Short break to Granada; culture, hiking, cycling

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Granada, the last Moorish Kingdom of al-Andalus, is the best place to start dreaming. This lively magic city, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities to visit. It boasts so many attractions that you will never see them all, most of them are of Moorish origins. The most impressive one is the Alhambra palace and the Generalife gardens, which is one of the most visited and admired monuments in the world. Sightseeing the city on foot is the best way to discover its rich heritage as you wander its network of streets full of shops, tapas bars, restaurants… monuments and buildings to marvel at! The city has a wealth of history and culture to offer the traveller and is also well known for its busy University and commercial activity. You are based in a charming hotel, right in the historical centre. Thanks to its strategic location, Granada is the ideal starting point for excursions into its surrounding countryside, on foot or by bike and to nearby villages and rural areas, some of them you can even do with your children. We will take you on a guided hike in Sierra Nevada Nature Park only an half-hour ride away from town. The route through the impressive Los Cahorros gorge is in particular suitable for families. Unbeatable views, waterfalls, plenty of rock pools for swimming, narrow caves and tunnels that you have to crawl through or hang off the rock face, walking alongside acequias that date back to Moorish times and, of course, the famous hanging bridges.

 

There is of course much more to see and do in and around Granada, we give you some attractive suggestions to choose from:

  1. Guided route on foot through the Unesco neighbourhood Albayzin, Sacromonte and the Alhambra forest.
  2. Cycling: easy cycling on our comfortable bikes on the Greenway along the river to Pinos Genil.
  3. Cycling from the mountains to the Sea (full day): a beautiful mountain road will bring you to an altitude of 1350 meters, from where you descend to the Tropical Coast!
  4. Guided Olive oil Tour in the Lecrín Valley includes visit of olive grooves, an ancient olive mill and olive oil tasting.
  5. Guided excursion to the Alpujarras south from the Sierra Nevada:  with short walks between the beautiful white mountain villages, includes transport and typical lunch.
  6. Hammam (Arab bath): These are the first Arab baths in Europe to be reopened following their closure in the sixteenth century. You can choose to take only the baths or baths with different relaxing massages.

 

For more information about some excursions:

Walking through Albayzin, Sacromonte and the Alhambra forest Cycling to the Sea

Hammam Al Ándalus Granada

 

 

Granada - arrival

Granada – arrival

Arrival to Granada by public bus from Málaga airport , it takes only about 2 hours. You can also ask for a private transfer. Warm welcome at a charming hotel (***) in the historical centre of Granada. And in the evening have some drinks in one of the many little bars, and you'll be invited to the tapas!  


Cahorros, Sierra Nevada (Granada) 11 Km

Cahorros, Sierra Nevada (Granada) 11 Km

It is a bit more than a half hour drive, and then we start walking in a cultivated area of fruit trees, such us quince, pomegranate, fig, olive or almond trees. We will soon reach the famous suspension bridge of Los Cahorros, which was built ninety years ago with ropes and wood and later rebuilt with metallic materials. It is, approximately, 55 metres long and it moves as you walk on it. Now we continue walking along the river Monachil, a beautiful gorge, sometimes it is a bit difficult to walk straight on as the rocks are hanging over the path…here it is an advantage to be a kid! We will pass through a natural tunnel, “la Cueva de las Palomas”, and continuing walking along the river which we cross to have a picnic with fresh mountain water. On the way back as we are climbing we have great views over the Cahorros gorge and even on to Granada. The downhill is short but a bit steep; it will lead us to two old threshing floors known as Los Renegrales. From here it is great to see the rock climbers trying to dominate the vertical walls.


Granada - different activities

Granada – different activities

Today you can choose to do what you like most;  strolling around through the Unesco neigbourhood Albayzin, visiting museum, having a Arab bath & massage, shopping.... We also offer guided excursions:

  1. Hiking : Valparaíso guided route  including visit of Cave Interpretation Centre in the Sacromonte, picnic and coffee in the Albayzin.
  2. Cycling: easy cycling on our comfortable bikes on the Greenway along the river to Pinos Genil.
  3. Cycling from the mountains to the Sea (full day): a beautiful mountain road will bring you to an altitude of 1350 meters, from where you descend to the Tropical Coast!
  4. Guided Hike through Nature Park Sierra Nevada: The Cahorros Hike.
  5. Guided Olive oil Tour in the Lecrín Valley includes visit of olive grooves, an ancient olive mill and olive oil tasting.
  6. Guided excursion to the Alpujarras south from the Sierra Nevada:  with short walks between the beautiful white mountain villages, includes transport and typical lunch.
 


Granada, end of journey

Granada, end of journey

After breakfast the journey comes to an end in Granada. Maybe you still have some time to stroll through the Alcaicería, full of little Arab shops and souvenirs before returning home. Or book an extra night, as there is so much to see and do in this charming town!



Accommodation with breakfast

Included

3 nights


Information on the trip

Included

Services not included


Cycling route along the river Genil with rental bike

Not Included

28€

half day

Cycling route starting close to your hotel in Granada including comfortable 28" rental bike.


Flamenco show

Not Included

30€

Quality flamenco show (ca 1,5-2 hours), with guitar, singing and dancers. One drink included.


Olive oil Tour (Granada)

Not Included

40€

half day

Excursion from Granada to the Lecrín Valley to see olive grooves, visit an ancient olive oil mill and learn all about olive oil. Includes transport from hotel Granada to Lecrín valley, guide & olive oil tasting.


Hammam baths

Not Included

45€

2 hours

Baths of at least one hour (arab style with hot and cold water). You can add relaxing massage.


Guided Hiking route through Granada: Albayzin, Sacromonte and river Darro valley

Not Included

per person (min 2) 85€

6 hours

Guided walking route starting from your hotel in Granada into the river Darro valley with beautiful views of the town and the Alhambra. Including visit of Cave Interpretation Centre in the Sacromonte, picnic and a coffee in the Albayzin.


Excursion Alpujarra

Not Included

for 4 persons p.p. 90€

full day

Full day excursion from Granada to the Alpujarra. Includes transport from hotel Granada to Alpujarra, guide, and typical lunch.

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