Glorious hills and mountains, pretty beaches and coves, the azure waters of the southern Mediterranean and a wonderful sub-tropical climate – what else do you need for a walking holiday in the sunshine? Andalucia’s eastern coast (known as the Costa Tropical) is all this. Your base is the coastal city of Almunecar where the sierras plunge spectacularly into the sea and you will find no less than 25 beaches and coves within the boundary of the municipality. It is a city whose Phoenician, Roman and Moorish past is still much in evidence. Granada is only 45 miles away and you have an included visit to the last city to be surrendered by the Moors in 1492.
- 7 nights 4* half board accommodation on the coast in Taramay, Almunecar
- Guided walks on the coast and in Frigiliana
- Included excursion to Granada & Almunecar
- Services of a tour representative
- Return flights including coach transfers
– Option to extend your holiday by another week
Day One: Flight to Malaga and transfer to your hotel (55 miles) in Almunecar on the beach east of the city for seven nights half board accommodation.
Days Two to Seven: During your stay there are three included walks.
Walk 1: Short transfer (4 miles) to the starting point, just outside town. You walk via gorges, cliffs and coastal paths along beaches and coves, passing ancient watchtowers and with excellent views as you go. Your destination is the old town of Salobreña, where there is time to have lunch and explore. The walk is 5 miles, 150m of ascent/descent, approximately 3 hours walking. The terrain is a mix of rough trails and road walking, steep ground in parts.
Walk 2: 10-mile coach transfer to your start point at Playa Canuelo, from where you walk along the old coastal route to La Herradura. This walk includes a visit to the Watch Towers of La Caleta and Cerro Gordo en route, a stop at a beach-side cafe for coffee in Playa Cantarrijan, one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast. The walk continues through the Maro Cliffs Nature Reserve where you may see Ibex (wild mountain goats which grow up to 14 stone in weight). You stop for lunch in La Herradura before catching a local bus back to Almunecar. From there you walk for a further hour along the promenade to our hotel. This walk is 7 miles in all and the terrain is a mix of rough trails and road walking. Steep ground in parts. Ascent/descent is 250m. 4 hours walking.
Walk 3: Coach transfer to Frigiliana, 16 miles away, for your circular walk in the hills behind this pretty white-painted village. The walk takes you to the top of Cerro Felix (540m) with the most stunning views of the Mediterranean, Nerja and Frigiliana. The route follows the old mule routes laid down over centuries in the Sierra Almijara Natural Park, a protected area of 44,000 hectares home to ibex, wild boar, vultures and eagles. The route is all cross country on rough trails with steep ground in many parts. 8 miles, 400m of ascent and descent. 4 hours walking.
There is also an included full-day excursion to the wonderful city of Granada. There is surely no more spectacular setting than Granada, whose extraordinary Alhambra complex is dominated by the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. A local guide will ensure you make the most of your visit of the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens. (Please note that, due to restrictions on group visits, the Nasrid Palaces part of the complex may not be included in the visit.) As well as visiting the complex, you will also have plenty of time to see some of the city’s other attractions such as the cathedral and the old Moorish quarter of Albaicin, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Alhambra and the Generalife. The rest of your time is free to enjoy Almunecar.
You can visit the Arab fortress built on top of a Roman castle or stroll through the delightful botanical gardens of Majuelo Park where there is a huge collection of tropical and subtropical plants, bushes and trees as well as the remains of the Roman fish-salting pits. Other attractions include the exotic bird park and the network of defensive towers built by the Moors and later strengthened in the 18th century as defence against British raids. Or just stroll through the busy commercial district in the old centre where you can admire the city’s monuments – look out for the plaque dedicated to Laurie Lee who spent time here during and after the Civil War.
Day Eight: Free time until your transfer to the airport and your return flight home.
Hotel Bahia Tropical 4*, Taramay, Almunecar (seven nights)
The hotel is situated on the small Pozuelo beach in Taramay on the eastern edge of Almunecar, 3 km from the city centre. There is a frequent, cheap bus service to town if you do not want to take the extremely pleasant walk along the seafront. Its spacious rooms all have bath and wc, minibar, balcony or terrace, satellite tv, safe (chargeable) and hairdryer. The restaurant serves buffet style food and there is a bar with entertainment on most nights. The hotel has a large outdoor pool and a spa. One entrance to the spa is included during your stay (one hour use to include active pool with water massages, sauna, Turkish bath, pediluvium and sensation shower). Health and body treatments are also available at extra cost.
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