Sierra Nevada Walking
Self Guided Walking Holiday Grazalema
Sierra Grazalema Walking
Self guided Sierra Nevada

Andalucia Experience – Bespoke Self-Guided Holiday


A bespoke self guided walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain , where you can choose to walk in the Sierra De Grazalema and in the Sierra Nevada, staying overnight in the beautiful cities of Ronda and Granada on the way. We link the two areas with a beautiful train journey between Ronda and Granada.

The self guided walking holiday is in the best two areas in Andalucia, they are beautiful and both areas are completely different in landscape, food and culture.

We have lived in Andalucia for over 10 years and we can recommend and organise Alhambra entrance, flamenco, restaurants, Caminito del Rey, city tours and train tickets to make your self led walking holiday special. We walk the best routes in both parks and link quality hotels with our routes.

We create this self guided walking holiday several times a year for clients who want to spend 8 – 18 nights in Andalucia or Spain and have everything organised for them and great recommendations along the way.

If you want to have a wonderful Andalucian walking experience on foot please get in contact.

You can see an example 15 night self-guided walking holiday here. 15 night self-guided walking holiday itinerary

Dear Dan,
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.
Hope you have had a good rest of the season.
Warm regards, Jill – Andalucian Experience 13 Nights – June 2017
See this walking holiday itinerary here.


Self Guided Holiday Sierra Nevada Grazalema


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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Hotel to Hotel, Self-Guided Tours, Trekking, Walking Holiday
    • Activity Level Moderate
    • Group Size Small Group
    All about the Andalucia Experience – Bespoke Self-Guided Holiday.

    The self guided walking holiday can be completely tailored to suit you. We do recommend at least 3 days in each area walking and at least one city night in either Ronda or Granada preferably both. Please contact us to discuss your Andalucia Experience.

    We have an example self guided walking holiday to view which we designed for a client in 2016, under the Itinerary title is this walking holiday itinerary and this is there comment:-

    Dan, just wanted to say thank you for time and effort you put into making our hiking vacation a great one.Only problem — the trip has been too short. Thanks for all your help.
    Tom and Suzanne – Andalucia Experience – 15 nights – March 2016

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Your choice of start and finish dates

    Choose your length of holiday(min 8 nights, max 18 nights)

    Choice of walks

    Great hotel accommodation and food

    Sherpa transport for luggage (hotel to hotel)

    A packed walk pack covering the Sierra Nevada & Sierra de Grazalema, Cities you stay in(map, walk notes, wildlife and cultural guides, tickets)

    24hr assistance if needed.

    An Excellent Self Guided Walking Experience

    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Airport Transfers – We organise these for 160 Euro per group of upto 4 people return to Malaga or Granada.
    We do organise transfers for larger groups please contact us.


    Some evening meals

    1. Day1 Arrival Day - Transfer to Grazalema

      Met at Malaga Airport and transfer to Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas (1 hr – 30 mins)

      Evening meal in Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas

    2. Day2 Benaojan - Jimera de Libar 10km

      Benaojan – Jimera de Libar 10km(short) 18km(long) 4-6hrs Descent 100m(Ascent 100m on return)
      A classic walk from the hotel down to the village of Benaojan and then to the valley floor where you pick up this lovely path that will take you along the side of the railway to the sleepy village of Jimera de Libar. You can have a lovely meal at the Quercus restaurant before either catching the train back or retracing your steps and making the walk longer.

      Evening Meal in Hotel

    3. Day3 Benaojan - Villaluenga del Rosario 22km

      Checkout of hotel

      Benaojan – Villaluenga del Rosario 22km 6-8hrs Ascent 700m Descent 500m
      Walking from Benaojan up a wonderful limestone crag before walking down the long valley of Libar following the GR7 long distance path. You walk along the valley floor with sheer limestone cliffs on either side before over another limestone ridge and then on to Villaluenga

      Check into Hotel La Posada. Evening meal at local restaurant

    4. Day4 Villaluenga del Rosario - Grazalema 14km

      Villaluenga del Rosario – Grazalema 14km 5-7hrs Ascent 400m Descent 400m
      Another walk from hotel to hotel. Walking from Villaluenga up to the plateau just below Simancon peak. This walk is beautiful and varied taking in some great views and fantastic wildlife.

      Evening meal at local restaurant

    5. Day5 Choice Of Walks

      Grazalema Circuit 12km Ascent 200m Descent 200m
      An easier day with a beautiful walk with fabulous views of the whole of Grazalema National Park. Walking past the Poso’s(ancient fridges) and another great raptor watching day.

      Goat Herders Leap – 17km(long) 9km(short) Ascent 300m Descent 300m
      One of the best walks in the area, walking to Benaocaz from Grazalema and back via a different route.(you can take the local bus back from Benaocaz to shorten the walk)
      Climb Simancon – 11km Ascent 700, Descent 700m

    6. Day6 Choice Of Walks

      Grazalema Circuit 12km Ascent 200m Descent 200m
      An easier day with a beautiful walk with fabulous views of the whole of Grazalema National Park. Walking past the Poso’s(ancient fridges) and another great raptor watching day.

      Goat Herders Leap – 17km(long) 9km(short) Ascent 300m Descent 300m
      One of the best walks in the area, walking to Benaocaz from Grazalema and back via a different route.(you can take the local bus back from Benaocaz to shorten the walk)
      Climb Simancon – 11km Ascent 700, Descent 700m
      A high peak that overlooks Grazalema and great views in all directions from the top.

      Meal in Grazalema

    7. Day7 Ronda

      Transfer To Ronda
      Check into Hotel San Gabriel
      Meal In Ronda

      Meal in Ronda

    8. Day8 Ronda

      Free Day in Ronda

    9. Day9 Transfer to Granada

      Check out of Hotel and transfer to Ronda. Catch the 07.30 Train to Granada
      Check into Hotel Puertas De Los Granadas. Centally located on a quiet street near the Alhambra.
      Meal in Granada

    10. Day10 Granada

      Alhambra Palace and free day in Granada.
      Meal in Granada

    11. Day11 Transfer to Sierra Nevada

      Transfer from the hotel in Granada to Capileira and check into Finca Los Llanos
      Meal in hotel

    12. Day12 Poqueira Gorge

      La Cabadilla Circuit – 6/7km – 3-5 hrs – Ascent 200m/Decent 200m
      Walk from the hotel towards the stunnning Sierra Nevada mountain range and the deserted village of la Cebadilla. Abandoned in 1957 after the Hydroelectric plant was finished, a perfect village at the head of the Rio Toril and Rio Poquiera meeting. Walk back along the other side of the gorge to Capileira.
      Three Villages – 9Km 5-7hrs – circular walk – Ascent 600m Descent 600m
      A beautiful walk taking in the three villages of Bubion, Pampaniera, and Capileira in the Poquiera Gorge.

    13. Day13 Capileira to Mecina

      Checkout of hotel
      Walk from Capieira to Hotel Mecina – 8km 3-4hrs – Linear walk
      A shorter walk but no less beautiful and rewarding

      Walk from Capileira to hotel Mecina – 14km 4-6hrs – linear walk
      Walking out of the Poquiera gorge with some fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada before dropping down into the Taha region.

      Check into Hotel Mecina.

      Meal in local restaurant.

    14. Day14 La Taha

      La Taha Valley Walk – up to 8km – Ascent 100m/Descent 100m
      Walk along the valley side with great views – walking through the villages of Ferreriola and onto Busquistar. Walk past the fountain of health and the Era de Trance.

      Sierra Mecina Circuit – 12km – 4-6hrs Ascent 200m/Descent 200m
      A beautiful walk through the taha region. Walking on ancient mule tracks you will walk through a varied landscape and visit some of the best unspoilt villages in the Alpujarras.
      Meal in local restaurant.

    15. Day15 Trevelez

      Check out of Hotel Mecina and transfer to Trevelez at 9.30 am – check into Hotel La Fragua

      Rio Trevelez Walk – Up to 12km Ascent 100m/Descent 100m
      Walk down to the Rio Trevelez a river that flows all year from the snow melt and the huge aquifers in the Sierra Nevada. Walk along for 6km and return the same way. Great level walk along an easy path to follow.

      Rio Culo Pero – 11km – 4-6hrs Ascent 200m/Descent 200m
      A leisurely walk gradually gaining height above Trevelez and following the valley up towards the Sierra Nevada. An excellent opportunity to spot Golden eagles soaring above you then descend to the valley and follow the Rio Trevelez back in to the village.

      Siete Lagunas – 18km – 5-8hrs – circular walk – Ascent 1300m Descent 1300m
      Gaining 1300 metres in height upto the beautiful arête which holds the siete lagunas(seven lakes). A challenging walk but worth the effort.
      Meal in hotel

    16. Day16 Departure

      Check out of hotel.
      Transfer to Malaga airport

    Accommodation During Week

    Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas 3 * Rural
    A lovely hotel just outside Benaojan. Situated on the side of the river and rooms around a courtyard. Great food. Wi-fi and swimming pool.

    Hotel La Posada 2* RuralAccommodation Villaluenga

    In the village of Villaluenga Del Rosario, a very charming little hotel with very good local food on offer. Wifi in rooms.

    Hotel Villa Turistica Grazalema 3*Accommodation Grazalema

    A large hotel with large rooms with balconies that overlook Grazalema Village. Big swimming pool, wi-fi in bar area.

    Hotel San Gabriel 4*Accommodation Ronda

    A beautiful family run hotel in the old town of Ronda. Very charming with excellent service. Wi-fi in rooms.

    Hotel Finca Los Llanos 3 * Rural

    Accommodation in CapileiraA charming family run hotel in the lovely village of Capilerira. Rooms are large and all en-suite. There is a swimming pool open most of the year. Wi-fi in all the rooms. Evening meals in the restaurant. If busy it will be a good hot buffet.

    Hotel Mecina 3*RuralAccommodation in La Taha

    A beautiful hotel which should be a 4*. Lovely pool and bar area situated in a cherry orchard. We will eat out in two local restaurants whilst we stay here. Wi-fi in rooms.

    Hotel La Fragua 2* RuralAccommodation in Trevelez

    Situated in the top barrio of Trevelez. They have two hotels and an excellent restaurant in the middle of them. Good sized comfortable en-suite rooms with wifi. Small swimming pool available May – Sept.

    Hotel Alquiera De Morayma 2* RuralAccommodation Cadiar

    A beautiful hotel with large rooms all with fabulous views of the Sierra Nevada. Large swimming pool open May – Sept. Wifi in bar/restaurant. Excellent restaurant.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

    En-suite rooms based on 2 people sharing a room

    Single Room Supplement

    If you would like to have your own room, there is a surcharge.
    We pay this to the hotels and do not profit from it.

    1 Good pair of walking boots, preferably not brandnew

    2 Walking poles, if you are not confident on loose ground

    3 Waterproofs- especially if you are going high

    4 Warm jacket, Fleece etc

    5 Sun hat

    6 Sun Cream

    7 Sun Glasses

    8 Comfortable backpack

    9 Water bottle/ camel pack

    10 Travel insurance

    11 Health card

    12 Blister plasters

    13 Shorts/t-shirts

    We are based in Narila a small village on the outskirts of Cadiar, a slightly bigger village in the region of Granada, Andalucia.

    All our self-guided itineraries can have included airport transfers from Almeria, Granada and Malaga.We send you a pick time when you have booked us.

    By Air

    There is a huge range of airlines that fly to these destinations , we find a good price comparison site for finding that cheap flight or if you want here are some cheap airlines that fly into these airports:-

    To arrive by your own transport :-

    By Car

    A good hire car comparison site is, the cheapest we have found.

    From Granada

    Take the E-902/ A-44 to Motril, take the A346 exit to La Alpujarra. Travel through the town of Torvizcon and carry on the A346. Turn left to Cadiar A348, enter Cadiar turn left at petrol station, then next left towards Narila. Drive on for 1 ½ km to Narila.

    From Almeria

    Take the E15 to Motril/Malaga, take A-345 to Albunol, after Albunol turn left onto A4127 and follow road to Cadiar. Turn left at petrol station and next left to Narila, follow road to Narila.

    By Bus

    There are several buses than run between Granada and Cadiar ,Almeria and Cadiar, if people wish to use public transport to get here you can find all the details on the bus site.

    As you will be partaking in an activity holiday, it is a condition that you are adequately covered by the relevant insurance for medical and holiday cover. You will be asked to send proof of insurance when you have booked a holiday with us. We also recommend that you obtain your EHIC card which enables a citizen from the EU to health care anywhere within the EU.

    Most holiday insurance companies include walking as part of their normal policy – just make sure it goes up to 3500m if you are walking Mulhacen.

    Of course you can. If you are willing to share a room then there is no problem but if you want your own room there is a single supplement charge applicable.(120 Euro)

    If you are coming self-guided then you can have as many people as you like in your group. We have organised self-guided walking holidays for groups of 20 before. Contact Us to discuss your holiday.

    We have never cancelled a week but we will inform you if the group on your chosen week is low on walkers.

    No, the choice is yours. If you want free day then just inform us at the time and we can hopefully give you other options or if you feel a walk maybe too much for you we can usually arrange a shorter version for you.

    All the hotels can cater for any diet. If you have a particularly allergy, just let us know and we will make sure the hotels are aware.

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