Explore the white washed villages of the Alpujarra. Enjoy a visit to a quiet corner of Andalucía. Uncover rural white villages, Moorish architecture, and splendid views. We will get acquainted with life here by visiting pretty gardens, tasting local produce and spending a day at the most iconic of Andalucian monuments - the mighty Alhambra Palace. We'll take in the coast too with a walk to the castle topped village of Salobrena and the caves at Nerja
See what's planned
- Visit the Alhambra and the Generalife - ticket included
- Leisurely walks along the beautiful Costa Tropical
- Stay in a family-run hotel and enjoy delicious cuisine
- Visit the impressive Caves of Nerja
- Three villages walk in the picturesque Alpujarra
Nestled in the southeast slopes of Spain’s Sierra Nevada National Park lies Lanjarón, a spot well-known for its fresh spring water. This tremendous town is brimming with peaceful squares, winding streets and bubbling fountains. Make sure you try locally produced honey, sweet pastries or beer from the brewery during your adventure.
Within easy reach are locations for coastal, valley and hillside strolls. We will stop at historic castles, appreciate delightful gardens and we designate time for you to independently amble Nerja’s blissful, sandy beaches.
After travelling to the fascinating city of Granada, we can wander through the Moorish El Albaicín quarter to see the most famous Andalucían monument – the Alhambra.
Rest and Rejuvenate
Reside in alluring accommodation located in the heart of Lanjarón, providing the perfect base while you explore the area. Unwind in the outdoor pool and find quiet spots to relax in across the hotel’s grounds.
Ensure you pamper yourself at the spa which boasts a sauna and massage room, as well as other restful facilities. You’ll also receive a warm welcome when venturing to the on-site restaurant; it offers delectable dishes for you to enjoy.
- Return flights from London Gatwick to Malaga with British Airways or Easyjet
- Airport transfers
- En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotel
- Two superb local lunches
- Dinners at a mix of the hotel and local restaurants
- Entrance ticket to the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens
- Guided visit of Granada's historic quarter
- All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping
What's not included?
- Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary Tips
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind.
There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
We fly to Malaga airport and travel by coach up into the Alpujarra hills, to Lanjarón, situated on the edge of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and dinner is at the hotel this evening.
Transfer Time = 1.5h
We’ll discover the village Lanjarón today, seeing the village’s famous fountains, hidden portales and quiet alleyways. Our orientation visit ends with a stop at a small brewery where we’ll taste locally brewed beer! Our afternoon walk is on Lanjarón’s doorstep and takes us to ruins of Lanjarón Castle, where legend says the last Moorish ruler threw himself off the castle rather than surrender and a stroll through the town’s Salado Park.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today is a day for flowers and gardens. We make a short journey to nearby Velez de Benaudalla where we visit the interesting Olive Oil museum and the beautiful Nasrid gardens. Following lunch in the village, we return to Lanjarón with a stop in the Lecrin Valley, to visit the quiet village of Nigüelas which is dominated by Pico del Caballo. We’ll see the village’s church, the Town Hall’s delightful gardens, and enjoy an easy walk (approx 1.5-2 hours) with panoramic views over the valley. You may even spot one of the famous Granada cave houses during the walk
On a guided visit of Granada, we’ll discover the city’s historical Moorish & Arab quarter, El Albaicin, and see the Cathedral. There will be some free time for lunch or shopping before our visit to the spectacular Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens – an icon of Moorish Spain. There is time to view the beautiful mosaics, gardens with tinkling fountains and views from the top over Granada below. We return to the hotel for dinner.
At the magnificent Nerja Caves, formed over two million years ago, see the dry stone waterfall – the Sala de la Casada. There will be time to independently explore the sea-side village of Nerja with its 17th century church and gardens, enjoy lunch at one of the many cafés or perhaps spend time on one of the white sandy beaches, or admiring the view from the Balcon de Europa. There may be time for a stop in the hillside village of Frigiliana en route back to the hotel.
A scenic walk (approx 1.5-2 hours) along Granada’s Tropical Coast, leads us to the white-washed coastal village of Salobreña, where we’ll find its 10th century Moorish castle sitting atop of the village. Along this coast, sugar cane was first introduced to Europe and Spain’s only rum distillery can be found here. We’ll end the day with a stop for rum tasting before returning to the hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
The white washed villages of the Sierra Nevada gives us a glimpse of traditional Spanish rural life. We’ll take a relaxed walk (approx 2 hours; 3 miles) between picturesque villages such as Bubion and Pampaneira, and see workers producing traditional crafts, perhaps visit a market and we enjoy a tapas lunch with views over the hillside. This is the region that Chris Stewart, who wrote the books including Driving Over Lemons and Parrot in the Pepper Tree, lives. His books detail his life when he arrived from the UK in the 80's and started farming. You can still see elements of his early days in the region today.
We depart after breakfast to Malaga Airport for our flight back to the UK.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
The currency in Spain is the euro. ATMs are widely available in the larger towns and villages and most establishments accept credit/debit cards. You may wish to take some euro in cash with you for the first day or so until you locate a bank.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.
Getting to your Holiday
We fly from London Gatwick to Malaga airport and return with British Airways. The flight takes approx. 3 hours 30 minutes. We include a coach transfer from Malaga airport to the Hotel Alcadima and return. The transfer time is about 1-1.15 hours. If we are able to offer regional UK departure airports for this holiday, there may be a wait at Malaga airport for the Gatwick flight arrival before we make the coach transfer to the hotel.
Should you be making your own way to Lanjarón, there is currently (at time of writing) one bus a day that leaves Malaga at 1500 and arrives into Lanjarón at approx 1820. The bus is taken from the main bus station that is behind the train station. The cost is currently €13 each way and tickets can be bought at the bus station.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
We eat breakfast and most dinners in the hotel. The hotel prides itself on good quality, imaginative local cuisine with vegetarians and special diets expertly catered for. The restaurant is open to non residents also and is popular with people from the surrounding villages. The restaurant also offers a good selection of wines and beers. We’ll also eat at village restaurants on a couple of nights. Lunch is included when we visit Velez de Benaudalla and on our visit to the white washed villages on Day 7, but other lunches are not included. Picnic lunches can be bought from local shops in the village or a stop will be made at a cafe or restaurant.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
- Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
- A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
- Sun cream.
- Hand sanitiser
- Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
- A water bottle. (see Water-to-Go below)
- A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
- A simple basic first aid kit.
- A daypack to hold all the above.
- Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday currency
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in Spain
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Maps & Guidebooks
The Rough Guide and Lonely Planet both offer general tourist information guide books on Andalucia. For a more atmospheric read, you may find Chris Stewart’s “Driving Over Lemons” or “A Parrot in the Pepper Tree” an insightful view into life in Spain’s Alpujarra region. Both books are published by Sort of Books. Victoria Hislop has written a book called "The Return" centred around the city of Granada and the history of Spain's civil war
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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Staying Healthy on Holiday
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Adagio that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 2000m.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.