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Sierra de las Nieves

Experience a captivating journey through Spain's latest National Park, unveiling wild mountains, diverse landscapes, stunning vistas, and vibrant flora. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Andalusian village life and culture, curated by our resident leaders.

  • Andalucia

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Landscape

  • Mar

    May

    Oct

    Nov

  • Average group size: 12-14 per grade

Moderate Challenging

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Walking grade

Grade 4

Grade 6

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full day walks at a moderate pace over hilly and mountainous terrain and some walks may include an element of sightseeing as well. Our full day's walks will probably include around 5 hours of walking. You will be on a wide range of surfaces, from rocky, sometimes steep, mountain footpaths to wide vehicle tracks. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m.

This Grade 6 moderate holiday includes full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. Walking is mainly on footpaths, with occasional sections of vehicle tracks on some walks. There are several, more adventurous sections, of steep and rough ground on narrow mountain paths. Walks will last around 6 hours and sometimes involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. See the Walks & Excursions section for more information.

The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is approximately 1700-1800m.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the remarkable variety of mountain landscapes, this holiday has been expertly designed by one of our resident leaders.
  • Enjoy the abundance of springtime flora during your walks, the park is home to a variety of rich indigenous flora.
  • Walk along historical mule tracks and paths to small villages, into valleys, karst landscapes, through orchards and offering some spectacular views.
  • Discover the Moorish village of Tolox, the heart of the National Park.
  • Dramatic views of the coast towards Gibraltar and the Rif Mountains in Africa on a clear day
  • Enjoy a warm welcome at a superb historical hotel, set within beautiful mature gardens.

If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on Natural Parks of Southern Spain.

Nestled in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park, just beyond Spain's picturesque Andalusian coastline, our base is the charming white village of Tolox. This idyllic location serves as the epicenter of Spain's newest National Park, spanning an expansive 200km2 of incredibly diverse protected landscapes. Tolox is home to an extraordinary array of native flora, including fir, pine, carob, and mountain oak trees, alongside the unique Pinsapares, providing a stunning display of springtime flowers.

Tolox, with its Moorish heritage, serves as the gateway to the National Park's most dramatic valleys. A network of historical trails leads us through mountain paths, quaint villages, valleys, forests, karst formations, olive groves, and terraced orchards, offering breath taking panoramic views. This region is perfectly suited for two leader, two grade walking adventures.

Our carefully curated walking program highlights the region's main attractions, including pristine waterways comprising streams, waterfalls, and numerous natural springs. You'll also encounter intriguing geological features, such as the rare peridotite rock of the Sierra de Tolox, the marble mountain ranges of the Sierra Blanca, and the dramatic limestone cliffs, rock formations, and sinkholes found in the highest peaks of the Sierra de las Nieves. Additionally, our exploration delves into the area's ethnological heritage, as we trace the ancient irrigation channels or 'acequias' from the Moorish era, learn about olive groves and olive oil production, and discover the remnants of lime kilns and ice wells. These remnants offer glimpses into the historical dependence of this rural Andalusian region on human stewardship of its bountiful land.

Tolox has been renowned since the late 19th century for its therapeutic thermal spa waters. The century-old 'Balneario' or spa building has welcomed guests from all corners of Spain for generations. Visitors have been drawn not only by the health benefits of the rejuvenating waters but also by the enduring warm hospitality of the Toloxeños, which continues to be felt today. In recent decades, the Sierra de las Nieves has gained recognition as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Spain's inaugural European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), celebrated for its ethnological significance and commitment to sustainable tourism practices.

  • Return flights from London to Malaga.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite three-star accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half Board with dinners taken in the hotel and local restaurants with some wine included.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach.
  • Services of two Classic Tour Leaders.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

13600

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Tolox

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You arrive into Malaga airport and transfer by coach (approx. 1.15 hours) to the white village of Tolox. Depending on your arrival time there will be a short orientation walk around the village streets, exploring the Moorish layout of the village and providing historical context to start our journey into Andalusian rural culture. Please note dinners are taken much later in Spain than in the UK, expect to sit down for dinner at roughly 8-8:30pm. 

Transfer Time = 1h 15m

Day 2 to 7

Tolox

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The village of Tolox is known as the heart of the Sierra de las Nieves, Spain’s newest National Park.

It’s dramatic location at the confluence of two streams with a backdrop of the limestone peaks of the Sierra de las Nieves mountains is surprisingly green, due to the irrigated terraces of orange and avocado groves that surround the mountain slopes around the village thanks to a Moorish era network of irrigation channels. Tolox is also the gateway the most dramatic landscapes of the National Park and thanks to its historical mule tracks, footpaths and more modern vehicle tracks and makes it an excellent base for our grade 4 and grade 6 walks each day.

Day 5 is a free day, we recommend booking tickets to walk on the Caminito Del Rey. Transport to and from the Caminito Del Rey will be arranged locally by the leader. You can purchase tickets here: https://www.caminitodelrey.info/en/tickets/buy. Please be aware tickets sell out very quickly so we advise booking tickets as soon as you know the tour is confirmed to operate. When booking please book a time slot around 10am- 11am to avoid a long wait for others once finished/ starting. 

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    550m

La Rejia & La Virgen Waterfalls: Grade 6 walk starts from your hotel with a steep ascent into the Sierra de la Nieves National Park via footpaths through pine forests to the mountains overlooking the Rio de los Caballos valley with some spectacular views. You then walk to Malaga’s tallest waterfall, La Rejía. Then descend to the Rio de los Caballos and walk to La Virgen waterfall and its beautiful natural water pool for an optional swim. You then descend following the river down to Tolox passing eucalyptus forests, and some sections of peridotite rock, extremely rare and essential for holding the sulphur waters of Tolox’s historical spa. Grade 4 will take a shorter route, preferring wider tracks, where possible, to La Rejia and follow the Rio de los Caballos back to Tolox.

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/750m

Yunquera to Tolox: Today you catch the local bus service to the pretty white village of Yunquera, famous of its chestnut fiesta, cherries, baby clothes and over 100 natural springs. After a walk through the village you descend into the Rio Grande valley through terraces of avocado and orange groves. On the rio Grande you’ll see the San Pascual hydroelectric power station, a beautiful neo-mudejar style building built in the 1920s and a perfect spot for a break and eat some of the loquats growing on the trees in the garden in the late spring. After crossing the river you start gently ascending on the north face slightly cooler and with perfect conditions for kilometres of wild flower displays in the spring. As you rise above the river we will walk through olive groves to reach the ridge where Grade 4 will descend straight to Tolox from this point. Grade 6 will then ascend the ridge to get some more spectacular views of the rio Grande valley as it merges into the wide open Guadalhorce valley all the way to Malaga and the coast. The final descent to Tolox will be along newly cleared historical footpath to the Horcajos river valley. 8.8miles Ascent 550m / Descent 880m

  • Distance

    7.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/1100m

Horcajos Valley: Grade 6 will go on 4x4s to the start of the walk at 950m above sea level which will provide spectacular views in all directions right from the start of the walk. The footpath that you will be using is part of the traditional route from Tolox to the highest peaks of the Sierra de las Nieves, walking initially on the rare peridotite rock, with its unique flora, and views to the rio Verde valley and glimpses of the Mediterranean in the distance. You will then cross the Corona saddle where you’ll start your long descent along a historical mule track into the limestone valley of the Horcajos river, crossing the world’s oldest Pinsapo forest. One of the most environmentally important places in the National Park this magical fir tree forest also has amazing views as you zig zag all the way down to the bottom of the valley, you then follow the river to the Virgin de la Nieves shrine. The final section will take you through cultivated terraces with dozens of different types of fruit trees including centuries old carob and fig trees all the way back to Tolox. Grade 4 will walk up the Horcajos river valley to the Virgin shrine and then ascent to a ridge via the ‘lime kilns route’ through some beautiful pine forests to get to a spectacular view point over the river valley perfect for lunch. In the afternoon after a pleasant shady section of track on the ridge, you do the final descent to Tolox via ‘La Cruz’ shrine for a lovely view of village. 7.2miles Ascent / Descent 540m

  • Distance

    6.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    550m

Juanar (Sierra Blanca): The 'white mountains' get their name from the marble that is abundant in these parts. Your private minibus will take you to the Juanar country hotel, the start point for today’s walk. Grade 6 will start crossing the peculiar plateau of Juanar with its olive groves and beautiful forests. You then climb to a ridge before descending to a dry stream valley for a long climb to the ridges at around 1100m that dramatically drop all the way to the Mediterranean coast giving you spectacular views all the way to Gibraltar and the North African coast. You then descend back to the plateau to return to the Juanar hotel for a drink and transport back to Tolox. Grade 4 will take a similar route avoiding the descent to the dry stream but still enjoying the spectacular views of the coast. 6 miles Ascent / Descent 480m.

  • Distance

    8.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850/870m

Sierra & Pinsapos: Today 4x4 transport will take you to Puerto Corona, and at a height of over 1150m, and you’ll walk in the heart of the Sierra de las Nieves National Park. Grade 6 walk will start with a long ascent with breath taking views south to the rio Verde valley and parts of the coast, while heading for some of the highest areas of the park, at over 1700m, famous for the karst topography, with many of Spain's largest caves and sinkholes. You will have some spectacular views and come across centuries-old specimens of ’spooky’ Quejigos (mountain Valencian Oak). You then descend to see the breath-taking La Caina limestone cliff and finish walking through the Pinsapo forest to reach Puerto Caucon for your transport back to Tolox. Grade 4: you will be taken by minibus to Puerto Saucillo 6km west of the village of Yunquera to explore the world’s largest Pinsapo forest through a wonderful network of ancient mule paths and head to the spectacular views of the mountain surrounding Ronda and even to Grazalema but avoiding the highest paths. 6.2 miles, 500m ascent 500m descent.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

You leave Tolox today and transfer to Malaga airport for your return flight to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

13th Oct 2024 - 20th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

10th Nov 2024 - 17th Nov 2024 (7 Nights)

23rd Mar 2025 - 30th Mar 2025 (7 Nights)

4th May 2025 - 11th May 2025 (7 Nights)

11th May 2025 - 18th May 2025 (7 Nights)

19th Oct 2025 - 26th Oct 2025 (7 Nights)

9th Nov 2025 - 16th Nov 2025 (7 Nights)

Graphic of map depicting Spain and surrounding areas relevant to itinerary for tour Sierra de las Nieves

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Malaga airport.
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr15mins.
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Balneario de Tolox

The three-star Hotel Balneario sits on the edge of the village of Tolox, in southern Spain, offers air conditioned rooms, a large garden and a swimming pool with terrace. The hotel is is a restored 19th-century building and offers a traditional feel with modern comforts.

The rooms have an elegant decor and are full equipped with en suite bathrooms, hairdryer, in room safe, a TV, wi-fi and minibar. Rooms have a balcony and views over the garden or surrounding mountains. Sole use rooms will be a double/twin for sole occupancy.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full day walks at a moderate pace over hilly and mountainous terrain and some walks may include an element of sightseeing as well. Our full day's walks will probably include around 5 hours of walking. You will be on a wide range of surfaces, from rocky, sometimes steep, mountain footpaths to wide vehicle tracks. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m.

This Grade 6 moderate holiday includes full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. Walking is mainly on footpaths, with occasional sections of vehicle tracks on some walks. There are several, more adventurous sections, of steep and rough ground on narrow mountain paths. Walks will last around 6 hours and sometimes involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. See the Walks & Excursions section for more information.

The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is approximately 1700-1800m.

Walks & Excursions

Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks

On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.

On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).

For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

You will find ATMs at Malaga airport and in Tolox village

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts are taken in the hotel and will be contiental style.

Lunches will be taken at your own expense, your tour leader will be able to recommend the best place to purchase a picnic lunch. 

Dinners will be taken in a mixture of the hotel and local restaurants with simple, good dishes, and at more contemporary spots with a more modern twist.

Please note dinners are taken much later in Spain than in the UK and you will usually sit down for dinner at roughly 8pm.  

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

You may find the following books and websites useful in helping you plan your trip:

  • Lonely Planet Andalucia
  • The Rough Guide to Andalucia
  • Cicerone:The Mountains of Ronda and Grazalema: Grazalema and La Sierra de las Nieves Natural Parks, Genal and Guadiaro valleys

Websites include:

www.andalucia.com/environment/protect/sierradelasnieves/home.htm

https://www.spain.info/

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Spain

  • Capital

    Madrid

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • February

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • September

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

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