Visitors Book - Journey through al-Andalus

Thank-you for opening our eyes to Andalucia. It truly is a unique, relaxed atmosphere and I fell in love with the area. Loved your relaxed manner in hosting us around - plenty of time to explore, always knew where to be and when but never felt rushed, plus be good food or a drink was never far away. Linda and Ian (Cambs) June 2018

Just a quick note to thank you and your team for making my recent holiday so enjoyable. It felt less like a group tour but more like an independent trip with new friends but with all the hassle of travel timings, hotel bookings and choice of restaurant done for me. I also appreciated your vast knowledge of the area. Linda (Hants) June 2018

Thank you so much for another wonderful holiday, it was just great. I really enjoyed all the towns we went to as well as the wonderful walks which will stay imprinted on my mind for a very long time.We were so lucky with the weather and my own collection of "magic moments" are all enhanced by the feeling of warmth and wellbeing - which I'm sure was nothing to do with  the alcohol imbibed !!! As usual the food was amazing, the company fun and stimulating and the hotels were all interesting - slept better than I ever do at home. Sandra (Fife) June 2018)

We want to thank you once again for our wonderful holiday in Andalucia; excellent company, great food, wonderful walks and city explorations. What more could there be?
Phil & Marilyn (Glos) Spring 2018

Just wanted to thank you for a truly memorable holiday which I am sure we will be talking about for many years to come! We had so much fun and loved all the different hotels, restaurants and beautiful walks that you arranged. Our dinner overlooking the bridge in Ronda was a highlight. Every day was different and we loved every minute, so a huge thank you for all your hard work in bringing it all together. Linda & John (Surrey) September 2017

Thank you once again for another very memorable holiday with Spanish Steps. Hugh and I thoroughly enjoyed the perfect mix of walking and city exploring. It has opened our eyes to the beauty of southern Spain and I'm sure we will return. Sue & Hugh (Hants) 2017

We have been on many family holidays to Spain but I think we always felt a little frustrated because we could see these stunning white towns up in the mountains - but never really got to see and experience them (just day visits) Now I think we feel we have had that experience (or at least a bit of it) - and we thoroughly enjoyed this and it leaves us wanting more.... thanks to Spanish Steps. Nial & Angela (Surrey) September 2017

We had a wonderful time and thank you so much for your hard work and all the time and effort you put in to making it such a memorable experience for us all. The hiking was nicely challenging and the food amazing. We enjoyed your company as well as the company of our fellow hikers. Hopefully we will be able return to stay with you in Competa in the future and bring some other Aussie hikers with us. Gayle & Paul Australia (Mount Albert) June 2017

We had a wonderful holiday and I thought you organised a great mix of sight seeing and hiking. We saw places and national parks which we’d never have known about and ate in Spanish restaurants ‘off the beaten track’. I have given your details to a few friends since we’ve returned as we loved the holiday so much. We certainly intend to go on one of your hiking holidays next year Griselda & Don (London) June 2017

 I wanted to write and thank you once again for a most enjoyable walking adventure this year. As I have come to expect, everything was thoughtfully organized and executed with nary a hitch the entire 8 days. I thoroughly enjoyed being with such a charming and congenial group assembled this year. Are English people always this nice? I was going through my pictures today and found some I thought you might enjoy. I particularly like the ones of the Caminito. I have been to many of the national parks in the US and I thought the Guadalehorce park with Caminito was the equal of the most beautiful American parks. It is a truly spectacular place and I am fortunate to have been able to visit it. You will be hearing from me again in the not too distant future. Michael USA (New York) June 2017.

Now that we're back home, we wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday with you in Spain. The tour certainly exceeded our expectations - we know why you have so many repeat customers! All the best in your future endeavours - perhaps our paths will cross again in the future. Stephen and Joan (Vancouver Canada) Sept 2015

We have arrived home safely with great memories of your trip. It certainly lived up to the descriptions given and we were delighted with the truly beautiful walks through interesting terrain with lovely vistas. Thank you for the help you gave us in planning our trip and your attention to detail. We enjoyed meeting and getting to know our group and found them very compatible and fun to be with. Bill has attached a couple of pictures which we hope will add to the great photos which you forwarded. Thanks again for a great trip. Shirley & Bill (Ontario Canada) Sept 2015

Thanks for an amazing holiday and for sharing with us your beautiful part of the world, we thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated the places you took us to - wish we were still in Tarifa - after you left there was flamenco dancing outside the hotel which we watched from the balcony - thanks for laying that on ! Many thanks Suzanne & Ken (Herts) April 2015

The holiday has exceeded our expectations by a wide margin. Jackie knew pretty much what to expect as she had done the walks from Competa last year but I had little idea of what was in store apart from wondering if I was going to make the first walk advertised at 5-6 hours and 11 miles in length. In the event it was easier than I expected but more importantly, quite exhilarating. Must be something to do with the clear air and the bright sunlight which brings out all the colours and shapes of the countryside. Granada was wonderful and the lunch at the Kiki bar on the top of the hill overlooking the Alhambra quite memorable.
El Torcal was quite unexpected; it wasn’t a long walk but scrambling over the boulders presented quite a challenge to some of us less agile ones. In the event I’m glad we didn’t do the downhill path as it would probably have spoiled us for the following day’s walk from Ronda. This was quite outstanding – through wonderful countryside covered in spring flowers and looking I am sure at its finest. The train trip down to Tarifa was quite a highlight.
Tarifa was more interesting than we expected. The old town so conveniently located behind the hostal proved to be a source of excellent food with bars and restaurants to satisfy all tastes. The walk through the hills to the hermita was a delight and the return along the beach was a fitting climax to a wonderful week’s experience.
I mustn’t forget to mention the delightful first night we spent in Competa at the Spanish Steps house and the unforgettable meal we had at Antonio’s in Canillas. You and Sue have been remarkable hosts and we cannot fail to be impressed not only by the energy which you devote to ensuring your guests have a good time but also that you really seem to enjoy it yourselves. Thank you so much to both of you for a memorable time, you have a wonderful thing going there. Hasta pronto!   Hugh & Jackie (Surrey) May 2014)
We really enjoyed every minute of the holiday. With your extensive knowledge of the area we saw places that we would never have seen. Your selection of restaurants was also top class. We came away with enough memories to keep us laughing through the cold winter in Ireland. Hope to see you all again on another of your adventures. Many thanks Patrick and Patricia (Waterford, Ireland) September 2013

Brilliant week - thanks Peter for all your meticulous organisation yet again!! Great walking companions for the week - hope we can keep in touch. Jan & Gareth, (Cardiff) September 2013

Thank you to you, Andy and Sue for providing an incredible week for us, it definitely surpassed all my expectations. The scenery, food and people were fantastic. Every day brought something new and interesting. I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into making our holiday so memorable. I know with a group of 9 strong minded women that things are not always going to be plain sailing! However speaking to the ladies they all had a fantastic week ...Jill (plus 7 friends from Elgin) June 2013

Huge thank you to Peter who helped us enjoy such fabulous walks. They truly were fantastic and we all thoroughly enjoyed The Journey with you. Also a special,thank you to Andy who looked after us on our El Torcal day. We had such a varied experience and got to see some wonderful places. Enjoy the rest of the season and we hope to see you again for some more Spanish Steps. Valerie, Peter and Eric, (Belfast) April 2013.

I just wanted to say thanks to you Sue and Andy for making it a great holiday. We really enjoyed it and it gave us a great introduction to Andalucia. Kathy & Ian (Reading) April 2013.

Gail and I wish to thank you all for a wonderful holiday.We really appreciate the great amount of work that you must put into organising these holidays and the effort that you go to to ensure that people enjoy themselves. Peter and Andy are so kind and considerate and we were lucky to have the company of a very nice group of peopl We hope that we will be able to join you again for another adventure! Best wishes to you all and thanks again. Pam & Gail (Swansea) October 2012

Just a quick note to tell you that Chris, Kevin, Mal and I had a great time on our walk with you. Kevin absolutely loved Spain, and even thought Tangier was something he will never forget! Have a great Christmas, and I will keep recommending fresh walkers for you, many thanks, Louis (Australia) Journey through al-Andalus October 2012

Thank you for such a wonderful holiday in Andalucia. Despite the rather disappointing weather, what a lot of memories to treasure. Margo and I had a really good time and you really looked after us all so well. It was fun to be part of a group of like minded people and to glow with a sense of achievement after some of the more difficult walks. It has also given me an appreciation for the beauty, history and variety that is Spain, something that I had no idea about previously. Nick and Margo (Canada) April 2012

Greg and I would like to thank you for such a super holiday - we enjoyed it enormously. Shame about the weather but the walks and accommodation were great and the food superb. It was such a nice group. Back to work today - all a bit of jolt after a week of relaxation! Sara and Greg  April 2012
Thank you so much for your kind support and consideration as well as the photos. 
I still review in mind every item filled with much fun, which we experienced all the way thru the Journey. Thank you again and take care. Shinji, (Japan) October 2012.

thoroughly enjoyed myself on the Journey and would recommend it to everyone. The group was very international. I have since heard from Shinji in Japan, a lovely guy. I thought the whole group was marvelous and we gelled very well but the icing on the cake was you. You put a lot of us in the shade with your enthusiasm for life and good natured fun. Eddie (County Kerry) October 2012.

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