Walking in Moorish Spain

Man walking with backpack walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, SPIN: Walking Moorish Spain

Special Interest

Walking

Away from Andalucía's beaches lies a spectacular landscape of mountains, gorges, limestone hills, and fossil-studded caves. On this walking holiday, our expert guide will lead us along some of the region’s finest footpaths, including Caminito del Rey and the lesser-known Sendero Río Bailón. We’ll follow trails through natural parks, tread ancient Roman roads, cross suspension bridges, and keep an eye out for vultures and eagles. Our base will be a beautiful historic hotel in the heart of rural Andalucía – the perfect place to relax and unwind once we've kicked off our hiking boots.

Four included walks
- Walk of Antequera (half day)
- Caminito del Rey (full day)
- El Torcal de Antequera (half day)
- Sierras Subbéticas (full day)

Standing on a hillside overlooking unspoiled Spanish countryside, this beautiful 16th-century building exudes Spanish character and history. It was first a church, then a convent, before it was restored in 2009 and converted into a luxury hotel. Original features remain, including beautiful arches, frescoed walls and religious paintings, alongside modern touches like air-conditioning, a wellness centre and an indoor swimming pool. Outside, the grounds are dotted with fruit and olive trees, vegetable plots, chickens and even a resident donkey.

Included with every Hosted Holiday

  • Dedicated welcoming host
  • Resort airport transfers
  • Travel insurance and meals

Including

Saga host

Expert host

Local back-marker guide

Welcome drink

Four included excursions

Half Board: All breakfasts and waiter served dinners

Porra Antequerana cooking demo and tapas lunch

International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports

Return transfers direct to your hotel

Minimum 20kg checked luggage, per person

Overview

  • 5 nights

  • Antequera, Spain

  • Multiple

  • Half Board

From £1,065 per person

Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction if not required

Man walking with backpack walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, SPIN: Walking Moorish Spain
Torcal de Antequera. SPIN: Walking in Moorish Spain

Holiday details

Food and drink

Breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel's waiter-served restaurant, where you will receive attentive service and a pleasant atmosphere. The hotel prides itself on its rich and flavoursome menu, with many of the ingredients locally sourced and even grown in its very own garden. You also have available the piano bar and the convent terrace to purchase and enjoy snacks and drinks while taking in the relaxing and peaceful surroundings.

Entertainment

• A visit to the local "El Torcal" rock formations (extra charge for taxi) • A local speciality cooking class and a visit to a nearby winery • Bicycle rental Golf (within 3 km) • Local walking trails on the Camino de las Arquillas, and more.

Accommodation

There are twenty-one large rooms, authentic in design and character, with many of the original features still in place and some with the original floors. Due to the historical status of the building, the room configurations are all different, and some don’t have a balcony or terrace. There are lifts available to all rooms but there is some walking involved.

Amenities

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Wellness centre
  • Jacuzzi
  • Solarium
  • Sauna
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Currency exchange

Holiday location

DWO Convento Magdalena Map

Local Area

Antequera, the closest town, is a beautiful place whose opulent Spanish baroque style has led to it being called the ‘Florence of Andalusia’. Take a taxi - it’s about 15 minutes away - or head off and explore the surrounding Spanish countryside on one of the many walking trails. The area is also well-known for its three megalithic tombs. Known as the Antequera Dolmens and listed UNESCO World Heritage sites, they date back around 5,500 years.

Optional excursions

Optional excursions can only be booked in resort and are subject to minimum numbers

Walk of Antequera

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Beginning at our hotel, this less challenging walk (11km) leads us along a Roman pathway at the foot of the Pinar del Hacho, a protected parkland of shady pine forests. Our destination will be the historic heart of Antequera. With roots going as far back as the Bronze Age, the town is filled with fascinating sights, from Gothic churches and baroque bell towers to a Moorish castle and a collection of centuries-old burial mounds.

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