Running Holiday - Typical itinerary for 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1 – Welcome to Moclin

 Following light refreshments on your arrival in Moclín, we’ll get you lacing up your shoes, outside, and embracing your surroundings on a steady run across nearby trails, offering amazing views across the mountains, Granada and the Sierra Nevada range behind, as well as glimpses of the town’s castle and nearby villages.

You’ll get a feel for area, traditional Spain, and the chance to take some photos, before we head back to your accommodation.

Day 2 – Ibex run

After your leisurely breakfast, we head on out. Following some downhill running, we hit the trails and an easy, non-technical section. Refreshment break over, we’ll start to climb gradually while overlooking the glorious Rio Velillos where, if we’re lucky, we’ll spot our local ibex, jumping blithely from rock to rock and showing us all how to tackle mountains. As we climb on more technical terrain, we’ll drop into single file until we’re looking across at breathtaking views of Moclín castle. Ascent complete, we’ll start to descend gently on runnable trail through the dappled shade of olive groves.

Back at your accommodation, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch followed by the Moclín tour. Plus, the optional extra La Vía Ferrata de Moclín rock climb*.

Day 3 – Two castles route

Leaving Moclín Castle we head downhill quickly in a sea of olive groves. Following what must have been a traditional route for messengers between the two towns of Moclín and Alcalá la Real, we following undulating and deserted trails as we catch tantalizing views of the castle, which is our destination. The web of tracks weave their way across the countryside, dotted with isolated whitewashed farmhouses.

After a refreshment break in a small village half way, we’ll continue our journey into the edge of Jaen province to reach Alcalá la Real.

 

Day 4 – Where pilgrims tread

We pick up some of the pilgrimage route which winds it’s way from the southern tip of Spain to join the famous Camino de Santiago. Following in the footsteps of the thousands who have made this journey over the millennia, the running is on wide, open trails as we zigzag our way back to Moclín.

This route is exposed but regular refreshment stops mean we’ll be prepared for the hard ascent back up to the castle of Moclín.

Day 5 – Rest day

Visit to Granada; the day is your own to explore the ancient city, perhaps enjoying tapas or bartering in the bazaars. We can organize optional visits to the historic Alhambra palace or a well-deserved massage at the Arab baths.*

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Day 6 – To the lake

We start the day with a descent on a steep yet wide track, with some of the best vantage points of the Sierra Nevada mountain range we have found. Down does turn to ascent, and we’re soon climbing on a shaded pine woodland trail. Stopping to enjoy the views, we then embark on a challenging descent of a fire break. The footing is technical but you’re free to go as steadily as you need.

Roadside refreshments are followed with a steady yet exposed climb through holm oaks. We then drop towards the azure blue of Lake Colomera, feeling revitalized by the inspiring views. Our return route is mainly on road before lunch and a well-earned rest. During the evening we visit the cultural town of Montefrio.

Day 7 – The edge

We like to live life on the edge! This run offers unfettered views across the Vega de Granada – the mainly flat river valley and fertile farmland which helps to feed the city.

We head down away from Moclín before picking up high undulating trails through the olive groves. These rolling tracks provide amazing views of Sierra Elvira, which rises like a lone centurion guarding the pathway to the higher Nevada range.

We return on a parallel trail lower down the edge as we wind our way back toward Moclín.

This route has a tough finish as we tackle the 3km climb back up to the village.

Day 8 – Farewell run

Depending on flight times, we’ll take you on an early morning trail run embracing the natural beauty of the local gorge. We’ll also stop off to see some of the most accessible Neolithic cave paintings.

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