Canyoning, Trekking and Kayaking in Andalusia

Spend over a week exploring the upper slopes and coastal areas of the south of Andalusia, in the most beautiful and thrilling corner of Spain.

8 Days (land only)

from Malaga to Malaga


from $1,418


Activity Level

Come with us to the south of Andalusia, to go canyoning down the spectacular river gorge of the Rio Verde, trek through the beautiful mountain villages and hillsides of the Alpujarras under the Sierra Nevada mountain range, walk and kayak the coastline of Cabo de Gata National Park, and explore the whitewashed settlements, long beaches and mountainsides of the Axarquia, east of Malaga.

You’ll start the adventure on the outskirts of historic Malaga, meeting at the airport, before driving through the beautiful Costa Tropical landscape to where you’ll have lunch. From here, you’ll either head down to the sun-kissed coastal resort town of Almuñecar and stay there overnight, or climb into the hills above Almuñecar to stay at accommodation in the scenic mountain village of Otivar, along the ancient road called Sospiro de los Moros (“sigh of the Moors”) that connects Almuñecar with Granada, 80 kilometres to the north.

Night: Hotel in Almuñecar or Otivar

Today is canyoning day! You’ll start with an early breakfast in beautiful Almuñecar, followed by a 2-hour drive to the end of the Rio Verde canyon. You’ll get your first sight of the sunlit green waters, deep rock pools and thundering waterfalls of this exceptionally beautiful (and understandably popular) part of Andalusia, your home for the rest of the day. Activities will include rappelling and swimming, and jumps and slides will be optional. All equipment will be provided and training given in situ.

After a long, exciting day of abseiling, scrambling and splashing around, you’ll make our way to the scenic village of Capileira, deep in the picturesque Alpujarras region on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, where we’ll have dinner and spend the night.

Canyoning Experience: 6 - 8 hours.
Night: Hotel in Alpujarras

You’ll leave Capileira early, trekking upslope until we get to Hoya de Portillo (2160 metres) where the road runs out. Your 6-hour walk will take you across some of the most beautiful scenery of the Alpujarras region, with terrific views above and below.

Your destination for the night is Trevélez, a beautiful settlement of whitewashed buildings in the traditional Alpujarras style - and one of Europe’s highest towns above sea level (1,486 metres). Upon arrival you’ll head to our hotel, where you’ll be based for the next two nights.

Trekking: 6 hours.
Night: Hotel in Trevélez

You’ll leave your hotel at 9am to take a 2-hour trek along the Trevélez river, enjoying the beautiful landscape, before ascending the road towards Siete Lagunas, under some of the Sierra Nevada’s highest peaks, rising above 1000 metres and crossing several barrancos (river valleys). After you cross the Rio Cula Perro, you’ll loop round and come back down the hillside until you find the Rio Trevélez and follow it back into Trevélez, where you’ll spend the evening.

Trekking: 6 - 8 hours.
Night: Hotel in Trevélez

Welcome to Cabo de Gata - Andalusia’s largest coastal protected area, a designated UNESCO Biosphere reserve, and the only part of Europe with a true hot desert climate! (The average yearly temperature here is above 18 degrees Celsius.)

After an early start in the beautiful whitewashed resort village of Agua Amarga, you’ll walk to Cala de Enmedio at the other side of the bay, a tiny beach with stunningly clear blue waters, fine golden sand and fossilized dunes leading into the sea. Then you trek to Cala San Pedro, a huge wide beach surrounded by rocky headlands and popular with off-the-grid communities, before ending your walk at Las Negras, a coastal fishing village named after the black stones from a nearby mountain that are scattered along the shoreline.

Our home for the night is the Hotel la Isleta del Moro, where you all have dinner together tonight and will be based for the next two nights.
Trekking: 6 hours.
Night: Hotel in Cabo de Gata

If yesterday’s walk made you want to leap into the water, today’s adventure will fulfil that wish - and then some. You’re kayaking along the coastline, taking in some of the most stunning beaches on this stretch of coast and arguably in the whole of Spain, including Los Escullos, Playazo, rounding the point at Faro de Cabo de Gata (lighthouse and promontory), the beach at La Fabriquilla, and finally the spectacular rocky outcrops of El Arrecife de las Sirenas, beloved by kayakers and scuba-divers. (Note: visiting El Arrecife de las Sirenas will be dependent on climate & sea conditions on the day.) Then it’s back to the Hotel la Isleta del Moro to relax for the evening.

Trekking: 6 hours.
Night: Hotel in Cabo de Gata

Today you get to choose your own adventure. You’re visiting Axarquia, a scenic and historic coastal region east of Malaga filled with towns that make up the “Costa Del Sol Orient”. You can collectively decide to explore the towns and villages of this region - or you can take the more demanding trek up La Maroma, the region’s highest peak (2,069 metres), surrounding ourselves with rolling pine tree forests, wild goats, eagles and falcons, and enjoying a view of the Sierra Nevada to the east and even Africa to the south. You get to choose!

At the end of the day, you’ll transfer to your hotel in Malaga for the night.

Walking: 4 - 6 hours.
Night: Hotel in Malaga

After a last breakfast together at the hotel, the trip comes to an end - but if time allows, you still have a little of the ancient city of Malaga to explore. It’s 2,800 years old, but is currently enjoying a new lease of life thanks to various reconstruction programmes and heavy investment in the arts & culture scene. Visit the port, the shopping precinct, the cathedral, or the famous Automobile & Fashion Museum. Explore its history with visits to the Gibralfaro Castle, the Alcazaba and the ancient Roman Theatre - or follow the footsteps of former resident Pablo Picasso. Dine on some of the best seafood you’ll find in Spain - and sample Malaga’s signature sweet wine.

Farewell, and see you next time!

  • Start and end your journey in Malaga, a 2,800 year old port city currently being rejuvenated as a national hub for arts & culture.
  • Trek through the mountain villages, gorges and terraces of the Alpujarras, skirting the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.
  • Enjoy a full canyoning experience in Rio Verde, an area of green, cool waters, deep pools, sunlit waterfalls and extraordinary natural beauty.
  • Trek along Cabo de Gata’s best beaches, Andalusia’s largest coastal protected area, a stunningly beautiful coastline of volcanic hillsides, rocky headlines and pristine sandy beaches.
  • Take to the water in a kayak to explore Cabo de Gata’s National Park from another angle.
  • Trek along the hills of the Axarquia, east of Malaga, and explore some of its whitewashed villages - or climb to the top of La Maroma, the region’s highest peak.
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What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • 4 nights in hotels in the Alpujarras, 2 nights in hotel in Cabo de Gata, 1 night in hotel in Malaga
  • Gear, safety equipment, expert guide and training for all levels on canyoning and aquatic trek and 4x4 support vehicles.
  • Full day of kayaking along Cabo de Gata’s coast: Gear, safety equipment and expert guide.
  • Local English-speaking certified mountain guide for all treks.
  • Local guides and tour leader.
  • All transports between destination and from/to activities in a Rug&Rock minibus with air-con.
  • Financial protection in accordance with The Package Travel regulation

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Meals other than stated
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Travel insurance
  • Allow £10-15 for each meal not included.


18 Apr - 25 Apr
31 Oct - 07 Nov
...or check with us for any other dates and tell us about your group size - most of our departures are bespoke!

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