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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: city hotel (1 night) & characterful rural hotel
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches or picnics, 1 tapas dinner, 6 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
  • walking and cultural 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
  • stay in Granada and visit the Alhambra
  • rewarding and varied walking
  • 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.

After a first night in fabulous Granada, Mairena becomes the base for the remainder of your holiday. This is one of those Alpujarran villages 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. Chris and his wife Ana will also kindly invite you to have lunch at their remote farm, El Valero, which features heavily in his writings.

The tall peaks create a dramatic backdrop beneath which to explore, while back at the hotel warming dishes such as migas (olive oil polenta eaten with sardines) await you after your revitalising walks in the warm mountain air of early autumn.

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