Walking over Lemons
Guided walking Holidays with Chris Stewart
29 April – 6 May 2017
13 – 20 May 2017
23 – 30 September 2017
21 – 28 October 2017
Chris Stewart, author of best-selling Driving over Lemons, will lead you on his favourite Alpujarran walks, as well as a day exploring the Moorish city of Granada. Gastronomy is also a big feature of this holiday: visit Chris’ farm for lunch (as featured in Rick Stein’s BBC series), explore the culinary delights of Granada, and sample local hams and cheeses in the local villages. And at Casa Ana, our chef creates exquisite dinners using fresh, local ingredients served with wines from independent vineyards across Spain.
- A walk from Casa Ana to Chris’ farm El Valero and lunch prepared by Chris and his wife Ana (as featured in Rick Stein’s Spain on BBC2)
- 4 or 5 day-long walks exploring the Trevelez and Poqueira valleys
- A day of walking in the high mountains
- A day in Granada exploring the Moorish city with Chris and architect Rafael Anderson. Plus a degustación lunch at Francisco Lillo’s famous bodega La Oliva
- Ham and wine tasting at Antonio’s bodega in Pampaneira
- Gourmet dinners at Casa Ana
- Dining out at the area’s best restaurant
(Please note that we may have to modify the programme through changes in weather and other circumstances beyond our control.)
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Here’s how Chris describes the week:
Ferreirola is about the prettiest village in the western Alpujarra, and that’s where the enchanting Casa Ana is to be found. It’s just up the hill from our farm, and right in the middle of the best and most varied walking in the Alpujarra. There are spectacular high mountain walks amongst the dazzling botany of the Sierra Nevada with dazzling views of the highest peaks in the Peninsula. Lower down you can graze your way from village to village along ancient paths overhung by mulberries, walnuts and figs. Each season has something wonderful to offer: from sublime almond blossom in early spring, through the early summer flowers, the magical heat and light of high summer, and later the new snow on the mountains, the smell of woodsmoke in the villages, pomegranates and that ineffable melancholy light of autumn, and finally the onset of the cool sunny Alpujarran winter. There really is no better place to be. And all year round at Casa Ana the food and wine are of the best, with local seasonal based ingredients transformed by the alchemy of a gifted local chef into exquisite dishes to seduce the most jaded palate. As for the ambiance and conversation.. well, that's up to you and me. As for the walking, there's nothing too tough... although it is steep country and you should be in tolerable good shape and not of a wimpish disposition. There will be a day in Granada too, a little off-beat and unconventional, but I know you'll love it... there's a great deal more to the city than the impossibly over subscribed Alhambra... and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Walking: level of challenge
Expect altitude gains of about 900 feet and 6 – 7 hours of walking per day. Bring sensible clothing and good hiking boots. Hiking poles are useful. Sun hats, sun glasses, sun block and a water bottle are essential.
2017 holidays: €1275 per person sharing a room, €1475 for single accommodation.
Price includes: bed and breakfast, picnics and lunches, dinners, wines, excursions, local transport and guides.
Price does not include: flights, airport transfers, tickets to monuments, 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 "Walking with a Camera" and "Walking with Nature" guided walking holiday.
"As the year before the enjoyment of being there and eating excellent food and talking and walking will still pull me back. My favourite walk was on the last day. The size of that valley, the snow, ibex and the sound of waterfalls and coming back to Capileira is a lovely memory."
Jeremy, May 2016
"Casa Ana is a fabulous venue, great location, great room and facilities, first rate food. We did a week walking with Chris Stewart which was marvelous. There was a mixture of walks in stunning scenery including a final days walk into the snow line, which was stunning… Strongly recommend!"
Malcolm, May 2016
"The walking week was planned well and it made for a very fulfilling and relaxing week."
David, April 2016
"It was a really great week. Casa Ana is situated in the most beautiful spot there are spectacular views from the Terrace . The walking holiday 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 day trip there ... I would recommend anyone to have a holiday at Casa Ana. The peace and beauty is hard to match."
Sally, April 2016
"This rural retreat on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada is a real gem. A carefully renovated village house with simple, comfortable rooms dotted around the mountainside property. Peace, tranquillity and stunning views, superb food and good company. We joined a walking holiday for a few days and were made so welcome, the setting, ambiance and first class hospitality is a great recipe for getting together with a like-minded group. Exploring the unspoiled mountain villages and walking the trails is an unforgettable experience, we will be back for more."
Stephen, May 2015
"Walking with Chris Stewart and staying at Casa Ana, what could be better? How about adding a great group of people, delicious food, beautiful scenery, an amazing tour around Granada and the cherry on top - lunch at El Valero (Chris’ farm). This really was a magical week! Casa Ana is the perfect venue for a group trip. The family style dining room and cosy living room make it seem like you are really staying at a friend's house - except you don't have to do the dishes. The rooms are delightful, the views exquisite, the food first class and Anne's attention to detail amazing! Book early!"
Michele A, Autumn 2014
"What a fabulous week. The walks were spectacular yet do-able. We were so impressed by the breakfasts, packed lunches and superb dinners provided by the local chefs. Anne is adept at organisation, bringing the best of everything to her guests, so we were able to relax and enjoy it all. I totally recommend this holiday."
Keith H, Autumn 2014
"I joined a group for a weeks walking in the Alpujarra, ably guided by Chris Stewart, and staying in this delightful Guest House. Anne and her staff were wonderful and extremely helpful, the rooms were very comfortable and the food was exceptional, Breakfast and the packed lunches had everything you could want and the evening meals were fantastic, provided by guest chefs from the local area. Highly recommended."
Kelvin B, Autumn 2014
"We had a brilliant week of guided walks, including a trip to Granada, based at Casa Ana. Casa Ana was a peaceful haven tucked away in a quiet village in the mountains. Anne and her 'helpers' were very welcoming and made us feel at home. Our room was clean and comfortable with tea, coffee etc available in the guest lounge. Casa Ana is an excellent base for exploring the Alpujarra mountains, with lots of info' about walks and other trips. Would definitely recommend for a relaxed, off the beaten track holiday."
Pam R, Autumn 2014
"My partner I joined three other guests, at the beginning of September, to be guided by Chris Stewart on a delightful week of walking in the Alpujarras . …(We) started with a relatively easy 10k walk along trails between some of the local villages and these built up over the week to explore the surrounding hills and valleys, sometimes taking a minibus to start or return from the walk. Although it seemed clear that Chris was prepared to be flexible and match the walk to ability, you should be reasonably fit to gain maximum benefit, Being able to walk 6 to 8 miles a day, in moderately hilly country, should do it. Having had a great day out, returning to Casa Ana was a super end to the day. The views from the terraces, across the valley were wonderful. Watching the moon rise between the hills at night was a great experience. Our walking package had the benefit of a Chef, who came up from Orgiva to prepare some excellent food. On other days a visit to a very good restaurant in Capileira and a gastronomic treat in Granada were enjoyed. The latter followed a very informative and enjoyable tour around the old Moorish areas of the city. Breakfasts accommodated all tastes and were just the thing to fuel one up for the day. These and other needs were provided by Anne and her small team of extremely friendly and helpful staff, who also took turns accompanying us on some walks. This was a great holiday and highly recommended for anyone (our ages ranged twenties to sixties) who likes walking, exploring the countryside and learning about the local culture."