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Albacete tours - Moorish castles on the old military frontier between Andalusia and La Mancha

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Long-distance walking in high karst between deserted Moorish castles and occupied or abandoned cortijos and settlements. Accommodation and meals in village bars (excellent goat and lamb, good cheap wine). Get to know shepherds, farmers, grandmas, (prehistoric) hunters, stoned Moors, gypsies etc and check out and enter their accommodation. Lots of wildlife, and some pretty wild life. Village bullfights in season. For those of you who know about such things, think Afghanistan-Lite. 5-8 days. Prettiest in the autumn and the spring, most exciting during the fiestas in August (but bear in mind the intense heat).


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Grade strenuous
Base Albacete (Meeting point information here, where relevant - make sure you have the right one!)
Location tags Andalusia, Calar del Mundo, Góntar, Nerpio, Riópar, Sierra de Albacete, Sierra de Segura, Yeste,
Theme tags archaeology, architecture, art, gastronomy, history, literature, military, nature,
Your guide(s)
Length 6 days
Average daily walking distance 20 km / 12.43 miles
Average daily walking time 5 hr
Fiestas and markets in places we go through - combine a walk and some partying or shopping!
  • last weekend in April (fiesta of large village's patron saint & arrival of spring)
  • May 15th (fiestas in hamlet)
  • May 3 (fiestas in hamlet)
  • August 23-6 (major village fiesta with bull fights)
  • end of August (major village fiesta with bull fights)
  • 2nd weekend in September (fiestas in hamlet)
  • weekend nearest September 9 (fiestas in hamlet)
  • December 8th (Immaculate Conception

Note that there are also events in most places on January 6 (Three Kings), Carnival, Easter, April 23 (St George), June 23 (St John), and September 11 (Catalan regional/national day)




  1. [...] Nerpio is a truly astonishing place, something of a contemporary Las Hurdes, particularly on a Saturday night. (Seen on this walk.) [...]

  2. [...] cycled south from Albacete via Yeste twice. On both occasions it would have been really nice to have had a direct road or track from [...]

  3. [...] Albacete at the moment, taking several days off before heading south tomorrow via Yeste. Some [...]

  4. [...] Anuncio: Walking tours on Andalusia’s northern borders. [...]

  5. [...] (Pic: Wikimedia Commons. More nominally Muslim fortresses here.) [...]

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