Vegan Walking Holidays in the Alpujarra
9 – 15 May (6 nights)
17 – 23 (6 nights)
If you’re in search of a holiday in Spain with wonderful walks, fantastic vegan cooking and the company of like-minded people, then this is the holiday for you.
Each day we’ll explore the Alpujarra - Spain’s most unspoilt walking country on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. We’ll take in footpaths from village to white village, follow the ancient silk routes through dramatic river gorges or head to the hills for spectacular views across the Mediterranean to Africa.
All the meals will be vegan. Hearty breakfasts, tasty picnic lunches and 3-course gourmet dinners will all be prepared by our cooks, using seasonal, local ingredients, infused with the herbs and spices of Andalucia, Morocco and Asia.
We’ll have one day off halfway through the holiday. This is the day when we’ll go foraging for herbs and leaves to have with our lunch. Your foraging guide will be Julio Donat, a naturalist whose life’s work has been the study of culinary and medicinal plants in the Alpujarra.
And in the afternoon, a big highlight: learn to make vegan chocolate! In this workshop choco-expert Flips will show you the secrets of great chocolate making. And your very own chocolates will be ready to take home at the end of the week.
“Excellent in every way”
Lesley D, June 19
- Exploring the villages of La Taha: A fairly gentle start, we take footpaths between Ferreirola, Atalbeita, Portugos, Pitres and Mecina (with a possible extension taking in Fondales)
- Woodland and river gorge - from Trevelez to Busquistar: Following the GR7 footpath along the stunning Trevelez river gorge from Trevelez to Busquistar. We start by climbing out of Trevelez to cross the Barranco de Bina before descending slowly down through woodlands and open hillsides to enter the village of Busquistar
- Puente Palo to Capileira: A lovely walk through woodlands and meadows with mountain views. We follow a Moorish acequia (water channel) through leafy oak woods, before taking broader tracks along the Poqueira valley. We take in the grounds of the Osel Ling Buddhist Retreat before descending to cross the Poqueira river and climb up to the village of Capileira.
- High mountain walk: For our final walk we’ll head up to the mountains. Starting at the Hoya del Portillo car park we’ll climb up through pine woods to reach the vast open spaces of the Sierra Nevada mountains. From there a circular walk takes in the mountain refuge and a lower footpath back to the car park.
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.
Prices - 2020 holidays
€1095 per person sharing a room. €1295 for single accommodation.
The price includes: bed and breakfast accommodation, picnics and lunches, dinners, wines, excursions, local transport and guides. It does not include: flights, airport transfers, some refreshments, eg. drinks stops on walks.
Please note: the walking groups are small so early booking is strongly recommended.
EARLY BIRD OFFER: €100 off if you book the May holiday before 31st October 2019 and the October 2020 holiday before 28th February 2020
What a beautiful place! Highly recommended
Lynda C, May 19
Photo: Simon Roth