Adventure through some of the highest and most beautiful parts of continental Spain. A challenging but thrilling day of canyoning along the cool green waters of the Rio Verde before taking to the hills and trekking high into the Sierra Nevada, underneath the highest mountains in the whole of Spain. To finish this trip unwind and relax in the white villages of the Alpujarra region - and explore Malaga, a recently rejuvenated city with a thriving art & food scene. A great blend of challenge, adventure and culture.
Day 1: Arrival- Malaga and The Costa Tropical
The adventure on the outskirts of historic Malaga, you will be met at the airport, before driving through the beautiful Costa Tropical landscape to where you’ll have lunch. You’ll either head down to the sun-kissed coastal town of Almuñecar and stay there overnight, or climb into the hills above Almuñecar to stay at accommodation in the scenic mountain village of Otivar, along the ancient road called Sospiro de los Moros (“sigh of the Moors”) connecting Almuñecar with Granada, 80 km to the north. The evening there is time to meet your fellow travellers and hear more about what is to come. Meals: Dinner Night: Hotel in Almuñecar or Otivar
Day 2: Canyoning the Rio Verde
A full day of canyoning! You’ll start with an early breakfast in beautiful Almuñecar, followed by a 2-hour drive to the end of the Rio Verde canyon. You’ll get your first sight of the sunlit green waters, deep rock pools and thundering waterfalls of this exceptionally beautiful (and understandably popular) part of Andalusia, your home for the rest of the day. Activities include rappelling and swimming, jumps and slides will be optional. All equipment and training will be provided. After a long, exciting day full of climbing, scrambling and splashing through the Rio Verde, you’ll make your way to the scenic village of Capileira, deep in the picturesque Alpujarras region on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Canyoning Experience: 6 - 8 hours. Night: Hotel in Alpujarras
Day 3: Trekking across the roof of Spain
Today you take to the mountains. After breakfast, you’ll transfer to Hoya del Portillo, at 2,200 metres altitude. From there you trek to Alto del Chorrillo o Mirador de Trevélez (2.700 metres); to Siete Lagunas (2900 metres), an area of lakes and green meadows with spectacular views of Mulhacén (Spain’s highest peak) and Alcazaba; then to Piedra El Yunque (2.850 metres), Rio Goterón y Juntillas, Cortijo del Horcajo (2180 metres) finishing with a descent into the valley of Trevélez, where you’ll be spending the night. Your accommodation is a cortijo (traditional cottage, with stylistic roots stretching back to the Roman villa). The cortijo Horcajo in Trevélez is an ancient property where one of the most ancient cow farmers from Trevélez used to live, and its owner is letting us sleep inside with mattresses, mats and sleeping bags - but if it’s a spectacularly clear night and you’d prefer to sleep out under the stars, we can set up a bivouac for you outside! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking: 6 - 7 hours. Night: Traditional cortijo or bivouac.
Day 4: Exploring Trevélez
After breakfast, you’ll say sad farewells to the cortijo Horcajo and take a wander down the valley into the town that gives it its name - Trevélez. The beautiful whitewashed buildings in the traditional Alpujarras style is one of Europe’s highest towns (1,486 metres). Famous for the quality of its air-cured hams, and you’ll take a look at them up close with a visit to one of the ham-drying rooms, before trying some of the locally-made sausages. After exploring the town further, you head to our nearby hotel, where you’ll have dinner and take it easy for the evening. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Trekking: 4 hours. Night: Hotel in Trevélez
Day 5: A day in Malaga- and farewells
The Sierra Nevada is behind us - you can be transferred from Trevélez directly to Malaga airport or just to Malaga so you have the ancient city to explore. Depending on your flight times, you’ll be able to make your own way round this energetic and vibrant city, the gateway of the Costa del Sol - Visit the port, the shopping precinct, the cathedral, or the famous Automobile & Fashion Museum. Explore its history with visits to the Gibralfaro Castle, the Alcazaba and the ancient Roman Theatre - or follow the footsteps of former resident Pablo Picasso. Dine on some of the best seafood in Spain - and sample Malaga’s signature sweet wine. Book a late flight and the day is yours - and so is the city. Meals: Breakfast
- Gear, safety equipment, expert guide, training for all levels on canyoning and aquatic trek and 4x4 support vehicles.
- Local English-speaking certified mountain guide for treks
- Visit to traditional ham-drying rooms and ham tasting
- Airport transfers
- All transport between destination and from/to activities in a minibus with air-con.
- 4 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, 2 Lunches
- Meals other than stated
- Sleeping bag
- Travel insurance
Making a booking
The deposit for this trip is £198
Your full balance is due 3 months before your trip starts. If you book within 3 months of departure then the full balance is due at the time of booking. If you have any questions please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 203 394 0050.
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