In the footsteps of Virginia Woolf in Southern Spain

6 days
goat guide

DATES Fri 22nd September 2023
- Thu 28th September 2023

6 nights

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 Woolfs life. We have a holiday based in a neighbouring Alpujarras village starting Sept 29th for 6 nights so if you would like to extend your stay and explore more of Andalucia please let us know and we will arrange a discount. If you would like to extend and visit Malaga we have a 25% discount at our partner hotel The Mariposa run by two sisters. Let us know and we can help organise.


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.

From Sunday we travel by local bus to the village of Yegen and stay 4 nights at El Rincón de Yegen.

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. Arrive for a 15.00 group transfer. Return 10am on Thursday 28th so do get flights after 3pm.

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

Not included:

  • Travel to Granada
  • Lunches in Granada
  • Additional drinks


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.


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 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 it is advisable to book online before you arrive. We will send the link for booking to those interested.
Day 3 Sunday. Bus Granada to Yegen
Day 4 Monday: Explore the  the village of Yegen:

Visit to Gerald Brenan’s House-Museum, where Virginia Woolf spent 15 days.

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: Local walk 5km 4 – 5 hours walking 
Walk to the next village, Mencina Bombarón
This is a very beautiful hike in nature.
Lunch in Mencina Bombarón.
Walk back to Yegen or there is a bus for those who prefer.
Day 6 Wednesday: Local walk Yegen to Fuente de la Salud  5km – 2 – 3 hours walking
Day 7 Back to Granada or to Malaga for return flights . Pick up from Yegen around 10am.


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