Andalucian Adventures

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OWe are planning a walking holiday in Andalucia in October/November. Can you recommend any companies that offer guided tours?

HG, Manchester

Andalucian Adventures (01453 834137; www. andalucian-adventures.co.uk) offers week-long walking tours in four areas, including the Alpujarras and the Grazalema National Park (around £750 full board, excluding flights). ATG Oxford (01865 315678; www.atg-oxford.co.uk) has departures in October for its eight-day walks in the hills between Arcos de la Frontera and Ronda. At £1,392 full board, excluding flights, it is expensive; but the standard of food, accommodation and guides

is very high. Headwater (01606 720199; www.headwater.com) offers a choice of five routes, from a 12-day Best of Andalucia’ tour combining easy walking with sightseeing (from £1,248 including flights, guide and some meals) to an eight-day walk through the Sierra Nevada (about £800 including flights and all meals).

Fare’s fair?

Ols there a quick way of comparing the airfares offered on a route without having to log on to all the airlines’ websites individually?

NM, Brighton

A There are at least two sites that make such comparisons: www.skyscanner. net and www.traveljungle. co.uk. They scan fares offered direct by airlines and by

low-fare agencies. Once you have found the fare you want, you are routed onto the website of the airline or agent offering it. However, neither site is comprehensive: you won’t necessarily be shown fares for all airlines on the route. When I tried a test run on flights from London to Rome, for example (which is served by easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Alitalia), Skyscanner offered only easyJet flights, although it did have a link to Ryanair. Traveljungle had fares from both these airlines, but did not have direct links to British Airways or Alitalia, only to agencies. However, both sites are relatively new and still developing, so coverage is likely to improve over the next few months.

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