This inspiring walking tour takes you back to the Middle Ages, where you can relive the 13th century in Andalucia. Explore the town of Baeza, the Crusader villages of Hornos and Segura and the picturesque villages of eastern Andalucia, dominated by the castles of the knights of Santiago. A central focus of the tour is in Cordoba city, with its unique mosque-cathedral, the castle with its magnificent water-gardens, the picturesque Jewish quarter and the Potro square which captured the imagination of Cervantes. Discover on foot the landscapes of two superb Natural Parks, the Subbética Cordobesa and the Sierras of Cazorla and Segura. Little known outside Spain, this is an idyllic area for both walkers and naturalists, with its great variety of flora and fauna and interesting landscapes.
DAY 1 Transfer from Málaga to Hornos in the Sierra de Segura, for 4 nights DAY 2 Walk of the Rio Madera and optional short walk in Hornos valley (4hrs + 1hr) DAY 3 Walk the Yelmo with panoramic views of the Natural Park and the Tranco Lake with the ancient salt pans of Hornos (5hrs) DAY 4 The Trujala walk and visit Segura de la Sierra (4.5hrs) DAY 5 The Parque Cinegético and the Río Borosa gorge, visit to Baeza and transfer to Zuheros (4hrs) DAY 6 Walk of the Bailon gorge (5hrs) DAY 7 Visit to Cordoba city and its main monuments, as well as Madinat al-Zahra DAY 8 Transfer to Malaga, trip concludes
1 Special Christmas programme, including Andalucia's confectionery artisans at Rute and a delicious festive dinner at Hornos (no significant alterations to standard programme).
2 Summer: free entry to the municipal swimming pools of Hornos and Zuheros. Walks may be adapted slightly to the summer climate.
*7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners *7 nights accommodation in 2 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *experienced walking guide *internal transfer and luggage transfer where specified