Walking over Lemons
Guided Walking Holidays with Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart, author of best-selling Driving over Lemons, will lead you on his favourite walks in the Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada National Park. There are two programmes to choose from:
Programme One includes a day exploring the Moorish city of Granada. (Click here to see the daily itinerary)
Programme Two includes a gentle day with a visit to a beautiful local garden, with lunch, and a wine-tasting at Casa Ana in the late afternoon. (Click here to see the daily itinerary)
Gastronomy is a big feature of both holidays: visit Chris’ farm for lunch (as featured in Rick Stein’s BBC series) and sample the hams and cheeses in the mountain villages. And at Casa Ana, our chef creates exquisite dinners using fresh, local ingredients served with wines from independent vineyards across Spain.
Next holidays - 2020
|Programme One||Programme Two|
|25 April – 2 May||23 – 30 May|
|19 – 26 September||10 – 17 October|
- 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
- EITHER a day in Granada exploring the Moorish city with Chris and architect Rafael Anderson plus lunch at a leading Granada restaurant (Programme One)
- OR a day visiting an Alpujarran garden near Atalbeitar followed by an al fresco lunch and a wine-tasting at Casa Ana with wine writer Tom Goetz (Programme Two)
- Ham and wine tasting in village bars and bodegas
- Wonderful dinners at Casa Ana
- Dining out at a local village restaurant
(Please note that we may have to modify the programme through changes in weather and other circumstances beyond our control.)
Here’s how Chris describes the holidays:
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. We look forward to sharing this magnificent place with you.
Walking: level of challenge
Expect altitude gains of about 900 feet and 4 – 6 hours of walking per day. You need to be reasonably fit and used to country walking. Bring sensible clothing and good hiking boots. Hiking poles are useful. Sun hats, sun glasses, sun block and a water bottle are essential.
2020 holidays: €1295 per person sharing a room, €1475 for single accommodation.
Price includes bed and breakfast accommodadion, 6 picnics or lunches, dinners and dinner wines, excursions, local transport and guides. It does not include: flights, airport transfers, tickets to monuments (eg. in Granada), drinks at lunchtime, some refreshments eg. coffee stops on walks.
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 "Winter Walking" and "Wildlife Walking", "Vegan Walking", guided walking holidays.
"Springtime in Las Alpujarras brought us perfect hiking weather, wildflowers in abundance… 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."
Lesley O’D, May 19
"My wife and I enjoyed a superb week of hiking with Chris Stewart with Casa Ana as our home base. Chris Stewart is an animated, knowledgeable and personable host. We walked through some of the most stunning and historically significant trails in Europe and enjoyed ever minute. Casa Ana was the hub of our activities - the accommodation was very comfortable, the meals were first class and Anna and her staff made us feel welcome at all times. Best of all, there wasn't one glitch throughout our stay."
Byrnes B, Oct 18
"I highly recommend this holiday. The combination of a well balanced and thoughtfully structured walking programme with the relaxed atmosphere of Casa Ana makes for an extremely enjoyable week. Chris Stewart is a knowledgeable, energetic and enthusiastic guide. His affection for the people, culture and geography of the area is infectious and enhances the total experience.
The walking programme includes meandering through small villages, exploring the mountains and valleys of the Alpujarras as well as spending a fascinating day in Granada. Each day features a different aspect of this beautiful countryside. Both Chris and Anne are generous and warm hosts and make each group feel as if they are unique and not just another group.
Casa Ana has been beautifully restored in an authentic Alpujarran style. The restoration includes modern plumbing with reliable rainmaker showers, a vital design feature after long days of walking!
This holiday stimulated my senses, pricked my curiosity about the history of Spain, made me want to learn Spanish and most importantly to come back and continue to explore."
Judith P, Sept 18
"A wonderful holiday - certainly one of the best I've ever had. Myself and my husband took part in the Walking over Lemons Week with Chris Stewart and stayed in Casa Ana. Cannot recommend the walking with Chris, the stay in Casa Ana and La Alpujarras highly enough. If you are thinking about doing this holiday, then just do it. You won't regret it. The area is breathtaking and the walks were well planned and Chris is so knowledgeable and so passionate about the area - he was the perfect guide."
Patricia C, Sept 18
"I have just returned from an amazing walking holiday in Los Alpujarras, staying at the timeless and sublime Casa Ana, in the village of Ferreirola, nestled in the heart of the mountains of this historically important and beautiful area of southern Spain. Led by the entertaining and wonderfully eccentric writer Chris Stewart, fifteen walkers from around the world shared a memorable and companionable week. Clearly, Chris and his wife Ana were important to the success of the holiday, but the hospitality at Casa Ana was faultless, the food to die for, and the support of experienced Spanish Highs mountain guides impeccable. I loved it so much that I've just booked a return to see the spring flowers in 2018."
Carole R, Oct 17
"We were there for a week of guided walking with Chris Stewart, author of Driving over Lemons. The week was fantastic and I would do it again if we knew we would not be repeating the same walks. Casa Ana is for people who appreciate good company and good food. The common sitting area on a terrace over a canyon is a wonderful place to unwind after a day's walking, or sitting out after dinner talking with (more) wine, and the meals were outstanding."
Jeffrey W, Oct 17
"My week long stay at Casa-Ana completely lived up to my expectations based upon the information supplied by the website. When twelve people are thrown together in a remote location it can be hit and miss but this was definitely a big hit, at least it was for me. I particularly enjoyed being in the company of people from other countries.
Anne, the owner, and her wonderfully attentive staff provided all the services and great food one could wish for. The walking was a joy ranging from boisterous banter with the experienced mountain guides to moments of sublime meditative quietness.
The walks are led by Chris Stewart, himself an expat long term resident of the region, who is full of wry humour, local knowledge and passion for the Alpujarras.
This was a memorable week where new friends were made, beautiful sights beheld and food heaven found. Thanks to you all."
Phil E, Oct 17
"Anne, our host for the week, was more than delightful--her warmth and desire to show us a beautifully relaxing week made for a lot of laughs, wonderful (no, amazingly gourmet) food, and wonderful discussions...and a bit of dance. As it turned out, our group, that was there for a hike with Chris Stewart, the author of Driving over Lemons (and several other books), was quite musical. If you love to hike, enjoy learning about new areas (or revisiting), enjoy the beauty of mountains, this week-long Alpurjurras trek is for you. (We returned to Casa-Ana each evening.) Strangers became friends after spending a week together. Chris was a delight and showed the hikers a great time, including a delicious lunch that he and his lovely wife, Anna created for us at his house. A day in Grenada was beautiful too. This week will fill my memory bank with pleasant thoughts about hiking amongst the thyme and trees filled with olives, oranges, and almonds....and much more."
Mara H, Oct 17
"Casa Ana is the perfect base, set in a remote village. The staff were great, food outstanding made with lots of fresh local produce and the surrounding area very picturesque. We were able to come back after a day's walking to very relaxing, pleasant environment… Overall, a fantastic, enjoyable week and one we would thoroughly recommend. You will not be disappointed and we would stay again."
Annie N, May 17
"It was a lovely walking holiday with memories I will treasure for a long time…. Everything was done with a smile, and the food and service at Casa Ana were 5 star."
Jolandi, Sept 16
"Anne & Chris - A massive 'thank you’ to yourselves and all of the team who worked together to give us such a memorable and enjoyable jaunt in those lovely sunny little hills around Ferreirola - BRILLIANT !"
Clair & Gerard, Sep 16
"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."