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What To Pack

The following notes may be of assistance when planning what to bring with you for your holiday, in addition to that which you would normally pack for a visit to Southern Spain at the corresponding time of year. For this week's weather forecast - see Costa Tropical Weather Information

Summer Season

Comfortable shoes / boots
Casual Clothes
T Shirts
Shorts
Socks
Hat / Baseball cap
Trainers / Sandals
Beach Towel (bath towels are supplied in all our accommodation but are not permitted to be taken on the beaches)
Swimwear
Sun Cream
Small / medium sized rucksack
Bum bag
Sunglasses
Camera
Mobile phone

Winter Season

In addition to the above, you may wish to bring the following:
Lightweight waterproofs
Fleece / Warm jacket

Horse Riding & Trekking

Riding boots if you have them - or other sturdy shoes / boots with 1" - 1.5" heel (not open toed).  The shoes must have a small heel, and must fit securely - so no flip-flops or flat soled trainers, please.

Jodhpurs (if you have them) or other comfortable long trousers

A small bum bag (the kind of size to hold your sun cream, small bottle of water,  small camera etc) is useful)

If you have any other items of your own riding kit, e.g. chaps, gloves, hat etc please feel free to bring them.  NB We supply safety hats & body protectors (for under 16s) - but again please bring your own if you prefer.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Cycling or padded shorts if you are dead serious and intend to cycle a lot.

In the cooler months a lightweight water / windproof jacket may be a good idea, &/or a thin insulating layer.  We supply rucksacks for your use.

Sunglasses which stay on / or are attached via a croakie or similar.

Lightweight gloves if you have them (pref. with padded palms).

We supply safety helmets & gloves, but if you'd rather use your own then that's perfectly OK with us.

Canyoning

An old pair of trainers you don't mind getting wet are rqd.  NB Shoes must cover toes so flip flops / sandal style are not suitable.

Change of clothing for afterwards / dry shoes.

Swim-suit and towel

Wet suits are provided - so if you are used to them and prefer to wear a rashie underneath then pack that (though if you don't know what on earth that means don't worry!)

The water, while absolutely crystal clear, is quite "hard" so some people like to take a face / hand cream to apply afterwards

Skiing

Definitely layers you can "put on" and "take off" as the going / weather dictates.  3 or 4 thinner layers are more flexible,  more comfortable and more efficient than a single unwieldy thick layer - though generally Sierra Nevada is a "warm" resort.  It is normally possible to hire jackets &/or ski trousers at the village, at the same time as your ski / snow board boots, skis, boards etc.


Unfortunately we cannot offer hire of all of smaller stuff that gets lost - so you will need to bring ski socks, gloves, sun glasses, goggles, hats etc.  These can also be bought at the hire shop or in the resort.

High factor sun protection as Sierra Nevada is the most southerly range of mountains in Europe.  Don't forget we are further south than most of Greece.

Diving

All equipment is provided, but if you have your own kit you want to use this should not be a problem as long as the dive school is happy with the quality and condition of it.  If in doubt - contact us & ask.

Quad Biking / 4x4 Buggy Safari

Loose-ish comfortable clothes you don't mind getting either muddy or dusty.

A pair of gloves can be useful in winter.

Valid driving licence (for driver).

Walking & Hiking

We have a range of routes which are graded as to what going you can expect - and thus what footwear is appropriate - see grading notes ffi.  However, if you don't own your own dedicated walking shoes / boots then we would advise, for anything which is off the paved road, that a good quality pair of stout shoes / boots preferably with a modicum of ankle support that have already been "broken in" would be more  appropriate than, say, just a pair of trainers.

Thick, as well as thin, socks.

A hat.  Apart from being a necessity if you are walking high up in winter these can be vital in summer.  For high summer we (as well as most locals) favour (don't laugh) wide brimmed straw hats as they are light, let the air through so are cool, cheap, sold everywhere and give excellent shade over your face and neck.

For winter, consider the concept of layered clothing so you can "put on" and "take off" as the going / weather dictates.  3 or 4 thinner layers are more flexible,  more comfortable and more efficient than a single unwieldy thick layer.  Over winter there is the chance of some rain (we have approx 20 days a year, ranging from a light drizzle to torrential) so light weight waterproofs could be handy.

Small rucksack or shoulder bag large enough for spare clothes, water bottle, picnic, map, camera, mobile phone, etc etc.

If you have them, a compass &/or hand held GPS can be used to help identify some distant objects on the map and so can be useful.  Also our routes in Las Alpujarras have GPS waypoints for reference.

A pair of small, lightweight binoculars or similar can be useful if you interested in the local wildlife.

Golf

While arguably a tad less formal then some UK courses, it is generally best to bring what you would normally be comfortable in playing in England on a hot summer’s day.  Sleeveless or collarless T- shirts, swimming costumes or jeans are not permitted. The only shoes allowed are shoes with rubber studs.  In winter, a wind proof jacket is recommended, with the possibility of a warmer layer / light weight waterproofs if playing in Granada (as winter temperatures are some 8 - 10 less on occasions than the coast). Spanish Golf Federation licence, or your handicap certificate, for some courses.

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