Our Walking Holidays in Andalucia
Spring and Autumn walking in the mountains of Southern Spain
- Traditional white villages, unique flora, surprisingly mountainous terrain in sub-tropical Spain
- Choose daily between an easier moderate walk or a harder high level hike
A week of wonderful walks in Mediterranean Spain
Each Spring and Autumn, Collett’s offers dedicated group walking weeks in beautiful Andalucia for walkers wanting to escape the UK’s unpredictable weather! Our holidays here are slightly different from those in our other walking destinations. They are 7 night breaks which start and end on a Saturday, and guests walk in groups, as self-guiding is not an option due to the poor nature of the way-marking and terrain. The walking here is not as extensive as the Alps or other high mountain ranges, but it is rugged and wild and a wonderful challenge in its own right.
Each day (except Wednesday, our day off) we offer both a harder high level walk and an easier moderate one. Where necessary, the cost of your stay includes a series of short taxi rides to the start (and/or from the end) of our organised walks. We specifically offer these holidays in Spring and Autumn because it is simply too hot in the summer. However, this is sub-tropical Spain and even our holidays can be characterised by warm temperatures. Some of our walks bring you back to the village in the early afternoon, giving you time to explore the village or relax by the Villa pool.
As with all our walking holidays, you are invited to join us at Office Hour each evening for a sociable pre-dinner drink and an opportunity to hear information from our hosts about the organised walks on offer the following day. You can also chat with our hosts about places of interest and other days out. Each Wednesday, we take a day off from the walking and our staff can advise on a number of day trips in the region.
Available dates of our walking holidays in Andalucia are listed on the next tab.
A Collett’s Walking Holiday in Andalucia
Spring Season Dates 2020
18 – 25 April
25 April – 2 May
2 – 9 May
9 – 16 May
Autumn Season Dates 2020
10 – 17 October
17 – 24 October
24 – 31 October
31 October – 7 November
Arrive & Depart on set weeks
Our walking holidays in Andalucia are 7 days long and run from Saturday to Saturday on fixed dates.
We offer the following options free of charge every day except Wednesdays:
High Level or Harder Walk – 600-800m ascent, 4-5 hours walking
Easier / Moderate Walk – 200-500m ascent, 3-4 hours walking
Accommodation in Canillas de Albaida
Posada La Plaza & Villa La Posada
Packed lunches available for purchase
Travel & Transport
Fly-drive: Málaga Airport
Transfers: to and from Málaga Airport (included)
Local Transport: Wherever necessary, local taxi rides are arranged for all organised walks (included)
Spring and Autumn Walking Holidays in Andalucia with Collett’s
In pictures – A Collett’s Andalucian Holiday
This was our belated summer holiday. We enjoyed a lovely week with Mick, Helen and Millie, and our group of 26 clients. The walks were excellent, though shorter than at some other venues - that gave us plenty of down time for some to enjoy the pool and hot tub at the villa, before making our way to gorge ourselves on delicious dinners from 'fry eggs Gustavo's' magic kitchen.
Being with the same group all week offered the advantage of getting to know everyone, and despite the paucity of flora due to the time of year, we enjoyed a cracking break.
I came with the H&G walking group but want to add my personal thanks to your leaders. I love walking but am a bit slow on hills of which there are plenty in Andalusia. I found the going quite challenging but if I showed any sign of lagging one of your leaders was always there to walk with me and I was absolutely delighted to complete the walks without holding up the main group.
What a stunning location for walking & relaxing in the sun in October. Mick has the local knowledge and coordinates the week with precision. We stayed in the Villa with the beautiful views down the valley and made good use of the swimming pool & terrace. Gustavo the hotel proprietor of the hotel where we ate had character and served up delicious evening meals which we ate in the square outside . This was my first walking holiday with Collett's and this holiday was 10/10.
My first mountain walk, I've skied & run them but never hiked. I enjoyed a lot. Unfortunately the weather on several days was not that good but that's due to the early season I guess. On the plus side the plants were flourishing & not burnt. Location was a good base to view the area & the walk guiding was excellent. Food & wine included was excellent & Collett's seem to do a pretty good job of things.
Collett's was recommended to me by a work colleague. I enjoy walking but my family do not and my walking partner is getting over an injury. I booked with you because I didn't want to walk alone and fancied a sunny week with varied walks. Mick, Mark and Helen were all very good. Mick was able to share lots of local knowledge and I really enjoyed the opportunity to stop and admire the wild flowers and trees. Mick lent me his flora guide which was helpful.
I enjoyed all of the walks I took and felt that there was good variety.
I paid the single supplement which bumped the price up but feel that the meals and trips delivered good value for money. I used the pool area by the villa a couple of afternoons which was nice. Some pool umbrellas would have improved the experience.
I have stayed with Collett's in the Dolomites numerous times, in the Pyrenees, Austria, the Picos and Leyburn. Without a doubt 'Team Collett's' in Andalusia surpassed everything before it. This was another great trip that I will look back on with fondness. Mick was a star, closely followed by Mark and George. The "A Team', if ever there was one.
Also, how about a discount for regular customer like me, say 5% off if you have been to three different centres?
New destinations - Somewhere in the French Alps where few other holiday companies have offerings, or a bit away from other popular walkers' paradises such as Chamonix, for example, Les Contamines.
A splendid week with the "Dream team" - Mick, Caroline and Cameron and a lovely bunch of fellow walkers adding lively conversation and much laughter, we could not have asked for more. Not forgetting Gustavo, the beautiful scenery, flora and fauna, perfect weather and fantastic cuisine!
A big thank you to all concerned, Rosie and Alistair, Shropshire.
I have just returned from a great holiday at Canillas de Albeida. Hotel quirky but comfortable and clean. Food was very good with a good choice of menu..Mick, Caroline and Cameron were good walk leaders, very friendly and knowledgeable about area.It was nice to be away from the busy
resorts and experience the real Spain in a typical small village.. I even had a swim most days in pool at Villa!!
Your staff at the resort were excellent in all aspects. Could not have asked for more attentive staff! And were very knowledgeable about all aspects of the activities provided!
I would like to make you aware of the of how well regarded your 3 members of staff in Andalucia, Mike, Alison & Max were regarded by me and all other guests. They were friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and mostly it was a very great pleasure to have had the pleasure of their companionship!!!
A friend recommended us to look at your brochure, I had booked these holidays dates at work. We are planning to book with you for the Dolomites next year.
The staff working for Collett's were very good indeed (Max and Alison) ps also Mike. Activities on the day were subject to numbers and therefore arranged on an ad hoc basis.
Why Collett's? The challenges this walking holiday offered me with options for walking grades.The website was very persuasive and the holiday and experience generally surpassed expectations
Our third Colletts holiday, but first time to Andalucia, staying at the Posada La Plaza.
We had an amazing time - it is a really lovely area, with lovely friendly local people. The hotel is beautifully basic and steeped in tradition. "Luxury" it is not, but go prepared for this and enjoy the rustic charm. We absolutely loved it, and there is a wonderfully calming feel about the place (perhaps the history of being a Monestary stays with it!).
The Colletts hosts - Mick, Alison, Max and Chris (and not forgetting Rachel, who was on holiday, but still looked after us!) were fantastic (as ever), offering a great choice of walks every day. They cater for all abilities and are so attentive - and great company at dinner too.
The hotel owner, Gustavo, and his family are amazing - and can't do enough for you - even arranging a day trip to Nerja for us on their "day off" - incredible. We had a couple of small issues on arrival (only one towel and a light bulb out), which we reported and they were fixed instantly.
And to top it - another fantastic group of walkers, making it such a fun and enjoyable week, that we got back and immediately booked our next Colletts holiday!!
Thank you - we had a blast.
This is our second trip with Collett's,and we had a very enjoyable week.
The food,accommodation and staff were all excellent.
The fine weather,scenery,and friendly group made it a trip that we will never forget..
We are planning our next Collett's holiday already!
They have the format spot on.
We tried out Andalucia for a winter walking break and everything came up to scratch including the wall-to-wall sunshine. The food, the company and the walking was great.
Looking forward to our next trip with Collett's.
I think this is my thirteenth booking with Collett's. I expect the best and have never yet been let down. As ever, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Andalucia. It was a successful escape from the Scottish dreich and the weather, the hospitality and the companionship of the other clients was first class. We also enjoyed a culture visit to Malaga by public bus. Once again - well done Collett's!
All round with a few minor quibbles, were were very impressed. The balance of organised activity with some time to ourselves was just right. We enjoyed being in good hands and not over managed. La Posada rooms were cramped and it was not high end, but it is rural Spain and we took it as we found it. Gustavo is excellent and was always on hand to rectify and problems.
Office Hour is a great idea - missing on trips with other companies and very useful for deciding which walks to do and asking questions as well as getting to know people over a drink. Not sure what the ideas and information file was (I may not have been paying attention!) Weather reports are difficult in mountain areas.
Smaller group sizes are always better but I appreciate this would impact on cost.
The staff made the trip for me - they all engaged well with everyone and are a credit to Collett's.
Been with Colletts before and have been happy with the set up and type of holiday. You know you are going to get like-minded people on the holiday and be able to share your love of outdoor places.
By far the best service I have received from any company I have used. Really nice to have handbook information. I like to print it off before departure. Gustavo is a brilliant host and John took us around the villa. He is a lovely polite member of your staff. We really enjoyed the four long walks that we did. They were well organised and just what we wanted.Have been on three Collett's holidays now and have enjoyed them all.
Will still return to Andalucía as overall the holiday was very enjoyable.Really appreciated the transport to Nerja on the day off.The caves there are a must and need to be included in the handbook notes - thank you
Previous customer. Know what to expect. We wanted walking with like minded and sociable people and that's what we got. You have absolute gems in Gustavo and Mick and this is what made our holiday for us. Keep them at all costs! Total confidence in Mick with all his years an expat and his observations on life in Spain. Gustavo is the hardest working man in the village. Meeting the walks back with the minibus with champagne and crisps was priceless! Being in the Villa exceeded my expectations. We felt we might be 'out of it' but we had our own little villa community round the pool and the kettle after walks.
We enjoy the support of guides in unknown terrain and would not risk the mountains without that assistance. I can also suffer with vertigo in some environments and the guides experience & knowledge help. If it happens I know I can rely on their help and advice. We also enjoy the company of the other walkers and guides as well as the well chosen locations for accommodation, food and scenery.
The office hour is an excellent idea, very informative. Mick was a fountain of knowledge on the local area. We had a very enjoyable day to the caves at nejca and a relaxing afternoon in the resort itself. All the leaders emphasised the "at your own risk"policy before each walk. The majority of the guests had been with colletts before and were experienced hill walkers.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay thanks to mick, kelly, john and gustavo and his staff.
Excellent choice of food for the evening meals
I chose the moderate walks with your organiser called Kelly. She was very professional making everyone feel comfortable at their own pace, resulting in a very happy and cohesive group. This made the holiday very enjoyable, allaying any fears I might have had about my first mountain walking holiday.
Mike was a brilliant friendly guide and quite knowledgeable on the history of the area. Gustavo and his wife were excellent hosts. Gustavo even gave up his day off to be a "taxi" for a group of us to go to Friglianna and Nerja as there were no available local taxis at reasonable rates.
We did not actually walk with Kelly as we did the harder walks with Mike, but she was very helpful in the evenings and mornings and always smiling.
We regularly holiday with Colletts and love the whole experience.... perhaps you should introduce a loyalty scheme to get a discount after some many holidays!
See you in Italy in September for our next "Colletts" fix....
Have been to Dolomites in winter and enjoyed it very much. We were interested in Andalucia as a walking destination, liked the look of the Posada and village. thought the food would be good and it was excellent! Enjoyed meeting friendly group and eating together as a group.
Having stayed in Haus Valentin a couple of times we decided to book a week in Canillas on the assumption that it would be as good, we were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived everything was first class. Great staff, both Colletts and the Posada, excellent food, and a stunning location with great walks. Many thanks to Rich, Mick, Kelly and Gustavo.