You can also read independent reviews on the Responsible Travel website…
A group of 6 veteran walkers who have travelled all over the UK and Europe completed 7 days of self guided walks in the Picos. The scenery was outstanding and varied from high mountain limestone peaks to open green pastures and the famous Cares gorge. Ibex Trex arrangements were first class on choice of walks quality hotels and taxi links. Overall a ‘must do’ destination for all walkers
6 Friends – Across The Picos De Europa – October 2019
Thanks for a great week…..Michael
Thank you Dan for showing us all the amazing places in Andalucia and your home region!! You live in the Garden of Eden….in September!!….Mari
Thanks all, it was a great week…..Jim
Awesome, Fantastic week of memories in the making all, muchas gracias…Collette
Private Family Group of 13 – Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – September 2019
What a great week! Thank you for your support, including carrying my water bottle the last two days. I appreciate that you give an ‘old fellow’ like me the opportunity to keep trekking. I’m self conscious about my pace, and though I’ve actually done harder stuff (Tongarriro and Annapurna), I found the last day difficult, though I felt good until the downhill section, and was knackered on the last uphill bit.
Greg – Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – September 2019
Brilliant week of walking, eating and laughing. Really enjoyed the company and the holiday. Until next time.
Rebecca – Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – September 2019
Beverley and I agreed it was our best walking holiday so far. Scenery was stunning, the walks were a little harder than out usual hols (which of course we liked!) – particulary enjoyed the 1st day (despite the cable car start) but to be honest I enjoyed them all. It was so nice to see a different Spain i.e. green and lush grass. I liked the villages we stayed in, accommodation all fine, and all food/wine etc was great (even the ‘eggy’ place. So all in all, big thumbs up!
Andrea – Across The Picos De Europa – June 2019
Thanks again for a good holiday. You were right about the breakfast in Bilbao. It was super. Regards Val & The Hanliensian Rambling Club – 10 Days Group Picos De Europa – July 2019
Thanks once again for a lovely holiday
Beverley – Across The Picos De Europa – June 2019
Back home after such a wonderful hiking trip . I ventured all around Grazalema on my own without any difficulty . Your notebook on the guides was great . as were the accommodations .
I envy your job. Dan , can’t thank you enough for such a memorable trip . I hope to join you again in a few years . I intend to keep on hiking and enjoying the great outdoors . Take care
Eileen & Ann – Guided Sierra Nevada Group Holiday & Self Guided Sierra de Grazalema – May & June 2019
Thanks again for the Picos trip. It was absolutely fab and we were relatively lucky with the weather.
Ann & David – Self-Guided Picos De Europa – June 2019
Thanks for a lovely trip through the mountains Dan. It’s beautiful around there- nice group, yummy food, cute hotels and some good laughs. Enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks again for everything
Eimear – Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – May 2019
Thank you very much for the week. I really enjoyed the walks and company.
Anna – Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – May 2019
We had a great walking trip in the Sierra de Grazelema. We really appreciated your choice of places to stay. They were all full of character and style though the stone buildings of La Posada at Villaluenga were on the chilly side at this time of year!. We struck lucky with a run of beautiful spring days which I guess you had on your trip.
Patrick & Liz – Self Guided Sierra de Grazalema – April 2019
We wanted you to know that we thoroughly enjoyed our Las Alpujarras walk in February. The quality of the accommodation was excellent, and the staff/owners in all the hotels were very helpful. The evening meals were most enjoyable, and your suggested dining choices for Capiliera and Mecina were spot on. We would have no hesitation in recommending this walk to others,…In summary, very well organised, great scenery and local life, and a lovely combination of walks.
Janet & Andris – Self Guided Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – February 2019
Good Morning Dan, thank you very much indeed for amending our holiday plans, it worked brilliantly to do the three days walking, have two days in Granada and the day in Malaga and the hotels were all lovely. The weather had definitely taken a turn for the worst by Monday night so it worked well. We really enjoyed the holiday, the area, the walking, the Alhambra and Malaga, in fact we were rather taken with mixing the walking and sight seeing it was a really good combination for us. Hats off to Philip for the transfers too, we had brilliant conversation on the way which made the journeys pass in no time. A couple of friends have taken details off us after seeing our photos in Facebook. Thanks again, brilliant job, brilliant holiday.
Caroline & Family – Self Guided Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – March 2019
An excellent short walking holiday. Dan knows his stuff and the walks and hotels were brilliant. Beautiful blossom and views. Thank you.
Jane & Friends – Walking In Blossom – February 2019
We really enjoyed our Grazalema self guided walk! The course was well described in the booklet provided, and while the conversion from our minds ‘miles’ to kilometers was at times a bit of challenge, we actually ended up doing quite well. The experience of seeing the country side and then the villages to arrive at was very unique and enjoyable. The accommodations were friendly and well positioned to share local culture. I highly recommend Ibex Trex self guided walks!
Bob – Self Guided Sierra de Grazalema – April 2018
We had a superb self-guided tour through Picos de Europa. We did not know these mountains existed but the scenery is breathtaking and the walking was great with a mix of moderate and hard to keep things interesting. During the week in June we walked in sun, rain and some fairly deep snow left over from winter, so you need a range of clothing. Walking poles were the best thing we brought. We’ll be recommending this region and tour to all our friends in Australia.
Anthony – Self-Guided Picos De Europa – June 2018
Thanks for making our holiday so good. The walks, accommodation and itinerary were all excellent. I’ll be asking all the walkers for comments on the week but I am sure they will all be positive! Hopefully we can arrange a similar trip next Spring although maybe a few weeks later although you never know with the weather.
Scot Trek – –Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – April 2018
Extremely well organised and some super walks, really enjoyed the whole week. Thank you.
Geoff – Self Guided Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – May 2018
The amazing walking , everyday a different walk. The beautiful blossom trees, truly was a Walk in Blossom. Would have been great even without the blossom though!.
Elaine – Walking In Blossom – Feb 2018
Fantastic and could highly recommend. Communication with Dan was excellent from the first enquiry. The planning and timing of each day was just right. Dan was very considerate and knowledgeable. The needs of everyone in the group were taken into account.
Mary – Walking In Blossom – Feb 2018
Great walking country.Should have spent more time in Grazalema the number and variety of walks is superb! It is a poor part of Spain that relies on tourism so by being there one benefits the local economy. It was well organised and the walking instructions were good. The hotels were all very good transfer arrangements worked well. 5 *****
John – Self Guided Sierra de Grazalema – May 2018
Thank you for organising our holiday so well.We did 20k round trip as far as the first bridge in Cares gorge, which was brilliant for Pam’s hips. She’s planning to get even fitter for next time.We thought Sotres – the village, the hotel and restaurant and Ruben + girl friend was perfect.We managed to get a bit lost on the last walk believe it or not so didn’t make Poo but did arrive back in Arenas at the right place. Excellent walking holiday.
Peter & Pam – Self-Guided Picos De Europa – Sept 2018
Thank you for a brilliant week in the Picos. I had heard great reports about that area, and it more than matched my expectations.
And the company was great!
Next up Nepal, October 21
Regards and thanks,
Greg – Across The Picos De Europa– Sept 2018
Excellent. A variety of treks in and around the Picos each provided their own challenges and rewards. We were blessed with great weather in which to appreciate fully the stunning scenery. Comfortable village accommodation and access to local and traditional foods – think blue cheeses and sidra! – further enhanced each days activities. Dan, our experienced and intrepid guide tailored our walks each day to suit the weather conditions and our groups circumstances, which was appreciated by all. His good humor and quick wit and the great company of our fellow walkers has ensured that we will never forget time in the Picos.
Ken & Joy – Across The Picos De Europa – June 2017
Dear Dan We had a great walking holiday and the weather was very kind to us! All went very smoothly – Ruben was very reliable and the hotels were good (the last one in Arena especially).
All your instructions were very good. It really is a beautiful area of the world… and not too many other tourists at this time of year (we hear the Ruta de Cares can be like the M25 in peak summer – the mind boggles!) With best regards
Jenny – Self-Guided Picos De Europa – September 2017
Hi Dan,Thank you for all the arrangement and had a great Walking holiday. Enclosed are photos that you might be interested. Take off now and take care.
Phyllis – Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – September 2017
We had a wonderful time doing the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras self guided tour. The views are amazing and there are a lot of beautiful little villages along the way. Although it was a self guided your, Dan was always available to answer any question, and share his knowledge of the area.
Looking forward for our next walking holiday with Ibex Trex!”
Noam – Self Guided Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – September 2017
Many thanks again for a great walking holiday.We both had a fantastic time.Regards
Thom – September 2017 – Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada
Thanks for a good week – I enjoyed 3 our of 4 of the walks! At least I feel fitter now than when I started out!
Nice first hotel, with icy pool, and hope 2nd one in beautiful location gets better management. And enjoyed Granada.
Good to have your company, as always.
Till next time.
Liz – October 2017 – Autumn Walking Special
Thanks for a great trip!
Des – October 2017 – Guided Sierra de Grazalema
Diolch i ti Dan. A wonderful week in every way!
Carys – Sept 2017 –Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada
Fabulous week Dan! Great company, food, wine, hotels and of course Ibex and vultures. Cheers and thanks heaps for such a memorable experience. X
Kathy – Guided Sierra de Grazalema – Oct 2017
Loved all the hikes and the fantastic accommodation and meals too! You exude such positive energy and enthusiasm for what you do. I felt so lucky to be able to enjoy the great treks in Grazalema with you.
“Take it from me…there is no “bull” with Dan! Thanks a lot amigo for such an enjoyable week of hiking. I enjoyed your spirit and your attention to detail.”
Mike & Gail – October 2017 – Guided Sierra de Grazalema
Many thanks for arranging such a great trekking holiday for the 3 of us, we really enjoyed the experience.
We were very pleased to have 2 nights at the Morayma hotel near Cadiar, as you said, it was particularly special. We also very much liked Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas.
All in all we loved this holiday and were very happy with how you organised it. – Jill & Friends – Andalucian Experience 13 nights – June 2017
We are now in Seville having completed our walking holiday.
We are very pleased that we asked you to organise that part of our trip.
All went very smoothly. We are delighted with it and will certainly recommend you to friends. Thank you for looking after the details so well.Regards
Heather – Self Guided Sierra de Grazalema – May 2017
Thanks for the tapas experience last night and everything else you did on the holiday. We caught our connection to Granada OK. See you in the future perhaps.
Trevor and Max – Guided Sierra de Grazalema – May 2017
Hello Dan, We’re home again and wanted to thank you for a lovely holiday in the Sierra de Grazalema. We really enjoyed it! Good walks, and it was a wonderful time of year to be there – masses of wild flowers, butterflies, birdsong and birds. Yes, we did have three days of clouds and some heavy rain (at Grazalema of course, where I believe it is traditional), but we still walked every day and if anything the scenery looked more dramatic when the peaks were draped in cloud! Best day was the hike from Benaojan to Villaluenga, just beautiful. And we stumbled on the San Marcos fiesta at Benaojan, and a bull-running fiesta at Grazalema; apparently the latter is normally in July but it ws the 25th anniversary of the ‘Pena’ concerned so they were having an extra one. Felt sorry for the bull but it was interesting to see the number of people who turned up to watch and the number of nutters who were willing to be chased around by a bull! And my concerns about the Quatro Paradas were groundless: we had a warm and friendly welcome, the room was spotless, the location by the river is beautiful, and the food is good. Yes there were a few silly niggles (drawer handles coming off and the bin not emptied) but overall we liked it. Special mentions must go to your taxi people, Isabel and Bernades, who were punctual and friendly and use magnificent Mercs, and to the driver (sorry, didn’t get his name) who took us from G to Ronda; also punctual, and made a heroic effort to drive the final 5 yards down an impossibly narrow alley to deliver us to the very door of the San Gabriel. Managed to persuade him to let us walk before a corkscrew became necessary to extract the car.
Finally, a special mention of you too for rescheduling the whole holiday at zero notice, quickly and efficiently. We really appreciated that and have made mention of it in our review to Responsible Travel. If we decide to return to the area we’ll definitely return to Ibex Trex! thanks again and best wishes for the future,
Jan and Bob – Self Guided Sierra de Grazalema – May 2017
It was a really lovely experience walking through the mountain sides and blossoms. Great company, lovely hotel and you certainly looked after us, and fed us so well. I was only delayed by an hour.
Will certainly recommend ibex trex!
Susan – Walking In Blossom – March 2017
Really enjoyable – I do mean joy. It was such a pleasure to discover this part of the world and get a little bit (OK a lot) of exercise too. Challenging at times but worth it.
Karen – Walking In Blossom – March 2017
We have just returned from a week long walking holiday in Grazalema / Ronda organised by Ibex Trex. We asked for custom made itinerary and Dan came up trumps. He managed to get tickets for 20 of us to visit Caminito del Rey and Cueva de la Pileta. We were well looked after by Dan Shaffrey who couldn’t do enough for us. He’s very likeable, sociable and trustworthy and bent over backwards for us. We heartily recommend him and his walk leaders to anyone who loves walking in Andalucia, Spain. from John and Wendy on behalf of 20 Coventry (Andalucian) Ramblers – May 2016
Hello Dan,That was a great week! I would rate it among the best walking holidays I have experienced, and as you know I’ve done some good ones. Everything about it was well planned and executed. I enjoyed every day. I was delighted with the company of the Canadians. I hope my pace wasn’t frustrating for them. Greg – Iceland Trip – July 2016
Hi Dan, Many thanks for all your work and assistance last week from the seven Malahide ladies. Regardless of the minor grouches I think I heard being expressed at the front of the van on Saturday, we all, truly, enjoyed our holiday and appreciate all you did on our behalf.Had to laugh when I looked at the Ibex Trex website to view your Ronda holiday. I saw something about it being the wettest area of Spain so think I might leave it a while before suggesting it for next year’s adventure. The Picos look good too. Not often we return from a trip to sunnier weather here in Dublin! Best regards from us all. Meris & 7 Friends – Self Guided Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – May 2016
Hey Dan Hope you’d a good night out on Saturday. I’d a great time in Spain. I’d no idea what to expect being so last minute but really glad I did it, it was such a laugh and brilliant way to see the country. I’m sure you’ve plenty of photos but just sending on some of mine if you need any for your website. Eimear – Sept 2016 – Across The Picos De Europa.
Our second holiday with Ibex – we all loved it as we did the first – beautiful valleys, glorious arrays of wildflowers, spectacular views throughout. We enjoyed exploring the villages as we passed through – untouched by tourism. The icing on the cake being the Poqueira Valley and for some a visit to the five star refugio, not forgetting the snowballing! The Hotel Mecina was a perfect choice, they looked after our group so well. Dan thank you so much for another great holiday in the Sierra Nevada, the choice of walks were perfect and the picnics were simply great.
Honeybone & 22 Friends Walking Group – Tailor-made Walking Holiday in The Sierra Nevada and Las Alpujarras – May 2016
This was our first self-guided walking holiday with lugguage transfer. Ibex Trex is an operator you can rely on, has outstandingly prepared self-guided files, is quick to respond to guests’ quibbles and does anything to keep their walkers happy, ready to be fit for the next day’s walking adventure (in the Alpujarras).I’d be perfectly happy booking another walk with Ibex Trex.
Erika & Hans – Sept 2016 – Self Guided Waking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada
Hola Dan, Thank you for a great walking experience. In spite of me: 1. ripping my clothes, 2. doing my best “Eddie The Eagle” interpretation and bowling over a fellow walker while tumbling down the mountain….I had a fun time and hope i am allowed to return! Cheers Nicky – Walking Grazalema – Oct 2015
Excellent guiding, hotels and holiday…will be back for more.
Old timers Walking Group – Guided Walking Holidays – October 2015
We have been to the Sierra Nevada with Ibex and we went to Grazalema this year and have had a wonderful time. Hotels were good, the walks were outstanding and the whole holiday was faultless.
June & 4 friends – Self Guided Walking Holiday – October 2015
Excellent times – will be back to walk in the Picos next year!!
Margaret & Friends – Self Guided Walking Sierra Nevada – September 2015
What a great area – for our first walking holiday we were very impressed with everything – couldn’t fault it.
Charlotte & John – Guided Walking Sierra Nevada – October 2015
It was a great holiday. Dan is a lovely man, and very capable, it ran like silk! The walking was wonderful, just the right amount of challenge, and the scenery was fantastic, he obviously put a lot of work into the package.
We will be back to you again. Mary – Self guided Walking Holiday Las Alpujarras – October 2015
We really enjoyed our walk and accommodation. Our favourite was the hotel at Mecina very peaceful and great hosts. The food was amazing at trevelez. We wish we had crampons to get up to the lakes but still a beautiful walk. We are now doing a 9 day walk with camino ways west of Barcelona and it doesn’t compare.
Thanks and good luck with the business we would like to start up something similar in New Zealand but we don’t have the villages.
Donna & Bruce – Self Guided Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – January 2015
Hi Dan, Just to say thanks for a fantastic holiday last week, it was wonderful to experience such a beautiful unspoilt landscape. Hotels, food, arrangements, were all first class, I wouldn’t have changed anything. I hope to be back next year to walk in Grazalema. All the best, Carys Walking Las Alpujarras & The SIerra Nevada – October 2014
Good morning Dan,
We’re all settling back in to a wet and rainy Cork – it’s out with the raingear from now on.
I hope you’re not too ‘miserable’ without us!
Well, you were wrong (again) – they all want to go back to the Alpujarras – even the ones that haven’t been.
I reckon they’ve all fallen in love with you Dan or it’s the spirit of the Sierra Nevadas.
Cath – Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – September 2014
Dan, thanks for a wonderful weeks walking in the Sierra Nevada last week. It rivalled my trips to Kilimanjaro and Nepal for enjoyment. Last week reminded me that I don’t have to take on very big challenges to have a great time in the mountains. I was particularly happy with my form on Mulhacen. My strength is my endurance and ability to keep going at a steady pace. I will never be a quick downhill walker! Where to next…? Iceland sounds interesting, and do keep me informed of any other novel treks. I’m always on the lookout for the next adventure…Greg Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – September 2014
We absolutely loved our walking holiday with Ibex Trex. It couldn’t have been better. The hotels along the way were all lovely and accommodated our vegetarian needs, especially the one in Trevelez. We also loved the Moraymer with its gorgeous views. The route notes and maps for the walks were also really clear and we managed not to get lost once! The wildlife, scenery and views were spectacular and we would definitely come again but perhaps at a slightly cooler time of year! We also really enjoyed our trip to the Alhambra and Granada. What an amazing place.
Rhiannon + Friend – Self Guided Trekking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – August 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. The organisation was great, the walks really fantastic and we could never have found those routes ourselves. It was so good to have the instructions from someone who really knew the area. We were also struck by the particularly unspoilt nature of the alpujarras. I don’t think we heard any traffic noise the whole week!…We liked the arrangement of spending 2 nights in each hotel. Walks were a good length. Perhaps a bit more choice of food would have been good.
But generally really fantastic and we would highly recommend it.
Many thanks and best wishes
Karen and David – Self Guided Waling Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – June 2014
Another great week in Spain.
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip again. We managed to squeeze in an extra walk…Grazalema is quite lovely. It was a pity that we couldn’t do the Ruta de Pinsapar, but we enjoyed our 3 nights there. The walk/climb to the summit of Simoncon was particularly worthwhile, and gave us several sightings of ibex….The hotel in Ronda is great – very pleasant owners, and a lovely breakfast – delivered early to allow us to head off for our early flight.
Karen & Paul – Self Guided Walking Grazalema – June 2014
Dear Dan I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my time in Grazalema with Ibex Trex.
The walking was great and scenery and weather wonderful. Your knowledge of the area and sense of humour, combined with good food and excellent accommodation resulted in a truly memorable week. Thank you Ann
Grazalema Walking Special – May 2014
Just returned from our second walking holiday in Spain with Ibex Trex. Another brilliant week spent in a wonderful part of the country,Grazalema and Ronda. The walking was great as was the weather, and the hotels we stayed in were excellent. Thanks to Dan and team for introducing us to this lovely area. The holiday was greatly enjoyed by all our members. We look forward to the next one.
Kate Taylor. Arnside Ramblers – Grazalema Group Holiday – June 2014
Hi Dan/Chris/Joe. Once again, thanks for a super holiday. On yesterday’s walk, reminiscing was the main activity, as well as speculation about next year’s possibility. Hope it works and that you can see how we value such walking. Very best wishes, Ken and Ann. Group Walking Holiday In Grazalema – June 2014
To add my thanks: it was a great walking week. Your itinerary was well judged and the hotels were terrific. It suited us perfectly. I really enjoyed staying on at the last hotel – superb location for painting and sketching and watching the world go by.
Chris and Billy were excellent sources of information, and the conversations on the trips livened up the journeys and gave good context for the place and its peoples.
Many thanks. – Elaine & Allan – March 2014 –Self Guided Walking Las Alpujarras & Sierra Nevada
We took the family to Sierra de Ronda, for a week’s walking and to celebrate my husband’s 50th Birthday. We all enjoyed the trip, so good to have someone else planning the accommodation and routes. The children had fun too, enjoying the breakfasts and Hotel food. Beautiful scenery, very unspoilt, providing a true taste of Spain….
Thanks again, we may well be back to try another route.
Katrin & Family –Self Guided Walking Grazalema – April 2014
We got home safely after a most enjoyable ‘walking holiday’, hope your Dad got back to Gorey safely too. From both of us a very sincere thanks to you; it was really great place for walking and we had very suitable hotels and most enjoyable meals and chat. We always felt safe and you made a special effort to look after everyone at their different levels of ability as well as giving us a guide and info on their sights and places we visited. Your Dad kept a special eye on us and we had great chats at the rear of the walks. Give our best wishes to Alison and Gilbert, if they are still with you this week.
Looking forward to coming back to Spain and walking with you again.
Colette and Charlie – Guided Walking Las Alpujarras Valley – May 2014
Walking in the Sierra Nevada in May was a wonderful experience. The walks and the hotels were excellent. The level of service we received was above and beyond what we expected. Very good holiday.
John & Valerie – Self Guided Walking Las Alpujarras – May 2014
Excellent walking holiday my brother and I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to walk with Ibex Trex again in Grazalema
Jane – Self Guided Trekking Sierra Nevada – April 2014
Thanks so much for the fabulous holiday. The two weeks we spent with you in Alpujarras and Grazalema were exactly what we were looking for – small group, interesting villages, fantastic walks, charming hotels, good food and wine, all at an unbeatable price. Your knowledge of local flora and fauna was excellent and you definitely have a knack for spotting birds and wildlife. All in all, a brilliant holiday. You nailed it!
Alison and Gil, Vancouver, Canada – Las Alpujarras Valley Walk Guided – Guided Grazalema Special – May 2014
Hi Dan, A testimonial as promised. 8 friends and I had an excellent walking holiday with Ibex Trex. The hotels, food and walks were great. Dan’s company was excellent and his knowledge of the culture, flora and fauna enhanced our walks even more. We would thoroughly recommend Ibex Trex and the Sierra Nevada as an excellent Walking holiday destination. John & 8 Friends from Ireland – Oct 2013 – Group Walking Holidays
Dear Dan, Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday. We have seen some beautiful places totally unknown to us. Your expertise in walking, flora and fauna enhanced our holiday. Your diverse choice of hotels was brilliant.Look forward to thew next time. Oct 13 – Ann & Colin – Las Alpujarras Valley Walk
Thank you Dan. I did really have a great time with ye, loved every minute of it. So much so that I am taking another break over Xmas in Tenerife South. October 2013 – Donal – Autumn Walking Special
Thank you for the wonderful holiday. It was our first walking holiday and we would certainly do this type of holiday again, and certainly recommend you for any of our friends coming to Spain. Regards, Linda McKone + 3 Friends
October 2013 – Self Guided – Trekking Las Alpujarras And The Sierra Nevada
Hi Dan, hope all is well, as promised a few lines of huge thanks for a superb organised trip. We spent an amazing 9 days self guided trekking in the Sierra Nevada/Alpujarras every day exceeded our expectations. The diversity of the varying landscapes was truly breathtaking. Both hotels, Finca Los Llanos and Alquiera de Morayma had wonderful character, exceptional service and the food was always fresh and wholesome. Dan provided a first class timely transfer service to and from the fantastic itinerary routes he had tailored together for us, good descriptive walk notes, accurate mileage with that much need local bar at the end of the day for local Tapas and cool beer(s).J We wish we were still there but hopefully it is NOT a once in a lifetime trip. Million thanks Carmel & Steve. September 2013 – 9 Nights Self Guided – Trekking Sierra Nevada
“Thank you so much for a great trip. Your planning and arrangements were seamless and beyond expectations. We especially enjoyed and appreciated Chris as our “local contact.” He was most informative about the area and helped immensely with local pronunciations. All of the hotels were fantastic and the ones with a pool were most appreciated as we had great, hot weather. We were very impressed with the diversity of the hikes; no two seemed the same. And the mix of easier and longer days was just right. We had a blue-bird day on our hike up and over Mulhacen and, if one had to choose, that was probably the highlight of the holiday, although not by much.
And Dan, you were great to deal with during the planning phase. Your email replies were always prompt and all questions were addressed readily. I always felt very comfortable corresponding with you. The Hotel Maestranza in Sevilla was a great recommendation. Muchas gracias para todo. We will highly recommend Ibextrex! “
Sam & 3 Friends – Self Guided Sierra Nevada & Grazalema Walking Holiday – June 2013
“All in all we loved the holiday, all the hotels were very good, especially the first one where the people were exceptionally helpful and pleasant. Regards Annette and Andy.”
May 2013 – Walking Grazalema Self Guided Holiday
Just a note to say a huge thank you for making our holiday so enjoyable last week. Although the weather wasn’t on our side all the time we had a taste of what the Sierra Nevada had to offer…and of course the walk on Thursday made up for all the mist etc earlier on in the week…we did a 12 mile hike yesterday but it wasn’t the same really…missed the stunning vistas!!
We would like to join you again, if not in the Alpujarras, then in the other region you mentioned…in the meantime we may well slip back to the Hotel de Morayma for a quick break between now and then! In the meantime, very many thanks again for a great week.
Nicola and Richard – Walking Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – May 2013
“Hi Dan and Chris
We all got home safely after a short delay at Malaga.
Thank you both so much for a super holiday. You looked after us all so well. Everybody really enjoyed the week.
The hotels were good, we especially enjoyed the second one, so different.
It was lovely to meet your wives and your lovely children, also your dad Dan. A lovely man, he was so helpful to me on the firs tday. We all send our thanks and best wishes for your future plans. Hope there will be lots of business coming your way. We shall certainly recommend you to all our walking friends.
Look after yourselves and once again very many thanks”
Kate – Organiser of the Arnside Walking Club – May 2013
“Excellent self guided holiday – really enjoyed the walking and the great hotels at the end of the day. Was one of the best we have been on and will be back to walk in the Sierra Nevada with you. Thank you.”
John & Jim – Self Guided Grazalema – April 2013
“The hikes were exceptional, even in the rain and wind (and even Hail)! Hotels were great as was the delightful staff at each location. The centered, self guided hiking concept is great for folks who don\’t want to change hotels often and you were so helpful in answering all of our questions ahead of time! We had a great parking place near the hotel in Grazalema and didn\’t have to move the car the entire time. You were correct in suggesting the 2 places in the Sierra Nevada\’s because each was so unique. Thank you!” Donna
Self Guided 5 days Grazalema And 5 Days Sierra Nevada March 2013
“We liked the hotels very much, the rooms clean and had everything we needed, and all the staff at each place were friendly and nice. The Maestranza hotel in Seville is a great location; we stayed at the Maestranza in Malaga and would highly recommend it. It is a full service hotel, and they park your car for you, and you can walk to everything. We were lucky to see Semana Santa while we were there. In Granada we stayed in the hotel you recommended and loved it. It too was in the center of the historic district and we walked everywhere.
We left Spain feeling like we had a trip of a lifetime…great and challenging hiking; and wonderful historical sites in each of the cities”
Pat & Friends March 2013 Self Guided Walking Holiday
“What a wonderful walking experience. Really enjoyed everything you organised a great holiday for us. Thank you.”
Jane Self Guided Walking Holiday March 2013
“We arrived in Granada to be me at the airport and transferred to our first hotel in the beautiful Sierra Nevada. We walked along the Las Alpujarra valley staying in wonderful hotels and being guided by Dan. Funny and friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. We knew we were in safe hands.
All in all a fantastic walking holiday and we are recommending Ibex Trex to all our friends”.Cheers Tom & Katie Guided Walking Holiday March 2013
“Thanks to Ibex Trex for a wonderful walking holiday in Las Alpujarras. Hotel Alqueria De Morayma was an amazing place, lovely rooms, bar and dining room, with even a quirky kind of museum. Walking in blossom was a fantastic experience and the almond blossom exceeded our expectations: it was everywhere. I would recommend anyone considering a holiday in the mountains to try the walking in blossom week. The temperature was perfect for walking.
The walking was exactly the right level. Dan was an excellent guide, he was very knowledgeable about the area and shared lots of interesting facts with us.
Thanks to Dan for a fab holiday. We have great memories and photos and may return to undertake another Ibex Trex trip soon.”
Paula – Walking In Blossom February 2013
“We were a group of 6 (+60) Danes who asked Dan to arrange a self-guided tour in Las Alpuljarras in early September. He made a great tour for us. We enjoyed the surroundings, the splendid views, the fine weather, the pools, the beers, the wine and in most cases also the food. We certainly can recommend Ibex Trex who took well care of us.”
Poul, Anne, Peter, Helle, Lars & Alice, Copenhagen. September 2012
“Muchas Gracias por dos semanas fantastica!!!
The first week of guided hikes were superb – we thoroughly enjoyed the variety of hikes and all the information you shared with us.
the second week of self guided walking was also enjoyable but we missed your good company.Nevertheless we found our way and made it to our next destination.
The accommodation and food throughout our stay in Las Alpujarras were beyond our expectations.
Finishing hikes by mid-afternoon and then being able to enjoy some leisure time around the pool before dinner each day made it seem like we were having two vacations in one.
We certainly will have no hesitation in recommending Ibex Trex to our friends.
Cuatro Senoras de Canada – Judy & Friends – Las Alpujarras Week & Self Guided June 2012
“A group from Iceland had a wonderfull walking week in the beautifull Alpujarras and Sierra Nevanda mountains. The hotels were good, Hotel Finca los llanos and Alquiera de Morayma both hotels had its charm. But the latter was very special and lured some of the group to stay at home one day. The walks were all great we walked through country side and white willages as well as high mountain wilderness, we even saw an ibex. As we were a big group Jo, Dan’s father came from Ireland to make sure that nobody in the group was left behind, good service. thank you for a perfect tour. there will sure come more groups from Iceland. Steinunn – Icelandic Group May 2012
“I did a weeks walking in la Alpujarras with Ibex Trex in Oct 2012.Like the rest of the group I had never been on a trekking holiday but it all worked out very well. We were picked up from Malaga Airport by our guide and host Dan Shaffrey. Dan took us the two hour journey to our first village stop off where he got us booked into the hotel. From there it was very easy. The 2 hotel accommodation (we changed location mid week)was very good as was the food. They even provided pack lunches so the only out of pocket expense was the odd beer and glass of wine but prices for these were still much cheaper than the uk. About 1.50 euro. the holiday was therefore great value for money at circa £1000 inc all flights, most food and drink
The walks were great, challenging, dramatic and visually stunning but when a few of us asked for slightly easier routes (age catching up with all of us I think) Dan happily varied to alt routes, still fantastic but not quiet as challenging. Dan also had great knowledge of the local flora and fauna.
All in all in was a great holiday and one i would be glad to repeat and recommend.” Brian – Autumn Special Group October 2012
“Joined the Walking Las Alpujarras Week in September and have written to say thank you to Dan and Ibex Trex for hosting such a fabulous holiday. There were 6 of us, all individuals and not knowing each other at the start but by the end we were good friends and I think I speak for all on the holiday, it was great. Thanks again. Jane Walking Las Alpujarras September 2012
Thank you so much for the superb holiday you gave the ten of us this month.
The walks were perfect: just the right degree of difficulty and very well described in your notes. The landscape is just breathtaking; great variety of views and of territory.
We very much appreciated the feeling you were on tap to help if we needed you, such as the day when you picked up some of us at two different places after a phone call to say that the distance had turned out a little further than we could manage. Your calm driving, efficient luggage transport and perfectly executed transfers gave us a great feeling of confidence and security. And your choice of hotels was just right: comfortable and welcoming, non fussy and suitable for walkers.
The soggy day in Granada provided a pleasant change: thank you for organising this and once more being on tap while we were there.
We came away feeling refreshed and thoroughly well looked after: everyone agreed that they would recommend Ibex without reservation.
with thanks and all good wishes” John And 9 Friends – November 2012
“Just to let you know that we had an excellent holiday, which we both enjoyed very much. We were very lucky with the weather and the scenery was fantastic. We enjoyed the hotels, each of which was very different, but all with excellent food and service.” Ros & Mike – Self Guided – March 2012
“We all had a brilliant holiday. All the walks were great, day 3 the Mecina circuit was our favourite. The accommodation was very good…..
All in all a great holiday and would highly recommend both the trip itself and the group Ibextrex.”
Lisa & Family- Self Guided – March 2012
Dublin Walking Club Group in Andalucia ( Sierra Nevada/Alpujarras Region)
Recently (April ’12) sixteen DWC club-members spent a most enjoyable week in Andulacia, walking in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada/Alpujarras ranges. Our trip was arranged through IBEX TREX , which arranged accommodation, transport, baggage transfers, packed lunches, day-trip to Granada, etc. Read more here
‘Thank you so much for a very successful and excellent walking week – enjoyed by all. We are now getting our breath back and receiving lots of thank you messages and congratulatory comments on the week. Again many thanks to both you and Amy. Good luck for the future.’ West Berkshire Ramblers
‘Excellent walking holiday, thank you for your organisation and walks’ Galway Walking group
We had an excellent week, the walks were generally very good and varied – we spotted wild boar for the first time so were really excited about that….Must say we really enjoyed the break, the majority of the treks and the hotels were superb, and the locals ever so friendly. The Mecina loop walk and the Siete Laguna’s were our favourite, even wading through a foot of snow, closely followed by the final day – even considering the confusing end.Many thanks for arranging, and to Chris for helping us Veggies. We will definitely recommend you to our like minded friends and colleagues.Very best wishes” Ady and Deb – Self Guided Walking Holiday March 2012.
In the late 15th century, this area was considered almost impenetrable when the Moors retreated there, before their final expulsion from Spain. Our walks passed through many areas still accessible only on foot and pack-mules were frequently seen in use. We stayed in four traditional high-mountain villages i.e. Capleleira, Mecina, Trevelez and Cadiar. These have retained a typical Moorish character. Houses were flat-roofed and painted a brilliant white. Days were quite warm (20°-25°C.) but, at 1,500-1,800 metres, nights were crisp and cool. All around were steeply-terraced groves of olive, walnut, etc. There was much evidence of sophisticated Moorish irrigation skills e.g. canals at high altitudes, distributing snow-melt water. However, we also passed through vast areas of arid scrub-land.
The hotels used were very comfortable and served excellent food. Each was of a rustic but individually quite distinct character. This particularly applied to the atmospheric Alqueria de Morayma hotel complex (where we spent the final two nights.)
Dan Shaffrey (assisted by his also very-fit father, Joe,) led all the walks. Along the way, he provided a flow of informed detail on fauna and flora, local history, and culture. Our walks brought some spectacular vistas e.g.in the Poquiera Gorge, the La Taha area and the Rio Trevelez valley.
The most difficult walk was on a glaciation cirque between Mulhacen (the highest European peak outside the Alps and Pyrenees) and the Alcazaba mountains. Challenges were posed by the altitude (approx. 3,000 m) and the need to cross several snowfields.
In the course of a week of bright sunshine (low-to-mid-twenties C.), the elusive ibex (near the village of Berchules) and soaring booted-eagles were sighted. The almost –invisible Golden Oriole and cuckoo were heard. The ‘Bat-tailed’ and many other species of butterflies (e.g. Painted Lady, Moroccan Orange Tip, etc.) were all about in the lush river- valleys. Numerous snakes and lizards crossed our paths, harmlessly, but we avoided the larger Oscellated Lizard as (perhaps needlessly) we feared its bite!
Our ‘day-off’ consisted of a day-trip to Granada city, with an emphasis on the Alhambra. We had a memorable tour of the Palacios Nazaries and learned a little more of those who had shaped the Alpujarras landscapes many centuries before.
All-in-all, then, IBEXTREX provided a really enjoyable week for us, ‘hands-on’ , with challenging walks through unforgettable countryside. MW/GA Dublin Walking Club 2012
“We all had a brilliant holiday. All the walks were great, day 3 the Mecina circuit was our favourite. The accommodation was very good…..
All in all a great holiday and would highly recommend both the trip itself and the group Ibextrex.”
Lisa & Family- Self Guided – March 2012
“Better late than never. I meant to reply last year.
The holiday memories are all good.
We appreciated the variety of the walks. I loved the flame colours on the trees and views of village life, whilst Robert’s favourite day was the walk to the lakes. I liked the different styles of accommodation and the food was good.” Pat & Robert – Self Guided Walking Holiday – March 2012
“We had an excellent week, the walks were generally very good and varied – we spotted wild boar for the first time so were really excited about that….Must say we really enjoyed the break, the majority of the treks and the hotels were superb, and the locals ever so friendly. The Mecina loop walk and the Siete Laguna’s were our favourite, even wading through a foot of snow, closely followed by the final day – even considering the confusing end.
Many thanks for arranging, and to Chris for helping us Veggies. We will definitely recommend you to our like minded friends and colleagues.Very best wishes”
Ady and Deb – Self Guided Walking Holiday March 2012.
“Just to let you know that we had an excellent holiday, which we both enjoyed very much. We were very lucky with the weather and the scenery was fantastic. We enjoyed the hotels, each of which was very different, but all with excellent food and service.”
Ros & Mike – Self Guided – March 2012
“Just a quick email to say thank you for the walking and the manner in which you looked after us. Very enjoyable.”James & Maeve – Walking in Blossom February 2012
“We had a very good time, and thank you for organizing it all.”
Susan & George September 2011
“Thank you for a really great introduction to the Sierra Nevada. We had a really good time – we felt the medium level itinerary show cased the area really well, routes we would never have found for ourselves and we really enjoyed all the hotels, again I’m sure we wouldn’t have found such good places to stay. Chris was really helpful and friendly – it felt good to have someone in the country – and made us feel very spoilt having an itinerary built around what we wanted to do. Thank you so much for being so flexible with changing the night’s stay at Trevelez, my fault I felt I would not be up for walking two long 18km days back to back. Had a lovely restful stay in Trevelez enjoying the mountains and roof top terrace views.”
Lesley September 2011
“Many thanks for a superb holiday, which we rate as one of the best we have ever had!”
Mike September 2011
“Seven days of fantastic walking, part guided and part self-guided. Thankyou very much for a well planned holiday
7 Fitzgeralds May 2010
“Chose 7 days guided walking with Dan for our walking group and we had an excellent time. Walks were at the right level and the accommodation was great. We all agreed we chose the best holiday in the area.”
Clan Cross Walking Group
“Excellent week, met and exceeded my expectations” John
“Overall, a very nice trip which gave us excellent exercize, but in retrospect, better done in April/May..we hope to be back.” Subbu & Family
“We spent 9 wonderful, self-guided, days with Ibex Trex. The mountains are spectacular, the walking superb. Can’t say enough good things about the Hotel accommodation, fantastic views, good food and superb ammenities. We wish we were still there but hopefully it is NOT a once in a lifetime trip. Don’t hesitate, contact Dan, and go.” Ron and Friends
“We had an amazing time, the Alpujarras are very beautiful and still quite untouched. the walks were great and the hotels at the end of the day gave the walking holiday that bit of luxury we wanted after trekking. Dan was great when we understood his accent and we had a good laugh. Will be telling our friends in the states what a great time we had.” Chloe, Jane, Mary & Liz
“Excellent place for walking, thankyou for a great week’John Macs Group
“Self guided week went very well and was one of the good ones we have been on recently” Clive
“Lovely week of well organised walking, we all enjoyed it and would come back in a few years” Michaels Group
“The hotel Alqueria de Morayma, in its idyllic setting, was the perfect base for the week’s Wildlife Walking holiday. The walks were varied, passing through lovely scenery and local villages. As a reasonably fit 68-year-old, I found the level of difficulty was just right. The enthusiasm and knowledge of Gary, the wildlife guide, was a delight, and I learned a lot. We saw about 70 different bird species. Dan’s faultless organisation ensured a happy week, and the hotel’s excellent food and local wine, together with Sally’s picnics (including a slice of wonderful home-made cake) ensured a gain of 2 kilos, even after all that walking. Happy days!” Judith
“Lousy weather great week of self guided walking, notes were good and accommodation excellent. Definitely Recommend!!” Leslie – May 2011
“Thanks Dan for a great week” Michael & Yvonne
“Brilliant, we have come a long way and it met and exceeded our expectations. Thank you for a great few days” Wendy
“Very well organised self guided walking holiday, good accommodation and food, good walks. Excellent week. Thanks”Richard & Val – April 2011
“Never been on a walking holiday before and we will be using this holiday as our benchmark for future walking holidays. Thank you.”Barbara & Bill
“Loved every minute, apart from going uphill”Janet
‘Excellent self guided walking week, Dan couldn’t do enough for us, great hotels and walking!!” The Woods Family
‘We had an absolutely wonderful time, everything about the stay could not be bettered. The mix of walks with the amazing scenery and wildlife was fantastic and the Alhambra trip was a real highlight. The hotel (Morayma) was superb – very friendly with excellent food and to cap it all – Dan and Gary led it brilliantly. It truly is the best holiday in our memories.’ Andy & Jan September 2010
‘Hope our paths cross again sometime, thank you for making it such a memorable trip’ Rathdrum Walking Club
‘Thank you for a most enjoyable holiday. It was great to have the opportunity to be out in the Alpujarra countryside and on top of this we saw plants and creatures we would never have spotted without the enthusiastic guiding, and also got to know something of the history of the area. ‘
‘Excellent place for walking, thankyou for a great week’John Macs Group
‘It was such a lovely trip and I enjoyed every minute of it! Warm wishes’ Kirsten Chair Person of the Buskerud Botanical Society May 2010
‘Seven days of fantastic walking, part guided and part self-guided. Thankyou very much for a well planned holiday’7 Fitzgeralds
‘A Fantastic time, and we keep talking about our time in the Alpujarra. It was fantastic.’ 4 American Park Rangers
‘Great self-guided notes and a brilliant place to walk. Thank you for a well organised trip and it was great to meet you.’
The Halets April 2010
‘All though it rained most of the week, we had a fantastic time. The accommodation was great and Dan the guide kept us entertained throughout the week, hope it gets dry soon’ 4 Friends in Macs
‘Great walking country, great companions, great food, great hotel, Great!!’ Dennis
‘Excellent week, thankyou very much.’ Paul & Liz
‘Good walking holiday with great company. We had a lovely week and will be back with friends.’ Mike & Jill
‘Thank you for a most enjoyable holiday. It was great to have the opportunity to be out in the Alpujarra countryside and on top of this we saw plants and creatures we would never have spotted without the enthusiastic guiding, and also got to know something of the history of the area. ‘ Jeff & Jan
‘Thank you so much for a very successful and excellent walking week – enjoyed by all. We are now getting our breath back and receiving lots of thank you messages and congratulatory comments on the week. Again many thanks to both you and Amy. Good luck for the future.’ West Berkshire Ramblers – Pat & Colin Honeybone
‘Many thanks to Dan and Amy for a fabulous walking holiday and great accommodation at Morayma.
Vince and Barbara
‘Thanks for a “hard yet rewarding” holiday! We had a great time even
though are legs still hurt!!’ Lis and Rose
‘Dear Dan,Amy & Gary,it was a Wonderful holiday and you took such good care of us. We are telling all our friends and family to have a look at your website. Many thanks from Margaret and Charles.’
‘Once again thnkyou so much for a super week of walking. Everyone enjoyed the week tremendously. So thankyou for all the thought you put into making it a great week for everyone’Viv
‘Just to thank you both and Gary for such a fantastic week – it was great to be away with our group and we just loved the walks and the perfect blue skies and snow. Hope you have a good season and we will hope to send you some more! Judy and Ian’
‘We had a lovely time and thank you very much indeed for all your hard work. The walks were fantastic and the desert and Cabo De Gato fantastic too. We thought you were all very enthusiastic and friendly, a very professional group. Thanks also to Amy for the lovely cakes and sandwiches.’ Jim
‘The recent walks with you were some of the best I have ever been on ( once my lungs were acclimatised!) and thanks for your guidance and organisation. This was the first time I had been to Andalusia/Granada and I would not mind walking there again some time.Hoping that you have a good year.’ Jim Wilson
‘Great days walking, very professional’
‘We hope to come back with our walking group next year’
Andrew & Viv
‘Everything we wanted and more’
John & Liz
‘Fantastic Week, we will be back’
‘Excellent variety and guiding. Great week’
Martyn & Lynn
‘With extremely fond memories & thanks again’
Alison & Jill
‘Great week, thanks very much’
Jill & Sarah
‘Excellent guiding, walking& variety’
Galway Walking Club
‘You were more than a guide , a wonderful companion’
Ronnie, Heddie & Maureen’
‘Excellent Level of professionalism, experience& knowledge’
Steve & Patricia
‘ A wonderful mixture of walks and free time ,Granada, Arab Baths and local food. Having not experienced Spain or this type of holiday before, I found it very relaxing and a great sense of achievement, which was all very satisfying
”You have been excellent hosts, Thankyou.’
‘Very good week, Thanks.’
Amesbury Walking Group October 2007
‘The Walking was exactly what we wanted and there was nice variety. The week was perfectly paced. We have had a really good week. Thankyou.’
Jackie & Peter
‘I have had a great holiday. Thankyou.’
‘Thankyou, for an excellent holiday.’
‘Thankyou, It’s been a great week.’
Northumbria Walking Group September 2007
‘It was such a lovely trip and I enjoyed every minute of it! Warm wishes’ Kirsten Chair Person of the Buskerud Botanical Society May 2010
‘Thank you for a most enjoyable holiday. It was great to have the opportunity to be out in the Alpujarra countryside and on top of this we saw plants and creatures we would never have spotted without the enthusiastic guiding, and also got to know something of the history of the area. ‘April 2010
Arnside and District Natural History Society Trip to Alpujurras, May 2012
Thank you for organising such an excellent trip for us. The two hotels were excellent and full of character. We thoroughly enjoyed the area and our day trip to Granada. As a Natural History Group you chose some excellent visit locations that kept us absorbed for hours. The arrangements were informal, which we liked, but the logistics and transport arrangements always worked. Gary, our natural history guide, was really excellent. He was very knowledgeable, ultra enthusiastic and always highly amusing. You both worked very hard to ensure everything worked. All in all you both combined to make it a very memorable trip.
Bob Hamnett on behalf of the Arnside and District Natural History Society