Fri 22nd September 2023
- Thu 28th September 2023
We love Andalucia and we want you to join us to discover this beautiful lesser known area of Southern Spain - away from the crowds but still with blue skies, warmth and the spanish joy of life! This time we bring you a literary walking trip - to discover the places and paths walked by Virginia Woolf on her visit to the Alpujarras in 1923. Some paths are much the same and guided by Encarna we will discover more of Virgina Woolf's life.
Dates: Friday Sept 22nd to Thursday Sept 28th
Guide: Encarna Castillo our local english speaking spanish guide.
Encarna has a passion for Virginia Woolf and will lead us on a journey to discover a walking holiday which Virginia Woolf did herself. In 1923 she visited Granada and then on to a small village Yegen in the Alpujarra in southern Spain. Join us to find out more!
We have a holiday from Sept 29th in Capillera another white village in the area so if you would like to make a two week holiday in Andalucia please let us know and we can arrange a discount.
Walking Grade: 2 Goats
Base: Friday 22nd Sept and Saturday 23rd Sept – 2 nights at the Monjas del Carmen Hotel in the centre of Granada. We also have rooms at the sister hotel next door.
From Sunday we travel by local bus to the village of Yegen and stay 4 nights at El Rincón de Yegen – very typical, simple local accommodation in this small village.
Getting there: Best is to fly to and from Granada but direct flights are minimal. We will do a group transfer from Malaga as flights are more frequent and cheaper.
Arrival: Malaga Airport arriving latest 14.00 for a 15.00 group transfer. There is a new train service direct from Malaga to Granada that takes approx 1hr 20 and we will aim for the 15.32 train on Friday 22md September.
Departure : At 10am on Thursday 28th so plan for flights after 14.00.
We can recommend a stay in Malaga to make it a two city break.
If you do want to extend your stay and visit other places in Andalucia we can help.
Price:£996 to include :
- Ensuite room for solo occupancy – 2 nights in Granada
- Ensuite room for solo occupancy – 4 nights in Yegen
- All breakfasts
- All Lunches in Yegen – packed lunches for walking
- All evening meals
- English speaking guiding
- Local transport for walks and tours
- Group Airport transfers for arrival and departures
If you bring a partner or friend and share a room there is a discount of £100 per person.
Total price per person £896
- Travel to Granada
- Lunches in Granada
- Additional drinks
- Visit to the Alahambra – general ticket is 19 euro
We have a love of Andalucia and especially the more undiscovered parts away from all the coastal tourists. The Alpujarras are known for the ancient white villages clinging to the hills with trails between them that people have walked for centuries.
What might not be so well known is that this was an area that the spirit of Bloomsbury blossomed. Gerald Brenan was part of the Bloomsbury set who discovered the lost hamlet of Yegen in the Alpujarra and lived there for many years. He was considered the most outstanding Hispanist of the last century for his works like The Spanish Labyrinth, The Face of Spain or South from Granada.
He had visitors from London and Dora Carrington, Lytton Strachey and on April 3, 1923, the Woolf couple, Virginia and Leonard, arrived at the tiny hamlet. They stayed some fifteen days. Brenan knew them from London, where Virginia had already started to excel as an extravagant and Romantic figure. The Woolfs wanted to know Brenan more in-depth and they walked and talked and got to know each other and the area.
We walk in Virginia Woolfs footsteps and experience what she experienced all guided by our experience local guide Encarna.
The itinerary may change depending on the weather and at the discretion of the guide.
All walks will be in the footsteps of Virginia Woolf and you will hear abut her travels here whilst you walk.
Day 1 Friday: Arrival in Granada.
- Arrive for a 15.00 pick up in Malaga. If you can fly to Granada do and we will advise on the journey into the city – it is close and easy.
- 19.00 Welcome briefing and dinner together at La Tavera restaurant near to our hotel
Day 2 Saturday: Day in Granada with an optional visit to the Alhambra
Virginia Woolf visited La Alhambra in the same trip, before going to Yegen. We will walk in the neighbourhood of Sacromonte and Albaicin with views over the Alhambra. The walk is close to our hotel. For those who would like to visit the Alhambra we will walk over from the hotel together so please book a 10am session Buy a general ticket at an additional cost of 19 euros
Day 3 Sunday: Bus Granada to Yegen and settle into our traditional village hotel. Orientation of Yegen.
Day 4 Monday: Explore the village of Yegen
- Visit to Gerald Brenan’s House-Museum. A former Inn where Gerald Brennan stayed before renting a house in Yegen. It is in the same condition of the 1923 Inn that Virginia Woolf and her friend visited.
- Walk along the Gerald Brenan trail, where Virginia Woolf walked too (and other members of the Bloomsbury group as did the painter Dora Carrington 2,5Km.)
- Lunch and maybe free time to walk, think, write, relax in nature…
Day 5 Tuesday: Route Aben Aboo, The last Moorish king of Andalusia:
- Yegen-Montenegro-El Golco (GR-7) – 6-7 kms. This is a very beautiful hike in nature.
Day 6 Wednesday: Local walk Yegen to Fuente de la Salud 5km – 2 – 3 hours walking
- Final dinner together
Day 7 Thursday: Group transfer to Malaga after breakfast for return flights. Pick up from Yegen around 10am.