Hidden Valleys of Cordoba Self-Guided Walk

Resort: Hidden Valleys of Cordoba Self-Guided Walk
Operator: Exodus
Destination: Europe
Price From: £845.00

Overview


This is the ‘real’ Spain – a region of tiny white villages nestled in the
mountains and surrounded by dramatic hills and National Park.

The walks are all in or around the National Park on farm tracks, country
paths and along the ‘Via Verde’, a panoramic disused railway line, once used
to transport the olive harvest. Views open out to river valleys, tumbling
waterfalls and olive groves against the backdrop of mountain sierras and
hillsides sprinkled with red peonies and orchids. Routes take you to the tiny
villages of Zagrilla Alta and Luque with their quince orchards and castle,
and the stunning cave above Zuheros where Roman and Bronze age remains have
been discovered.

Highlights

* The essence of ‘real’ Spain: tiny white villages, forgotten farming
hamlets, traditional, family-run hotel with plunge pool
* Fantastic walking country: spectacular gorges, craggy peaks, cascading
waterfalls, wonderful valley views
* Golden eagles, griffon vultures, red peonies, vibrant wild orchids
* Chance to explore Cordoba and Granada

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Zuheros

Arrive at your hotel in Zuheros. *(Staying at Hotel Zuhayra)*

Day 2
Cerro de Bramadero 13km/8mi/4hr or 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr

A path climbs gently through almond trees above Zuheros before descending
into the spectacular gorge of the Rio Bailon, then with golden eagles soaring
above, you reach Cerro de Bramadero hilltop where you can relax under holm
oaks enjoying wonderful valley views. You return past walnut trees and
ancient wells on the way to the verdant river gorge that leads back into
Zuheros. *(Staying at Hotel Zuhayra)*

Day 3
Virgen de la Sierra 18km/11.5mi/5hr or 20km/12.5mi/5.5hr

We take you to the 14th century whitewashed hilltop chapel of Virgen de la
Sierra – at 1216m it deserves its nickname ‘The Balcony of Andalucia!’. You
descend to valleys sprinkled with white narcissi, yellow daffodils and red
peonies. Then after lunch by a sparkling waterfall hidden in the valley side,
the trail returns under limestone cliffs and past huge holm oaks to Zuheros
in time for a cold drink in the village square. *(Staying at Hotel Zuhayra)*

Day 4
Free day

You could have a relaxing day in Zuheros, visiting the Archaeological museum
and Museum of Arts and Local Customs or head further afield taking a taxi to
Cordoba (Antonio will happily arrange) and spend the day exploring the
fabulous Cathedral, palace and Mezquita, sparkling like jewels in the Moorish
crown. *(Staying at Hotel Zuhayra)*

Day 5
Monte Abrevia

You may meet olivareros (olive farmers), with their mules this morning,
diligently tending their olive trees on the hills above Zuheros, as you make
the gradual ascent to Monte Abrevia (1129m), for lunch. Here you’ll enjoy the
best views of the week. A thyme scented descent affords perfect views of
Zuheros as you approach the village along the Via Verde. *(Staying at Hotel
Zuhayra)*

Day 6
Zagrilla Alta

Look out for protected griffon vultures soaring high above you today as you
pass through remote Spanish cortijos (farms) in beech and oak shrouded
valleys and enjoy stunning views east towards Sierra de la Pandera – the next
range of hills. Before long the olive orchards of Zagrilla Alta are visible
below, and when you arrive you can enjoy a cold drink by the natural spring
in the village before we meet you and take you back to Zuheros. *(Staying at
Hotel Zuhayra)*

Day 7
Luque 18km/11.5mi/5hr or 20km/12.5mi/5.5hr

This morning sees you striding out east along the ‘Via Verde’ passing
whitewashed farms and olive groves. A short climb brings you to Luque with
its imposing castle and elegant square – a good lunch stop. Then up into the
National Park – stunning views – before winding down through wild herbs as
you descend towards Zuheros. *(Staying at Hotel Zuhayra)*

Day 8
Leave Zuheros

Leave Zuheros

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