Andalusia is one of the most diverse regions in southern Spain. It has a mild climate with wonderful unspoilt beaches and hidden coves. The land of flamenco songs and dances, dazzling whitewashed villages set against an intense blue sky.
Olive groves stretching as far as the eye can see. The tiny villages are linked by old pathways and still used today. The beautiful local architecture and narrow winding streets remind us of a long Moorish heritage. Even 500 years after the departure of the Moors, we can still admire their advanced civil engineering skills when we walk along their elaborate system of aqueducts.
This tour offers a wonderful insight to this charming part of Spain. It takes you to beautiful mountain country, gorgeous green river valleys with abundant and varied wildlife and a huge range of Andalusian flora.
From Valencia we take you to San José at the Almerian coast. It has a distinctly Moorish flavour and is known for the greatest number of hours of sunshine in Spain. In the Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve we experience a combination of a dry, desert climate with cliffs plunging towards the azure and turquoise Mediterranean waters.
The spectacular Sierra Nevada is home to the highest peaks in Spain and UNESCO has declared it a Biosphere Reserve. The typical whitewashed ancient villages, known as Las Alpujarras, are famous for their characteristic flat rooftops.
Our walking track takes us through these intriguing, old-fashioned villages and constantly changing scenery. The views are truly unbelievable - from often snow-capped mountains to the glistening Mediterranean.
In Granada we visit the legendary and incomparable Alhambra Palace, one of Europe's most romantic monuments.
Ronda is one of Andalusia's loveliest towns, towering over a plateau and famous for its plunging river gorge. It is a spectacular base for walks to some of Spain's most beautiful pueblos blancos (whitewashed villages). We walk "fragrant" trails and follow an old smuggler's path in the Sierra de Grazalema Mountains.
We continue to magical Seville, one of the jewels in the crown Europe. The elegant Andalusian capital is Spain's passionate city of flamenco and bullfighting, of artists and poets, of jasmine-scented gardens and Moorish monuments.
Our Hotels and Cuisine
Our charming hotel in San José is next to the Mediterranean, bordering the Cabo da Gata National Park. The setting and friendly atmosphere make this the perfect place for our next two nights. The Spanish love of seafood is legendary. Our restaurant is well known for its delicious rice, seafood and fish concoctions.
Our friendly hotel in the Sierra Nevada is on a large property amidst orange and olive plantations. From the garden, with its very large pool, we have marvelous views of the majestic mountains. Our candlelit dinners highlight the interesting and flavoursome Alpajurrian cuisine.
The enchantment of spending a night in the Alhambra gardens is the exclusive opportunity in the Convento de San Francisco. Built by Fernando and Isobel in the late 15th century on the site of a Moorish palace, it is now a Parador and listed under one of the best 500 hotels in the world. The views of the Genralife, gardens of Secano and the Albaicin are a real luxury. This splendour is preserved in the restaurant fare.
The fabulous Parador in Ronda provides a panoramic view of the "Tajo", a gorge of more than 100 metres. Partridges, Andalusian soups and rabbit are some of the specialties of its restaurant.
Our hotel in Sevilla is located in a quiet position in the famous neighbourhood of "Triana", next to the Guadalquivir River and the ancient part of the city.
Walking Tour Combination
Departure dates have been arranged to allow the "A Journey through Andalusia" and "Mystical Morocco" walks to be combined.
Enjoyed the walks, and understanding of the pilgrimage. Our guide, Pascal added to the experience."
Sandra from Brisbane, QLD Australia 
The Pilgrim's Way is a completely different way to see and understand northern Spain. Apart from the magnificent scenery and fantastic location - the Paradors of Spain have to be experienced to be believed! - walking the Pilgrim's Way and having the opportunity to visit places like Leon, Burgos and Santiago de Compostela, as well as the villages along the way, gave me a whole new insight into part of Spain's history. Ainhoa in France and the Hotel Ithurria were also fabulous as our starting point. Even though it's been 10 years since I travelled (through Italy) with Walkabout Gourmet, WGA has lost none of its expertise in organisation, support, great company and showing off some of Europe's finest in terms of food, wine, walking trails, and places to stay. I've already been checking out the brochure for my next WG trip!"
Lorne, Orange NSW, Australia 
We really enjoyed the Pilgrim's Path trip - beautiful scenery and lovely historic places to stay in. And Graeme was a very good guide as he always is and very helpful with David who developed muscle problems. We are hoping to go on walking next year with him - another Snail Trail like we did last year would be good! Keep up the good work and hopefully see you next year!"
David and Helen, Prince Henry Heights, QLD, Australia 
This was my second trip with WGA, the first one being Follow the Gourmet Trail in Italy in 2014. The Pilgrims Way surpassed all my expectations. The cuisine was wonderful, as was the accommodation in the historic Paradores of Spain. However, for me, the highlight of the trip was the chance to experience the Camino. Walking with, and chatting to the pilgrims who walk the whole 790kms was something I will never forget - and has in fact inspired me to perhaps give it a go one day. Graeme, our guide, was fantastic. His knowledge of the Camino and his ability to impart to us the significance of this walk for the pilgrims made such a difference. Thank you, WGA! I look forward to my next adventure."
Yvonne, Hobart, TAS, Australia 
This was our 2nd Gourmet Walkabout Tour. Our initiation was your 1st walk in Corsica. The scene this time was set after our first morning together as a group out of Biarritz, with delightful group of fellow Pilgrims and two very special guides, Sabine and Pascal who couldn't do enough to make our tour so memorable. Together, we walked nearly 130km of the Camino, experienced some fabulous food and wine and stayed in some very different accommodation....”