Sierra Nevada Yoga Hiking Break in Southern Spain

Practice your yoga and hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Spain

Sierra Nevada Yoga Hiking Break in Southern Spain

£495.00

Price: From £495 to £635 depending on room choice

Dates: Sun 7th April to Sat 13th April 2019

Yoga Classes: 11 mixed ability classes
Hiking: 5 guided hikes (1 per day)
Rooms: single, twin (or double) or female 4 person room share
Food: choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian options

A six night Spain yoga hiking break in the mountains of Andalucía, in southern Spain.  Based on a working organic farm in typically rustic accommodation in the Alpujarra region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  We will be including two yoga classes each day, a guided hike through the mountains and local villages, all meals and accommodation for this six night Sierra Nevada yoga hiking break.

Framed to the north by the mighty peaks of the Sierra Nevada, mainland Spain’s highest mountains, the fertile valleys and dramatic gorges of the Alpujarras are a world apart from the Mediterranean coast thirty kilometres to the south. Seemingly untouched by the passage of time, this ancient province was the last stronghold of the Moors, whose intricate irrigation and terracing systems still shape the land to this day. Complemented by the distinct character of the region (which extends to the architecture and even the chimneys), the variety of the scenery is astonishing (so much so that you never know what lies around the next bend), ranging from steep-sided gorges to orange groves, and from bubbling streams to Mediterranean landscapes dotted with cacti.

The farm grows all its own vegetables and fruit and so you can be sure that the meals will be fresh and all organically grown.  For yoga we have a large purpose built yoga studio with stunning views of the mountains and valley below.  Finally, the hiking in the Alpujarra region is wonderful and varied as we explore deep gorges, pretty quiet and typical white villages, woodland and mountains.

 

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Description

Our location for this Sierra Nevada yoga hiking break, is an organic farm set high in the mountains of southern Spain.  A perfect location for our six night (5 days) break in early spring, when the weather will typically be sunny, warm and dry and the spring flowers will be at their best.

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Accommodation

The accommodation is very simple and typically Spanish.  It is set on a working organic farm, complete with pool and overlooking the mountains.  The farm grows all its own vegetables and fruit and so you can be sure that the meals will be fresh and all organically grown.  There will be plenty of vegetarian options, however, it is in a remote area of Spain and one group meal will be provided at each meal time, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee to cater for special dietary needs except vegetarians.

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The area is famed for its typical white villages and has a wonderfully traditional Spanish feel to it which is a world away from the resorts of the Costas.

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The accommodation for this Sierra Nevada yoga hiking break is in a mix of singles rooms, twin share rooms and one shared room of four.  All bathrooms are shared.  There is a purpose built yoga shala with some of the best views of the surrounding mountains for our yoga classse.
All meals are included and will be prepared for us by a local cook using mostly fresh ingredients grown on the farm and locally, based on traditional Spanish recipes.
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There are also some great outside spaces and a pool to relax in after our yoga and hiking.
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We have a fantastic yoga studio with views out of the mountains for our exclusive use during our break.

The classes will be varied and so will be suitable for beginners as well as for those who have practised before. Sessions will take place each day before breakfast and after we return from our walks.
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Sierra Nevada Yoga Hiking Break Walks

As you would expect on this Sierra Nevada Yoga Hiking break, there are some great local walks with high up mountain views, plus walks which take us along steep sided gorges and beside cool mountain streams.  We will also walk to some of the typical old mountain villages nearby.
As we are in the mountains however, the walks do have some steep and rocky sections and can be quite strenuous if you are not used to this type of walking.  Therefore, to fully enjoy this break you should be a fit and confident hillwalker.
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The farm is also home to a peacock breeding sanctuary, as well as to goats, horses, cats and dogs and is a truly magical place which offers a unique opportunity to experience life on a Spanish farm.

Reviews of recent Yoga Hiking Breaks in the Sierra Nevada mountains

“Excellent! A great place to stay, well organised and fun and a wonderful group of people. Lorna :)”
 
“As a ‘frequent flyer’ with Mountain Hikes and Yoga, this was one of the best. Thank you Kevin and Yen, but also the amazing local host and the beautiful group of people who made it very special.” – Mano
“I had a wonderful time! lovely company and fabulous location – thanks Kevin and Yen.” – Simone

There are many great local hikes in the area to some of the beautiful nearby villages, up towards the higher Sierra Mountains with spectacular views and we can follow mountain streams through deep valley gorges.

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On some hikes we will get transport to the start or from the finish back to the Cortijo.

Please note also, that some of the walks will include sections on quite steep mountain terrain and will at times be quite strenuous and therefore, to fully enjoy this break you should be a fit and confident hillwalker.

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All hikes will be led by Kevin who is a fully qualified International Mountain Leader and member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML).

Below is an example hiking schedule, which we may modify depending on weather conditions.

Day 1 hike: Local white villages hike (12km, 500m ascent)

The Alpujarra region of Southern Spain, where we are based is famous for its pretty and unspoilt white villages, or Pueblos Blancos.  During the week we will explore many of these villages, but on the first day we will visit two which are nearby on our hike.

We start our hike though along a short section of quiet lane, before descending steeply to the river below.

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We cross a small packhorse bridge and follow a rocky path eventually through trees to our first village.

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We take a short break here to explore and to fill up with water at the fountain, then head off towards our second village.  We make our way across another ancient bridge before heading steeply uphill to rejoin the road for the final short hike back to the Cortijo.

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We will have lunch at the Cortijo where we are staying outside on the terrace if the weather is good, or inside in the dining room if it is cool.

Day 2 hike: River valley and gorge hike (18km, 600m ascent)

Today we take a packed lunch as we will be out for a bit longer and so not be back in time for lunch at the Cortijo.

Our hike today takes us along the quiet road in the opposite direction to the village of Castaras.  We then take a turn left and hike up through a wooded valley towards the village of Juviles where we will usually stop for a coffee break.

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From Juviles we descend through a steep sided gorge with spectacular views and will stop for our picnic lunch.

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We continue a steep descent into the next village and then follow another quiet road back to the village of Castaras where we usually stop for refreshments!

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Day 3: Steep sided valley hike to fire lookout (14.5km, 700m ascent)

Because of the dry weather the Alpujarra region of Andalucia is quite prone to fires.  There is a therefore a permanently manned lookout which has spectacular views of the surrounding hills, villages and mountains, which forms the main goal of todays hike.

Our day 3 hike will initially take us back down a steep sided mountain path to the village of Busquitas.

Day 3 steep sided valley and fire lookout. Day 3 steep sided valley and fire lookout.

We then head across country following the course of one of the rivers, with steep cliffs to one side.

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We then start a steady climb up to the fire lookout with its spectacular views over the surrounding mountains.

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Our return is a simple downhill hike along a quiet road to the Cortijo for lunch.

Day 4 and Day 5 hiking options

We have lots more spectacular hikes to choose from, but we are likely to offer a longer and a shorter hike on these days.  There is another pretty village which we can hike to down a steep sided valley from the Cortijo where we are staying.  We can then hike back up through pomegranate and almond trees towards Castaras and return.

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On our last days hike we will get some transport up to Trevelez, which is the highest village in Spain.   We follow one of the GR routes on our hike back to the Cortijo, through woods, orchards and villages.

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During this Sierra Nevada yoga hiking break, there will be 11 classes in total.  The classes will be varied and so will be suitable for beginners as well as for those who have practised before. Sessions will take place each day before breakfast and after we return from our walks, except for one morning when there will be no class.

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The general focus of the morning sessions will be to energise and warm up the body for our walk, and in the afternoon, will be to stretch out those tired muscles and relax the body.  There will be an emphasis on the breath and movement, and our priority is for the yoga to be enjoyable and safe for all.

Yoga classes will be held indoors in the purpose built yoga shala overlooking the mountains. Morning classes will last for approximately 1 hr 15 mins and evening classes up to 1 hr 30 mins.

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All yoga classes will be led by Yen who is a fully qualified and experienced yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance, a yoga sports coach and personal trainer.

If you have any queries regarding the yoga sessions, please contact us.

Important Note : Yoga Mats

You can either bring your own yoga mat  or can hire one from us at a cost of 10 euros.

Please let us know in advance.

Our accommodation is in a working organic farm high up in the hills of Andalucia.  It is typically rustic but comfortable accommodation in a variety of rooms : singles ; twins and a shared room, all single beds for 4 (female).   It is therefore advisable to book as early as possible in order to be able to book the room option of your choice.  All rooms have a shared bathroom.

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Rooms are colourful and full of local character. Caseria bedrooms

and all individually decorated in local style.

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All rooms are individually decorated in local style and the accommodation for this Sierra Nevada yoga hiking break is mostly in twin shared rooms in apartments with shared bathrooms.

There is also a four bed room with single beds and en suite bathroom:

and views of the mountains:

The outside areas include a great unheated swimming pool for relaxing beside after classes and after our hikes.

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A great bbq and eating area with great views of the mountains. spain yoga hiking cortijo dinner

Please note that there are dogs, cats and peacocks around the farm.  They are not allowed into the main buildings and living quarters so please ensure all doors are shut.

Sunday
Arrive from early afternoon
5:30pm – Meet up, briefing and Introductions
6:30pm – Yoga Class
8pm – Dinner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
7:30 – 8:45 Morning Yoga Class
8:45 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:45 – 14:30 Day Hike
14:30 – 15:30 Lunch
16:00 – 18:00 Pool and relax time
18:30 – 19:45 yoga
20:00 Dinner

Note: On Wednesday morning there will not be a yoga class, to give you a chance to have a lie in!

Saturday 
8:00 – 9:15 Morning Yoga Class
9:15 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00 Relax by the pool
12:00 – Depart

Note: these are approximate timings and subject to variation.  Some days there will be longer hiking options  and we will take a packed lunch.

Please note that although a walk and yoga classes are offered each day, it is entirely upto you how much you want to do.  If you are tired, it would be perfectly fine to just go to yoga and stay at the farm and relax or miss a yoga class.

Total cost for the six night break – From £495 to £625 per person

Three pricing bands based upon room choice as follows:

Band A – £635
Single room in an apartment (or mountain view block) with shared bathroom.

Band B – £575
Twin room or semi private single room (curtain)  in an apartment with shared bathroom.

Band C – £495
Single bed in shared room of 4 max with en suite bathroom, overlooking the mountains.

When booking, please let us know your preferred room choice (A, B or C).

Plus optional transfer to and from Malaga airport at suggested times (see travel tab).  To be paid locally in Euros and price based on numbers but no more than Euro 60 per person.  Also optional yoga mat hire Euro 10, please let us know in advance.

Small group size : 16

To book, pay your deposit of £150.

The balance will be due 2 months before departure date.
You should arrange a bank transfer for this.

Bank details are below :

Bank Account     Yoga Hikes
Sort Code            60 18 11
Account No         17441331
(please quote ‘April SpainYoga’ plus your name)

Your deposit is not refundable and your place is only confirmed once full payment is received.

Price Includes: 11 yoga classes, 5 days of guided walks, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, accommodation, fruit, tea, coffee and herbal tea freely available.

Does not include: Air travel, transfer to and from airport (available for extra cost), yoga mat (available for hire 10 euros)

Getting there and back

There are lots of low cost airlines and flight options to and from the UK to Malaga which is the nearest airport.  The flight time is 3 hours.  You can also mix and match airlines and airports to get the best time and price to suit you.  Skyscanner is a good site to look at for all options.

You may also want to extend for a few days to take in the Alhambra or spend a day or so at the coast.

We will arrange one group pickup from Malaga Airport to the accommodation at 15:00 on Sunday 7th April to meet with flights from the UK. So you are free to arrive at whatever time is convenient before 14:00 (to allow for baggage collection etc), but if your flight arrives later than this, then you will need to arrange your own transport to the Cortijo.  The transfer time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Note about flight delay: If your flight is delayed and you miss the scheduled pick up time, we can hold the transfer for up to one hour.  However, if your flight is delayed for longer than this and therefore you will still not make the delayed pickup, you will need to arrange your own transport.

On Saturday 13th (departure day) you should book a flight departing from 5pm onwards and we will arrange one group transfer at 12:00 for this time.  We will only be providing one group transfer, so if your flight time is later in the evening, then you will have some extra time at Malaga airport, or time to explore Malaga.

Total return cost for the group transfer to Malaga airport is Euro 60 per person and we will collect this on the last night.

Car hire is also an option to give more flexibility while you are there.

 

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