Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

From $1313 per person

****# Based on 33 customer reviews
  • The essence of 'real' Spain: tiny white villages, forgotten farming hamlets, traditional, family-run hotel with plunge pool
  • Fantastic walking country: spectacular gorges, craggy peaks, cascading waterfalls, wonderful valley views
  • Golden eagles, griffon vultures, red peonies, vibrant wild orchids
  • Fully inclusive, even wine with dinner
  • Chance to explore Cordoba and Granada

What's included?

  • 7 nights, single centre
  • Departs Selected Saturdays from 29 Oct '16 to 28 Oct '17
  • All buffet breakfast, 6 picnic lunches and all evening meals with wine
  • Managed locally by hotelier
  • Sustainability rating: 88%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Walking transfers included

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Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

Midway between Cordoba and Granada in the heart of Andalucia, the tiny white village of Zuheros sits high on the northern border of the Sierra Subbetica - a beautiful range of hills and National Park. The area is a dramatic limestone massif, weathered over millennia into a series of valleys and peaks, making it fantastic walking country.

The walks are all in or around the National Park on farm tracks, country paths and along the 'Via Verde', a panoramic disused railway line, once used to transport the olive harvest. Views open out to river valleys, tumbling waterfalls and olive groves against the backdrop of mountain sierras and hillsides sprinkled with red peonies and orchids. Routes take you to the tiny villages of Zagrilla Alta and Luque with their quince orchards and castle, and the stunning cave above Zuheros where Roman and Bronze age remains have been discovered.

Staying in such a small village guarantees genuine Spanish hospitality. The whitewashed 2-star Hotel Zuhayra, with its popular bar and patio restaurant, is a stone's throw from the Moorish castle and town square. There is a small pool for a refreshing dip after a day's walking. Your host, English-speaking Antonio, will be on hand with advice on how to organise your week. He will help arrange taxi transfers (included) where necessary from some of the walks, and tell you all about Zuheros' museums and other villages in the area. And for 'days off' or extra nights, the classic cities of Cordoba and Granada are less than an hour away by taxi.

This holiday has walking on farm tracks, narrow paths and over green countryside. There are great views but no dizzy heights. Walking boots are essential.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Zuheros

Arrive at your hotel in Zuheros.

Day 2 - Cerro de Bramadero Cerro de Bramadero 13km/8mi/4hr or 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr

A path climbs gently through almond trees above Zuheros before descending into the spectacular gorge of the Rio Bailon, then with golden eagles soaring above, you reach Cerro de Bramadero hilltop where you can relax under holm oaks enjoying wonderful valley views. You return past walnut trees and ancient wells on the way to the verdant river gorge that leads back into Zuheros.

Day 3 - Virgen de la Sierra 18km/11.5mi/5hr or 20km/12.5mi/5.5hri/6hr

We take you to the C14 whitewashed hilltop chapel of Virgen de la Sierra - at 1216m it deserves its nickname 'The Balcony of Andalucia!'. You descend to valleys sprinkled with white narcissi, yellow daffodils and red peonies. Then after lunch by a sparkling waterfall hidden in the valley side, the trail returns under limestone cliffs and past huge holm oaks to Zuheros in time for a cold drink in the village square.

Day 4 - Free day

You could have a relaxing day in Zuheros, visiting the Archaeological museum and Museum of Arts and Local Customs or head further afield taking a taxi to Cordoba (Antonio will happily arrange) and spend the day exploring the fabulous Cathedral, palace and Mezquita, sparkling like jewels in the Moorish crown.

Day 5 - Monte Abrevia 16km/10mi/6hr

You may meet olivareros (olive farmers), with their mules this morning, diligently tending their olive trees on the hills above Zuheros, as you make the gradual ascent to Monte Abrevia (1129m), for lunch. Here you'll enjoy the best views of the week. A thyme scented descent affords perfect views of Zuheros as you approach the village along the Via Verde.

Day 6 - Zagrilla Alta 17km/11mi/5.5hr

Look out for protected griffon vultures soaring high above you today as you pass through remote Spanish cortijos (farms) in beech and oak shrouded valleys and enjoy stunning views east towards Sierra de la Pandera - the next range of hills. Before long the olive orchards of Zagrilla Alta are visible below, and when you arrive you can enjoy a cold drink by the natural spring in the village before we meet you and take you back to Zuheros.

Day 7 - Luque 18km/11.5mi/5hr or 20km/12.5mi/5.5hr

This morning sees you striding out east along the 'Via Verde' passing whitewashed farms and olive groves. A short climb brings you to Luque with its imposing castle and elegant square - a good lunch stop. Then up into the National Park - stunning views - before winding down through wild herbs as you descend towards Zuheros.

Day 8 - Leave Zuheros

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Zuhayra, Zuheros   (2 Star)


The typically Andaluz Hotel Zuhayra is the perfect base from which to explore the Sierra Subbetica and the surrounding villages.

The homely country atmosphere is immediately apparent in the beamed wooden bar.

The clean white washed rooms are all ensuite and have tiled floors, wooden furniture and shuttered windows giving views over tiled rooftops to olive groves in the valley beyond.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi hotspot

Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Comfort Dauro II, Granada   (3 Star)

Hotel Dauro II, Granada

This modern 3* hotel is situated in an ideal position, just 200 metres from the Cathedral and a 2-minute walk from the Plaza Mariana Pineda, the location of the municipal tourist office.

The hotel itself offers 53 modern and well-equipped rooms with a few traditional touches.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Air conditioning

Gallery Hotel Molina Lario, Málaga   (4 Star)

Hotel Molino Lario - rooftop pool

The Molina Lario is perfectly situated in the old town just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral, known as ‘the one armed lady’, and within easy walking distance of the other key sights.

The recently built hotel is formed of one new building merged with 2 19th Century buildings, retaining their original façade. The rooftop pool and bar is perfect for relaxing after a days sightseeing, with views over the city and harbour.

The 103 rooms exude comfort and tranquillity, with robes, slippers and a pillow menu to ensure you have a good night’s sleep. Tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary mineral water are available in all rooms.

Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet which can be taken in the central courtyard.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Diners Club card accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Travel options

Transfers included from Malaga airport at 11:00, and back to Malaga airport at 08:15.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Godsall on 07/06/2016

We were very pleased with the walking routes and overall package, plus interesting days out in Cordoba and Malaga. The hotel in Zuheros was slightly 'simpler' than we'd normally choose but they worked so hard to provide excellent service; taxi was great too. A well planned holiday in an area we would not have discovered apart from through your brochure - we rate Headwater highly.

Reviewed by Mr Shortman on 31/05/2016

We had a wonderful weeks walking, the hotel was in a lovely hill top village. The walking was good in wonderful scenery with beautiful wild flowers and birdsong.Antonio and his staff looked after us really well and we also enjoyed our day trip to Córdoba. This was our twelfth trip with yourselves and one of the best.

Reviewed by Mr Dodds on 27/05/2016

We thought Zuheros and the HotelZuhayra were both charming and beguiling - extraordinarily peaceful and calming - we were very sorry to leave and it took us some time to grow accustomed to the comparative mayhem of Granada . The taxi arrangements in Zuheros were quite remarkably efficient hts off to Maria and her brother - we would return to Zuheros tomorrow if we could = perhaps a progressive walk around these white villages might the na idea

Reviewed by Ms Bartlett on 03/05/2016

I could not fault the hotel staff, who were all very friendly and extremely helpful. The walks were beautiful and April proved a lovely time of year with all the spring flowers.

Reviewed by Mrs Moysey on 16/04/2016

A most enjoyable holiday - the organisation and transfers worked well and the hotel was a 'gem', friendly and relaxing and with helpful staff. The walking notes were easy to follow although care was needed on some paths where stony. Overall splendid walks in beautiful scenery with many spring flowers.

Reviewed by Mr Johnston on 12/04/2016

Outstanding walking area. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Reviewed by Mrs Fairclough on 22/10/2015

Very enjoyable. Felt like we had seen and experienced the real Spain, not touristy and commercial. We speak no Spanish and very few people spoke English but we got by and all the meals were wonderful, trying different things. The walks were very good some more challenging than others. We did go wrong but never too badly. Not sure if the mistakes were due to vague directions or just misinterpretation of instructions (we easily go wrong in England!!)

Reviewed by Mrs Ashcroft on 13/10/2015

Excellent in every respect

Reviewed by Mrs Donnison on 07/10/2015

The team at the hotel couldn't do enough to help. A decent range of walks nothing too strenuous but just right in the unseasonably high temperatures. Cordoba was a stunning place to visit so would strongly recommend this on the free day. We enjoyed having the extra days in Granada as a counterfoil to the tranquility of Zuheros.

Reviewed by Mrs Griffiths on 05/10/2015

A delightful area, away from the usual tourist spots. An attractive, friendly hotel and village. Varied walks with lovely long-distance views. Care needed on the stony tracks and paths after a prolonged period of dry weather.

Reviewed by Mrs Macleod on 03/10/2015

Excellent holiday; very interesting area of Spain to visit. The walks were varied with spectacular scenery. The hotel was well located and there was often something going on in the town square in the evening. Hotel staff friendly and helpful and the food was very good. I know the Spanish eat late but the 8.30pm evening meal was the only downside particularly when we wanted to have an early breakfast so we could start walking before it got too hot. Since Headwater clients have their own menu maybe an earlier sitting could be considered.

Reviewed by Mr Taylor on 29/09/2015

From the first contact with Headwater until we left our Hotel the service was excellent. The Hotel was small, comfortable and the staff very friendly. The walking notes were fantastic, and the walks took in some most wonderful scenery. Cannot fault the holiday at all. Thank you.

Reviewed by Mrs Hickling on 29/09/2015

Lovely village and some good walking. The vultures were impressive. Maybe more attractive in spring when the flowers are out. All the trvel arrangements worked flawlessly. The food at the hotel was very variable and a little disappointing at times. The walking was all in quite a small area and there was some repetition of sections. But overall it was a very enjoyable trip. Staying in a single location is definitely more relaxing than moving on every day. The bat cave in Zuheros was an amazing place, and a visit to Granada was definitely worthwhile. We were lucky too that our visit coincided with the cheese festival in the village

Reviewed by Mr Jamieson on 28/09/2015

Well-chosen walks in a scenic area with classic limestone features. Can be rocky and stony underfoot in places, but all walks within Grade 2 definition. Arrangements at Hotel Zuhayra are excellent; Antonio was always helpful and the staff went out of their way to provide good, friendly service.

Reviewed by Mr Christy on 22/09/2015

A really excellent week - well organised and planned, allowing us to concentrate on the splendid walks. I hadn't been on an organised walking holiday before, but I will certainly try some more of these trips in future, since they allow you to get to places that you might not try on your own.

Reviewed by Ms Thornton on 17/04/2015

My fourth Headwater walking holiday but the first based in one place. Loved the small, friendly hotel, and the flexibility to chose our walks according to mood, weather and stamina. Also the chance to take day trips to Cordoba and Granada.

Reviewed by Mrs Barber on 06/04/2015

Excellent holiday with good and varied walks and lots of interesting limestone scenery. Hotel was a welcoming base with friendly helpful staff and lovely food.

Reviewed by Mrs Maingay on 13/11/2014

Very pleasant. And we enjoyed our visits to Granada and Cordoba,the latter easily done by public transport

Reviewed by Mr Cumming on 03/11/2014

All aspects of booking and organisation went without hitch. Taxi arrangements and driver were again excellent!

Reviewed by Mrs Roderick on 25/09/2014

This was our second visit to Zuheros. The Hotel Zuhayra is the perfect base for a walking holiday. All the staff are friendly and helpful and the evening meals provide a wide range of well-cooked local food. The walks are challenging enough to feel that something has been achieved at the end of the day.

Reviewed by Mrs Clifton on 27/05/2014

Hidden Valleys of Cordoba: a week at the charming Hotel Zuhayra in the pretty white mountain village of Zuheros in mid-May was all that six 70 somethings could wish for. Headwater certainly have a hit on their hands here. Very attentive, helpful staff, good regional food and wine, excellent, if strenuous in parts, walking and wonderful scenery. We added on two nights in Granada at the comfortable, centrally situated Hotel Dauro II from where it was an easy coach ride back to Malaga airport. Headwater's arrangements for our travel and stay were excellent.

Reviewed by Dr O'Brien on 18/09/2013

Exhilarating walks in magnificent mountainous landscape with dramatic views; hotel a 'home from home' in authentic village Spain looked after by genuinely kind and courteous staff; vegetarian food was outstanding here with a careful choice offered for each evening (a first on the continent!). Local driver was punctual, good driver and always cheerful. Local people were a really significant part of making this holiday so enjoyable. There was sufficient of historical and architectural interest locally, from neolithic caves to nineteenth century railway history, to interest us without needing to go elsewhere.

Reviewed by Mr Robson on 14/05/2013

An 'independent' Headwater Holiday can be adjusted to suit individual capacity, especially as one grows older! We wanted to go to this particular area but no longer operate at two boot level. So we used the notes, Antonio's advice and good public transport services to visit Cordoba and Granada, to tweak the holiday, enjoy the Subbetica National Park fully as well as two historic cities.

Reviewed by Mrs Douglas on 23/03/2013

We were forewarned from your office that the Spanish weather was unusually wet and our flight was 1 hour late due to adverse weather in the UK but Antonio waited at the hotel until after we arrived with up to date information and advice about the walks. I myself was 'indisposed' for three days so Antonio gave my husband a choice of alternative walks which avoided all the streams and rivers that had become too dangerous to cross. The packed lunches provided were excellent and the staff were very helpful and considerate and nothing was a problem to them. The taxi was prompt and very carefully driven by Maria. Altogether, considering the weather etc the hotel and staff were excellent and and the food was superb with choices which always included at least 1 vegetarian option for my husband. A holiday which was thoroughly enjoyed. and can be recommended without qualms. Chris Douglas

Reviewed by Dr Ball on 03/11/2012

Excellent holiday, good value for money, very helpful and friendly hotel staff, food very good, lovely walks with great views.

Reviewed by Mrs Meikle on 16/06/2012

We enjoyed the experience. The area was beautiful and we would like to visit again.

Reviewed by Mr Tromans on 25/05/2012

Very relaxing & enjoyable

Reviewed by Mrs Hodkinson on 19/05/2012

Good walking, very friendly & helpful staff in a wonderful village. We didn't want to leave.

Reviewed by Mrs Headley on 28/04/2012

Good range of walks in an interesting location. Great views! Caring family run hotel where most staff were very helpful.

Reviewed by Mr Grebbell on 28/04/2012

This was our 18th Headwater holiday and it was well up there with the very best of them !!

Reviewed by Mrs Hewitt on 21/04/2012

Brilliant, we had a great time. Excellent organisation. Thank you!

Reviewed by Mr Ingram on 05/04/2012

Walking was more difficult than we expected. Harshish terrain and lack of distinguishing features meant that walk notes were vague on occasions and one or two walks extended without obvious benefit. But overall we enjoyed the week.

Reviewed by Mrs Edmonds on 26/03/2012

Good. It met our expectations.

Departure dates & prices

October 2016 departuresTour only 
Oct 1$1408
Oct 8$1408
Oct 15$1408
Oct 22$1408
Oct 29$1408
March 2017 departuresTour only 
Mar 11$1313
Mar 18$1313
Mar 25$1313
April 2017 departuresTour only 
Apr 1$1347
Apr 8$1425
Apr 15$1425
Apr 22$1347
Apr 29$1347
May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 6$1361
May 13$1361
May 20$1361
May 27$1361
September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$1422
Sep 9$1422
Sep 16$1422
Sep 23$1422
Sep 30$1422
October 2017 departuresTour only 
Oct 7$1375
Oct 14$1375
Oct 21$1375
Oct 28$1375

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided walking, single centre. Managed locally by hotelier.


Selected Saturdays from 29 Oct '16 to 28 Oct '17, for 8 days (7 nights). Non standard departures are possible. This holiday could also be done with the use of a hire car. Though not essential for the walking days a car is useful for day trips to Cordoba or Granada, although taxis can be organised to visit these cities.


All buffet breakfast, 6 picnic lunches and all evening meals with wine.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Malaga airport at 11:00, and back to Malaga airport at 08:15.

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