Organised Walking in Andalucia
Spring and Autumn walking in the mountains of Southern Spain
Join free daily organised walks
- Dedicated walking weeks
- Saturday to Saturday in Spring & Autumn
Walking in Andalucia on a Collett’s holiday
For walkers, we offer 5 memorable days out walking in Andalucia. We offer walking weeks here in Spring and Autumn when temperatures are ideal for walking. Our holidays run from Saturday to Saturday. Each day we offer both a harder high level walk and an easier moderate one, on an organised group walking basis. Our local day-off is Wednesday and we can help you visit local places of interest, such as Granada or Nerja caves. Unlike our other destinations, we do not offer self-guided walking here, due to the limited way-marking and quality of maps.
La Axarquía in Andalucía is a mountainous region of ‘fincas’, farmhouses and pretty whitewashed hilltop villages of Moorish origin, interspersed on hillsides of olive, almond and vine.
Canillas de Albaida lies under the stunning rocky peaks of the Atalaya and Verde Mountains of the Sierra Tejeda Natural Park, which rises to 2065m and forms the natural frontier between the provinces of Málaga and Granada. They offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast and adjacent mountain ranges, including the Sierra Nevada and the distant Atlas mountains of North Africa.
Only recently discovered by British walkers, this is an area of fascinating and genuinely mountainous walks, which feature ancient rocky trails, mule tracks, Roman paths and the old ‘Silk Route’ that snakes its way through La Axarquia to Granada.
The rural limestone landscapes through which we walk are impressive and absorbing. They are punctuated by impressive peaks, the distant Mediterranean, ancient oak woods, Roman bridges, vineyards, olive groves and step-back-in-time white Moorish villages with their exquisite examples of ancient Mudejar architecture. You will also see fast-flowing rivers and spectacular waterfalls, which have carved out remarkable canyons known locally as cahorros.
There is an abundance of flora and fauna with many species being unique to the sierras, notably the raptors. You should also spot eagles, peregrine falcons and golden orioles.
Daily, Free & Optional – Unfailingly Breathtaking
Your stay will surely be enhanced by our own hosts. You can join them day to day on the stunning organised walks – except Wednesdays, our local day-off. You simply choose the walk that takes your fancy – see below. All our walks take place in a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. Armed with a packed lunch (available locally for purchase), we generally set out at around 9am and, depending on the itinerary, return to the village in the early to mid afternoon, allowing you enough time to relax after the walk, maybe over a drink on the terrace or a stroll through the village. Here are the walks we offer on a daily basis:
A High Level or Harder Walk
Approx. 12km – 15km, 600m – 800m, 4-5 hours
Venture into the mountains on higher trails amidst rugged landscapes.
An Easier-Moderate Walk
Approx. 8km – 12km, 200m – 500m, 3-4 hours
Farmhouses and pretty whitewashed hilltop villages – Some easier higher level paths
Please click here for notes concerning our weekly day off (Wednesday), seasonality, transport and joining our organised walks at your own risk.
Planning your days and more at Office Hour
Over a pre-dinner drink, Office Hour takes place in the top floor of the Restaurant la Plaza or in the square on mild evenings (except Wednesday). This is an opportunity to hear information from Mick and our hosts about the two organised group walks on offer the following day, look over the walk route cards and maps for them, and ask any questions. Together you can decide which of the two might suit you best and sign up ready for the following morning. You can also chat with our hosts about places of interest and other days out for the Wednesday day off, such as a visit to Granada or Nerja and the coast.
Office Hour is nothing like as formal as its name suggests. It is run slightly differently to our other resorts, and the walk options are presented and talked through by Mick and our hosts on a group basis rather than individually. It is a great chance to sit down with a drink and chat with fellow guests and our hosts. It then naturally flows on to the evening meal, where all our guests sit together around large tables, leaving you to enjoy the evening with everything sorted.
In pictures – A Collett's Andalucian Holiday
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 Colletts in the Dolomites numerous times, in the Pyrenees, Austria, the Picos and Leyburn. Without a doubt 'Team Colletts' 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.