Málaga, El Chorro, Antequera, El Torcal de Antequera, Pampaneira, Capileira, Cazorla, Córdoba, Córdoba City, Seville, El Rocío, Gibraltar
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Off the beaten track and removed from the city crowds lies Spain’s beloved hiking trails that wind through the lush countryside, which you will enjoy on this tailored 11-day hiking tour. Spotting endemic wildlife among the luxuriant greenery and witnessing more of the Spanish landscape than possibly thought, you will return home entirely satisfied from this adventurous expedition.
Málaga - Malaga’s Moorish Origins
High-rise hotels and seaside resorts dominate Malaga's cityscape, which is nestled below two hilltop citadels. Upon your arrival in Malaga, you will join a private guide for a walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood. Wines are displayed in cellars along the narrow streets, and fresh seafood is presented at charming taverns. In the Old Town, fortresses and theaters will offer you a glimpse into the Baroque design features of Spain and officially welcome you to the country.
El Chorro - Desfiladero de Gaitanes Gorge
The rolling green hills of the Guadalhorce Valley bridge the gap between the city of Malaga and the town El Chorro. After passing through this green expanse, you will arrive at a hydroelectric dam where your walk through the countryside will begin. The lush trail, named for King Alfonso XIII, will lead you down narrow pathways covered in emerald foliage. Here, endemic creatures scuttle through the shrubbery, and indigenous birds hover overhead. Sights of the Desfiladero de Gaitanes gorge will come into view as you follow the river.
Antequera - Stroll Back in Time
The mountainscape of Andalucia is vast and bursting with life. This morning, you will transfer through parts of it as you journey to its beating heart of Antequera. Beyond the Moorish fortresses of Antequera, the grassy landscape of El Torcal de Antequera sprawls outward in all directions. Your guide will lead you across ancient pathways and unusual geological formations formed by the Mediterranean Sea. Embedded into the rocky outcrops, fossils will reveal the creatures that once inhabited these plains alongside those who dwelled in these prehistoric caves.
Pampaneira - Charming Villages
By traveling off the beaten path to Spain’s most luxuriant hiking trails, you will continue past the olive groves of Granada and whitewashed villages to the charming village of Capileira. Strolling from trails that lead out of Capileira, you will approach Poqueira Gorge and find a shady place to seek refuge under Spain’s tallest mountain, Mulhacen. With a little more energy to witness more of the bucolic region, you can make your way along forested paths down to Pampaneira, where you will enjoy a quiet night in the wilderness.
Cazorla - Along the Borrosa River
Consistently making your way across the viridian Spanish countryside, you will reach your halfway mark and a place to rest in the city of Cazorla. Before reaching your accommodation and unwinding for the day, you will course the gentle pathways alongside the Borrosa River. The banks of the Borrosa River are untamed, and wondrous creatures can be spotted if you look with a keen eye. You may catch a glimpse of the rare river crab otter or the Bonebreaker vulture as you leisurely journey to Cazorla.
Cazorla - A Culturally Uplifting Rest
Mountains and olive trees backdrop the whitewashed city of Cazorla, a picturesque Spanish destination that exudes the charm and character of the local people. There is a humble and welcoming nature that emanates from the friendly faces you will pass by as you spend your free day in Cazorla. From its significant monuments to its antique museums and creative art galleries, Cazorla is a treasure of wondrous Spanish artwork.
Córdoba - Bridges to Another World
The Guadanuno River is a gateway to Cordoba, and you will follow the water to reach your next destination. Along the way, you will encounter flora and fauna that are native to the region and will appear to pose for pictures against breathtaking backdrops. You will continue upstream, eventually reaching the elaborate Moorish and Roman bridges that will invite you into Cordoba. The notable Roman city presents a blend of flair and flavor in its distinctive fusion of Mediterranean art and architecture. Certainly, you will come to appreciate this art the more you explore its spirited neighborhoods.
Seville - The Origins of Flamenco
Seville represents the heart of Spanish flamenco dancing. The city is also a passionate destination to escape to for a day of relaxation before continuing along the countryside's endearing trails. You will arrive during the day and have the rest of it to explore the city to your heart's content. Whether you wish to watch the intense emotion of flamenco performers at one of the colorful centers across the city or settle in for a delightful taste of Spanish tapas at a candlelit restaurant, Seville will be waiting for you.
Seville - Donana National Park
Your feet may enjoy a break as you venture to the village of El Rocio by 4WD. Outside of the borders of El Rocío, the Donana National Park basks in the Spanish sun. Inside the park, you will capture images of creatures in their natural habitats, which have been conserved and unspoiled for wildlife enthusiasts to appreciate. Distinctive ecosystems in the natural park are home to wonderfully bright and vibrant birds that flutter through the trees and swoop down to catch a feast.
Gibraltar - Mediterranean Steps
The incredible geological wonders of Spain can be seen from the corner of the Moorish fortresses to the crevices of St. Michael’s Cave. Today, you will begin your journey to Gibraltar, stopping at natural landmarks en route. After arriving in Gibraltar, you will walk to the famous Mediterranean Steps that descend along the cliff face toward the sea. The corridor of mountains that stretches out on either side of you will be a marvel to behold, and you will fly through your memory card as you capture pictures of this breathtaking topography.
Gibraltar - Departure
The rocky territory of Gibraltar is magnificent, boasting caves that have been cut into the headlands and castles atop its elevated peaks. You will cherish your final few moments in this wildlife haven as you prepare to bid your farewells to Spain. You can spend the morning soaking up the sun or sipping away at your coffee. Although you will be departing, the memories of your hike through Spain will stay with you forever.
- Enjoy a walking tour of the seaside city of Málaga beneath the looming citadels atop the forested hills
- Traverse the leafy paths that wind from King Alfonso XIII hydroelectric dam to the majestic Desfiladero de Gaitanes gorge
- Stroll along the shaded trails of El Torcal de Antequera to witness the wondrous geological formations that were created with the recession of the Mediterranean Sea
- Travel off the beaten path of Granada and meander the bucolic Spanish countryside, from Capileira to Pampaneira
- Spend a few nights resting in Cazorla, a city of major cultural significance, after a long journey along the banks of the Borrosa River
- Access Cordoba after the Guadanuño River and cross the monumental Moorish and Roman bridges that invite visitors into the city
- Take a moment to cherish the artistic significance of flamenco dancing as you watch a passionate performance in the city
- Delight in a guided 4WD tour through the Donana National Park that highlights its fascinating flora and fauna
- Trek down the Mediterranean Steps of Gibraltar for panoramic views of the sprawling seascape and scenes of its staggering mountain ranges
$3,515 per person (excluding international flights)
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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