dinner- Leisurely/Moderate (level 2) & Moderate/Challenging (level 4) departures

    In the morning we transfer by private minibus to the magnificent city of Seville. The day is free to sightsee at our own pace.

    Now the capital of Andalucia, Seville was one of the first conquests of the Moors. After the fall of the Cordoba Caliphate in the 11th Century, under whose direction it previously lay, it became the most powerful city in 'Al Andalus'.

    Near the city centre is the evocative 'Giralda', an architectural masterpiece dating back to the 12th Century. Close by is the magnificent 'Alcazar', a complex of palaces dating back from Roman times and later used by both Moorish and Christian rulers. It has fine examples of Moorish and 'Mudejar' architecture, rivalling Granada's 'Alhambra', and stunning sculpted gardens.

    After the Christian re-conquest, Seville became famed as the gateway to the 'New World'; Christopher Columbus negotiated here with Queen Isabella to fund his epic voyage to the Americas, bringing her back untold riches and making Seville one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. After immersing ourselves in Seville’s history and culture during the day, we enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the city in the evening. We return to the Cortijo after dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the Caminito del Rey - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    A short drive takes us to the El Chorro Gorge where we are dropped off at the Guadalhorce Dam and reservoir where we begin our walk. The walk will take us to the start of the amazing Caminito del Rey, which offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Spain.

    The Caminito del Rey is a narrow cliffside path hanging 100m above the waters of the river Guadalhorce. Originally built around 1905 and improved around 1921 it fell into disrepair and over the past decades, the path became known as ‘the most dangerous path in the world' or even the ‘walk of death'.

    The new Caminito del Rey was reconstructed and reopened to the public on 28 March 2015, with the route and design of the path keeping as closely as possible to the old one but now respecting high safety standards. Due to overwhelmingly positive feedback, as of 2017, this walk is an included activity and your leader will be walking this path with the group.

    After we finish the walk along the Caminito del Rey, there will be a chance to relax and have a little rest by the reservoir.

    The Caminito del Rey ticket is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by Exodus upon booking. However please be aware that for reservations made less than 90 days prior to departure, there may be a supplement to pay to guarantee entrance as ticket numbers are limited. We will be able to check this upon booking and confirm the amount of the supplement if it applies.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 8km/ 5 miles, total ascent 175m and descent 275m, approx. 3 hours walking.

    Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the Caminito del Rey - Moderate/Challenging departure (Level 4)

    Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the Caminito del Rey - Moderate/Challenging departure (Level 4)

    See Day 6 of Leisurely/Moderate (level 2) itinerary description for further details.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk a circuit around the impressive Peñon overlooking Algamitas- Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Today we walk a circuit around the impressive Penon Crag that looms over the Cortijo Rosario. El Penon is the highest point in the province of Seville – 1130m above sea level, offering dramatic views of the landscape around Algamitas and neighbouring villages, hills and farmland. On the way back to the Cortijo, we stop for some drinks on a lovely panoramic terrace.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 13km/ 8 miles, total ascent 470m and descent 470m, approx. 5 hours walking including stops

    Circular walk from the white village of Montejaque, nestled in the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park- Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    We drive from the Cortijo Rosario by private bus to the attractive white village of Montejaque, nestling in the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park where our circular walk begins.

     The walk takes us into hidden valleys with some of the most spectacular karst rock formations in the area. This is limestone country, and the rocky path can be slippery when wet so good ankle support is recommended.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 17km/ 11 miles, total ascent around 550m, 6.5 hours of walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

    End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 6 evening meals are included.

Breakfast: Continental buffet-style breakfast with local fruit and yoghurt.

Lunch: Packed lunches are provided for most day walks, usually filled with cheese/cold meats. On some days it is possible to enjoy some authentic tapas in local villages.

Dinner: All food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce, and the meals come with complimentary wine as well as tea/coffee. A selection of soft and alcoholic drinks are available at the bar (payable locally).

Vegetarians are generally well catered for at the Cortijo Rosario. Please note that due to the remote location of the accommodation, it is not always possible or ideal for the local staff to make last-minute menu changes. It is, therefore, crucial you advise us on booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

Weather

Spring generally enjoys pleasant daytime temperatures (12-23ºC) and a little cooler in the evenings. There is the chance of some rain, which then offers views of beautiful spring flowers. Summer months are hot and dry with daytime temperatures of around 21-35ºC, dropping to between 17 and 25ºC at night. Autumn brings cooler weather although it is still fairly dry. The possibility of rain is more likely in winter months but temperatures stay mild in the daytime, becoming cooler after sunset.

Andalucia

Is this trip for you?

This trip is Activity Level 2 (leisurely/moderate) with 5 days of walking.

Walking is mostly on well-marked paths, yet this is a hilly area and some easy ascents should be expected. Walking hours stated in the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. 

The majority of drives are short except for the journey to Seville, which is approximately 2hrs.

Whilst most departures have a physical rating of 2 (leisurely/moderate), we also offer three weeks with an Activity Level of 4 (moderate/challenging) which allow us to ascend the higher peaks and walk on more challenging terrain for longer hours. It is important to be assured of your fitness on these departures. 

Please note all activities are optional and a rest day may be taken at any point should you prefer to relax at the Cortijo.

Cortijo Rosario is renovated to a high standard whilst maintaining its traditional heritage, so the farmhouse should not be considered a luxury villa or hotel.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

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Accommodation

Cortijo Rosario, Seville, Andalucia

Our main base for the week is Cortijo Rosario, a beautifully converted farmhouse reserved exclusively for Exodus groups. Situated in the heart of the romantic Andalusian countryside in the province of Seville, the Cortijo overlooks the small village of Algamitas and is within reach of the city of Seville and the charming town of Ronda.

Together with its neighbouring sister village Villanueva, Algamitas is known as the 'forgotten village': modern development has more or less passed them by and life goes on as it has for generations. Little English is spoken in the villages, as the tourism boom on the coast has not affected the lives of these people, who are welcoming and keen to meet newcomers. The main income of the community is agriculture, with olives the main crop along with cereals, wheat and sunflowers. This rural location really offers a fascinating insight into the 'real' Andalucia.

All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a bar, lounge, outdoor dining area as well as a lovely pool that is open year-round (not heated). There are also two friendly dogs owned by the manager of the Cortijo that like to lie on the patio in the sun. There is free, unlimited Wi-Fi available in the bar and sitting room areas.

Cortijo Rosario is renovated to a high standard whilst retaining its traditional heritage. As such, the farmhouse should not be considered a luxury villa or hotel. All rooms are unique and have different sizes, as per the original structure of the building. Towels are changed once during the week and rooms are serviced every other day.

There is one single room available, which can be guaranteed with a supplement from GBP 150 payable in advance on booking. We may be able to confirm additional single rooms closer to departure, which will be from GBP 250 for a twin room as single occupancy (larger rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis). Please contact our sales team to check if this is available no more than two weeks before departure. 

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1 844 227 9087
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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2022

    A Wonderful Walking Holiday

    This was a wonderful walking holiday, staying the week in a homely villa set on the hillside above Algamitas, used just by our group. The owners were friendly, and the chef served delightful meals every evening on the terrace overlooking the surrounding countryside. The area is varied, so the walks are different and generally easy going terrains, and provide great views and interest. Three of them started from the villa and three needed minibus trips. It was lovely to have the pool at the end of the day. The day trip to Seville was an interesting change where we were able to have a restaurant meal, experience flamenco, see the Alcazar and other sights, and sup the occasional beer. Our group was friendly and sociable and Michael, our guide provided the perfect amount of guidance, with superb local knowledge, a real polymath. Nothing seemed too much for Michael to ensure we felt safe, at home and well-provided for. I have done a number of Exodus walking holidays and would thoroughly recommend this one. I extended my trip to visit Granada, which was well worth it (but pre-book the Alhambra).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Caminito del Rey walk, the national park, tapas at midday on the first day walk, the Alcazar and flamenco in Seville, dips in the pool, evening drinks and dinner on the sun-drenched terrace, learning from the guide and other holiday makers, and many other moments...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb - extremely knowledgeable about so many topics, including the history, geography, fauna and flora, geology, culture and arts. He provided a well-chosen list of recommendations of options for visits, activities, restaurants, view points and so on. He was friendly, supportive and professional, and not too intrusive.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Consider adding to your trip to visit another city or area. In the really hot weather, closed toe walking sandals might have been more comfortable than hiking boots.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A highly recommended trip.
  • Reviewed May 2022

    EXCELLENT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Trip walking in Andalusia. Accommodation very good and swimming pool a great relax after the walks. As a vegetarian I was very well catered for bye the hotel staff who went to the trouble of preparing individual meals. Hotel staff very friendly and very helpful. Our guide Michael was excellent.The walks at level 2 were pitched very well in terms of distance, difficulty and especially gave a very wide range of differing terrain types in the area. Michael has a VERY great knowledge of the area and very well considered, but never intrusive, health and safety precautions due to possible heat. His arrangements for our "free day" in Seville option were very well planned and his care pre-booking entrance to the Real and for our evening meal made the day. Michael took similar extra care to facilitate our group walk through the Canyon Del Ray, a stunning walk. A highly recommended trip for the accommodation, scenery, walks and our guide

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Relevant and detailed information from our guide and the walk through he Canyon

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As above. As a guide highly recommended and sets a very high standard.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check you have Michael as your guide !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Transport> I have raised this before but I believe there is a potential market for using rail transport more than is being currently done. There are complications from this in terms of extra travel time and cost. However if this was integrated into the basic package as an option the extra time taken could be part of the holiday itself and cost reduced (?) through Exodus purchasing. Using rail, partly or totally, for such trips mis difficult big left to individuals to arrange and being able to opt for such as part of a package module would make the option far more attractive.
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Fabulous trip in a great location

    Cortijo Rosario is a lovely place to stay, just outside the village of Algamitas in a beautiful part of Andalucia. Our room was fairly spacious with a comfortable bed and en-suite. The public areas had been fully refurbished with a small bar, lounge and dining room. There is also a reasonable sized pool which we used every day after the walks to cool down. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it; the Paella on the last night was superb. We ate all our dinners outside on the terrace with the added attraction of a wonderful view. The walking was enjoyable without being too challenging with a fair variety through the week from easy tracks to mountainous limestone scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The highlight of the trip was probably the Caminito del Rey gorge walk which was very impressive. Other highlights included the Tapas lunch, the Sierra Grazalema walk, the picnic lunch at the monastery, the visit to Seville and the Penon Crag walk.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael is quite simply one of the best Exodus leaders we've had. Everything was well organised and everyone knew what was happening and when. His knowledge of the local area was superb and he speaks fluent Spanish. His knowledge of the local Flora and Fauna was truly remarkable, a mine of information on all sorts of topics. A really nice bloke too, always helpful and willing to go the extra mile which he did on many occasions.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go, you should enjoy it!
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Brilliant trip with a superb leader!

    My husband and I loved this trip! The walking is varied, in quite different but equally stunning areas. It is correctly labelled as leisurely/ moderate, as the walks are not technically difficult at all and are not too long for most reasonably fit people - but are long enough for the heat, and leisurely enough to give us plenty of time to look at the rich variety of flora and fauna and to observe the huge number of birds that live here or pass through, which included large birds of prey such as eagles and flocks of vultures.. Michael, our guide, is simply superb. His knowledge of nature is second to none and he was well -organised and kind too. The base, a coverted farmhouse which we had sole use of, is not 'luxurious' but is homely and very welcoming. The owners are lovely! Our room was clean and comfortable and the shower was very good, although the hot water took a bit of time to arrive! The views from our balcony were stupendous. The food was plentiful. The breakfasts were a bit limited in choice but the lunches were very good and the evening meals - taken on a terrace with stunning views in every direction! - were massive and delicious (Ref a previous review: They definitely did NOT lack piquancy!). Our group were friendly with a lot of solo travellers, nice people to spend time with!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This is very hard to say and I could list dozens! I was amazed at the flocks of vultures - once around 50 of them - who came across our hotel pool in the evening. I loved the dramatic scenery of the Sierra de Grazalema and of the Caminito del Rey, but also equally loved the flower -strewn meadows we passed as we walked through Algamitas farmland... Our day in Seville was another highlight, as we'd never been before. It is a stunning city, especially the palace and the narrow, mediaeval streets.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael was superb in every way, certainly one of the best guides we've encountered over our many years of travelling with Exodus. He is lively and fun, but also very solicitous about his group. His knowledge of nature in every respect is quite unbelievable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The hotel offers massages with a local lady, who had moved there decades ago from England. She is SO nice and kind, and very good at massage. The price is cheap, compared with UK prices, and it was wonderfully relaxing at the end of the week. I would wholeheartedly recommend it! (Others did yoga with a local lady, which they also really enjoyed I was told.) In Seville, don't miss visiting the palace, which is stunning. We also loved walking down by the river. Otherwise, I'd just say to take a good hat, clothes to cover your shoulders, lots of sun-screen, and enough containers to carry at least 1.5 litres of water, maybe more. (On some days there were places to refill the containers, but not always.)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is an excellent trip, in a beautiful, tranquil and unspoilt area. It is DEFINITELY worth going on!
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Fabulous!

    I can’t find any fault with this holiday. The walks are well planned and varied, and the week is designed to give a good overview of Andalusia. All the walks offer lovely views, varied terrain and lots of interesting history, geology, flora and fauna. The Cortijo is beautiful and provides a relaxing ‘home from home’.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day in Seville was a highlight for me, but also the Carminino del Rey walk was really fun and very spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mike was brilliant- he worked tirelessly to look after everyone and really went above and beyond to make sure we all had a great holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t be nervous about coming alone - this is a great holiday for solo travellers.
  • Reviewed March 2022

    Relaxing week walking in Andalucia

    A great week, with a variety of walks and a comfortable place to stay. The pace of the walks made for a relaxing week, and allowed time to appreciate the beautiful countryside. The Cortijo is a really comfortable place to stay, with lovely food and a warm welcome. The trip to Seville was an added bonus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Caminito walk was beautiful, but I also enjoyed the quiet of the other trails. The tapas lunch sitting in the sun in February was a bonus.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael was a great leader, really knowledgable on the local area and glad to share this knowledge. He was also very conscious of the needs of the group and making sure we were all comfortable. He dealt well with the challenges posed by illness in the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you would like a chance to see rural Spain and to experience great walks, go for this trip.
  • Reviewed November 2021

    Very Special Holiday With Great Leader and Hotel

    This holiday had all the ingredients that you could wish for, for a great holiday. Amazing olive-growing countryside; a lovely friendly hotel; wonderful food; a chatty group of other guests; and a superb, knowledgeable, caring leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Pretty much all of it. The tapas lunch in a “typical” Andalusian pretty village; the limestone walks overlooking the olive-groves; the lunch at the monastery; the Penon walk with an amazing scenic view at lunchtime; the impressive “King’s Walk” along the side of a cliff; the day-long visit to Seville with its Royal Palace house and gardens; and an extra trip to Ronda for a short visit. The hotel, owners Joke and Cartouche, plus their staff, made it all really comfortable. All wonderful thanks!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader, Michael Newcomb, was just the best leader! He was very friendly; responded sympathetically to anybody’s individual needs; was SO knowledgeable about the fauna, flora, geology and culture; gave many snippets of information as we walked, and in a concise, easily understandable way; obviously loved his job; but above all, he was just very caring and kind.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walking is not very difficult. There are often coach journeys of about an hour to the start of some of the walks or days out, but the coach was very modern and the driver, Antonio, was a very careful driver.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was worried beforehand about all the Covid related paperwork. However, in the end, it was all pretty easy with 1) double-jab proof - best with QR images 2) Spanish country entry form 3) UK Personal Locator Form document completed in Spain before return and 4) lateral flow test pre-booked for undertaking within 2 days of return. But check what is needed when you go. It was a really great holiday.
  • Reviewed September 2021

    Walking in Andalucia

    What a perfect holiday! After a long time full of Covid restrictions, it was the perfect get a way. Yes, not my first choice, BUT I am so, so glad I was on this trip. Not one regret! A week with beautiful, relaxing walks in different regions; some very well known like Caminito del Rey (but defenitly a must see), others a in less touristic region but nevertheless still worth the climb (El Penon and Sierra de Grazalema). All this guided by a wonderful guide, with an overall great knowledge and fun character. The free day in Seville is defenitly to recommend. The small hotel is a little gem in between the olive trees, lovely owners an d a very good chef in the kitchen.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day had its little beautiful highlights; the tapas lunch on the local square between the Spanish families, the amazing scenery and fantastic walking in the national Park of Siera de grazalema, the breathtaking views of the Caminito de Rey,and even getting lost in Seville was fun!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mike, Miguel or Michael....What a great personality! Full of knowledge about the area, always in a good mood and in for a laugh. Really making sure all of us were feeling okay and enjoying the trip to the fullest. Never afraid to go, literally, the extra mile to give us an extra ordinary service.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a great holiday; full of wonderful walks, professional guide, good food, cozy hotel, explore Seville city, time to relax,... etc ENJOY IT!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    a region well worth a visit! Nice variety of beautiful walks in different areas and one day of culture inSeville.
  • Reviewed November 2019

    A great week

    An interesting and varied walking trip with a side trip to Seville.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the Caminito del Rey. A brilliant day, but all walks were scenic, interesting and full of interest.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael is a star. Loves Spain and the culture. Gave great info about flora and fauna and willing to go the extra mile to keep everything interesting and relevant. A top Exodus leader and we have done over 30 trips with the company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is rural Spain, not the seaside. You really get to see home people live and enjoy the country.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do it and count yourself lucky if Michael/Miguel is your guide.
  • Reviewed November 2019
    J C

    Excellent guided walking in stunning scenery

    Thoroughly enjoyed our trip, with Michael Newcomb doing a first-class job as leader - passionate, widely knowledgeable, full of great recommendations and more than willing to go the extra mile for his guests, the best Exodus guide I've had out of several other trips (all of which also had excellent guides). This trip is based in a very remote rural location in Andalusia, in a region not usually visited by tourists. The walking is mostly fairly gentle if you are reasonably fit, but you explore some stunning scenery and are usually the only people on the trails (with the exception of walking the Caminito del Rey, which is busy but you wouldn't want to miss it). The holiday is based at the Cortijo de Rosario, which has gorgeous views and provides a cosy 'house-party' atmosphere (Exodus having the sole use of it). The day out in Seville is wonderful. We travelled at the end of October/early Nov, and were very lucky with the weather - dry and sunny every day we walked, some days being very warm.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were several, but the second day of walking took us to some high mountains in a National Park, with gorgeous views, a wealth of wildlife and the opportunity to walk on an original Roman road. The final walk, starting from the Cortijo, was also very enjoyable and a little more challenging than the others. The Caminito del Rey is also not to be missed, and the leisurely tapas lunch in a local village on the first Sunday was a great way of getting to know your fellow travellers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic!

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