Trail and ultra running in Andalucia

Almond Hill House is a restored, 200-year-old farmhouse set in two acres of olive groves – located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Spain.

The perfect location

Looking for the perfect location to explore the Sierra Nevada on an active holiday? The landscape, climate, wildlife and cultural history of La Alpujarra combine to create one of the most exciting and unique trail running arenas in the whole of Europe.

Whether you’re keen to give your marathon training a high-altitude boost, or seeking long challenging days to prepare you for your next ultra marathon, you’ll find you the perfect trails to match your ambition.

Matt, our local running guide, has over 10 years’ experience running trail races and ultra marathons and worked as a National Park Ranger before moving to Spain.

You’re in control

Holidays can be tailored to your exact requirements, for example in terms of number of miles per day, and number of running days per week. They can also include things like active rest days, walking in the hills to aid recovery whilst staying active and seeing more of this beautiful area.

  • choose when to come – no set dates
  • come in a small or larger group
  • airport transfers (if required)
  • arrive to a full fridge and pantry
  • private chef can provide meals
  • hiking, water sports and horse riding optional activities

Accommodation and facilities

What better way to relax than at Almond Hill House with its gardens, terraces, nooks and crannies, with plenty of space for privacy.

  • two acres of private grounds with stunning mountain views
  • five double/twin en-suite bedrooms, plus two singles
  • wi-fi throughout
  • air-conditioning and central heating
  • a modern, fully-equipped kitchen
  • a truly unique place – not an identikit ‘villa’
  • large pool (10m x 5m) and a wooden space (45 sqm) for yoga/ping pong

Rural yet near town

Unlike some rural properties, Almond Hill House is near to an amazing array of shops, bars and restaurants – within walking distance. The local town is vibrant all year round with great supermarkets, fishmongers and organic/health choices.

  • local bar, 10-minute walk
  • local bar/restaurant, 13-minute walk
  • wide varierty of places to eat: North African, Italian, Argentinian – and of course traditional Spanish restaurants
  • flights from various UK and non-UK airports to Málaga (90 minute drive) and from London City, Gatwick, Manchester (and other non-UK) airports to Granada (55 minute drive)

Get in touch to book your break!

If you´re interested in pursuing your passion while staying at Almond Hill House get in contact or email us at bookings@almondhillhouse.com. We will send you more details.

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Children at Almond Hill House

Everthing you need to know if kids are staying at Almond Hill House.

The perfect destination

Families tell us how child-friendly the house is. Away from busy roads, there’s plenty of space to run around and have fun.

The property is great for extended families to be together – bedrooms can be set up as family suites with other rooms set apart for the grandparents.

Whether it’s the all-important gated pool, beautifully-soft lawn or the abundance of fun things to do – we’re confident your child will have a great time.

Babies and toddlers

We offer the following, so you don’t need to bring them:

  • two high chairs
  • two travel cots
  • plastic bowls, plates, cups and spoons
  • baby monitor
  • baby bath
  • potty
  • dimmable night-lights

The local shops are a 5 minute drive for nappies and baby food.

The children will be kept happy…

  • table tennis in the Olive Hut
  • 10m x 5m swimming pool with toys
  • nature walks straight from the house
  • bird sanctuary (with meerkats!) in Almuñecar
  • our orchard to explore
  • boules and board games
  • horse riding
  • beach and pedaloes on the coast
  • chocolate factory in Pampaneira
  • traditional Alpujarran house/museum in Bubión
  • castles in Almuñecar, Salobreña and Lanjarón
  • honey and water museums in Lanjarón – plus great ice-cream
  • two summer waterparks around an hour away
  • the cave houses of Sacromonte in Granada
  • science park in Granada
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House layout

Cycling breaks in southern Andalucia

Fabulous cycling in La Alpujarra – one of the most beautiful parts of Spain.

An abundance of cycle routes

La Alpujarra, on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Andalucía, has a breathtaking variety of scenery. Enjoy quiet, often traffic-free country roads, the purest mountain air – with the warm Andalucían sun on your back.

Take in gorges, valleys and routes through beautiful Moorish villages or to the coast and back, before returning to the house to relax in your own private oasis. Bring your own bike or hire one locally.

`It’s the perfect house for a group in an amazing location. We spent a week mountain biking in the Sierra Nevada.´
Siegfried and friends (Germany) – July 2019

Great bikes – delivered to the door

We’ve teamed up with a professional, well-established company:

  • good-quality, fully-maintained bikes
  • choose road or mountain bikes
  • bikes delivered to Almond Hill House
  • models include Tarmac SL4 Elite (Specialized) and BMC TEAMMACHINE SLR01
  • route guidance – with maps
  • bike hire from 20€ a day (based on 7-day hire)

`The ultimate ride to Pico de Veleta at 3300m on the highest paved road in Europe – loved it!´
Ross and friends (Australia) – October 2017

Flexibility to suit your needs

Enjoy complete control over your cycle break:

  • choose when to come – no set dates
  • come in a small or larger group
  • airport transfers (if required)
  • arrive to a full fridge and pantry
  • hiking (guided if necessary) and horse riding optional activities

`Ilkley Cycle Club members found the area stunning – fabulous road surfaces and little traffic´
Alizon and friends – October 2017

All the comfort you need – in a great location

There’s plenty of space to relax at Almond Hill House:

  • two acres of private grounds with stunning mountain views
  • five double/twin en-suite bedrooms, plus two singles
  • wi-fi throughout
  • a modern, fully-equipped kitchen
  • rural yet near town for bars and restaurants
  • Granada and the Alhambra less than an hour away

`We left wanting more and are enriched from the experience.´
Moorhouse Marauders cycling group – October 2017

Prices and guest numbers

Almond Hill House consists of the main house and the Jasmine room annex (providing an extra en-suite bedroom, if required). The ideal number of guests for a cycling break is between 6 and 10, depending on your preference for single-occupied or twin/double rooms. We suggest the Jasmine room annex is hired for guest numbers between 6 and 10.

See our prices and availability.

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Walking breaks

Walking breaks in La Alpujarra, Andalucia

Stay at Almond Hill House and enjoy fabulous walks in one of the most beautiful parts of Spain.

Hiking heaven in La Alpujarra

La Alpujarra, on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Andalucía, has a breathtaking variety of scenery and nature.

Take in gorges, valleys and routes through beautiful Moorish villages before returning to the house to relax in your own private oasis.

Choose either self-guided or guided walks with a local expert. Enjoy between 5 and 7 hours of walking per day and expect altitude gains of about 400m to 850m ascent.

Guided walks – be led by experts

We’ve teamed up with a professional, well-established company:

  • fully-insured and licensed guides
  • experienced, knowledgeable and English-speaking
  • fully-flexible routes and itineraries (see example walks below)
  • transport from the house to start/finish of walks

`An ideal base for walking in the Alpujarras´
Lyndon and friends – October 2016

Flexibility to suit your needs

Enjoy complete control over your walking break:

  • choose when to come – no set dates
  • airport transfers (if required)
  • arrive to a full fridge and pantry
  • cycling, running and horse riding optional activities

`The area is brilliant for walking with plenty of good restaurants and pretty towns nearby´
Graham, Sue, Chloe, Poppy and family – April 2016

All the comfort you need – in a great location

There’s plenty of space to relax at Almond Hill House:

  • two acres of private grounds with stunning mountain views
  • five beautiful en-suite bedrooms, plus two single/twin
  • wi-fi throughout
  • a modern, fully-equipped kitchen
  • rural yet near town for bars and restaurants
  • Granada and the Alhambra less than an hour away

`Such a special place – it really is quite difficult to leave´
Richard & Cindy – July 2016

Prices

Please ask us about pricing. Prices vary depending on dates, length of stay and group numbers.

Guided walks between €40 and €65 per person, per day.

See our accommodation prices page for more details (opens new window).

Contact us: Get in contact or call on +34 627 599 331 to book your walking break.

See sample walks and gallery below ↓

The walks

Sample guided walks, ranging from leisurely to challenging.

Walk 1 – Soportujar to Lanjarón on the GR7 path

A varied day’s walk and a good introduction to the area.

Walk along the famous GR7, traversing hillsides and gorges through the quiet non-tourist white villages of Soportújar and Cañar. Ends with a drop down to the spa town of Lanjaron, where mineral water gushes from taps. Forest, cultivated land, gorges, streams and irrigation channels, compete with sleepy white villages.

Distance: 15km – Climb: 340 hm – Category: easy – see route (new window)

Walk 2 – Capileira and the Barranco de Poqueira

Wild scenery accompanied by the rushing waters of the river.

A circular walking tour of the dramatic – and not to be missed – Poqueira gorge. After passing through Capileira you drop down to the valley bottom and follow the path as it winds its way up and alongside the river. Turning west, the walk follows a high path on the western side before dropping down to the river.

Distance: 18km – Climb: 1200 hm – Category: moderate – see route (new window)

Walk 3 – High forests of the Alpujarra

A great way to see the lesser known areas of the southern Sierra Nevada.

Starting at a high trailhead, you ascend wooded slopes through pine forests with superlative views across to the mountains. Reaching the fine summit of Las Alegas (2700m), you lunch at the ruined Refugio Cebollar. Set in a beautiful location on a colourful alpine meadow, the walk continues via wooded slopes back to waiting transport.

Distance: 6km – Climb: 460 hm – Category: moderate – see route (new window)

Walk 4 – High above Lanjarón

The ancient waterways of the Alpujarra.

The spa town of Lanjarón is well known for its water. This circular tour of the town ascends alongside the Rio Lanjarón to reach the old buildings at Tello. Then it’s back alongside ancient waterways (acequias) before dropping back to the town. Stunning views, the purest air – not to be missed.

Distance: 13km – Climb: 920 hm – Category: moderate/hard – see route (new window)

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Getting around Almond Hill House

Information if you’re a disabled or less-mobile guest.

Introduction

Some of the accessible features at Almond Hill House:

  • ramp from the terrace to the main house
  • kitchen, living room and library on one level
  • wide doors and gates (with a few exceptions)
  • ample parking right up to entrance to property

Unfortunately, there are no bed-hoists and the property is not suitable for guests using large mobility scooters.

The Olive room

The Olive room is a step-free bedroom (16sqm) with a step-free bathroom/shower with grab-bar (5 sqm). There is also a grab-bar next to the WC. Entrance and bathroom doors are 80cm wide.

The bedroom is four metres from the parking area. The house is ten metres across the main terrace.

Access into the house is via a concrete ramp leading to the library, kitchen and living room areas.

Blind and visually-impaired guests

The heart of Almond Hill House – its kitchen, living area, library and utility room – is on one level, so familiarising yourself with the property is easy.

Generally, there is good lighting and colour contrasts within the property – eg white walls and dark wood doors.

On arrival, we are happy to spend time showing you around the property – and also make adjustments, like removing excess chairs and plant pots.

Out and about

Órgiva has an accessible supermarket plus several bars and restaurants – including El Limonero, El Viejo Molino and Puerta Nazari. In nearby Lanjarón there’s El Asador Parque.

The beaches at Almuñecar at Salobreña have good access right to the front including to restaurants – including El Peñon in Salobreña.

There is a 24-hour medical centre in Órgiva.

Want to know more?

Like most old, Spanish properties, there are some steps in and around the place, but most areas are accessible.

Download the floorplan of the accessibility at Almond Hill House (PDF, 104Kb)

If you want to know more about accessibility at Almond Hill House, please email us.

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