Las Alpujarras hiking vacation, Spain

“Join the author of 'Driving over Lemons', Chris Stewart, on a week of walking between the villages, gorges and farmsteads of Las Alpujarras in southern Spain's Sierra Nevada.”

Highlights

Led by author Chris Stewart | Sierra Nevada hike | white-washed villages of Alpujarras and La Taha | Poqueira Valley | Trevelez Gorge | lunch at Chris' farm El Valero | village bodegas selling ham, wine, cheese and olive oil | guided tour of Granada with architect Rafa Anderson| almond orchards | terraced meadows |

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07 Apr 2019
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Responsible tourism: Las Alpujarras hiking vacation, Spain

Environment

We encourage our guests to experience, enjoy and learn about the environment of the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada National Park. We have done this by designing walks (straight from the door of the guest house, so no car needed) using the ancient, established footpaths, and we supply hiking notes as well as arranging guided walking vacations.

Guests can experience not only the flora and fauna and the natural landscape but also the ancient systems of terracing and irrigation, created by the Moors some thousand years a and unique to the Alpujarras. We show guests the terracing and stone walls built by the Moors as well as examples of the many miles of waterways, man-made pools and sluice systems that sustain the environment even now. The Moorish system is a miracle of engineering, but also precious and fragile and we aim to promote understanding and respect for it amongst our visitors.

Through our walking vacations and our emphasis on the peace and beauty of the environment we aim to encourage low-impact, environment-appreciative tourism.

This in turn helps to promote awareness amongst local people of the economic benefits of an unspoilt environment, and contributes to the argument that sustainable tourism is of stronger long-term benefit to the local economy than short-term-employment construction projects.

Community

The area of the Western Alpujarras known as La Taha, where the guest house is located, is considered the jewel of the area and yet it is the least populated. Villages such as Ferreirola and others in La Taha were once thriving but have been in decline since the 1960s to the point where the resident populations are too small to support a healthy economy.

By bringing visitors to the area and promoting sustainable tourism, we are contributing to the local community in several ways. Firstly we encourage guests to visit the local restaurants and bars, to buy produce at the weekly markets and to browse the shops supplying local crafts and produce. Secondly we ourselves work with local businesses, from the laundry service to the village baker, butcher, fishmonger and family-run supermarket. Thirdly, we also provide good working conditions and wages to local people, including cleaners, cooks, maintenance experts, and occasionally the local painter and decorator, plumber and electrician. By offering employment we hope to help younger people find work and so have the possibility of remaining in the area.

We have also helped to animate the village of Ferreirola: four years ago we were given permission to grow vegetables on an abandoned plot right in the centre of the village. We share the garden with some neighbours and they grow organic vegetables, herbs and flowers. The locals have enjoyed seeing the transformation of the garden from a mat of straggled weeds to neat rows of abundant vegetables. Hard work but we love it!

8 Reviews of Las Alpujarras hiking vacation, Spain

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Reviewed on 13 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It is difficult to select our 'most memorable or exciting part of our vacation'. The Alpujarras are a striking area of Spain, full of history and remnants of the
Moorish culture. Certainly the comraderie of our group of 12 was a daily joy. Chris Stewart, our team leader, is a remarkably positive and optimistic fellow,
full of great stories and very knowledgeable about the area. The 5 walks were beautiful, varied and all interesting. The accommodation was a treat to return to at the end of the day with Anna's warm hospitality and the gourmet meals! The wine was pretty good too! It was a wonderful vacation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We were overly concerned whether we were fit enough or not. The walks are at a comfortable pace with lots of time to view everything and socialize. Some
are quite long, with occasional steep parts, but doable with a modicum of fitness. As there are many 'white villages' about, we were always able to stop for coffee and for lunch. Most of us would recommend hiking poles.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


There is very little employment in the Alpujarra region. Certainly our trip helped employ a number of people. Tourism via hiking vacations appears to be a growth industry for them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We would rate this vacation highly, being one of our most memorable.

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The wonderful food, hospitality and people at the tour company. Meeting & walking with Chris Stewart & the superb walking in the Alpujarras! Walking to El Valero for lunch with Chris & Ana. Spending a day in Granada with local architect Rafa & learning about the architectural & religious history of the city, the amazing water-ways bringing water from high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the politics over the centuries - a day not to be missed, with a fantastic lunch in a restaurant looking towards the Alhambra palace - wow!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The organisation at this tour company is so focused on the detail of your vacation, that if you read all the information they send you beforehand you will have/know exactly what to prepare for!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely all the people that were involved with the vacation lived locally and were part of a regenerating community in the Alpujarras region! Everyone here is trying to live in a more sustainable way and in harmony with nature!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Absolutely spot on - it was wonderful from start to finish & such good value for money. The only extras we paid for was 1 x 20 euro kitty for bar drinks & some snacks around lunch time - it was amazing! And as you can imagine walking with
Chris was highly entertaining & informative as we met local people & were able to understand the history of the area and also some of the exciting plans for the future in restoring the ancient terraces to produce more local food for the region and increase habitat & wildlife diversity!

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The beauty of the Alpujarras and the wonderful food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The vacation exceeded our expectations ! Although the website is very good it is difficult to describe the atmosphere and experience of our wonderful week.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Did benefit local people. Local restaurants and food producers. Low environmental impact as main activity was walking.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic vacation. Anne and her team looked after us very well. Charming accommodation, good company and great food. Chris and his team were great walking guides.

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The walks were wonderful, the food was great and very varied...we had picnics, ate in tiny mountain bars, had a fabulous meal in a amazing restaurant in
Granada overlooking the Alhambra, but the best were the nightly meals in the lovely accommodation from a series of excellent chefs in house. The accommodation was very pretty, comfortable and a wonderful place to relax after a long day's walk. Chris Stewart was the host of the week, leading us on all the walks and he makes the whole experience come alive..with his entertaining and knowledgeable repartee, based on his deep passion for the Alpuharras.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take warm clothes...we had an unseasonable April cold spell and needed hats, gloves, fleeces, waterproofs (and thermals would have been good too!) Of course you also need to pack for hot weather! It's not a stroll in the park...you do climb some very steep slopes so you do need some level of fitness...and definitely take walking poles.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not too sure on this one...we ate in several small local places, we walked many miles on trodden footpaths. We were picked up on three days by a minibus ....a
very welcome minibus. I believe the food in accommodation was grown and sourced locally and it was delicious (especially the bread, baked each day in the local bakery) and obviously local people were employed in running the casa and guiding us on the walks. We had an extra guide per walk for safety reasons, but also they knew masses about local wildlife and flora in the region, which was very interesting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a fabulous week. It was extremely well thought out with good rest periods between the exacting but rewarding walks. Certainly ended the week feeling
physically healthier than when we came...and enriched by learning about the culture and history of the area... ...as well as meeting new people in the group
and having fun. Top marks.

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Good times at meals. It was wonderful sharing a week with strangers that became friends thanks to Anne's nurturing of warmth. Very sweet looking place overlooking the mountains. Chris Stewart was a wonderful guide.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book early. Bring good sturdy hiking boots and poles. Expect a good hike each day--quite doable if you're used to hiking--about 10 miles a day, including uphill.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The week helped the local people in that we ate locally. Of course, Anne employed local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Wonderful. I learned a lot about a part of the world I did not know about in a very natural way. Anne's warmth made the week along with the great hiking.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Mara,
Thank you for your lovely comments. We're so glad you enjoyed your week's stay, and the walking. Anne and team

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


An almost impossible question to answer: a different route each day walking in
the stunningly beautiful Alpujarras, taxing but invigorating; loved the
remoteness filled with birds, wild flowers and so much water. Meeting
shepherds and their grazing flocks. Cute white hilltop villages with welcome
fountains and other beverages! Granada's old city history tour, superb.
Returning each day to the amazing casa where great food and wines were
assured. Anne and her team together with walk leader Chris Stewart
and co-walkers did everything possible to make this a memorable vacation - my
best yet!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


A reasonable level of walking fitness is needed, otherwise those climbs could
appear steeper than they actually are! I benefited from taking my walking pole.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely! At the casa, my home for the week, local people work producing
wonderful food and maintaining a high standard in the rooms. Our group
willingly supported the village bodegas, and ate local foods.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Highly recommended to anyone who loves walking in the open countryside,
sprinkled with white hilltop villages, and snow capped mountains a little way
off. A fantastic vacation which went way too fast!

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The whole package not just the walks will stay with me for a long time. The food was some of the best I have encountered in Spain.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book early

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Whilst most of the key elements were under the control of Anne & Chris, we did enjoy our visits to the various Spanish owned establishments on our journeys. Chris is very protective of his Aljupurran environment and is a constant source of knowledge both historic, botanical and environmental.


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It exceeded my expectations due to the venue, weather and levels of real engagement by the organisers. I will return again one day to this rural idyll.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Steve and Sue,
Many thanks for your lovely comments about the vacation. I'm so glad you had a good week, and hope to see you back in the Alpujarras one day.
Kind regards
Anne

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I have just completed a weeks walking vacation with Chris Stewart in the Alpajurra, a group of 13 of us stayed at the casa...
Have to say it was a really great week. The casa is situated in the most beautiful spot there are spectuclar views from the Terrace. The food was consistently good, we ate together every night and had really varied , delicious menus ... My bedroom was comfortable and simple .... The walking vacation itself was amazing, really quite challenging, but in the most stunning landscape and we learnt a lot about the local history and also Granada when we had a say trip there ... We also had a lot of fun and laughter and a good evening playing guitar and singing!

I would recommend anyone to have a vacation at the casa. The peace and beauty is hard to match ..... Great place to get away from every day madness !

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you're quite fit

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



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