In mid-October we headed south for our Yoga Hikes Spanish break in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Southern Spain.
We were staying on a fully organic traditional farm, set high up in the mountains with spectacular views and a wonderful host.
The farm has been in Joachim’s family for over 150 years and he feels a real connection with the place and its surroundings. He is also very generous with his locally produced fruit, vegetables and wine and we are continually tempted at each meal.
The break was a fantastic success and we received many lovely reviews of which this was just one:
“Just came back from the Sierra Nevada mountains yoga/hiking trip with Yen and Kevin. It was absolutely fantastic. The location was carefully chosen, surrounded by beautiful walks and views, with access to plentiful fresh home grown produce.
The atmosphere Kevin and Yen was relaxed yet very motivational and positive. They were very approachable and excellent hosts.
The walks themselves provided an excellent insight into the Sierra Nevada mountains landscape and local life. Kevin chose walks which struck the right balance of being challenging but accessible to novice hikers.
The yoga sessions run by Yen were planned to perfection based on how we were feeling pre/post hikes. Morning sessions aimed to prepare us for our hike, leaving us to feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Evening classes aided restoration and relaxation.
The food was plentiful, delicious and catered to everyone’s needs.
Overall this was a fantastic experience! Thank you Yen and Kevin!”
To view details of our upcoming 2018 trips to the Sierra Nevada click here
The grounds of the Cortijo are a pleasure to walk around and there is lots to see, including the fruit and olive trees, aviary pool and yoga studio.
We arrived late afternoon, on Thursday, after flights to Malaga and we organised transfers then to the Cortijo. After arriving and settling in to our rooms we had an introductory yoga class and then dinner.
We rose early on our second day for yoga and even started before the sun was fully up. It did mean however, we were able to watch the most lovely sunrise over the mountains during our class.
The yoga studio is really spacious and gives us lots of room to spread out as well as enjoy the views.
Then after class we head in for breakfast and are greeted with the most fantastic spread. Joachim is very proud of his local produce so we have lots of fresh cheese, fruit and even locally produced yogurt to choose from.
After breakfast we head out in the beautiful morning sunshine for our first hike. We are doing a tour of some of the famous Pueblos Blanchos (white villages), but there are some steep sections as we first descend to the river.
We return for a late lunch, prepared for us by Joachim, which we are able to eat out on the terrace overlooking the pool.
We then have a break to relax and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings, before our second yoga class of the day.
Dinner is in a converted part of the barn, which Joachim now calls the museum, as its full of a rather eclectic mix of old farming and other implements. Its a fun and interesting place to eat with a lot of local history. There is also a fantastic fireplace to keep us warm later in the evening when the temperature drops a bit.
After yoga and breakfast, we collected our packed lunch before heading out for our hike. As always it contained plenty of fresh fruit from the farm and a lovely Spanish tortilla freshly made by Joachim. We had a picnic made for us as our hike was slightly longer today and a lovely variety of gorge and river walk, rocky mountain views and pretty villages.
Our hike first took us along the quiet road to the village of Castaras. Like many of the villages, its a beautiful cluster of small white houses around the church and a lovely square, set into the mountainside.
Our hike then took us up through the trees and along a river until we reached our next village of Juviles, where it was time to find a café for a coffee break.
The next stage of our hike took us through some very dramatic territory with great views down into a deep gorge and across to the mountains of the Sierra.
Its a great place for a lunch stop and to practice a bit of extra yoga poses.
Our return hike took us through a couple more pretty villages before we reached Castaras again.
Where it was time for a bit of refreshment and a chat with the local goat herder.
Our afternoon yoga class was very much needed to stretch out a few tired and aching muscles after quite a full days hiking.
Our final full days hiking took us down a steep section of path to the gorge floor and then to the lovely village of Busquistar for a coffee break. There are some great views from the top of the gorge, which are ideal for another photo opportunity and a bit more posing practice.
The walk along the river and valley floor was also spectacular and gave us great views and an amazing ancient bridge crossing.
The climb back up was quite steep, but we took it slowly and the views from the top were definitely worth it.
As was the refreshing swim in the pool when we made it back to the Cortijo.
Monday was departure day, but not until the afternoon, so we had time to have a final yoga class in the morning and then either relax by the pool or head out for a final short hike. We had arranged a couple of pickups to the airport, so there was still time for a bit more relaxation.
But all were sad to leave when the time came.