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  • 6

    Walking in Las Alpujarras

    This was a nice week and a good choice for an easy walking holiday in Europe early in the year.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can't think of anything inspirational but it was a pleasant trip - the walks and scenery got better and better as the week progressed.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    At first I was surprised to be met at the airport by an English tour guide but he was great - very knowledgeable about the area and always helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Despite the name of this tour, don't expect to be walking in the Sierra Nevada mountains (it's the foothills), and only expect half a day in Granada!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel and Berchules were a nice choice for the location for the week but it would be nice to have more 'authentic, local' food at the hotel.

  • 10

    Walking in the Alpujarra

    An amazing week of walks and Alpujarran culture.  As a non hill walker I was a little nervous about my ability to complete the many ascents involved in the guided walks but the pace was set by the group with plenty of capacity for those of us who live far from the hills! The scenery was continuously breathtaking with a new landscape around every corner.  The Hotel Los Berchules is by far the most friendly and hospitable I have stayed in with a real feeling of being at home.  The best packed lunches I have ever been given and the evening meal was always tasty and nutritious.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The added bonus of a trip to Granada and particularly The Alhambra was more than I had hoped for.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George is clearly knowledgeable and passionate about his home.  He was constantly friendly, helpful and a reassuring presence.  He has a great relationship with the hotel which gave a warm feeling of continuity.  His knowledge of Granada and assistance with finding our way around was also great as it meant we could see the City in the short space of time we had.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the local weather forecast before you go.  It would be helpful to have done some hill walking beforehand and be used to walking on rough terrain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was my first Exodus holiday but it will not be my last.

  • 10

    Beautiful Alpujarra

    Wonderful opportunity to enjoy the more rural side of Spain - stunning scenery, friendly & hospitable accommodation and lovely walking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to pick one - the views over the snow capped Sierra Nevada were hard to beat but also loved walking through the sunlit pine forests of Berchules Valley and wandering through the back streets of old town Granada.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - welcoming and friendly, clearly passionate about the region, its culture and history and very willing to impart that knowledge which added enormously to the enjoyment. Great choice of local bars etc for good value tapa, beer and coffee too!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't ignore the advice about warm clothing on the trip notes! Berchules is at reasonable altitude and was definitely chillier than I'd expected in late March, even when the sun was shining, particularly on the higher parts of the walks - really could have done with a warm hat some days!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Particular thanks to the lovely hotel owners, who couldn't do enough to make their small family run hotel feel like a home from home for the week.

  • 10

    Sierra nevada and Grenada

    A lovely week of walking in Las Alpujarras through pretty white villages, woodland trails, hillsides covered with wild lavender and thyme. As it was in early October there was also the added bonus of picking walnuts, almonds and ripe figs from the trees. The group was lovely and each day ended with a well earned beer in a local bar. We were made to feel very welcome in the hotel - the food was always excellent and the staff went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. And last but not least Sami the dog made an excellent member of the walking group.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I have wanted to visit the Alhambra for many years so this was an excellent end to the week. Although it is impossible to see everything in one day so I now need to go back to see the rest...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George was excellent. He was organised in a laid back way - everything happened as and when it should. He was very good at managing the different walking abilities and speeds within the group without any fuss. He was very knowledgeable about the local area and culture and shared just enough stories and information.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you book your Alhambra tickets on line before travelling. The walk descriptions in the brochure were pretty accurate so the level is what I was expecting - there is always the worry that it is going to be too easy or too hard.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    Sierra Nevada and Granada

    The holiday was fantastic - great walks, a very knowledgeable guide and first class hospitality from the family at the Hotel Los Berchules.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final day's walk - a circular walk from the hotel which gives you fantastic views across the valley back to Berchules. Although it is the most taxing walk, it is not too much hard work and it is worth it for the views from the other side of the valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George has a passion for the local area and his knowledge is second to none given he has lived in the area for over ten years. He was also very good at making sure people of mixed abilities were catered for on all the walks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The afternoon in Granada was very rushed, just too much to try and fit in. Therefore, if you are thinking of extending your holiday I would recommend an extra night or two in Granada for sightseeing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall, it was a very good holiday and a complete contrast to the busy beach resorts in the Costas. It is worth emphasising just how good the hotel in Berchules is. Officially, it is a two star (presumably due to lack of air conditioning - which wasn't a problem for us in September). However, the quality of service and food is top class.

  • 10

    Sierra Nevada and Granada

    Lovely varied walks in unspoiled countryside and a visit to the beautiful Alhambra Palace of Granada.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting George's home - what a superb achievement.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Friendly, knowledgeable and obviously concerned for the wellbeing of the region.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes covered everything very well but expect to put on a few pounds as the food is so delicious.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We have visited this region many times (and even done this trip before) - it never fails to please. And we were fortunate to have a really varied and interesting group with whom to enjoy the walking and evenings.

  • 10

    Sierra Nevada & Granada

    A lovely area with good scenery. The hotel is of a high standard run by a very friendly family. Good food. Great views from the room balconies. The walks are excellent with many fine views. Quite steep in places but at a leisurely pace.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A zig zag descent into a craggy valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George was an excellent leader, very friendly and very knowledgeable about the local history. He has lived in the area for a number of years.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good walking boots are definitely required. Take a camera and sun hat. The trip to Granada was interesting but one day was not enough, we wished we had booked an extra day there to see everything there is to see of the city even if that would have meant arranging our own transport back to Malaga for the flight back.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There are no hair driers in the rooms, but they may have been available if we had asked.

  • 10

    SIERRA NEVADA & GRANADA

    An excellent introduction to walking in Spain.  A comfortable hotel and breathtaking scenery topped by an opportunity to visit the Alhambra Palace on the final day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day revealed some new delight, whether it be understanding the complex irrigation systems, lunching in a spot where it was impossible to avoid sitting on an orchid, watching birds of prey circling above in a clear bue sky or just enjoying a good walk in excellent company.  The Alhambra was perhaps the icing on the cake.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jeremy was a great walking companion with lots of local knowledge, real enthusiasm for the area and clear explanations of the various walks.  He paced us well and was usually able to encourage us along the final kilometre with the promise of refreshment in a local bar.  It is a great luxury to walk in stunning countryside knowing that the route has been thoroughly researched and adapted to the group's needs. He was also a massive support when the Alhambra ticket facility crashed just as we arrived to pick ours up.  The half hour it took to get re-started was frustrating but we got there in the end. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We were lucky with the weather and had glorious sunshine all week.  Instead of the waterproofs and thermals we had thought we might want, we needed sunhats and sunblock, so be prepared for any conditions.   As others have indicated, also be prepared for it to be wet under foot - it's all down to those extensive irrigation systems. If you want to visit the Alhambra, book on line before you travel. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a superb holiday option if you like spectacular scenery and varied wildlife.  The hotel in Berchules is friendly, provides tasty food and has great views.  Although the staff speak excellent English, they are happy to encourage you to practice your Spanish.

  • 10

    SIERRA NEVADA & GRANADA

    Stunning scenery, wonderful, informative guide and excellent family run hotel.Well organised giving a trouble free holiday.  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking high in the hills with glorious views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Patient, informative, interesting and helpful in every way.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nothing to add - it was a perfect trip - thank you.

  • 10

    SIERRA NEVADA & GRANADA

    Our first Exodus trip, but on the strength of this trip, not our last! Every aspect of the holiday exceeded our expectations. A good deal of attention had been paid to the details, and it showed - everything went like clockwork. We felt very well looked-after throughout.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many highlights... seeing a Golden Eagle soaring above the mountains, walking through varied and beautiful scenery, learning a little about the history and culture of this fascinating region.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jeremy was superb in every way. He had designed the walks to be suitable for a wide range of abilities, and to provide a wide variety of scenery and terrain. Every day he briefed us about what the practicalities would be - whether we'd be able to re-fill water bottles en route etc. The pace of the walks seemed to be fine for everyone in the group. He was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the area, and was able to enrich the walks with anecdotes and useful information about the villages and countryside we passed through. He was very good at what he was doing, and a thoroughly nice bloke too. I can't praise him highly enough.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just Do It. We were thoroughly glad we'd chosen this trip for our first Exodus holiday. It's a lovely region ideal for outdoor pursuits, and I'd imagine there's something for most people to enjoy, whether you're into history, wildlife or just enjoying the walking. The pace and length of the walks was generally relaxed, but the terrain added a degree of challenge. There were a lot of fairly steep climbs and descents over rocky terrain, plenty of spiky vegetation, and some muddy patches where the path followed streams. Nothing too extreme, but definitely not suitable for sandals... boots required, really. We found walking poles very helpful. Some days we needed to take water for the whole day, and when we went (early Sep) it was pretty hot, so we needed to drink plenty - so take a couple of big bottles or (probably preferably) a Camelback-type system. I wouldn't have been without a good sunhat, too, as shade could be hard to come by at some points.  The village where we were based (Berchules) was pleasant and the hotel very friendly and comfortable, but the village is small and quiet. If you're planning to take a rest day, you'll need a book or something to occupy yourself as you probably won't be hitting the shops... A small tip for book fans.. read Chris Stewart's 'Driving Over Lemons' before you go.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just thanks to Jeremy and everyone else who made this trip so enjoyable and memorable. We were slightly apprehensive about taking a group holiday, but we needn't have worried - everyone was really nice and just there for a relaxed good time. By the end of the holiday everyone felt like old friends, even though we'd only known each other a week! It was excellent.

  • 10

    SIERRA NEVADA & GRANADA

    A superb trip which exceeded my expectations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me, just being surrounded by the sublime landscape of the region.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jeremy Rabjohns is an excellent group leader who is considerate of all the needs of all individuals and the group alike.At no time did I feel like just another group member,Jeremy really took time to get to know each of us on a one to one level,which enabled us as individuals to get the most from our trip. Personally I was interested in photographing the landscape  and so at times needed to be apart from the group,either in front or behind,I was never inhibited or made to feel a burden. Jeremy has a very good knowledge of the local flora and fauna alike and thus is able to answer most questions in this regard.He is also very knowledgeable of the local history regarding the Moorish peoples who once inhabited these lands,he has even written a book on walks in the area and so is more than qualified to lead.He is also able to speak Spanish and is very helpful to those who wish to shop and order food etc. In general I found Jeremy to be an exceptional leader,and a decent, down to earth,good to honest bloke which these days seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I personally did not feel that poles are necessary.Ankle length (short) walking boots were fine for me.I used a hydration pack as opposed to bottles which I think is better.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel Berchules is good and clean with a well stocked bar,plenty of hot water,great food and the most brilliant staff. I did have my doubts about this trip and was the last to book,however, I had a brilliant time and I think you will too so just book it!! 

  • 8

    SIERRA NEVADA & GRANADA

    Lovely walking, friendly hotel, good food and great weather - what more can you want from a holiday?

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sitting on the hill sides with the views of the snow covered mountains, enjoying the sunshine, dreaming of living in such a landscape.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent, Jeremy understood the needs of all the group and ensured everybody had a great time. The pace of the walks was good and he adapted them to ensure we got the most from the days.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you go with a good appetite - there's no shortage of good food to eat. Ensure you book tickets for the Alhambra in advance, whilst it does take half a day to see it is well worth it in my opinion and save any worries about getting tickets on the day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've done a couple of other walking trips in Spain and this was definitely the best. The variety of the scenery was great, the hotel is an excellent comfortable base providing good food and the trip to Granada at the end allowed for a bit of sightseeing. I'd always wanted to visit the Alhambra and this trip allowed that box to be ticked and I could have easily spent another day just wandering around.

  • 8

    WHITE VILLAGES OF SIERRA NEVADA

    I had never been to Spain before and my first impression was that I wouldn't enjoy my week as the area was hot, barren and dry.  By the end of the week I couldn't wait to go back and I am now contemplating living in the area for a year to get to know it better.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the last day when we walked in the home valley of our guide George.  This was a valley full of varied flora and views.  We had an excellent lunch in a village hotel and as we walked through the picturesque villages and countryside, we enjoyed eating figs, almonds and walnuts washed down with mineral water from the local springs, including a naturally sparkling spring.  Or maybe it was sharing a beer in a village cafe and discussing the day with the group as we waited for the hotel minibus to pick us up and return for a shower, more beer, a swim and supper.   Or perhaps just walking with a great group of people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our original group leader Jeremy had a medical emergency, so  having met us at the airport he was only able to walk with us on day 1.  He was friendly and sensitive to different walking speeds of the group.  He was replaced by another local british guide, George. George had a great knowledge of the area, an interest in the history of the Sierra Nevada, a good command of Spanish and knew many of the locals.  He was an athletic walker and inspired confidence and curiosity.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I found the area to be hotter than I expected, and only wore half the clothes I took. I washed my walking kit every night and it was ready to wear in the morning.  I didn't spend much money as there were few shopping opportunities.  Food and drink was limited in the villages as this is quite an impoverished region.  Having said this it was wonderful to meet shepherds in the hills with their flocks of sheep and goats, and to see the "cowboys" who still roam the hills on hores-back checking their stock. My wife and I spent a day in Granada visiting the Alhambra.  The visit was very worthwhile but Granada was hot.  Great ice-creams and tapas. 6 of us went together in a taxi to make it cost effective.  The hotel organised the taxi for us.   

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We opted out of walking on one day, to explore the village of Berchules and to enjoy the hotel pool.  We had personal service - the pool and garden to ourselves -  bliss.  This was our 4th Exodus holiday and our guides and hotel exceeded expectations.  The hotel was very comfortable, twin-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms, plenty of hot water, balcony with view over the surrounding countryside.  The hotel staff were friendly, food plentiful with a large packed lunch provided every day.  Even the dog was friendly, excitedly accompanying us all day when we walked from the hotel. If you've ever considered this holiday - take it! 

  • 10

    Viva las Alpujarras!

    Great value trip. Wendy and Alejandro are fabulous hosts, George is a great guide. Great scenery, brilliant company :)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Really enjoyed the relaxation of the trip-nice to be so well looked after and the group were great and we gelled well. Seeing the Alhambra at night was very special

    What did you think of your group leader?

    George is a wealth of knowledge and it was good to get an insight into life in the Alpujarras. Very relaxed and manageable pace fur our group

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were so well looked after for this week. I would recommend the trip based on the hospitality of the hotel and the knowledge of the guide. And hopefully you will be in a great group as I was :)

  • 10

    Sierra nevada and Grenada

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