Hiking Holidays in Andalucia, Spain
Hike-Spain was created to combine the skills and knowledge gained from living in and running/walking the trails of Andalucia and other parts of the World when we decided to select aspects of our current businesses TrailRunSpain and Spanish Harlem to offer the best hiking holiday experience possible.
Before moving to Spain in 2000 we had both been active walkers in the UK and South Africa (details under Profiles) as well as in other countries either hiking the trails or racing in events so although we can offer families a great variety of activities, to include walks, canoeing and city visits it is the longer distance hikers and fastpackers who we can really help.
Find out about our hiking weeks in Andalucia, itineries and routes, which can be planned specifically for your needs. More >>
Loja and Andalucia - discover the old Spain with its rugged terrain, beautiful scenery, flora and fauna. More >>
We are delighted to offer a choice of super hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in Loja, according to your needs. More >>
Many of our clients are runners as well as walkers and although it is nice to run trails, preparation for ultra’s and stage races needs to include hiking which plays a big part in managing energy when attempting to race 50 to 100miles or more. Having said this we realize that many families include non runners so it is our aim to provide a family with a balance of easy and hard days out.
We also offer a program called "A Breakaway While Away". This is designed to enable a keen walker, usually having a family beach holiday to have a couple of days exploring the area inland, the mountains etc, while the rest of the family stay by the sea.
May 5-12, 12-19, 19-26, June 2-9, 9-16, 16-23, 23-30, July 21-28
August 4-11, 11-18, 18-25, September 1-8, 8-15, 15-22, 22-29
October 6-13, 13-20, 20-27, November 3-10, 10-17
All dates are flexible and mid week to mid week isn’t a problem. These dates are for guidance so if you have preference just ask.
Our base is Cuesta la Palma which is only 10 minutes from the town of Loja (population 22,000), the biggest town in the region. Loja is situated in the Poniente Granadino area of Granada Province, 56km west of Granada city. The highest peak in the municipality is Sierra Gorda 1670m but the town itself lies at 500m which makes it a natural gateway between upper and lower Andalucia. Its position is ideal for fast access to Granada and the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Sierra Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama to the south or Malaga coast or mountains to the north, south and west. North west takes you to Iznajar and into Cordoba Province and north to Jaen Province so overall its position makes it ideal and being at 500m and relatively sheltered it has a typical continental Mediterranean climate, hot in summer, (sometimes well over 42C), cold in winter, sometimes -7C but generally comfortable with little snow below 1200m and although it does rain it doesn’t happen that often.
The town has many sports facilities, 2 running clubs, a walking club, cycling club, velodrome, track, climbing areas and numerous marked and unmarked trails. An indoor pool is under construction plus there are two outdoor pools. These facilities, plus the numerous shops, a cinema, theatre, bars and restaurants and its places of historical interest make Loja the perfect base for hiking groups and individuals. For those wanting to try new skills we can get to Iznajar and its lake (100km of shoreline) where there are beaches and canoeing available or go up into the local mountains to try the via ferrata and climbing routes in the strange Karstic landscape.
We know that when you have looked through the site you will be inspired to join us on one of our Hike-Spain holidays.
Paul and Toni. Read more >>
Your Expert Guides
Paul Bateson : has been competitive, either cycling or running hot and cold weather events for over 50 years, and moved to Andalucia, in 2000 to prepare for Marathon des Sables. Paul competed in Duathlons, MTBs, road and mountain races with regular wins and age category wins. Paul has also hiked many countries worldwide, and is expert in fitness, nutrition, and assorted kit and equipment. Creator of Al Andalus Ultimate Trail stage race and UltimaFronteraTrail55/83/166 races, Paul is also a regular contributor to magazines and journals and takes part in university tests. Read more >>
Toni Willis : born in South East London, Toni spent much of her life in South Africa and then moved to Andalucia in 2012. She has years of experience in trekking and walking throughout South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, Norway and the UK. Now in Spain, Toni has hiked throughout Andalucia, walked parts of Galicia and Zaragoza, and has now made the town of Iznajar her home. Read more >>
Loja 2 Loja Challenge
Take part in our fantastic Loja2Loja challenge which follows a tough 33km circuit and can be hiked or run depending on your personal condition and goals. 5 to 9 hours should be achievable and can be done as a day or a night project.
The start and finish is the Mirador Hotel (560m), ideal as bar is open 24 hours for food and drink, and rooms available for the night if required. Read more >>