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Why A Walking Holiday In Andalucía Can Restore Your Joie De Vivre...

Author : Theresa Walter

If you are contemplating a walking holiday, then it's quite likely that you appreciate the great outdoors especially areas that also retain a lot of wilderness. Las Alpujarras is such a region, nestling below the Sierra Nevada, Spain; it supports ibex and wild boar and in spring is swathed with wild lavender and broom. The walking opportunities in the region are immense. There is a well signposted network of paths that criss-cross valleys and mountainsides, joining villages at different heights, giving an array of choices for novices and experienced walkers. Las Alpujarras is undoubtedly an unspoilt and varied region of outstanding natural charm.

The surprise is the fact that Las Alpujarras is fairly unknown away from Spain. Millions of tourists are drawn to Granada and the Alhambra yet few of these visitors knows to see the quiet rural countryside alongside this well known city. It is so accessible from the UK you can easily look at a long weekend walking in the sunshine in relative solitude. Or you might end a city tour of Seville, Córdoba and Granada with some days to chill in the peace and tranquillity of Las Alpujarras.

Accommodation in the white mountain villages is easy to find and the standard is extremely high. Hotel Los Bérchules shines amongst them: sitting on the edge of the pretty village of Bérchules it offers the visitor far more than just a high standard of accommodation. Alejandro, having been born in the community, and his mother Wendy, owners of Hotel Los Bérchules, have got a wealth of local knowledge between them. This enables them to provide excellent accommodation, hospitality, local well-prepared food and a menu of walks that might take you over a month to undertake. All that is needed of you is to show up, smile and relax. They can even pick you up from your airport.
Some great benefits of being in the mountainside air, experiencing and enjoying the warmth of the Mediterranean sun and drinking in the vista of beauty and solitude, are immeasurable. The chance to glimpse ibex grazing in the morning light and then spot eagles catching thermals high above the mountain slopes is a precious moment yet it is the stillness and the silence that offer the restorative power. Just to lay your head down on a grassy mountain slope and bask in the Mediterranean warmth from the sun above while your worries drain from you, hearing the comforting, lulling bells of the distant goats.

I truly can't think what you really are waiting for! Simply book a walking holiday in Las Alpujarras at Hotel Los Bérchules, catch a budget flight to Granada, Malaga or Almeria, phone Alejandro to pick you up and choose yourself a walk from the walks' menu. Then breathe... and relax...

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