I have just returned from Andalucia and thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of cultural visits to Seville, Granada and Cordoba interspersed with staying in the beautiful mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
There really is something for everyone on this trip and because all the walks are optional there is no pressure to do more than you are capable of. Our guides in Granada (for the Alhambra) and Cordoba (the Jewish quarter and the Mezquita) were very entertaining, and with lots of free time in each place we stayed there were plenty of opportunities for personal sightseeing after the main sights had been ‘ticked off’. Cordoba has been beautifully preserved yet still feels like a town where ordinary people live and work rather than a tourist destination. It is ideal for just wandering around the narrow lanes and alleyways, and is small enough that you cannot get lost.
I loved the walk on the 4 wheel drive expedition from Cazorla which followed the river from its source through the most magnificent scenery, thankfully all downhill, and the appearance of a café with shade, drinks and ice cream was the perfect end to a wonderful day.
The walk from Grazalema to Benaocaz was a hard 2 km climb up into the Natural Park but the stunning views of limestone peaks and soaring vultures made it all worthwhile. (SP -2nd September 2011)