Walks in the countryside around Pitres in the Sierra Nevada National Park. Tailor-made walking holidays, available for exclusive booking (4 or more guests) or for b&b and guided walks (minimum 2 guests). Moderate walking
The atmospheric Casa de Luz, in the small market town of Pitres is ideally located for a long weekend break or a full week's itinerary of moderately-paced walks. Also available is a visit to local herbal expert and author Julio Donat and a seaside picnic or meal on the beach with a walk through the coastal nature reserve at Cantarijan near the historic town of Almuñecar.
Example of a week's itinerary - Saturday - arrive, settle in, supper with welcome drink. Sunday - the first day's walk is a gentler, introductory day walk to allow the group to get used to the terrain, usually an orientation walk in the La Taha area around Ferreirola. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday there there are walks of varied length ranging as far as Trevelez and the Poqueira valleys, including Tajo Cortes waterfalls above Pitres, the Tibetan Retreat Centre at Oselling, the Roman bridge below Mecina Fondales, plus visits to Pampaneira with free tasting of local cheese and wines in the Bodega/delicatessen and also a visit with herbalist Julio Donat. On Wednesday there is an opportunity for a short walk within the seaside nature reserve at Cantarrijan, with a meal at a chiringuito (beach restaurant - cost of meal not included in price). Saturday - departure.
Casa de Luz is a large Moorish-style guest house of great character on the edge of Pitres. Lovingly restored with some alterations and modernisations it preserves the atmosphere of a typical Alpujarra home combined with modern comfort and convenience.
Pitres is a perfect base for exploring the Alpujarra Alta Granadino - just around the corner from the Poqueira gorge on the west, with its three striking villages perched on the side of the river ravine, and the Trevelez valley on the east.
"Julio's passion and incredible knowledge about herbs was infectious - you were never bored - he made it so interesting - there wasn't a plant that he couldn't find some use for. I would recommend this trip to anyone who likes good food, fresh air and an interest in improving their knowledge of herbs and seeing the beautiful Alpujarra mountains to boot!" — J.E., Herbalism and Walking