On this guided walking holiday in Spain’s sub-tropical south, discover a relatively undiscovered treasure, the Sierra de Tejeda, just one hour from Malaga. Surround yourself with enchanting ancient oak woods, Roman bridges, bursting vineyards, olive groves and spectacular waterfalls. Step back in time on intermediate hikes that feature Moorish villages with historic Mudejar architecture. Explore wondrous landscapes on ancient rocky trails, mule tracks and the old ‘Silk Route’ that winds its way from La Axarquia to Granada.
Our welcoming and affable guide in Andalucia is Mick Smith. His extensive local knowledge, built up over many years of living and walking in the area, will surely enhance your time here and add to the charm of each and every walk. Based in the traditional, white-washed village of Canillas de Albaida, this holiday provides the ideal springboard for early and late season walking in Andalucia’s Mediterranean sunshine.
This is also a region of abundant wildlife and you should enjoy regular sightings of raptors, eagles, peregrine falcons and golden orioles, soaring in clear blue skies above the stunning rocky peaks of the Atalaya and Verde Mountains of the Sierra Tejeda Natural Park. Between views of the Mediterranean coast, the Sierra Nevada, and the distant Atlas mountains of North Africa, you will be captivated at every turn.
Your evenings will be the perfect conclusion to a memorable day out in glorious surroundings. Expect to eat and drink well over sociable dinners with like-minded guests, often enjoyed al fresco. Prior to dinner, join Mick and your fellow walkers at Office Hour, an opportunity to glean information about the next day’s walk over a relaxed and informal aperitif.
At a glance
13 – 20 April
20- 27 April
27 April – 4 May
4 – 11 May
11 – 18 May
18 – 25 May
28 September – 05 October
05 – 12 October
12 – 19 October
19 – 26 October
26 October – 2 November
Single Supplement – £195
Expect to walk for 3-5 hours each day with ascent/descent of between 200-500m each day.
This is a popular focal point of our centre-based holidays.
Each evening (except Wednesday) join Mick, our guide, and other guests in the hotel courtyard for a relaxing pre-dinner drink. Mick will brief everybody about the next day’s walk and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
Airport Transfers – between Malaga & Canillas d’Albaida (1hr).
7 Nights Half Board at Villa La Plaza – bed, breakfast (7 nights) and 3-course dinner with wine (6 nights, not Wednesday).
5 Guided walks – tried and tested gems of a moderate grade (not Wednesday).
Transport to Trailheads – as required
Packed Lunches are not included, but available locally.
Wednesday is a ‘rest’ day – optional day trips to the Nerja Caves (30mins) or Malaga Old Town (1hr) are available, booked and paid for locally.
This holiday is based at Villa La Plaza in Canillas d’Albaida. The best option for this holiday is to fly in and out of Malaga Airport.
Airport Transfers – from Malaga (1hr) are included, and generally depart at 1230 and 1630. Your flight must land before 1600. To use the return transfer, your flight home must depart after 1200.
Private Airport Transfers – available at a supplement, are ideal if you’re travelling in a group and/or plan to arrive outside of the above times – please contact us for a quote.
Enjoy charming rural landscapes and pretty whitewashed hilltop villages – plus some easier higher level paths – in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Armed with a packed lunch (available locally) we set out each morning at about 9am and, depending on the itinerary, return to our charming Andalucian base in Canillas de Albaida in the mid or late afternoon – allowing you time to relax before Office Hour and dinner.
Sat - Arrive & Settle In
After the short transfer from Malaga airport to Canillas, there will be time to settle in and relax at Villa La Plaza, your base for the week. In the early evening, there will be a welcome briefing by Mick, your host and guide for the week, followed by a 3 course dinner with wine. Often, dinner is taken al fresco in the hotel courtyard. (Photographed above).
Sun - Canillas to Competa
Route Statistics – 11km – 5½ hours walking – 350m ascent/descent
This walk to Cómpeta, known locally as the the Pearl of the Axarquia, offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean. Famous for its locally-made wine, this lovely village is a vibrant labyrinth of streets and whitewashed houses cluttered around a 13th century tower. The walk today traverses some beautiful countryside, a rich tapestry of scrubland, forest and agricultural terracing.
We should arrive at the main plaza in Cómpeta in time for a late lunch, usually tapas. But there are many bars and restaurants to choose from. After lunch, there is the option to walk to a local Bodega for a winery tour and some tasting. This is highly recommended!
Mon - Archez & Cueva de Agua Circular
Route Statistics – 12km – 4 hours walking – 450m ascent/descent
This walk takes you through the sleepy, step-back-in-time village of Archez before traversing the avocado plantations that border Competa with its vibrant atmosphere, cafes and tapas bars.
Tue - The Hidden Village of Salares
Route Statistics – 8km – 4 hours walking – 775m ascent/descent (option to extend by 5km).
This route descends out of Canillas on an old Roman path, crossing an ancient Roman bridge before traversing a landscape of avocado and citrus groves. We then continue uphill on a mule track to the summit of Fogarate – a hilltop lookout that lies in the shadow of the lofty peak of La Maroma. After taking in the fabulous views, we follow the valley along an irrigation canal to the old Moorish village of Salares. We wander through the steep, winding streets of this picturesque village and have the option of lunch in Theo’s Bar, a simple but special experience. We return to Canillas by private transfer.
Wed - Rest Day
Wednesday is a rest day. Breakfast is served as usual, but there is no guided walk, and dinner is not included. That said, we’re still here to help you plan something memorable.
The most popular option is a visit to Malaga. Just one hour from us, Malaga is not just an airport! Indeed, it is rich in culture, history and fascinating architecture, notably its stunning cathedral. It is also a town of bustling markets and atmospheric cafes and restaurants.
Another popular option is to visit the coastal caves in the seaside resort of Nerja just 30 minutes from Canillas.
Thur - El Saltillo
Route Statistics – 8km – 4 hours walking – 420m ascent/descent
This is a dramatic ‘out and back’ walk which follows the natural and man-made waterways that run down into traditional hillside villages from the mountains that loom above. It takes in spectacular steep ravines and at times follows narrow pathways, all with superb views of La Maroma (2069m) the highest peak of the Sierra de Tejeda.
Fri - The Abandoned Village of Acebuchal
Route Statistics – 9km – 5 hours walking – 625m ascent/descent
We arguably save the best until last! Your holiday ends with a circular hike, which is quite simply a beautiful day out in a quiet and secluded valley. This is quintessential Andalucía and it will surely be a highlight of your stay. The descent into the abandoned village of Acebuchal is a fascinating focal point of the day.
Sat - Depart
After breakfast at 9am, guests join a transfer to Malaga Airport. Those with later flights have the opportunity to spend time in Malaga.
Need to Knows
Maximum Altitude – The maximum altitude on this trip is 1774m ASL.
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