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Spain’s Amazing Alpujarra’s and Sierra Nevada

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  • No single supplement (UK only)
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  • May 17 (2024)
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    £1630 for 8 days in 2023 £1760 for 8 days in 2024
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  • Location: Aljuparras
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Price excludes flight
  • Price includes sole occupancy charge

The walking in the Alpujarra’s is simply stunning with a great variation of amazing scenery in all directions. Our solos guided walking holiday will introduce you to the very best walking in this beautiful landscape.

The price shown here excludes flights but includes a sole occupancy supplement

We specialise in offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in amazing areas in both the UK and Europe. Singles and Solos Guided Walking is our unique speciality – unlike other walking holiday companies. We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

What you get on a Secret Hills Solos Guided Walking Alpujarras Holiday
  • Transfer from airport to Hotel Alcadima and return
  • Half board accommodation, including a three course dinner and breakfast
  • Guided walking
  • Any transport needed on the walks including ski and chair lift costs
  • The services of a Secret Hills tour guide
  • Individual attention
  • Our administration and management service
  • Sole Occupancy room
  • Sole Occupancy supplement included in price
  • Optional trip to Granada on your day off

What’s not included

  • Entries to sites of significance
  • A packed lunch
  • Any drinks you have in the hotel and out on the walks
  • Flights – you purchase your own

Additional days

We can arrange extra days at the end of your holiday/ coming out earlier.  

Hotel and Meals

Our traditional Spanish family run three star hotel – the Alcadima – is based in the rural mountainous village of Lanjaron at an altitude of 660 metres above sea level and 40 minutes drive inland from the Coast.

Guided walking for solos and singles in the Alpujarras

The rooms

All rooms have a balcony overlooking the garden or mountains and are equipped with air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom. The Standard Rooms offer everything you need to enjoy a pleasant rest during your stay in rural Spain. All rooms have free wi-fi.

Hotel rooms have kettles and fridges.

There are several outside terraces for you to relax

The hotel has a fabulous pool, pool towels can be hired from reception.


Evening dinner and breakfast are included in the price of this holiday.  Breakfast is a vast continental offering with freshly squeezed orange juice and tea and coffee. 

Packed Lunches ( not included in your price ) will consist of a freshly made picadillo ( baguette) , fruit, cake and a drink. Dinner will consist of three courses followed by coffee. 

Any special dietary needs can be catered for but must be advised on booking.

Single Supplement details

Sole Occupancy Supplement

The sole occupancy supplement of £29 per night is already included in the cost of this holiday. – as shown at the top of the page.



Once you have arrived at the hotel after transfer from Malaga airport we will organise five full day walks and one free day.Guided Walking in the Europe

Walks will be directly from the hotel as well as taking transport to walks start.


You have the opportunity on your free day to visit Granada. Should enough of the group want to visit this iconic city, then we will help with transport arrangements, but the cost for this will be paid for by those travelling to Granada.

Entrance fee to Alhambra palace and theatre is not included in the holiday price and is at clients won cost.

Flights and Transfers

You purchase your own flights for this holiday.

The price you pay to Secret Hills Walking Holidays is a land only price.

Flights are from most UK regional airports to Malaga.

When you reserve your flight, our policy is to enable you to fly from your local airport, wherever possible.

This means that clients will arrive at the destination airport at different times and we will arrange the onward transfers to the hotel, and return you to the airport at the end of the holidays.

Tour Details

Our five walks take place in and around the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada. Transport to the walk start is part of the holiday and allows you to see so much. Our furthest drive is one hour.

Our walks have been established to allow plenty of time for you to really see the beautiful white Spanish villages and the abundance of wild flowers.

Walk 1

Lanjaron circular walk ( 13km, 600m ascent, 600m descent) Walking straight from our hotel a splendid circular walk giving you a good introduction to the town of  Lanjaron, and the gateway to the Alpujarras.

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Walk 2

Los Pueblos mas Bonitos de España circular ( 10km, 550m ascent, 550m descent)

Starting and finishing at the Village of Pampaneira, ascending to Bubion, Capileira before descending the barranco of Poqueria.

Walk 3

Barranco de Poqueira circular ( 17km, 700m ascent, 700m descent)

 Starting at La Cebadilla, ascending through the barranco up to the open meadows before traversing along ancient water canal systems (acequia) to the village of CapileiraGuided Walking in the Europe

Walk 4

Soportujar to Lanjaron linear (15km, 380m ascent, 680m descent)

A linear walk starting outside of Soportujar following the GR7 along hillsides and gorges and passing through quiet villages back to Lanjaron

Walk 5

La Taha and Seven villages circular

 (12km, 600m ascent, 600m descent)

Starting at the tiny village of Mecina, a beautiful circular walk passing through the seven picturesque white villages of the La Taha region .

Day off

Opportunity to visit Iconic Granada


Holiday Highlights

  • superb location in the Spain’s Sierra Nevada
  • walking in beautiful scenery – authentic Spain
  • authentic white villages to explore
  • authentic Spanish hotel but with all the modern facilities you would want
  • our friendly tour guides to help you enjoy this area
  • small groups
  • our administration support
  • a chance to visit Granada on your day off 

Grades and Difficulty

This holiday walking programme is designed for good competent walkers on a mixture of terrains. We walk between 6 to 12 miles a day and potentially average around 700 metres ascent/ descent. Ascents are taken slowly to allow plenty time to absorb the magnificent  environment around you.

The walks on this trip vary between moderate and challenging and each day involves a fair amount of ascent and descents.  The holiday requires a reasonable amount of fitness, ideally with some previous walking experience in similar conditions.

Underfoot conditions are generally good and we walk on mature paths and tracks.

Meet New Friends

It’s all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress-free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secret Hills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekend’s activities – but it’s good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for travelling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – it’s not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like-minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

Great Reasons to Join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover Europe but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for solos and singles.
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels, selected and constantly reviewed.
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit at one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

How to Book

How to book your holiday

You may book and pay online.

Payment is in two parts – you pay a deposit of 25%, payable when reserving your holiday place. You will receive an invoice for the holiday showing the deposit paid, and full amount to pay for the holiday. This acts as your confirmation.

The balance is due 8 weeks prior to the holiday start date. You will be sent a reminder.

About three weeks prior to departure, we will send you holiday joining details, and details of the transfer from the airport to the appointed hotel we have arranged for you.

Once you arrive at your holiday destination

Secret Hills Walking Holidays organise all aspects of your holiday– including guiding, transport to walks start and provide you with an experienced tour guide. You make your own arrangements to get to the airport in the UK, we meet you at the airport you are flying to, and help you with your transfer to the appointed hotel.

It is important to read Secret Hills Walking Holidays Terms and Conditions – click on the tab on our web site – before you complete the booking form.

Insurances Required


Insurance – you need to be fully covered

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against travel, medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate).

We will ask you to provide us with the details of your insurance prior to the holidays start date and it is a condition of reserving a place.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is available only online from the UK Government website.

This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate travel insurance.


La Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada

This incredibly beautiful area lies in the very heart of Andalucía – one of Spain’s most imaginative autonomous regions, with its rich history and typical southern Spain traditions. You will find this amazing area thirty kilometres inland from the Mediterranean coast to the south and the National Park of the mighty Sierra Nevada to the north.Solos and Singles Guided walking in Europe

Its typical white washed idyllic villages are tucked away in the fertile green gorges, fed by crystal clear melting water that runs down in an amazing abundance from the highest peaks of mainland Spain.

Wild flowers carpeting the green slopes and always the sound of running water are accompanying us along ancient paths, seemingly untouched by the passage of time.

The city of Granada is a short drive/transport away and we encourage visitors to visit on their day off.

The area also was the last stronghold of the Moors, whose intricate irrigation and terracing systems still shape the land to this day.




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Janet Coates

Solo Traveller

As usual I really enjoyed the holiday.
The Hotel Alcadima was lovely. The room was comfortable, very quiet, spacious with effective air conditioning and great shower.
The walking was very enjoyable. Jill and Pete(leaders) had compiled an interesting programme in an area of ‘secret’ hills.
All aspects of the holiday were taken care of. The visit to The Alhambra Palace on our non-walking day was a great added opportunity.

October 9, 2023

Clive Fletcher

Solo Traveller

The basic recipe for these Secret Hills Walking holidays works really well, if you have a good comfortable base, good friendly company, good well organised walks and supportive enthusiastic group leaders. This was certainly the case in the Alpujarras so the total holiday experience was very enjoyable. For me the walking was spot on as in parts it was challenging, the descents rather than ascents, but had plenty of relaxing stretches to interact with fellow walkers. Expertly guided as ever by Jill and Pete.
The hotel was very good, with comfortable rooms, good facilities and grounds.

October 4, 2023

Marie Denivelle

Solo Traveller

Great holiday, great scenery, great people! Guided walking: Excellent. Jill and Pete are fantastic guides, very informative and very good at communicating in advance both route options and lunch arrangements. Excellent hotel, it was everything I was promised in the holiday info. Yes I would reserve again and recommend to others.

October 4, 2023

Robert Thompson

Solo Traveller

Guided walking – stunning views which made the demanding walking well worthwhile and very rewarding. Holiday organisation – great. Enjoyed the holiday. I will recommend to others.

September 28, 2023

Julia Carroll

Solo Traveller

Returning customer. Excellent walks. Maybe some walks at the top end of moderate but the challenge suited me perfectly. Pete and Jill excellent guides and very good at providing different types of walks to provide a different experience each day.
Very much enjoyed. The mixture of familiar and new faces added to the experience. The day at La Alhambra was a great bonus. A perfect size group.
Very well organised. I never feel anxious about the arrangements and always confident that any queries will be satisfactorily answered.
Lovely Hotel with a traditional vibe.
Yes I would recommend to others.

September 28, 2023