Spain 2009 Adventure Training Camp

Las Alpujarra, Near to the town of Cadiar, Granada

Not many of you will have heard of Las Alpujarras even though it is literally a stones throw from the Costa del Sol. Las Alpujarras is a 70km long collection of in land valleys along the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is a mixture of dramatic mountains, deep ravines, sloping hillsides, huge gorges, and the most breath-taking views. It is full of many clusters of beautiful white ‘Moorish’ villages, often seemingly clinging together on the side of a steep mountainside, which are a traditional feature of this area. Las Alpujarras has often been described as 'oddball', 'kooky' or 'strange' due to its uniqueness, and olde-world quality. It has a sense of timelessness and its own pace of life. It is extremely picturesque and beautiful and once you have visited for the first time, this area stays in your heart and you will come back time and time again. The Alpujarran people are very welcoming; everywhere you go you are greeted with a friendly 'Hola' and are soon made to feel part of the community. There is a strong emphasis placed on family life; you will often see several generations of the same family sat down enjoying a meal together. There is also a huge variety of plants, flowers, animals and birds to see in this region. Ibex, Deer, Red Squirrel, Badger, Fox, Otter and Wild Boar to name but a few. Reptiles are also a common sight in this area, including Snakes, Lizards and Geckos, but don’t worry they are more frightened of you! Las Alpujarras, and in particular Granada, is famous for its delicious tapas. These are small snacks served (often free) with an alcoholic drink and cover a wide range of imaginative dishes. The town of Trevelez is famous for its Jamón Serrano (cured ham). The region has also become more famous due to the success of several books written by residents. This began with Gerald Brenan who settled here in the village of Yegen in the 1920's and wrote 'South from Granada'. Chris Stewart's books ('Driving over Lemons' and 'A Parrot in the Pepper Tree') describe his life in a small farming community near Orgiva.

The aim of the week is to have loads of fun, train, get a little fitter and participate in some adventure activities, as well as sampling some of the local wine and food, all in the beautiful rural Spanish countryside. We hope people will pick up a few Spanish words as most of the locals do not speak any English as well as a little tan. Each day will begin with an early morning breakfast followed by a training session; we then depart for our adventure activity which could include scrambles on rocks, abseiling, gorge descents, rock climbing etc. Participants will not be forced into taking part in these activities but we hope people will challenge themselves. The evenings are for you to enjoy good food and wine and socialise with the other group members. On some evenings we will eat at local restaurants in one of the many surrounding white villages to enhance your experiences. As you will see from the itinerary below Thursday is our rest day (well sort of) when we go to the city of Granada for site-seeing and shopping and where we will go to see the most visited tourist attraction in Spain: The Alhambra Palace.

Sunday: Arrive late Sunday and settle into hotel Monday: Camp briefing. Training or walk followed by evening meal Tuesday: Training, adventure activity followed by evening meal/wine Wednesday: Training, adventure activity followed by evening meal/wine Thursday: Rest day Visit to the fabulous Alhambra Palace and Shopping in Granada Friday: Training, adventure activity followed by evening meal/wine Saturday: The Big Challenge Day!!!!! Run or walk to the top of Cerrojon. Sunday: Pack up, relax and Depart for Airport

We will meet everyone at a convenient time in Malaga airport. Flight times can be arranged through Roxcool.

To the airport in the UK: this is your responsibility From the airport (Malaga) and for the rest of the trip: This is arranged by ROXCOOL. The journey from Malaga to your hotel takes approximately Two and a half hours.

Participants should have a good general ‘running’ fitness and able to cope with long days out in the fresh air and sunshine. It is estimated that there is approximately 320 days of sunshine per year in this area

01/09/2009 - 30/09/2009
  • Cost: £620 (Not including flights)