Your hiking week in Spain
This is a basic schedule for an individual or hiking group. If you or members of a group want to go further or alternatively do less then this can be arranged.
The routes and order of the days they are done depends on the weather forecast and local fiesta dates but the programme is based on us having the usual good weather. April and May into June is probably the best period as temperatures are pleasant and the plants and trees are flowering or have leaf cover. September and October are also good months. July and August can be very hot so best avoided unless you really enjoy high temperatures.
November, December and January can be very nice but days are shorter and there is a high risk of snow cover on some of the routes. It can also be much colder although unlikely to be cold enough for frost in the actual town.
Sample Itinerary :
Day 1 :
Airport pickup from Malaga or Granada. Sorting rooms, getting settled in. A lot depends on arrival time. Evening in Loja.
Day 2 :
The Cruz de Periquete and Zorerras (14km). The route takes a forest path until the Zorerras cliffs where we join a single/sheep track crossing open country to the Cruz. From here there are fantastic views of Loja, surrounding countryside, the Hatcho mountain and Sierra Nevada.
Day 3 :
Cerro del Hacho climb (19km). This mountain (1029m), overlooks Loja. After walking across town we climb the zig zag road from the railway station before cutting right near a ruined hermitage. We take a track on the north side of the mountain and after a quarry we enter a beautiful single track climb to the summit. From the trig point there is a 360degree view of the area. Descent is via the south side single track.
Day 4 :
Leave for drive to Antequera and visit El Torcal, one of the largest karst landscapes in the world. From here we continue to the beautiful Conde de Guadalhorce reservoir and our hotel. (10km plus).
ALTERNATIVE. Drive to JAEN Province and the beautiful village of CAZORLA. Evening walk the river route and around the narrow streets to the plaza. (8km).
Day 5 :
Today we do the famous Caminito del Rey, (the King’s Path). Once called the most dangerous path in the world but now, after a 1,000,000 euro renovation, no longer dangerous but very spectacular. We go from the hotel via a tunnel, forest tracks and the north entry control point. From here you are signed in, collect your helmet and enter the path. The walk from hotel to El Chorro control point is 8,5km. From here you can either retrace (turn back before reaching control exit) or continue into El Chorro. Return bus service from 12.30, each hour or it is a 10km road walk back to the hotel. We drive back to Loja at 16.00 in time for evening meal. (Note:- days 3, 4 and 5 may swop depending on Caminito ticket availability).
ALTERNATIVE. Day 2 in Cazorla, we take the track out of the village and ascend 1032m through forest and beautiful scenery to the summit of Gilillo (1843m). From the summit you have 360 degree view which includes Sierra Nevada to the south. (22km).
Day 6 :
Short drive to Iznajar and the reservoir, chance to relax, visit the town and the beach, go canoeing or walk the hills above this beautiful reservoir, one of the biggest in Spain with over 100km of shoreline.
ALTERNATIVE. Visit Cazorla castle then head for Loja in the afternoon via Iznajar with a short stop in the village for evening meal.
Day 7 :
Drive to Granada and on to Monachil for the gorge loop which includes suspension bridges, tunnels and is very spectacular. (13km) or Trevenque circuit, a beautiful 16km with possibilities to climb Trevenque (2089m).. After the walk we drive into Granada where we can visit the Albaycin, Alhambra grounds and shops.
ALTERNATIVE. The Loja2Loja challenge, details on separate page. read more >>
Day 8 :
Airport. (much depends on flight time).
Price includes bed, breakfast, 2nd hotel, airport pickup, all ground transport.
NOTE : We can arrange a visit to Granada to include an Alhambra visit but the admission ticket needs pre booking and costs €14.00. Most of our clients are happy to visit the site and exclude the parts you pay to enter which leaves more time to visit the gypsey cave museum in the Albaycin.
This is a basic week’s outline and just a guide, if you have other walks you know of and prefer to try, just let us know.