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mediterranean Coastline Snow shoes Walking from Casa Ana Snow at the Refugio Poqueira Gorge Cañar

Winter Walking

A guided walking holiday in the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada National Park.


16 – 23 February 2019


About the holiday

February is a wonderful time to walk in this area: the high mountain peaks glisten 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.

Your guides include Chris Stewart (author of Driving over Lemons) who will lead you on walks through almond orchards in full flower, and more walks through woodlands and meadows to gaze at the snow-capped mountains and the deep gorges for which the Alpujarra is famous.


Your guides also include experts from Spanish Highs, one of the most experienced guiding companies in the area. Plus Anne, owner of the accommodation, herself a keen walker with stories to tell about getting out of London and setting up a guest house in Spain's most remote and beautiful mountains.


The week includes a day's snow-shoeing in the high mountains (no matter if you've never done it before - it's easy to master and great fun, and all equipment is provided). There's also a day's walking down on the Mediterranean coast with lunch on the beach, and other walks exploring the dramatic valleys and white villages of this unspoilt region.


After a day’s walking return to Casa Ana for mulled wine and roasted chestnuts by the wood-burning stove whilst your chef for the week prepares delicious dinners.

Highlights include:

  • Snow-shoeing in the high sierras (equipment provided)
  • A walk through almond orchards in full flower with writer Chris Stewart (in the Contraviesa hills)
  • Two walks in the stunning scenery of the Alpujarra: along the Poqueira valley and into the hidden gorge of Busquistar
  • Down on the coast, a walk on the cliffs in conservation area and lunch at a restaurant on the beach
  • Wine tasting at Casa Ana. Sample wines from Andalucia with wine expert Tom Goetz
  • Gourmet dinners at Casa Ana


(Please note that we may have to modify the programme through changes in weather and other circumstances beyond our control.)


Click here to see the daily itinerary

Walking: level of challenge

Expect altitude gains of up to 300 metres and 4 - 6 hour-long walks. You should be reasonably fit and comfortable with hill walking. Bring sensible clothing and good hiking boots. Hiking poles are useful. Despite the time of year bring hats, sun glasses, sun block and a water bottle.


2019 holiday: €1175 per person sharing a room, €1375 for single accommodation. All bedrooms have private bathrooms.

Price includes: bed and breakfast, 5 picnics or lunches, 6 dinners with wine, excursions, snow-shoeing equipment, local transport and guides.

Price does not include: flights, airport transfers, one lunch, some refreshments.

The walking groups are small so early booking is strongly recommended.

For further information and bookings please email Anne at Casa Ana or call:

Tel: 0034 678 298 497


See also "Mountain Walking", "Walking with Chris Stewart" and "Wildlife Walking" guided walking holidays.

Almond Flowers
Local wines
Almond tree blossom
Walking guide in action