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Spanish and hiking in the Alpujarras, Andalusia

Go for a hike during your Spanish course in Granada, Spain. We offer you the chance to discover the southern slopes of Sierra Nevada, which provide you with beautiful walks between the snow-capped peaks and the Mediterranean sea.

In spring and autumn we organize hiking weekends in the Alpujarra Mountains. This trip is part of our weekly cultural programme. Participants enrol for this activity during the first course day!

Spanish course & Trekking in the Alpujarra   The Alpujarra Mountains, Granada

The Alpujarra is a region full of mountain villages to the south of the Sierra Nevada Mountains nestled in sheltered valleys and gorges running down towards the Mediterranean Sea.

Its terraced farmlands have a continuous supply of water from snow melting above, giving the area the appearance of a high-altitude oasis. Its strategic location close to the Mediterranean sea beside the high mountains, which are declared as a National Park (at high elevations) and Nature Reserve (villages were settled here) turns this region into the home of an authentic treasure of flora and fauna; in short, the perfect place for walking and hiking.

The area is culturally fascinating because its fifty or so villages were the last strongholds of the Spanish Muslims. Those «Moriscos» (Muslim-Christian «converts») still practiced their original religion and customs in secrecy after the fall of Granada and, in 1492, facing increasing pressure from the Catholics, fled to the mountains and settled in this remote, inaccessible area. These unique villages have held onto their past. You can still see the traditional architecture similar to the one used by the Berber tribes of North Africa: terraced clusters of square houses with flat clay and slate roofs, like those to be found in the Rif and Atlas mountains of Morocco.

Here we invite you to enjoy a weekend with easy-intermediate level hiking. You stay in a peaceful family-run Casa Rural located in Yegen, a small village in the Alpujarra Mountains.

Spanish course & Trekking in the Alpujarra   Spanish course & Hiking in the Alpujarra

Programme

Dates 2017: upon request*
* Minimum 2 persons

Friday
17.00 h public bus Granada - Yegen (arrival 20.00 h). You will be picked up at the bus stop and will have dinner with your guide.

Saturday
After breakfast, we climb into the mountains reaching an altitude of 1,600m. We
follow gorges bordered by huge chestnut trees, surrounded by vegetable gardens and mountain pasture, to then descend through the beautiful holm-oak forest, arriving finally at the village Mecina-Bombarón. There we have lunch in a typical bar and we take the GR-7 trail to return to Yegen, passing through the small village of Golco. Distance: 14 km. Time: 5-6 hours. At night you will have dinner in the garden below the stars, if the weather allows.

Sunday
After breakfast we will take an agreeable stroll that was a favourite of the famous
English writer Gerarld Brenan, once resident of Yegen. Walking through olive and almond groves, and visiting the ancient fortress at Peñon del Fuerte, we enjoy views over a fairytale lunar landscape, to return to Yegen climbing along an old trail which ends at an interesting old fountain and washstone. Distance: 2km, time 2 hours.
We will visit a place where the famous Jamón is cured and have a tasting session with
local wine. After lunch you take the bus back to Granada (15.20 h) arriving at 18.30 h.

Price 295 €/person


Included in the price:
2 nights’ accommodation in double room, full board, 2 guided hikes, public bus Granada - Yegen - Granada.

Spanish course & Hiking in the Alpujarra   Spanish course & Hiking in the Alpujarra

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