Walking from Cordoba to Granada on The Route of the Caliphate

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Type of Tour

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Difficulty Level


Duration

9 days and 8 nights


Departure - Destination

Zuheros - Granada


Number of participants

mimium 2 travellers


Price from

560 €

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“The Route of the Caliphate” is designated Major European Cultural Itinerary. The prestigious Foundation Legado Andalusí in co-operation with Otros Caminos has re-discovered this itinerary and developed it as a historical and cultural experience, connecting the cities of Cordoba and Granada with their world cultural heritages: the stunning “Mezquita” in Cordoba and the marvelous “Alhambra” in Granada.

This walking holiday explores the human and natural landscapes that mark out the famous Route of the Caliphate, between Cordoba and Granada. Once we get to Cordoba, immersing ourselves in its splendid past and its bustling present, we will then travel to the romantic white washed village of Zuheros, in the Subbética Mountains. These mountains (now designated Nature Reserve), reach some 1,500 m above sea level and constitute an impressive limestone range southeast of the city of Cordoba. Since time immemorial they have been home to some of the most beautiful towns and villages in Andalusia, such as Priego de Córdoba, Carcabuey, Cabra, Zuheros and Luque… Age-old olive groves, holm- and gall-oaks grow on the red-coloured hillsides, hiding magical rock formations such as the Cueva de los Murciélagos (Bats’ Cave).

We are not limited to this nature reserve and its stately villages, however. We will also walk through the area surrounding a major fortress (Alcalá la Real) and the brief, yet rugged mountains that protect the plain and the Nazrid capital of Granada, heritage of a small, legendary village called Moclín.

Once in Granada itself, if the host of attractions on offer allow you time, you can still discover the secret of Moorish wells and waterways, search out the origins of famous poems in the walls of the Alhambra, take a stroll through the old Moorish neighbourhood, the Albayzín, packed with sounds and aromas, and try some tapas enjoying views out to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, already thinking of coming back soon!

Córdoba

Córdoba

Arrive in good time so as to visit the famous "Mezquita" (Grand Mosque). Later, a walk through the old Jewish quarter to see its beautiful patios and have tapas in its inns. Finally we suggest you to experience an authentic flamenco show to get you ready for a journey which has only just begun.  


Cordova-Zuheros by bus

Cordova-Zuheros by bus

If you arrived late yesterday, you´ll have enough time to visit the famous "Mezquita" of Cordova today and walk through the old Jewish quarter, before you take the bus in the late afternoon to Zuheros. After about 1 hour and a half you arrive to the picturesque, romantic village of Zuheros. Your accommodation is Hotel Zuhayra** in the centre of the village, next to the ruin of the castle.


Zuheros, río Bailón (12 km) o Cabra-Zuheros (21 km)

Zuheros, río Bailón (12 km) o Cabra-Zuheros (21 km)

Today you will go on a short walk close to Zuheros, through the beautiful Bailón River Canyon. You can just walk along the river and turn around when you feel like it, or continue to the Cerro de Bramadero and enjoy the silence of this part of the Subbetica Nature Park. At the end you will meet the Bailón river again to return to Zuheros. You can also do a full day hike from Cabra to Zuheros; then you need to take a bus or taxi to get to Cabra or the Hermitage first. From there you walk on the grassy high plateau towards the river Bailón and you'll come back to Zuheros through the beautiful Bailón River Canyon.  


Zuheros-Zagrilla (15 km)

Zuheros-Zagrilla (15 km)

You now enter the Sierras Subbéticas Nature Reserve to Fuente del Espino, an excellent spot for a short but well-deserved rest. You then head down towards La Osa farm and the La Lastra area, to continue past Manchón de la Niña and the Zagrilla canyon. This stage finishes at the village of Zagrilla. Your accommodation is hotel*** Villa Turístico de Priego.


Zagrilla-Priego de Córdoba (10 km)

Zagrilla-Priego de Córdoba (10 km)

From Zagrilla you can get to Priego either on a short route following the Colada del Camino del Hoyo; otherwise, take a longer route, via the village of Carcabuey, through fields with streams flanked by dense quince trees, then crossing the Pollos or Jaula Mountains, where you will find an abundance of holm-oak and olive trees. Finally, you get to Priego along the old path to Rute. Your accommodation will be in a typical Andalusian renovated house in the historic centre “Barrio de la Villa”, a middle aged Muslim district declared an artistically and historical area, where your host Juan will receive you.      


Priego-Alcalá la Real (11 km)

Priego-Alcalá la Real (11 km)

Transfer to Alcalá la Real by bus (30 minutes). The route starts from the bus station itself. You head into mountains with ancient holm-oak forests, towards the castle of “La Mota”, which looks majestically out over Alcalá la Real. After visiting the castle, you continue to your hotel in Alcalá or to the rural lodge in Fuente del Rey (30 min extra walking )


Alcalá la Real-Tózar (Moclín) (9 km)

Alcalá la Real-Tózar (Moclín) (9 km)

After breakfast a taxi will bring you to the medieval village/fortress of Moclín. This fortress, that once guarded the pass from Alcalá to Granada, offers unbeatable views of the region. Here today’s route gets underway and you can either head straight down through a forest to Tózar, or else make first for Olivares and continue on the natural pass through the mountains to Tózar. You pass some anthropomorphic tombs dug out of the rock and the remains of a defensive system set up during the Spanish Civil War before reaching the quiet village where you can enjoy the sunset at the roof terrace of the hotel… Your accommodation is Rincón de Marcelo, where Marcelo himself and his family will welcome you and prepare you a real Spanish home-made dinner.


Tózar-Granada (taxi) & Alhambra

Tózar-Granada (taxi) & Alhambra

After breakfast a taxi will collect you and bring you directly to your hotel in Granada to spend the most of the last day visiting the palaces and gardens of the Alhambra (tickets not included in tour price). Later, take a stroll through the old Moorish neighbourhood, the Albayzín, packed with sounds and aromas, and try some tapas enjoying views out to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At night you can have dinner in one of the ten most romantic restaurants of the world, with a view of the Alhambra.... Your charming hotel is right in the historical centre!


Granada, end of journey

Granada, end of journey

After breakfast ends this short break or long weekend in Granada. Maybe you still have some time to stroll through the Alcaicería, full of little Arab shops and souvenirs before returning home.



Accommodation with breakfast

Included

8 noches

Accommodation in double room with en-suite facilities in quality and charming hotels, country lodges or guesthouses, including breakfast with: fruit juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate, toast, fresh fruit or yoghurt.


Information on the trip

Included

Full information on cycling or hiking with us will be provided (cultural and useful details). For self-guided tours, maps & terrain guides or descriptions are also included.


Luggage transport

Included

This service consists of transport of the traveller's luggage between the accommodation at the end of one stage to that of the next, within an itinerary offered by Otros Caminos S.L.. The traveller should have his/her luggage ready for collection before 9 am at the accommodation (reception area) from where the stage begins, and Otros Caminos will have the luggage ready in the following accommodation as specified in the itinerary by 4 pm of the same day.


Telephone helpline

Included

This is comprised of a telephone number that the traveller may call between 9 am and 7 pm to obtain complementary information or to request help of any type that may be available en route at that time. This telephone number will be operated by employees or collaborators of the company, with sufficient knowledge of the route in question and who are capacitated to organise support for the traveller(s). In the case of requiring said support, the traveller will be responsible for the cost implied by organising such support (4X4 vehicle or taxi to pick up traveller(s), etc.)


Taxi

Included

1x

Organised taxi to come to the start point of the route or to be picked up at the end of the route.


Supplement for single occupation

Not Included

120€

Supplementary charge for reservation of single rooms or double rooms for single occupation at accommodation included on Otros Caminos tours.


Ticket to the Alhambra

Not Included

19€

Entry ticket to visit Alhambra and Generalife, including visit to Alcazaba (fortress), Palacios Nazaries (winter Nasrid palaces) and Generalife gardens (summer palace). We need your full name and passport number to buy the tickets

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1 Comment

  1. Sandra - 25 July, 2017

    Terri Holbrook, Caliphate on a bike (June, 2017):
    Let me add some color on the hotels. The hotel in Priego de Córdoba was wonderful and we enjoyed the inclusion of the Arabian baths. We paid extra for the massages, and would definitely recommend that! The most amazing hotel meal was at the hacienda in Zuheros. The restaurant there is 5 star! The Tozar experience was the best! The hospitality of Marcella was amazing. He gave us open use of the bar, included. He charged us only 30 euro for a 3 course customized meal (I am vegetarian) with fantastic bottle of wine. We felt like family!

    We did enjoy the experience and would consider it an adventure of a lifetime for fit people!

    Thank you for your excellent service.

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