Situated in southern Spain, Andalucia has fascinated travellers who for many years have been captivated by its colour, flamenco music and vibrant fiestas as well as by the dramatic mountain scenery.

At its most southern point Andalucia is only 15km away from Africa, with Morocco visible across the Straits of Gibraltar.

This proximity to Africa has led to a strong Moroccan influence on the area resulting in Andalucia distinctive feel, with a Moorish landscape and culture still very evident today. Magnificent and famous buildings from this era include the fabulous Alhambra Palace in Granada.

The snow capped mountains make a spectacular area for trekking. Between these mountains and the Mediterranean Sea lies a beautiful and enchanting landscape ranging from desolate peaks to deep, wooded river gorges with chestnut and cherry trees on higher slopes, and almond and olive trees in the valleys lower down. This region was a stronghold of the Berbers of North Africa and their traces can be found in the distinctive whitewashed and flat-roofed villages that cling to the mountain slopes. These villages include Trevelez, the highest village in Spain, famous for its jamon Serrano (mountain ham). Higher up the mountain tops include peaks rising to over 3,000m and include Spains highest peak, Mulhcen (3482m), which is snow bound in all but high summer.

Expeditions to Andalucia can take place from February through to October. We will trek with the assistance of a local Spanish mountain guide and will spend the majority of our time camping or staying in huts in the mountains.

Conditions will vary depending on the time of year, with the best trekking lower down during winter and spring when the weather is cooler and the mountains are covered in snow. In the summer, the higher elevation of the mountains offers a cool escape, when typical temperatures are around 34 degrees Celsius.