As summer arrives we go higher into the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains enjoying the cooler air and the peace of high meadows and pastures. It's a great time for early summer flowers with the new leaves of pyrenean oak and chestnut giving shade and freshness to walks. We may also go above the tree line to enjoy spectacular views over the Mediterranean towards north Africa. The air is scented with local varieties of broom and mountain herbs.. We see shepherds on their way to summer grazing and pass sheepfolds of ewes and lambs, nanny goats and kids.
Graded MODERATE, more demanding than our other walking weeks, our routes take us into the National Park as well as the pretty whitewashed hill villages. Trails are NOT flat, so expect a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. Paths can be stoney and gradients steep so proper boots with ankle support are recommended.
Some experience of hill walking is helpful but not necessary, however confidence in hilly conditions, good health and reasonable fitness are important.
The programme for the week starts on Sunday with a shorter walk including picnic.
During the remainder of the week there are only 2 full day walks above 2000m (Monday and Friday) and 2 half day walks (Tuesday and Wednesday).
Typically there will be 3 to 4 hours of actual walking during a normal FULL day, with time for lunch, refreshments and other stops on top of this. With transport to access the walks we usually leave the centre at 10am and return between 4.30 and 6.30pm. The full day walk can be up to 13km/8 miles with up to 600m uphill/700m downhill elevation. The half day walk is 4 to 5.5km/2½ to 3½ miles.
There's always the option to step out of a day excursion and spend time in the villages or at the centre lazing in the sun or taking a massage.