Start with the basic package of four nights accommodation, breakfast, detailed self-guided walking routes, and dinner for two on two evenings. Then Ad Lib Andalucia – add your favourite Andalucian activities from the list at the bottom of this suggested itinerary. Build your dream Ad Lib Andalucian vacation.
Cost of Basic Andalucia Package
525 euros for two people sharing a room with a view of the village, excluding 10% tax
550 euros for two people sharing a room with a view of the mountains, excluding 10% tax
Suggested Andalucia Ad Lib Itinerary
Arrive at Malaga airport, pick up your rental car (or be met by Bernabe, our favourite taxi driver from Ronda) and enjoy the 90 minute transfer to Cartajima which takes you through some of the most emblematic and wild Andalucian scenery: Moorish fortresses, tiny pueblo blancos, roadside cafes, fields of smiling sunflowers (not all the year obviously!).
Di will greet you upon your arrival at Los Castaños, show you your room and settle you in with a welcome drink – what about an Andalusian sherry!
Join us for dinner which we usually serve about 8 o’ clock. While John is opening your wine, you can pick his brains about the best days to walk which trails (the high ones are best on a really clear day when you can gaze in wonder at the Pillars of Hercules and Africa)
After a leisurely breakfast, set off on your chosen hike to visit one or two of the seven villages in the valley. Set off down to the river through chestnut groves, up the other side to Parauta where there is a small cafe where you can get your breath back with a beer or a coffee. Back on the trail to Igualeja, the largest of our villages with a population of 1000. We have an excellent recommendation for a tapa lunch – incredibly cheap, amazingly good. Down the valley again and retrace your steps to Cartajima.
Choices for dinner are either at Los Castaños, in one of a Cartajima bar, or you could drive to another village and see what’s on offer there. Farajan has a marvellous bar serving Moroccan fare – very very good. Alpandeire has an excellent restaurant.
Perhaps today you spend in Ronda, that magnificent and ancient Andalucian city that has so much to offer. The Arab Baths are exceptional. We have developed a walking route through the old city that takes in most of the monumental sites. Your choice which you explore in depth. We can also suggest restaurants – secrets known only to the locals.
We will also recommend lovely places for dining this evening in Ronda. After which you drive (or are driven) back to your home from home.
After an Andalucian breakfast, perhaps another hike to other villages. Or up the Riscos – beautiful crags behind Cartajima which are rather dangerous but the recent opening up of a signposted route makes the area accessible. A wonderful opportunity for birdwatching up there in the silence of the hills. You could elect to take one of Di’s famous picnics with you to enjoy from the top of the world
Dinner is up to you. At the hotel (you still have one dinner owing to you!), in the village, in a nearby village. You choose and we will sort it out for you.
After breakfast and, at your leisure, drive (or be driven) back to Malaga airport. Refreshed, batteries recharged, rejuvenated!
Optional Additions to the Basic Andalucia Ad Lib Active Package
- Extra nights
- Airport transfers (taxi) and transfers to Ronda (with us)
OR Car Hire which you can do yourself or with our help
- Additional dinners can be added any evening
- Day out with renowned ornithologist, Peter Jones
- Half-day Wine-tasting course at a Ronda vineyard
And if you are very lucky, you may catch a traditional fiesta and get to dance with the local goatherd!