Trail and ultra running
Almond Hill House – located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada – is a great base to plan your next challenge.
The perfect location
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.
Our guide has over 10 years’ experience running trail races and ultra marathons.
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.
Your training plan 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.
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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
- 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
Cycling in Andalucía
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.
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
Walking in La Alpujarra, Andalucia
Enjoy fabulous walks while staying at Almond Hill House 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. There are gentle rambles with kids or more challenging routes.
Take in gorges, valleys and routes through beautiful Moorish villages before returning to your own private oasis.
Choose either self-guided or guided walks with local experts Spanish Highs (opens in new window). 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
Visit Spanish Highs (opens in new window).
See sample walks and gallery below ↓
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
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
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
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
Getting around Almond Hill House
Information if you’re a disabled or less-mobile guest.
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
Note that some users of self-propelled wheelchairs may need assistance on the ramp.
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.