SierraWalks specialize in guided and self guided walking holidays in Andalucia, Spain. Managed by Michael Newcomb, a tour leader with 15 years experience organizing and leading small groups through the wilder parts of the Spanish speaking world.
From half day self guided hikes around the whilte village of Gaucin to fully escorted week long treks we offer walking holidays in Andalucia to suit all abilities and interests.
Serious About the Sierras……… The mountains of Western Andalucia, designated by UNESCO within the Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve, are one of those special places where, quite literally, different worlds collide to create a unique landscape of global ecological and cultural value. The Biosphere’s diverse patchwork of habitats is not only a product of Africa’s geological movement north into Eurasia, but also of the areas geographical location and climatic diversity – a place where Mediterranean and Atlantic weather systems equally fight for primacy.
The Mediterranean Basin is a Global Biodiversity hotspot as identified by Conservation International and the Biosphere has a high concentration of protected spaces – most notably Los Alcornocales, Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, Sierra Crestillina and Los Reales on the Spanish side and Talassemtane, Al Hoceima and Bouhachem in the Moroccan Rif . On the Spanish side, these wilderness areas hold some of Europe’s highest biodiversity indicators and are also a bottle neck to Western Europe’s most significant bird and whale migrations through the Straits of Gibraltar.
The reasons for the Biosphere’s unique biological diversity have also given rise to a unique and diverse cultural history and within its protected spaces are fascinating archeological reminders of this varied past, stretching far back into human history – from caves inhabited by Neanderthal Man to Roman Castles, Moorish Palaces and Andalusian white washed pueblos, perched improbably on densely forested slopes . For the archeologist and historian, just as for the geologist, botanist or ornithologist – there is something very unique and special about this region.