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Nov 2

- Flew to London Heathrow.

Nov 3

- Took the tube from the airport and checked into the Georgian House Hotel.

- Went to NOPI (Ottolenghi restaurant) for lunch.

- Headed to the British Museum. It started raining on the way and we were soaked. Checked out the Rosetta Stone and some mummies. And an Easter Island head.

- Took a double decker bus past The Eye and walked along the Thames River. Went to the 'best cocktail bar in the world' Lyon-Ess.

Georgian House Hotel

Spend Night in London

Hot chip DJ set London between the bridges

Nov 4 Fly London to Valencia

London Stansted to Valencia

Pick up rental car on arrival. Drive to Hotel Alahuar

Sixt Rent A Car

Opel Corsa

Valencia Airport

Granada Airport

Hotel Alahuar

El Tossal, 03791 Benimaurell, Vall de Laguar (Alicante), España

Nov 5 Hike

Hi Chris, I had this list of Costa Blanca hikes we love, that I gave a friend once. You can get thorough directions and maps at Bob and Jean Hall's blogpost / website. We recommend you stay at Hotel Alahaur in Benimaurell.

1) The first one, in Val LAGUAR, from Benimaurell, is the most important hike to complete in the whole Costa Blanca. It takes at least 4.5 hours at a fast pace, so allow 5.5. You can walk from Alahuar hotel to just before the trailhead parking lot and trail sign-map. Read full description here:

Notice that for each hike Bob & Jean describe, look at the bottom left of the large brown box, and you can go to MAPS only, or description & maps:

This is a pretty unique walking route, not really for the fainthearted, as the name suggests.It is also steeped in history and legend, although there is little left to show visitors of its historic past.Known as the Valley of Laguar, this area is composed of three villages: Campell, Fleix and Benimaurell,which are surrounded by other abandoned villages and ancient trails that you can cross to take you through the surrounding scenery, which is made up of high mountain walls, caves and canyons formed by the river Girona all shrouded in shrubs and small trees. The walk is difficult in terms of length (14Km.) but relatively easy in the sense that there are no steep climbs. The best bit about following this trail is ascending and descending the 5000 steps, which make the walk easier. These steps were carved into the rock by Moors who sought refuge from the Christian army of Filipe 111 during the Reconquest.This place is the last Moorish stronghold in Spain before their expulsion. The whole walk takes about 5 1/2 hours and is circular. Our starting point is from the village of Benimaurell . A must do walk.

2) Caballo VERT (Verde) Ridge, above village of Benimaurell

Caballo Verde Ridge : often referred to as the "Caball Vert" ridge. According to the map the real name is the Sierra del Penyo Roig (Range of the red rock) The Caballo Verde is actually the eastern most part of this 6km long ridge); also called the "Serra del Penyal de Laguart" DISTANCE 6.3km.- WALKING TIME 2hrs- ASCENT 400mtrs.- GRADE M

3) Sierra de SERRELLA mountains. A Circuit starting from village of Facheca to Famorca. You need good weather inland for this, because it’s higher and away from the coast.

Where the description refers to “Malla del Llop CANAL, “Canal” refers to a geographic ravine-like depression that descends beneath the limestone- mountain ridge of Serrella.

he walk starts at the delightful village of Famorca. After a short distance on tracks we pick up a good path which climbs slowly up to the top of the north ridge of the impressive Malla del Llop canal. From here we walk

a short way towards the Penya del Castellet before starting to descend on a zig zagging track towards Castell de Castells. After walking a couple of kilometers along this pleasant track we pick up a path which leads us back up and through some impressive rock formations to the lovely cool spot of the Font de l’Olvis. Our descent continues passing some interesting caves before arriving back at Famorca.

At the letter C on the map, Turn N, then NW and loop back to Famorca.

Nov 6 Hike

Nov 7 Hike

Nov 8 Drive to Nerja

Nerja VG Hostal Boutique

C. Pintada 74, Nerja, 29780, Spain

Nov 9 Nerja

Nov 10 Drive to hill towns. King's hike on the way.

From Málaga

Starting your trip in Málaga City, take the A–357 motorway and go towards the MA-5403, through the Towns of Cártama, Pizarra, Carratraca, and Ardales. This route is 59.1 km long, and it takes a bit more than 50 minutes by car.

Parking Coordinates: 36.914565, -4.807184


These small groups have their meeting point at the northern access of the Caminito, at the ticket office.

After validating their tickets, staff will provide the necessary security items (helmets), they will explain the use of radio guides and headphones so nobody will miss out on an explanation along the way.

The guide accompany the group from the entry up to the moment helmets are given, providing you with all the necessary information about the surroundings so you will complete your dream visit.

The visit is available in two languages, spanish and english and it proceeds at a walking pace, allowing you to take all the pictures and videos you deem appropriate

After the visit, the group will come back to the Visitors' reception centre with the guide on one of the shuttle buses.

Shuttle bus trips start at 08:30 from the Southern area and operate every 30 minutes until 16:30 Garganta Verde permit:

Hotel La Perla Blanca-King Suite with Hot Tub

Nov 11 Hill towns.

Bike route plan:,+Cádiz,+Spain/Zahara+de+la+Sierra,+Spain/Montecorto,+Spain/Setenil+de+las+Bodegas,+Spain/Bar+Malacaña,+Calle+Horno,+Arriate,+Spain/'36.78947,-5.275'/Grazalema,+Spain/@36.7690284,-5.4002223,11z/data=!4m47!4m46!1m10!1m1!1s0xd0d3e6dde717be7:0xe2d4f5de40e13081!2m2!1d-5.3684385!2d36.7586748!3m4!1m2!1d-5.3906806!2d36.8053407!3s0xd0d3fd9369d4177:0x929c3a56047accdc!1m5!1m1!1s0xd0d400253802d0b:0xfa97cfedcdf2cf3!2m2!1d-5.3919919!2d36.8394942!1m5!1m1!1s0xd0d38b86d1f717b:0xb95c18876a024069!2m2!1d-5.2981626!2d36.8151911!1m5!1m1!1s0xd0d49c8297cdd15:0x44842378df0ac406!2m2!1d-5.1764469!2d36.8624263!1m5!1m1!1s0xd0d35644d3d072d:0xa656c2464257365d!2m2!1d-5.1424461!2d36.7989638!1m3!2m2!1d-5.275!2d36.78947!1m5!1m1!1s0xd0d3e6dde717be7:0xe2d4f5de40e13081!2m2!1d-5.3684385!2d36.7586748!3e1?entry=ttu

Nov 12 Hill towns.

Nov 13 Drive to Granada, drop off rental car on the outskirts. Limestone hike on the way.

Hotel Room Mate Leo C/ Campo Verde 1, 18001. Granada - Spain. A few steps away from the Cathedral and Royal Chapel. BY TRAIN If you plan to arrive by train, we recommend taking a taxi from Granada’s RENFE station. It’s easier and fairly inexpensive. Nov 14 Granada

Thank you for purchasing your tickets for the Alhambra and Generalife.

Nov 15 Seville

Bus from Granada to Seville. Depart 2pm, arrive 5pm

Calle Cantabria, 14, 41002 Sevilla, España

Nov 16 Seville - daytrip to Jerez (Thursday) / Cadiz.

Nov 17 Seville

Nov 18 Seville - daytrip to Cordoba

Nov 19 Train to Madrid.



H10 Tribeca

Nov 20 Fly from MAD to YYZ 12:20 PM