Las Alpujarras hiking vacation, Spain

“Join the author of 'Driving over Lemons', Chris Stewart, on a week of walking between the villages, gorges and farmsteads of Las Alpujarras in southern Spain's Sierra Nevada.”

Highlights

Led by author Chris Stewart | Sierra Nevada hike | white-washed villages of Alpujarras and La Taha | Poqueira Valley | Trevelez Gorge | lunch at Chris' farm El Valero | village bodegas selling ham, wine, cheese and olive oil | guided tour of Granada with architect Rafa Anderson| almond orchards | terraced meadows |

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25 Apr 2020
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Overview:
At our Casa we try to be as adaptable as possible and do our best to accommodate all guests. Please just let us know of your specific needs and we will do what we can to help the trip go as smoothly as possible
Deaf and limited hearing:
Guests with limited or no hearing are very welcome here and we are on hand to assist.
'Free from' food:
At our Casa we want all our guests to enjoy the fresh, delicious meals prepared in our kitchen. As a matter of course we offer vegetarian and vegan meals . We’re also happy to prepare coeliac meals and to cater for those with gluten, wheat, dairy and seafood intolerances, nut and other allergies.
LGBT:
Everybody is welcome at our Casa, irrespective of age, race and gender. LGBT travelers can enjoy the tranquillity of this place, the scenery, the walks, and the villages without any concerns.
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Responsible tourism

Las Alpujarras hiking vacation, Spain

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Our guest house is a 400-year-old historic building which has been converted to a casa rural in the village of Ferreirola in the Alpujarra of Andalucia. In developing our business in the Alpujarra our first priority was to provide low-impact, sustainable and environmentally conscious tourism.

Our activities are low impact: we accommodate groups of no more than 14 people. We organise vacations which do not negatively impact on the local environment. We always use designated footpaths for example, do not pick wildflowers, do not leave litter and do not cause any damage.
We also run a creative writing programme which also does not impact negatively on the local environment.

Environmentally conscious tourism:

Water: water is a precious commodity in this area, which is prone to drought from time to time. We minimise water use with dual flush loos, showers rather than baths, and we have a drip system for our garden watering.

Energy saving: we use low-energy light bulbs throughout the house and our outside lights are on timers.

NO to plastic! we recycle our plastic waste. We regularly encourage our local shops and market traders not to use plastic bags, but to encourage shoppers to bring their own. We encourage our guests to fill their water bottles from a natural spring nearby rather than buying plastic bottles of water.

Recycling: as well as recycling our plastic, we also recycle our paper, cardboard and glass items.

Shopping: we buy produce and supplies locally and when possible, we buy organic food and non-polluting cleaning products.

Community

The area of the Western Alpujarras known as La Taha, where the guest house is located, is considered the jewel of the area and yet it is the least populated. Villages such as Ferreirola and others in La Taha were once thriving but have been in decline since the 1960’s to the point where the resident populations are too small to support a healthy economy.

By bringing visitors to the area and promoting sustainable tourism, we are contributing to the local community in several ways.
The local community: members of the local community participate in and benefit from our business. We are the major employer in our village (population 28), employing three local people at our Casa.

We provide economic benefits to local businesses including bars, restaurants, shops, the local laundry and the local bus company, as well as local people involved in the building industry including plumbers, electricians, carpenters and builders.

Our premises: we restored a historic building that had fallen into ruin with great care and sensitivity, rather than bulldozing the site and erecting new, high-rise buildings. Our part of the Alpujarra is a conservation area so we maintained the traditional building style and used traditional materials such as chestnut beams and launa for the roof.

Protecting the local environment: We are fortunate to be located in a Parque Natural conservation area. However, it is also an area which has suffered and continues to experience minimal economic development. Through our business we are demonstrating that sustainable tourism brings significant economic benefit to the area, and we argue that for tourism to flourish here, the unique rural environment that is the Alpujarra must be preserved and protected.

15 Reviews of Las Alpujarras hiking vacation, Spain

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Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Every day was a new memory in the making, with fabulous company, views, & food - can think of no better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary! We were
delighted with the yummy roulade that was made to celebrate our special day - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for variable weather - strong, hot sun persisted through end of September

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - visited local cafes and restaurants, thoughtfully supplied with handcrafted soaps from local artisan

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Exceeded our expectations every "step" of the way!

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Chris Stewart - amazing company and guide. Rest of staff and guides involved in trip. Lastly, the other guests/walkers that joined the trip. Wonderful. The trip was extra special because of all of these people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go during the shoulder months or potentially winder as I expect peak summer will be super hot. The journey to the apartment will be shorter from Granada than Malaga....so it may be worth considering arriving at Granada.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we stopped off at local cafes, visited local wineries etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Just fabulous. Great walking, great accommodation, the most amazing food (vegetarian food was not an after thought but well catered for and really delicious), and interesting people to share with. Weather was great. What more can you ask for.

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All of it! Excellent adventure

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring wind proof gear for the high mountain day??

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Used local bars and restaurants and transport,no single use plastic water bottles
used, only local spring water. Local guides used on walks

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, really enjoyed it. Fantastic accommodation, Incredible scenery, Chris’s enthusiasm for all things totally infectious I came away a happier person and would do it all again tomorrow!

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The quality of the accommodation and superb meals, of the hostess, of the expert guides. Chris Stewart engages fully as the week's host, spicing it with humour and generous commitment. I found myself in the company of people who truly love this region and who are joyful naturalists, keen to share their immense local knowledge.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Springtime in Las Alpujarras brought us perfect hiking weather, wildflowers in abundance. Perhaps we were lucky. If you are not particularly interested in nature and hiking, this is not the vacation for you. If you are, what a treat in store. (Also, perhaps better to abstain if you can't live without info entertainment, media or night life.)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes to all points. Although most of the 'local' people turned out to be English, they underpin and contribute significantly to the local economy as committed, permanent, Alpujarrians, as well as fervent ecologists.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was excellent in every way. Highly to be recommended to nature lovers, especially if curious to learn the history, economy and ecology of the region.

Reviewed on 15 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Chris Stewart bringing the landscape to life was the most memorable part of the vacation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you enjoy walking and spectacular scenery, then this is a buddy for you.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we visited local bars and cafes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Enjoyable and memorable vacation.

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Wonderful walking with Chris and guides Kirsten Andrew and Jose all giving us a fabulous history and insight of the Alpujarras. Following the ancient waterways-Acequias walking in the snow and sun and wandering through the white towns. Great food and hospitality from Anne and her team ..... a lovely day at vineyard with the charming and very knowledgable Tom.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for ups and downs and stony paths and longish walks but scenery is stunning and no pressure on the walks ...plenty of rests.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Wonderful cooking from young local chefs and knowledge from the local guides.
So interesting to get an insight into the problems and issues facing this area and how responsible tourism can help.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A brilliant week with a small group of lovely people and lots of wonderful humour and optimism supplied by Chris and all. Food was superb and the packed lunches and all of our respective dietary requirements were catered for amazingly well.

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Very good and varied walks. Excellent food. Day trip to Granada had extremely knowledgable, friendly guide.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be reasonably fit as some walks/days are quite long.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Local staff employed.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good walks, guiding, food and accommodation. Weather conditions and group numbers can affect the rating of course.

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It is difficult to select our 'most memorable or exciting part of our vacation'. The Alpujarras are a striking area of Spain, full of history and remnants of the
Moorish culture. Certainly the comraderie of our group of 12 was a daily joy. Chris Stewart, our team leader, is a remarkably positive and optimistic fellow,
full of great stories and very knowledgeable about the area. The 5 walks were beautiful, varied and all interesting. The accommodation was a treat to return to at the end of the day with Anna's warm hospitality and the gourmet meals! The wine was pretty good too! It was a wonderful vacation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We were overly concerned whether we were fit enough or not. The walks are at a comfortable pace with lots of time to view everything and socialize. Some
are quite long, with occasional steep parts, but doable with a modicum of fitness. As there are many 'white villages' about, we were always able to stop for coffee and for lunch. Most of us would recommend hiking poles.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


There is very little employment in the Alpujarra region. Certainly our trip helped employ a number of people. Tourism via hiking vacations appears to be a growth industry for them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We would rate this vacation highly, being one of our most memorable.

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The wonderful food, hospitality and people at the tour company. Meeting & walking with Chris Stewart & the superb walking in the Alpujarras! Walking to El Valero for lunch with Chris & Ana. Spending a day in Granada with local architect Rafa & learning about the architectural & religious history of the city, the amazing water-ways bringing water from high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the politics over the centuries - a day not to be missed, with a fantastic lunch in a restaurant looking towards the Alhambra palace - wow!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The organisation at this tour company is so focused on the detail of your vacation, that if you read all the information they send you beforehand you will have/know exactly what to prepare for!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely all the people that were involved with the vacation lived locally and were part of a regenerating community in the Alpujarras region! Everyone here is trying to live in a more sustainable way and in harmony with nature!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Absolutely spot on - it was wonderful from start to finish & such good value for money. The only extras we paid for was 1 x 20 euro kitty for bar drinks & some snacks around lunch time - it was amazing! And as you can imagine walking with
Chris was highly entertaining & informative as we met local people & were able to understand the history of the area and also some of the exciting plans for the future in restoring the ancient terraces to produce more local food for the region and increase habitat & wildlife diversity!

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The beauty of the Alpujarras and the wonderful food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The vacation exceeded our expectations ! Although the website is very good it is difficult to describe the atmosphere and experience of our wonderful week.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Did benefit local people. Local restaurants and food producers. Low environmental impact as main activity was walking.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic vacation. Anne and her team looked after us very well. Charming accommodation, good company and great food. Chris and his team were great walking guides.

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The walks were wonderful, the food was great and very varied...we had picnics, ate in tiny mountain bars, had a fabulous meal in a amazing restaurant in
Granada overlooking the Alhambra, but the best were the nightly meals in the lovely accommodation from a series of excellent chefs in house. The accommodation was very pretty, comfortable and a wonderful place to relax after a long day's walk. Chris Stewart was the host of the week, leading us on all the walks and he makes the whole experience come alive..with his entertaining and knowledgeable repartee, based on his deep passion for the Alpuharras.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take warm clothes...we had an unseasonable April cold spell and needed hats, gloves, fleeces, waterproofs (and thermals would have been good too!) Of course you also need to pack for hot weather! It's not a stroll in the park...you do climb some very steep slopes so you do need some level of fitness...and definitely take walking poles.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not too sure on this one...we ate in several small local places, we walked many miles on trodden footpaths. We were picked up on three days by a minibus ....a
very welcome minibus. I believe the food in accommodation was grown and sourced locally and it was delicious (especially the bread, baked each day in the local bakery) and obviously local people were employed in running the casa and guiding us on the walks. We had an extra guide per walk for safety reasons, but also they knew masses about local wildlife and flora in the region, which was very interesting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a fabulous week. It was extremely well thought out with good rest periods between the exacting but rewarding walks. Certainly ended the week feeling
physically healthier than when we came...and enriched by learning about the culture and history of the area... ...as well as meeting new people in the group
and having fun. Top marks.

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Good times at meals. It was wonderful sharing a week with strangers that became friends thanks to Anne's nurturing of warmth. Very sweet looking place overlooking the mountains. Chris Stewart was a wonderful guide.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book early. Bring good sturdy hiking boots and poles. Expect a good hike each day--quite doable if you're used to hiking--about 10 miles a day, including uphill.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The week helped the local people in that we ate locally. Of course, Anne employed local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Wonderful. I learned a lot about a part of the world I did not know about in a very natural way. Anne's warmth made the week along with the great hiking.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Mara,
Thank you for your lovely comments. We're so glad you enjoyed your week's stay, and the walking. Anne and team

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


An almost impossible question to answer: a different route each day walking in
the stunningly beautiful Alpujarras, taxing but invigorating; loved the
remoteness filled with birds, wild flowers and so much water. Meeting
shepherds and their grazing flocks. Cute white hilltop villages with welcome
fountains and other beverages! Granada's old city history tour, superb.
Returning each day to the amazing casa where great food and wines were
assured. Anne and her team together with walk leader Chris Stewart
and co-walkers did everything possible to make this a memorable vacation - my
best yet!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


A reasonable level of walking fitness is needed, otherwise those climbs could
appear steeper than they actually are! I benefited from taking my walking pole.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely! At the casa, my home for the week, local people work producing
wonderful food and maintaining a high standard in the rooms. Our group
willingly supported the village bodegas, and ate local foods.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Highly recommended to anyone who loves walking in the open countryside,
sprinkled with white hilltop villages, and snow capped mountains a little way
off. A fantastic vacation which went way too fast!

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The whole package not just the walks will stay with me for a long time. The food was some of the best I have encountered in Spain.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book early

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Whilst most of the key elements were under the control of Anne & Chris, we did enjoy our visits to the various Spanish owned establishments on our journeys. Chris is very protective of his Aljupurran environment and is a constant source of knowledge both historic, botanical and environmental.


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It exceeded my expectations due to the venue, weather and levels of real engagement by the organisers. I will return again one day to this rural idyll.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Steve and Sue,
Many thanks for your lovely comments about the vacation. I'm so glad you had a good week, and hope to see you back in the Alpujarras one day.
Kind regards
Anne

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I have just completed a weeks walking vacation with Chris Stewart in the Alpajurra, a group of 13 of us stayed at the casa...
Have to say it was a really great week. The casa is situated in the most beautiful spot there are spectuclar views from the Terrace. The food was consistently good, we ate together every night and had really varied , delicious menus ... My bedroom was comfortable and simple .... The walking vacation itself was amazing, really quite challenging, but in the most stunning landscape and we learnt a lot about the local history and also Granada when we had a say trip there ... We also had a lot of fun and laughter and a good evening playing guitar and singing!

I would recommend anyone to have a vacation at the casa. The peace and beauty is hard to match ..... Great place to get away from every day madness !

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you're quite fit

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



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