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Andalucian Cottages – Authentic Southern Spain

Andalucia – white towns & rugged mountains
 
Discover Andalucia’s famous white towns on this self-guided, single-centre walking holiday, with car hire included. Explore rugged mountains boasting a wealth of flora and fauna, visit authentic villages rich in architectural treasures, and savour delicious regional gastronomy.
Andalucian Cottages – Authentic Southern Spain. 7 nights
Andalucian Cottages – Authentic Southern Spain. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Andalucia

Rewarding walking in dramatic mountain scenery, delightful pueblos blancos (white towns and villages), a wealth of birds and flowers – this fascinating corner of south-west Andalucia has something for everyone. This area is very popular with walkers, who come to enjoy the first-rate walking in the region, and we provide a wide variety of route notes so that you can do the same.
The small pueblo blanco of Montejaque (pronounced ‘montay-hackay’) sits on the side of a mountain in the Libar Sierra and is a typical white town of the area, with whitewashed houses and weathered terracotta roofs. Unspoiled, and with paths direct from the village, it is a great choice for a week of walking and exploring, and when you stay here you will feel part of a real Spanish village.
 
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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    Spring flowers start to appear in February, although the best time is mid-April to mid-May. In March, the flowering gorse bushes provide a yellow carpet on the slopes.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 11 11 14 16 20 24 29 29 25 19 14 11
    mm 111 102 83 76 52 33 13 13 32 79 128 124
  • An introduction
    The walking possibilities in this corner of Spain are endless. We provide route notes for a wide variety of walks of easy (grade 1 or 1-2) to moderate difficulty (grade 2 or 2-3).

    Please note that access to the protected areas within the Grazalema Natural Park is strictly controlled by entry permits of which a limited number are released each day in order to protect the unique bio-reserves. These areas are usually closed between June and October and, in addition, the Natural Park authorities may also very occasionally close them at short notice during particularly dry weather to prevent the risk of fire. You can either visit the Park Office in El Bosque to book tickets or arrange for them to be faxed to the Tourist Office in Grazalema. A permit is required for the walks marked with an asterix (*).
  • Choice of routes: 3km to 10km

    The Garganta Gorge*: 3km, 3.5hrs
    Follow ‘the route of the vultures’ through a gorge. You can follow the path all the way to the hermitage, or turn around earlier on, depending on whether you want an easy or moderate walk. A great place to see vultures circling above! (*Permit required.)

    Llanos de Ravel*: 8km, 3hrs
    Visit the ‘valley of the lute’ and the edge of the Pinsapo forest on an easy walk that leads to a lovely picnic spot at the bottom of this wooded, bowl-shaped valley. (*Permit required.)

    The El Bosque River Valley: 10km, 4hrs
    Another easy walk on which you may hear nightingales as you follow the river.
  • Choice of routes: 12km to 17km

    Pinsapar*: 12km, 5hrs
    A more difficult ascent takes you onto the Sierra del Pinar and into the heart of the forest which is home to a rare species of ancient pine, the Pinsapo. Having walked through the reserve, you catch a bus back (pay locally). (*Permit required.)

    Montejaque circuit: 17km, 6hrs
    This lengthy walk leads from limestone ridges and stone stairways to ‘rock gardens’ and wonderful green valleys, and is one of our favourite routes.

    Grazalema to Benaocaz: 12km, 4.5hrs
    This beautiful walk from nearby Grazalema leads over the Sierra del Endrinal (‘Blackthorn Mountains’) into a secret valley encircled by a sheer rock wall in which a ruined farmhouse is surrounded by poplars and tiny streams. It then drops down through green valleys between limestone ridges to the white village of Benaocaz. You can return to Grazalema by bus (pay locally).
  • Pretty white towns & prehistoric caves


    Visit the pueblos blancos
    Part of the joy of visiting Andalucia is exploring its atmospheric white towns, and with your hire car you can do just that. The most famous of them all is Ronda – built on the edges of a dramatic gorge, it boasts an atmospheric Old Quarter and one of Spain’s oldest bullrings. Nearby is Ronda la Vieja, the site of a Roman town. Other towns and villages worth visiting include Arcos de la Frontera – a spectacularly sited town crowning a ridge – and Zahara de la Sierra, which nestles by the side of a lake and is dominated by its hill-top castle.

    The Pileta Caves
    For something a little different, you could head to the Pileta Caves, where prehistoric rock paintings have been discovered.

    Join a birdwatching tour
    The mountains around Montejaque are a haven for wildlife and are home to numerous species of birds and an astonishing variety of flowers. Learn all about them on a guided bird-watching tour with a local expert.

    City by the sea
    Another option is to drive further afield to the fascinating port-city of Cádiz.

 

Accommodation

You spend the week in Montejaque – a sleepy village of narrow, twisting streets and whitewashed houses set against a backdrop of rugged limestone peaks. It feels pleasantly authentic, with a handful of tapas bars and restaurants.
Andalucian Cottages
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices

All prices are in £ sterling (GBP). Prices vary according to number of people in your party.
Prices (£ per property)
1 March - 13 November 2019

1-bedroom cottage
• 1 - 31 March 2019: £620
• 1 Apr - 12 Apr 2019: £660
• 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019: £675
• 1 Jul - 23 Aug 2019: £785
• 24 Aug - 31 Aug 2019: £725
• 1 Sep - 30 Sep 2019: £675
• 1 Oct - 25 Oct 2019: £640
• 26 Oct - 30 Sep 2019: £620

2-bedroom cottage

• 1 - 31 March 2019: £710
• 1 Apr - 12 Apr 2019: £740
• 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019: £760
• 1 Jul - 23 Aug 2019: £895
• 24 Aug - 31 Aug 2019: £830
• 1 Sep - 30 Sep 2019: £760
• 1 Oct - 25 Oct 2019: £730
• 26 Oct - 30 Sep 2019: £710

3-bedroom cottage

• 1 - 31 March 2019: £825
• 1 Apr - 12 Apr 2019: £840
• 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019: £860
• 1 Jul - 23 Aug 2019: £1060
• 24 Aug - 31 Aug 2019: £995
• 1 Sep - 30 Sep 2019: £760
• 1 Oct - 25 Oct 2019: £850
• 26 Oct - 30 Sep 2019: £860

Price includes: 7 days' category B car hire (eg Opel Corsa with manual transmission or similar)

Drive time between the airport and the hotel: Málaga 2h, Seville 2h
 
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Málaga, Seville
    Latest flight arrival time/earliest flight departure time flexible

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Malaga Ryanair 
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    Belfast Intl. - Malaga Aer Lingus,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Birmingham - Malaga Flybe,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
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    Bournemouth - Malaga Ryanair 
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    Bristol - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Seville easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    Cardiff - Malaga TUI,  Vueling 
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    Doncaster Sheffield - Malaga Flybe,  TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Seville Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Malaga jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Seville easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    Exeter - Malaga Flybe 
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    Glasgow - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Malaga Ryanair 
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    Inverness - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Leeds Bradford - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Leeds Bradford - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Liverpool - Malaga easyJet 
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    London City - Malaga British Airways 
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    Gatwick - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Seville British Airways,  easyJet 
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    Heathrow - Malaga British Airways 
    Heathrow - Seville (via Madrid) Iberia 
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    Luton - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Luton - Seville easyJet 
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    London Southend - Malaga easyJet 
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    Stansted - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Seville Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Manchester - Seville Ryanair 
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    Newcastle - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Malaga Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Malaga Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • route notes and maps
  • 7 days’ category B car hire
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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