Come with us to discover the magical land of Andalusia! This area features some of the finest walking in Spain, with diverse landscapes that encompass snow-capped peaks and arid desert landscapes, small sleepy whitewashed villages and vibrant historic cities. A rocky, sun-baked region on Spain’s southern coast, stretching from the windswept Atlantic coast in the west to the Mediterranean beaches in the east, and from Gibraltar on its southern tip to the ancient cities in the central plains, Andalusia embodies much of what the world thinks of as Spanish: flamenco, tapas, matadors and bullfights. Under Moorish rule for almost 700 years, Andalusia’s unique legacy is most evident in its iconic architecture, including such landmarks as the Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Not to be outdone, the cuisine of the region is legendary, drawing on both the land and the ocean, and reflecting the diverse cultures who dominated this landscape over the centuries. Enjoy walking on scenic trails that display the best of the Andalusian countryside, and exploring on foot the historic cities of Cordoba and Granada. This small-group walking and hiking adventure is for between 8 and 18 people, which is a perfect size for the charming hotels and country inns we use. Fully guided by an expert local Go Get Lost hiking guides.
Tour Dates & Pricing
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Day 1: Malaga to Canillas de Albaida
Your tour departs this morning after breakfast from our meeting point in the hotel lobby in Malaga. (You might plan to arrive in Malaga the day before the tour starts in order to get over your jet lag and prepare for your adventure.) We will have a private group transfer through Southern Spain's scenic countryside to the small town of Canillas de Albaida in the Sierra Almijara mountains. Here we'll have a scenic walk to the nearby town of Competa, where we'll sit down to enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. Later we'll move on to the historic city of Granada, situated at the base of the northern slopes of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, often with a dramatic backdrop of the snow capped peaks. Granada is a small city with an ancient past and a surprisingly cosmopolitan feel. After checking into our 3-Star hotel in the heart of the city, we'll walk a bit and then settle in to a wonderful Spanish dinner in one of our favorite restaurants.
Today's hike is rated EASY, with a total distance of 3.1 miles, and elevation gain of 794' and an elevation loss of 827'. The trailhead is at 1854', drops down to a low of 1434', then climbs to a high of 2067' before ending at 1877'.
Day 2: Granada and the Alhambra
This morning is a special treat, we'll have an expert local guide take us through one of the highlights of Spain...the massive palace and fortress complex known as the Alhambra and the Garden of the Generalife. Described by ancient poets as "A pearl set in emeralds", the Alhambra is a vast assortment of palaces and fortresses built for the Muslim emirs during the Nasrid dynasty, starting in the 13th century. Enduring through centuries of wars, invasions and restorations, the Alhambra today is a fascinating experience, not to be missed.
At midday we'll enjoy a lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants, then you're free for the rest of the day to explore, wander and get lost in this lovely Andalusian city. Shopping abounds in the winding streets and bustling squares. You can visit the Albaicin district, the Cathedral or simply do as the locals do and watch the world go by with a coffee on one of the squares. Maybe there’s time for a relaxing bath at the Hamam with a massage?
Day 3: Huetor Hike and Flamenco!
Today after breakfast we'll head outside of the city and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains to an area that's still wild and relatively unknown to tourists. A beautiful trail awaits that shows off the best of the Andalusian hills. Open hillsides, limestone escarpments, and pine forests provide enchanting scenery as our path winds along the ridges and valleys. The rolling terrain is cut by streams and ridges, with occasional but fantastic views of the whole of the Sierra Nevada mountains. In the afternoon we'll return to Granada, with more time to explore.
Today's hike is rated MODERATE, with 1184' of elevation gain and 1184' of elevation loss. The total distance is 7.3 miles, starting at an elevation of 4180 feet and topping out at 4875'. The trail alternates between open countryside and some forested areas. Depending on conditions there may be an option to summit a peak along the route, which would add 1.2 miles and 522' of elevation gain/loss.
Day 4: Cordoba, Zuheros and the Sierra Subbeticas
Today we move northwest into the rugged Sierra Subbeticas mountains. Here we'll have a lovely hike starting in a secluded valley and working its way down into the charming white village of Zuheros. We'll enjoy lunch at a local eatery before heading north towards Cordoba, one of the most historic and fascinating cities in all of Europe. Originally settled by the Carthaginians, Cordoba was also ruled by the Romans and Moors, who both left their mark on the city. After arriving this afternoon we'll check in to our 4-Star hotel in the center of the old town, then have a short orientation walk past some of Córdoba's fascinating spots followed by a private guided tour of the Mezquita, one of the most unique and beautiful architectural wonders of Spain! Originally known as the Mosque of Cordoba, now know as the Cathedral of Cordoba, it’s impossible to overstate its beauty, with its remarkably serene and spacious interior. One of the world's greatest works of Islamic and Christian architecture, the Mezquita hails from a refined age when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived side by side and enriched their city with a wonderful mixture of diverse, vibrant cultures.
Tonight we'll pick our way through the winding streets to yet another excellent local restaurant, known to the locals...and to us. Perhaps afterwards you might want to sample the night life Cordoba has to offer. Don't stay out too late, though, as tomorrow we're off into the countryside again!
Today's hike is EASY, only 2 miles total with 184' of elevation gain and 889' of elevation loss. The trailhead is at 2864' of altitude and ends at the town of Zuheros at 2156'. The trail is mostly open countryside and mountain valleys.
Day 5: Seville
Today you have some time free in the morning to wander Cordoba before we depart for the next leg of our journey, westward to the amazing city of Seville, the capital of Andalusia, with one of the largest historic city centers in all of Europe, tracing its history back over 2000 years. his morning we take a walk through the city, taking in its beautiful "Mudejar" architecture (a mixture of Christian and Moorish styles), the Alcazar, the Cathedral and the riverside with its Golden Tower. Later this afternoon we have a special treat, as we're going to visit a producer of Iberian hams, which are known all over the world. Here we'll enjoy a tour of their ham-curing rooms, then sit down to a tasting of their products. To get yet another perspective on the city, we'll board our private boat for a relaxing float down the Guadalqivir river, which runs through the heart of Seville. The afternoon is free for you to explore Seville on your own...enjoy the view from the top of the Giralda Tower, or maybe shop for some gifts for the loved ones back home.
Tonight is all about Flamenco! A captivating art from combining music, dance, and passion, it is a pure Andalusian experience. It is said that Seville is the heart of Flamenco, and the venues in this city are unlike any other in Spain. So tonight we are going out on the town to one of our favorite "off-the-beaten-path" clubs where you'll be treated to a Flamenco show and dinner as others have for hundreds of years.
Day 6: Ronda
This morning we'll jump on bikes and make our way around Seville with a local guide to explore even more of the city. After our tour we'll sit down to an excellent lunch at on of our favorite local places, with plenty of Andalusian wine as well. Later we'll board our private coach for a scenic ride through the Spanish countryside to the spectacular village of Ronda. Perched on a dramatic cliff with stunning views over the gorge below, Ronda has a charming town center, featuring an 18th century bull ring and a multitude of shops and bars. Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain, built on a rocky outcropping high over the Rio Guadalevein, the town was a stronghold for the legendary Andalusian bandits who actually ruled the area from the 18th to the 20th century. The charming town center, with its many shops and bars is a pleasure to explore, with stunning views over the gorge below.
After dinner tonight, the town center of Ronda will provide an excellent place to wander...the Spanish like to stay up 'til the wee hours!
Day 7: Sierra de Grazalema National Park
This morning after breakfast we'll have a short transfer to the scenic Sierra de Grazalema National Park, famous for its spectacularly rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges. Storms blowing in from the Atlantic provide ample rainfall to nurture the thick oak forests on the mountain slopes. To make the terrain even more beautiful, the area is dotted with the iconic white villages for which the region is known. Our hike today begins by winding up the mountainside, possibly cutting through small bands of sheep, and affording views of the Sierra de Grazalema Park in all directions. You'll want your camera along as you enjoy the panorama. Following the mountain valleys the pathway works its way down into one of the most beautiful of the white villages, Grazalema. We'll have time for a village stroll and then we're off to visit one of the area's premier wineries for a tour and a tasting of their best vintages. A perfect reward for a great hike!
Today's hike is rated EASY, with a total distance of 3.4 miles, and elevation gain of 673' and an elevation loss of 1558'. The trail is mostly open and exposed, with a solid trail surface.
Day 8: The Caminito del Rey Walk and Malaga
Today we'll experience one of the world's most spectacular pathways, the Caminito del Rey, or The King's Little Pathway! Perched impossibly midway up the sheer walls of El Chorro gorge, the suspended walkway, (completely rebuilt in 2015) provides unparalleled views of the magnificent gorge. This path was once considered one of the most dangerous in the world. Today the entire route has been carefully restored, but although it's now much safer, one thing hasn't changed - the unique experience of strolling along walkways hanging over 300 feet up on a sheer cliff face. The views are unforgettable. The Caminito del Rey route is spectacular from beginning to end, running through cliffs, canyons, and a large valley. It crosses the landscapes of Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, a gorge carved out by the river Guadalhorce, with walls over 2000 feet high. The area is also inhabited by a wide variety of plant and animal species; with a little luck, you can see highland birds like Egyptian vultures, griffon vultures, or golden eagles, and mammals such as wild boar and Iberian ibex. After our walk we'll have lunch at a local eatery and refuel for the afternoon.
We'll complete our circuit of Andalusia this afternoon as we enter the seaside city of Malaga. After checking into our hotel we'll have free time to explore the town. You can check out the Picasso Museum and if time permits, the famed Alcazaba fortified castle. Tonight we'll meet one last time for our farewell dinner at a wonderful local restaurant. We'll exchange pictures, relive adventures, and celebrate our time together in Andalusia!
Today's hike is rated EASY, 3.4 miles in length, with 1224' of elevation gain and 1493' of elevation loss. The trail starts at 991' of elevation, tops out at 1365', and ends at 751'. The trail surface alternates between a packed earth and rock surface that winds along a valley, and a manmade metal catwalk that is suspended along the gorge's rocky walls.
Day 9: Adios Andalusia
Your Go Get Lost adventure comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You can easily arrange a taxi to the airport in Malaga.
Due to availability at the time of booking, hotels listed may change to similar hotels
Granada - 3 Star Palacio de Santa Ines - This picturesque boutique hotel consists of 35 rooms in two small sixteenth century Mudejar buildings. The first one is called the Eternal Father's House which was renovated in 1995. The hotel was expanded in 2001 with the renovation of the building adjoining the St. Agnes’ s laundry. Located in the historic Albaycin district of Granada, its location is perfect for exploring the Alhambra, the shopping district and the old city center.
Cordoba - 4 Star Las Casas de la Juderia Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba is a boutique hotel with an excellent location. Its doors open out to the Jewish Quarter, within the vicinity of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Royal Stables, the 10th century Caliphate Baths and the synagogue. The establishment is just 200 meters from Cordoba's Mosque-Cathedral. The hotel encompasses five noble houses and its renovation was carried out while showing maximum respect for the building's architecture and history. The end result is a uniquely charming hotel with all the services and facilities any guest could need in a beautiful setting where visitors will enjoy peace and quiet.
Seville - 4 Star Petit Palace Santa Cruz Wrapped in a halo of history, the Petit Palace Santa Cruz exudes that unmistakable essence of hotels with character. A boutique hotel in the historic center of Seville that is a destination in itself. Built in a 16th century palace, its imposing arches and high ceilings frame a space of serenity where enjoying calm is almost an imperative. From its spacious rooms to its imposing marble reception, the hotel offers a journey through time through architectural details that leave no one indifferent. Its interior patio deserves a special mention, as it is one of the most charming places to have a drink in the heart of Seville. Located in the heart of the Santa Cruz neighborhood next to the Cathedral of Seville, Pilatos street and Sierpes street. In the surroundings of the Petit Palace Santa Cruz you will find the famous Jardines de Murillo, the Town Hall and several squares full of life such as Curtidores Mercedarias, Patio de Banderas... and the commercial area, with the most outstanding and exclusive shops located in Cuna and Rioja streets...Sierpes and Plaza Nueva, two of the most charming areas of Seville.
Ronda - 4 Star Hotel Catalonia Ronda: The Catalonia Ronda is located just opposite the iconic Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda bullring on the town's main pedestrian shopping street. The hotel's unique and beautiful façade is included in the Preservation Plan for Ronda's Old Town. The hotel offers 80 elegant and well-appointed rooms equipped with every amenity imaginable, many with views over the bullring. The bar has an inviting outdoor terrace with outstanding views. An à la carte restaurant with individual and group menus offers a mouth-watering selection of Andalusian haute cuisine. The quiet, elegant rooftop terrace with a chill-out vibe is the perfect place for guests to relax, and comes complete with deck chairs, an infinity pool that looks out over the bullring and an outdoor hydromassage pool. Spa available.
Malaga - 4 Star Hotel Icon Malabar: The Icon Malabar is the new colonial-style boutique hotel located in the Soho neighborhood of Malaga, one of the most emblematic of the city. With an interior design that tells us about history and roots, its picturesque corners bring us closer to the magic of Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman and Andalusian Malaga. An impressive central lobby and a patio cared for down to the smallest detail reinforce the warm atmosphere that is breathed in this exclusive hotel. The note of flavor is provided by its Menta Café Sauce, with delicious and healthy creations inspired by Malaga. Outside, the nearby Picasso Museum and the Contemporary Art Center are obligatory stops to finish enjoying this dream town.
- 3 nights in a 3-Star hotel in Granada
- 1 night in a 4-Star hotel in Cordoba
- 1 night in a 4-Star hotel in Seville
- 2 nights in a 4-Star hotel in Ronda
- 1 night in a 4-Star hotel in Malaga
- Meals as specified: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, 2 wine tastings (all group meals include water and local wine)
- 5 countryside walks, 3 city walking tours, 1 bike ride
- Flamenco show, with dinner
- Guided tour of the Mezquita
- Visit to ham producer
- Guided tour of Alhambra (specific sites such as the Nasrid Palace within the Alhambra are not guaranteed)
- Bike and basic gear rental
- All transfers during the tour, as per the itinerary
- All excursions, tours, and visits as per the itinerary
- Completely escorted by a Go Get Lost Tour Leader along with local guides at specified sites throughout the itinerary
- All tips for waiters at group meals, coach drivers, and local guides...EXCEPT for your primary local tour leader(s)
- Local taxes
- A Lifetime of memories!
What´s not Included
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Visa fees, if applicable
- Beverages at meals unless specified in itinerary (all group meals include water and local wine)
- Entrance fees not listed
- Gratuity for primary local tour leader(s)
- Trip Interruption/Cancellation and Medical Insurance, (strongly recommended, call for details)
- Single Supplement charge
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.