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Las Alpujarras Escape

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.9 Read 10 reviews
  • Hiking, cycling and a choice of activities, based at Casa Rural Las Chimeneas
  • Fabulous walking between Moorish Villages of Andalucia
  • Enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch in the shade of an almond grove
  • Authentic, friendly and stylish accommodation with sweeping views
  • Locally sourced food and wine lovingly prepared. Discovering the “Old Spain” and its traditions
  • The flexibility to 'go as you please' with the freedom of the open road (and your rental car)!
Recharge your batteries on this week-long stay at the authentic and stylish 800-year old Casa Rural Las Chimeneas in Andalucia - the perfect base to unwind and explore the secluded green valleys and tranquil villages of Las Alpujarras in Southern Spain. Explore on foot or two wheels; a number of tempting hikes and mountain bike rides are available to suit all abilities. Meander through olive groves, citrus plantations and explore Moorish villages where you are more likely to meet a donkey than car. Many activities are available locally; including cooking classes, olive pressing, cheese and soap making, or visiting local wineries and furniture makers. Perched on the edge of the Sierra Nevada in an oasis of green, you'll stay in the tiny village of Mairena - which seems caught in a charming time warp. Oozing simple yet stylish comfort, the house is sympathetically decorated and just the place to kick back, soak up the spectacular views, and enjoy great locally-sourced food and drink for which the restaurant is so well known. Recommended highlights to explore further afield in your rental car include: Granada and the Moorish palace and gardens of the Alhambra; the unspoilt coastline and landscapes of the Cabo de Gata - Nijar National Park with its half-moon bays, ruined castles and prolific fauna and flora.
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What To Expect

This holiday is a tranquil escape - fantastic for foodies and those looking for an authentic experience of 'Old Spain'. Pick and choose from the wide range of walking and activities available to do as much or as little as you wish. This single-centre self-guided tour is great for families or for parties where not everyone is so keen on walking.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Single Centre Walking | The accommodation on this holiday is in one main location, meaning you can unpack your bags for the duration of your trip

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Foodie Adventures, Alpine & Mountains

Grade & Terrain

This single-centre holiday is graded from easy to moderate and is suitable for all abilities as you can choose from a range of self-guided walks, cycles, or alternative activities (including cooking classes, olive pressing and soap making). 

Navigation

Maps and route notes are provided for all the recommended walks and most are well way-marked.

Accommodation Information

Las Chimeneas has become THE place for walkers to stay in Las Alpujarras. Located on the outskirts of the tiny village of Mairena, Casa Rural Las Chimeneas is an extremely spacious house which has been restored in the local style and is furnished with authentic antiques throughout. Your tour is based at Las Chimeneas, meaning you can settle in and relax for the duration of your holiday.

There are en-suite bathroom facilities for each of the large bedrooms, which have their own private balcony or terrace. With only ten rooms the house has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and owners David and Emma go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

Meals

Next to Casa Las Chimeneas stands the beautifully restored Restaurant Las Chimeneas, where breakfast and evening meals are served. The dining room is a truly wonderful place to enjoy an intimate meal in the winter months or a cool beer after a long day's walking. Olive logs burn in the cast-iron stove through the winter, and the terrace provides uninterrupted views over the surrounding mountain ranges and on to the Mediterranean in the distance.

Breakfast is a combination of orange juice, yoghurts, fresh fruit, freshly baked bread and local jam with produce from Las Chimeneas' own organic farm. Depending on the season you can expect to enjoy fresh oranges, cherries, plums, apples, figs and grapes picked from the orchard. Breakfast is also a time for planning as David or Emma are on hand to discuss possible routes or the day's activities. Linger over a pot of coffee as you savour the possibilities for the day.

The evening meal is served in the small dining room where the very best of Alpujarran food is cooked by the ever-smiling chef Soledad. Soledad prepares delicious recipes handed down over the generations by Alpujarran families as well as the flavours of North Africa in a delightful fusion of Andalucian and Moroccan food.

Each day you will be packed off with a delicious picnic hamper stuffed full of local treats.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

Included
  • 7 nights accommodation at Casa Rural Las Chimeneas
  • 7 breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches
  • Walking route notes and maps for suggested walks
  • Group A car hire
  • A whole host of local activities at your fingertips
  • A detailed information pack with detailed driving instructions
Excluded
  • Travel to/from Malaga or arrival airport
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal clothing & equipment
Extras
  • Car hire upgrade
  • Additional nights and/or stay in Granada

When To Go

This week-long Las Alpujarras Escape is available between March and November. Because you will be located at altitude, walking is even an option during the summer.

Weather and Climate

Because Mairena is high up in the Alpujarras mountains, it is suitable for walking from April to late November. The best times for walking are April to May and September to November when days are cooler.

Getting to the Start

Malaga is the closest airport (3hr drive) which has direct flights from the UK. Granada is closer (2hr) but currently has no direct UK flights.

Rental Car (included)

You will collect/drop off your rental car at Malaga Airport. This is included in the price of your holiday and the car will be appropriate for your party size (group A for two people). Upgrades available at a supplement. Extras such as child seats and sat-nav are payable locally.

Getting from the End

Malaga and Granada are the closest airport to Mairena for outbound flights.

General Information

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack. This will be sent to you after booking.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance to cover cancellation or curtailment of your holiday.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive at Las Chimeanes Day 2 Your choice of Walking, Activities or Sightseeing Day 3 Your choice of Walking, Activities or Sightseeing Day 4 Your choice of Walking, Activities or Sightseeing Day 5 Your choice of Walking, Activities or Sightseeing Day 6 Your choice of Walking, Activities or Sightseeing Day 7 Your choice of Walking, Activities or Sightseeing Day 8 Onward Travel

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