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A Walking Week with Chris Stewart

Las Alpujarras – land of olive and almond trees
Holiday information
Nights: 7
Grades: moderate walking (flexible options)
Terrain: valleys, terraces, hillside trails
Climate: plentiful sunshine throughout the year
Accommodation: characterful rural hotel
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches or picnics, 1 tapas dinner, 6 gastronomic dinners
Group size: min 4, max 16 persons
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Life in an Alpujarran Village
If you cannot make these dates, we offer week-long stays at the Casa de las Chimeneas (without Chris), which also give you unique insights into village life in the Alpujarras.
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • single-centre walking holiday in the company of author Chris Stewart
  • local walks and trips accompanied by Chris and other guests
  • feel part of the community, with insights into local ways of life
  • excellent regional gastronomy - learn to cook Alpujarran dishes
  • enjoy lunch at Chris and Ana's farm, El Valero
  • rewarding and varied walking
  • excursions to Almeria, Calahorra and Guadix
  • airport transfers included

This fascinating week takes place where the almond-coated hills of Las Alpujarras flank the southern slopes of the dramatic Sierra Nevada, the highest mountains in mainland Spain. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, watered by the ancient Moorish irrigation systems that are a testament to the area’s long and colourful past, and peppered with whitewashed villages which tumble down terraced slopes.

Mairena, the base for your holiday, is one such Alpujarran village whose hard-working inhabitants adhere to a simple way of life, based upon a sound knowledge of the terrain and climate, and seemingly untouched by the passage of time.

Your time in Mairena is spent in the company of award-winning author Chris Stewart who not only accompanies you on a number of scenic walks and excursions that explore this alluring corner of southern Spain, but also spends the week at the hotel as a fellow guest, sharing his views, thoughts and memories.

In early November, the tallest summits have their first coat of snow, adding greatly to the drama of the scenery, while back at the hotel warming dishes such as migas or olive oil polenta eaten with sardines await you after your revitalising walks in the cool mountain air. Come February, the snow still covers the high mountains, but it's usually at this time of year that the almond trees blossom, heralding the arrival of spring on the lower slopes. Who better to explore with at this time than Chris, one of whose books is entitled The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society?

As an added treat, this year Chris and his wife Ana have kindly invited guests to have lunch at their remote farm, El Valero, which is often the star of his writings. 
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