This is hikers' paradise, with walks for all, from the gentle ambler to the energetic strider. Berchules is right on the path of the famous long distance footpath, the GR7 which links Gibraltar with Greece. We have our own route notes for 40 local walks (see walks menu on right); we have the most up-to-date maps and books about local history, flora and fauna and we can arrange transport or guiding for walks if required.
Join a group and trek on horseback through the Alpujarras with Dallas Love. She has over twenty horses in her stable near Bubion and organises weekly treks from February to November and also shorter rides for half or a full day. For more information call 0034 958 763 038 or click on the link in our Links section.
The Alpujarra has the best trails imaginable. In breathtaking scenery, you will experience the adrenaline rush as you drop hundreds of metres in minutes, and then enjoy the challenge of climbing a real mountain, not knowing what's round the next bend.
A different start point every day means you can experience so much more. Begin above the snow line, spend the day on different trails, lunch in a mountain village and finish with a drink in a bar at the bottom of a valley.
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Painting and Sketching
“Sketch and Trek” with our resident artist, Jeni Rabjohns, B.A.(Hons). Jeni worked for many years as an art tutor and therapist before moving to Spain in 1994. Jeni will lead you to her favourite locations, sketchbook in hand. Her love of the landscape, architecture and people of the Alpujarra is infectious. You will follow ancient mule tracks through almond and olive groves, stopping to sketch a derelict farmhouse, its heavy, studded door still hanging on its old wooden hinge; you will visit the whitewashed, Moorish style villages with their narrow, cobbled streets, colourful with multitudinous flowers in pots hanging from balconies and walls.
You will need to bring watercolours, water soluble pencils and crayons, a pen and ink, a water bottle, a good quality watercolour brush and sketchbooks (small and large sizes). A folding tripod stool would make life easier for you, a sun hat is essential, walking shoes or boots, sun cream and a walking stick are advisable.
Many interesting, spectacular and, for the visitor to Spain, rarely seen birds abound in Las Alpujarras including Hoopoes, Bee Eaters, Golden Orioles, many species of owl, Golden and other eagles to name but a few and are frequently seen within a few kilometres of the hotel.
Other activities include botany, entomology, butterfly watching and astronomy.