Walking Holidays in the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada National Park with writer Chris Stewart
Explore this walkers’ paradise with Casa Ana as your base. The Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada (covering over 3,500 sq km) are criss-crossed with goat paths, mule tracks and old silk roads, taking you through breathtaking mountain scenery and historic white villages. Your guides will be writer Chris Stewart (author of best-selling Driving over Lemons) and/or Richard, Kiersten and Andrew from the Spanish Highs guiding company. And nature expert Matt Dowse will lead a Vegan Walking holidays in May and October
Spend a week with writer Chris Stewart exploring his all-time favourite walks in the Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada.
There are two programmes to choose from:
Programme One includes a day in the Moorish city of Granada.
Programme Two includes a day of visits to wineries and tastings with wine writer and expert Tom Goetz.
Both weeks include walks above the Poqueira Gorge with stunning mountain views; walks in the Trevelez river valley through historic white villages, meadows and almond groves; a day in the high mountains and last but not least, a walk down to Chris’ farm for lunch (as featured in Rick Stein’s BBC series).
February is a wonderful time to walk in this area: the high mountain peaks glisten white with caps of snow, and skies are the purest blue. Lower down there are almond orchards in full bloom trumpeting that spring is here, whilst the tang of woodsmoke reaches you from village firesides. It’s warm during the day and crisp at night and it doesn’t get dark until 7 o’clock.
Join us for a glorious week of walking including an almond blossom day with writer Chris Stewart plus snow-shoeing in the high sierras, a Mediterranean coastal walk and
Six days of gentler walking in the Apujarra and Sierra Nevada National Park. The area is famous for its snow-capped peaks and deep gorges, its terraced meadows and woodlands. The view are spectacular ... but there’s so much more to see. These walks give you time to stop and admire some of the 2000 plants, 60 birds, and 110 butterfly species that make these mountains as astonishing as they are beautiful.
Rejuvenating walks, clean mountain air, meadows, woodlands and gushing streams – this holiday takes you to some of our favourite haunts in the Alpujarras. After a day’s walking, bathe in the evening sun on the terrace whilst our chef prepares delicious vegan dinners. Other highlights include a morning’s foraging for wild herbs and a yummy vegan chocolate-making workshop. You’ll be in good company too: your guide Matt is himself a dedicated vegan, as well as a keen walker and wildlife expert.
With Casa Ana as your base, spend a few days exploring the miles and miles of footpaths, mule tracks and silk routes that criss-cross the Alpujarras. Many walks start at the door of Casa Ana – no need to jump in the car. We’ll provide hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches, maps and walking notes – and a beautiful terrace to return to for that cold beer after a day in the mountains.
Spring, autumn and late winter are the best times to come. High mountain walking is also good in summer. Contact Anne at Casa Ana for information and bookings.