October 1-11, 2020
|Cost||$ 2,787.00 (per person, double occupancy)
$500.00 (single supplement)
|Travel Dates||October 1-11, 2020|
|Description||Andalucía is one of the most beautiful and authentic regions in Spain. It offers unique landscapes, history and culture as well as a legacy rich in agriculture and architecture. Walking here is the best way to appreciate the diversity and beauty that is pure Andalucía. Our hikes will be varied, always offering phenomenal views and amazing scenery.Each day we will carry just a light pack as our luggage will be transferred to our various accommodations. We will have a guide with us so we have the opportunity to learn about the area and all it offers. Andalucía provides a distinctively Spanish experience with wonderful food, beautiful scenery and the influence of all things Spanish. Join us for: Hiking in Andalucía, Spain|
|Included||Private transportation per itinerary; daily luggage transfer; English speaking guide; On Day 7 or 8: entrance fee to cave (https://www.cuevadelapileta.org); 10 nights lodging; 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners (with wine); generous guide gratuity.|
|Payment Policy||A Deposit of $ _900.00_ is due with the application forms to register for the trip.
Must have at least _12 registered and paid in full by March 1st, 2020 for the trip to go.
The Balance of $ 1887.00 is due no later than March 1st, 2020.
|What to Bring||Luggage to be transferred is limited to one soft sided piece weighing not more than 20 kg/44 pounds. For daily hikes, choose clothing that is light and comfortable and easy to dress in layers depending on the weather. Long pants are recommended for some hikes where there are prickly bushes along parts of the trail. A day pack that is large enough to hold extra clothes, hats (both sun and light knit), light gloves, glasses, sunscreen, lunch, snacks (bring your own energy bars if you want them), water (at least 2 liters), fleece, rain jacket, rain pants and a waterproof pack cover. Wear comfortable preferably waterproof lighthiking boots or sturdy hiking shoes that are adjusted to your feet to avoid blisters and sore joints. Sandals or running shoes are not suitable for this hiking, since they do not give any ankle support or protection from rocks, vegetation or water. Hiking poles can also be useful, as they reduce the impact of the walk on the knees and joints and help with climbs and descents.|
|Trip Insurance||It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any; you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.NOTE: Medicare does not cover expenses outside the USA and its territories, andevacuation from a remote location can be astronomically expensive, especially if by helicopter.|
|Daily Itinerary||Day 1: Thursday, October 1
Plan to arrive at the Malaga airport arrivals area by 1:00 pm. We will have a private transfer for the 1 hour drive to Maro. Maro is one of the prettier villages along the Costa del Sol and has some lovely beach coves. This part of the coast and inland hills was named the Axarquia – (The Land to the East) by the Moors who populated this area until the late 1500s. The climate is semi tropical with avocados, various fruits and the sweet muscatel grape which makes wonderful Malaga wines. The landscape as you go inland is wild and rugged with the high Sierra de Tejeda cut by river gorges. The hillsides are dotted with pretty white villages, unmistakably Moorish, with terraced olive and fruit groves still irrigated by channels created over 1000 years ago.
Overnight: Maro: www.hotelplayamaro.com/en/
Day 2: Friday, October 2: 14km/9 miles (5.5 hours) 866m ascent/671m descent
The first hike starts on the beautiful Playa de Maro with a gentle start but soon the mountains rise sharply up from the coast. Within an hour it´s hard to imagine that the busy and developed coast even exists. As you climb up along shepherd’s paths, we’ll hike steep gorges and cross four ridges with spectacular views back down to the coast. We will finish the hike inFrigiliana, one of the prettiestvillages in Malaga and well worth exploring. We will then transfer 30 minutes back to our hotel.
Overnight: Maro: www.hotelplayamaro.com/en/
Day 3: Saturday, October 3: 17 km/10.5 miles (8 hours) 987m ascent/875m descent
We begin our day with a 40 minute transfer and starta magnificent and tough hike as we walk the wildest country in Andalucía. We hike beneath the towering Maroma Massif with fantastical rock formations, springs, stunning views and then a long descent to the end of the hike.To the west of the village is a fertile plain where fruit and vegetables irrigated by water from the sierras have been grown for millennia – the Phoenicians were here 2500 years ago. We end our day with a 1 hour transfer back to our hotel.
Overnight: Maro: www.hotelplayamaro.com/en/
Day 4: Sunday, October 4: (3 hours)
Our morning transfer will be 2.5 hours to Grazalema but we’ll stop along the way for a short hike around Torcal Natural Park or the Caminito del Rey trail. The Sierra de Grazalema is beautiful with rugged limestone peaks and views to the Atlantic, Mediterranean and North Africa. These hills are the first that the wind meets off the Atlantic so the sierra is wetter than the surrounding areas and is surprisingly green. It is home to the Pinsapo fir (Abiespinsapo) unique to just two sierras of Southern Spain and the Rif Mountains of Morocco. Grazalema is also an ornithological wonderland with many birds of prey, vultures and Mediterranean species. Our walks all start from some of the lovely pueblosblancos of this area with their Moorish architecture and intricate winding streets – quintessential Andalucía! We’ll stop for lunch along the way.
Day 5: Monday, October 5: 16.5 km/10 miles (6.5 hours) 500m ascent/descent
We drive 30 minutes to the village of Montejaque where we will hike a beautiful circuit through amazing karst limestone formations. We climb out of the village to the top of the Libar Valley and cross a broad nava…flat valley floor beneath limestone ridges. We walk down through the karst rocks past stands of ancient oak trees where andaluz cattle find shade. This is one of the finest walks in the Sierra with wonderful varied landscapes. We arrive back at our starting point and transfer 30 minutes back to our lodging.
Day 6: Tuesday, October 6: 12 km/7.5 miles (7 hours) 600m ascent/descent
Today´s route takes us on a circuit from our base in the village of Grazalema up to two of the highest peaks in the Park – El Simanconat 1561m and El Reloj at 1535m.The route climbs through oak and pine forest before the path emerges into a rugged limestone landscape of the higher sierra with a huge sima (sinkhole) below the peaks. A steep ascent brings us to El Simancon from where there are wonderful views south to the Atlantic and East to Gibraltar and the Mediterranean. We continue to El Reloj and then descend a steep, rocky slope and pick up a path across grazing land and through forest back to Grazalema. Expect to see plenty of birdlife.
￼Day 7: Wednesday, October 7: 17 km/10.5 miles (6.5 hours) 400m ascent/650m descent
We leave from our lodging for our final hike in Grazalema which follows the ancient Moorish track along the BenaojánSierra.This wild sierra was the haunt of Bandoleros (bandits) and republican fugitives until the early 1960´s which was not so long ago! Again it´s a landscape of rugged limestone, isolated farms and magnificent ancient forest. The views towards Ronda are fabulous. We then transfer 30 minutes back to our accommodation.
￼Day 8: Thursday, October 8: (3 hours)
A 2 hour drive southwest from Grazalema brings us to the Atlantic coast.La Costa de la Luz (The Coast of Light) is a quite different part of Southern Spain washed by the Atlantic and ventilated by El Levante onshore winds. This is where the famous 2000 year old “almadraba tuna fishing system” (nets placed along tuna routes to channel the fish into pens) is still in use. Vejer is a gorgeous Andalucian town (possibly the nicest in Southern Spain) with views over the sierras and the coast…a magical area. In the afternoon we will do an easy 3 hour hike around the Barbate marshes…one of the finest bird reserves in Spain.
￼Day 9: Friday, October 9: 17.5 km/11 miles (5.5 hours) 50 m ascent/201 m descent
A fascinating day heading south down to the coast along a high ridge and then along a drovers path into La Breña nature reserve. We reach the coast and make a short detour to a 16thCentury watchtower built to guard the coast against corsairs and pirates who were once a major scourge along this coast. We then follow a Cliffside path above the beach and soon pass through the coastal village of Los Caños de Meca. From the village we follow the coast to the lighthouse on Cape Trafalgar. This is where the Battle of Trafalgar was fought offshore in 1805. A varied and captivating hike. We transfer 30 minutes back to our lodging.
Day 10: Saturday, October 10
After breakfast, we start our drive to Seville…1.5 hours away. Along the way we will stop in Cadiz which is situated on a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea. It has beautiful streets with colonial style 18th Century town houses. There is a traditional food market where we can buy our lunch. Farewell dinner.
Day 11: Sunday, October 11
After breakfast, we say goodbye with fond memories of our time hiking together in the Andalucía region of Spain. NOTE: For those that are interested, a private guided group tour of the city of Seville will be offered. Seville is considered the “greatest city of the Spanish south”and has a unique atmosphere. The details and cost of the day tour will be provided at a later date.
|Notes||TRAVEL ITINERARIES/FLIGHT RESERVATIONS: Do not make your travel plans or flight arrangements until Trip Leader advises the trip has the minimum participants for the trip to go. (Arrive: Malaga, Spain, airport code: AGP. Depart: Seville, Spain, airport code: SVQ).
TIME DIFFERENCE: Spain is 6 hours ahead of ET.
PASSPORT: A valid passport that has at least 6 months validity remaining from the date of your return.
VISA’S: Not required.
IMMUNIZATIONS: Not required.
EMERGENCIES: Leave your itinerary with your emergency contact so they can reach you at our accommodations each evening. And consider buying an international cell service plan.
Richard is happy to receive urgent calls if you don´t have a telephone – his number is: 0034 616 452337 and e mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEATHER: The weather can vary from the cities to the mountains from daily temperatures of 50 to 80 degrees F and evening/night temperatures from 50 to 60 degrees F. The climate is changeable this time of year so we will be prepared for all conditions. Mountain areas are always unpredictable concerning weather and rainis a possibility – particularly in Grazalema.
WI-FI AND CELL SERVICE: Wi-Fi is available at all accommodations and cell service should be available in most areas. The quality of the signal varies from place to place.
ATM’s: You will find bank machines in each place we stay. Credit cards are accepted for larger purchases and in restaurants. It’s always good to have some cash.
ELECTRICITY: The electric current in Spain 230V and the flat European standard fit into the Spanish sockets.
TRANSPORTATION: We will have 1 9 passenger minibus and a people carrier – both with air conditioning.
TRIP PRICES/ARRANGEMENTS: Subject to change due to circumstances beyond ADK’s and Trip Leader’s control.
TOUR OPERATOR/GUIDE: Trip Leader has partnered with Richard Cash of Alto Aragon who will be our guide on this trip. He is originally from the UK and has spent half his life in the Pyrenees. Richard has led hiking, nature, skiing and cultural trips in Spain for more than 20 years and continues to be amazed at the wonders of his chosen home. He’s knowledgeable, easy going and works hard to make sure each client has the best possible vacation. Leading birding, botany, butterfly and general nature tours has fed his interest in the web of nature, the interactions between species and how they adapt to their environment. Richard is also fascinated by the history and culture of Spain, particularly the traditional life which still exists in Spain’s villages, valleys and mountains. Richard lives with his family in a tiny hilltop village in the Pyrenees and loves photography, reading, history, growing organic vegetables and playing banjo, mandolin and guitar.
|Participant Responsibility||You, the trip participant, are obliged to follow the instructions and decisions of the trip leader and tour guide (if any). Should you be inadequately prepared (physically, mentally, or requisite equipment) for the trip or any part of, or otherwise causing difficulties for the trip leader, tour guide, or other trip participants, the trip leader has the authority to require you to leave the trip or part of at your sole expense. The trip leader, tour guide, or any other organization is in no way responsible for any extra cost that you may incur as a result of this action.|
|Trip Leader||Mary Chayka-Crawford
P.O. Box 501 Lake Orion, MI 48361