8 days
Duration
Moderate
Difficulty
Spain
Location
February-June, september-november
Availability

  The impressive Moorish legacy of the Alpujarras and the stunning Alhambra of Granada

 Beautiful mountain trails at the perfect elevation for year-round hiking

  Charming white-washed villages with narrow winding streets

  Dramatic views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada

  Delicious local food, including mountain-cured hams and meat stews with exotic spices


Hiking in the Alpujarras & Granada

Self-guided walking holiday with luggage transportatioon

Starting and ending in Granada, against the dramatic backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range, this self-guided walking tour takes you through picturesque white-washed villages on hillsides that have been carefully terraced and irrigated since Moorish times. The Alpujarras are at the perfect elevation for year-round hiking and with well-trodden footpaths connecting each village, it’s an area that’s just begging to be explored on foot.

The lower reaches are home to a wide variety of traditional Mediterranean crops, from olive orchards, orange and lemon groves to almonds, figs and grapes. All of these ingredients make their way into the delicious local food dishes, along with lamb, rabbit and the famous cured ham of Trevélez. The cuisine retains its Moorish influences and dishes are often colourful and flavoured with Arabic spices.

As you move higher into the mountains, you will find an ancient web of hiking paths that lead you between rural hamlets; their Berber-style flat roofed houses offering panoramic views of the mountainous landscape and their winding lanes inviting further exploration.

Back in Granada, you can finish your Andalucían adventure in style with a visit to the eternal and stunning Alhambra, which is truly one of the wonders of the world!

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS From €550 per person sharing*

*A high season supplement will apply during peak booking periods.
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers.

ACCOMMODATION For the two nights in Granada, you’ll be staying in a good centrally-located 3* hotel. For the nights in the Alpujarras, you will stay in small and charming family hotels, set in the beautiful white villages. All of them have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

Some of the hotels we work with are listed below. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.

You can also book additional nights at any of the hotels along the way.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, from February 1st to June 25th, and from September 1st to December 22nd.

The best time for walking in Las Alpujarras is April to mid-June and mid-September to early November, when temperatures are just right and the vegetation is at its most colourful.

INCLUDED
7 nights in selected hotels
7 Breakfasts
5 Dinners in the villages of the Alpujarras
Luggage transport on days 3, 4 and 6
Detailed route notes and maps with tracks on
Pre-departure information pack
24/7 telephone support
NOT INCLUDED
Flights & travel insurance
Lunches
Dinners in Granada
Public transport to Granada or between Granada and Alpujarras
Luggage transport between Granada and Alpujarras
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single Room Supplement(s)
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Day 1: Arrive in Granada

From afar, the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada provide a spectacular backdrop to one of Europe’s most striking cityscapes. Once you get up close, Granada is an intriguing mix of the ancient and modern. Its Moorish architectural heritage is clear to see; the undoubted jewel in its crown being the stunning hilltop Alhambra palace, with its dazzling Islamic decor and landscaped gardens.

Away from the Alhambra, Granada also has an abundance of Moorish bathhouses, authentic flamenco clubs and tapas bars which still serve a free tapas-plate with each drink!

Your accommodation is at the Hotel Reina Cristina, a lovely city-centre hotel next to the cathedral.

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Day 2: Bus to Capileira and walk through the Río Poqueira Valley

Option A – Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 560 m | Descent: 560 m | 5½ hrs approx.

OR

Option B – Distance: 7.4 km | Ascent: 350 m | Descent: 350 m | 3½ hrs approx.

After breakfast, you will take a local bus (with your luggage) to Capileira, the largest and highest of the Alpujarras’ villages, at 1436m. This pretty town has a very good selection of restaurants, as well as a long tradition for producing top quality leather goods. Capileira’s Moorish heritage is still clearly evident in its white-washed houses clinging to the hillside, its tiny squares with fountains, and a mysterious network of steep, narrow lanes.

Having checked in and deposited your luggage at your hotel, you have a choice of circular walks in the Río Poqueira Valley, from Capileira via Bubion to Pampaneira, passing ancient threshing circles as you make your way through the agricultural land of the high mountain slopes.

Overnight: Capileira

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Day 3: From Capileira to Pórtugos

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 385 m | Descent: 520 m | 5 hrs approx.

From Capileira you will walk through the picturesque white villages of Bubion, Pitres, Mencina-Fondales and Atalbéitar, enjoying varied mountain scenery along your route to Pórtugos: firstly through woodlands, including an ancient Mediterranean Holm oak forest, as well as pine tree plantations, before passing irrigated fields and the Taha de Pitres, an ancient water source which dates back to Moorish times.

Finally, your walk takes you into Pórtugos, where you will find your hotel for tonight. This is a delightfully authentic Andalucían village with traditional Berber style, flat roofed houses scattered in a maze of narrow twisting streets which are just waiting to be explored.

Overnight: Pórtugos

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Day 4: Trevélez Valley walk

Distance: 14.6 km | Ascent: 750 m | Descent: 530 m | 6 hrs approx.

A long but not too difficult route through the Trevélez River Valley with fantastic viewing points along the way. Today’s walk takes you to the highest village in the Alpujarras and (they claim) in all of Spain.

Trevélez is rightly famous among food-lovers as the home of some of Spain’s finest ham. This cured jamón serrano matures perfectly in the rarified mountain air of the Sierra and is best enjoyed with a glass of local wine while gazing out at the spectacular mountain scenery.

Overnight: Trevélez

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Day 5: Choice of walks from Trevélez

Option 1 – Distance: 18 km | Ascent/Descent: 1400 m | 8 hrs approx.
Option 2 – Distance: 14 km | Ascent/Descent: 500 m | 5½ hrs approx.
Option 3 – Distance: 12 km | Ascent/Descent: 285 m | 3 hrs approx.

You have a choice of three fantastic walks to choose from today, including a spectacular longer walk high into the Sierra Nevada, a circular route in the beautiful surroundings of Trevélez or a shorter walk along the historic Camino de Granada.

Overnight: Trevélez

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Day 6: Bérchules via El Portichuelo

Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 620 m | Descent: 880 m | 5½ hrs approx.

A pleasant route along narrow footpaths through shaded woodlands. The last section offers sweeping views over the Sierra Nevada. In clear weather, the African continent is visible from the highest point, El Portichuelo.

Overnight: Bérchules

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Day 7: Acequia walk in Río Grande Valley, bus to Granada

Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 170 m | Descent: 170 m | 3 hrs approx.

On your final day you have the option of taking a morning bus and having the full day to explore Granada or taking one final walk in the Alpujarras before catching the bus to Granada in the afternoon.

The optional walk, in the valley north of Bérchules, follows an ancient irrigation channel to the ruins of a 13th century Moorish silk-washing house.

Once back in Granada, a visit to the magnificent Alhambra is not to be missed. Early evening is a great time to visit this magical place. Tickets are not included in the tour arrangements but can be pre-booked here.

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Day 8: Departure

Our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked any additional services with us. We would be happy to book additional nights for you in Granada. Just let us know at the time of booking if you would like to extend your stay.


Getting to Granada

  Nearest airports are Málaga airport (AGP) and Granada airport (GRX).
/ There are a few direct bus services from Málaga Airport to Granada. Check timetables at www.alsa.es.

Málaga airport – Málaga (city centre) – Granada: You take a bus, train or taxi from Málaga airport to Málaga (city centre). From there,you get a bus to Granada. Travel time is 2hrs.


From Granada to Capileira

/ By bus from Granada to Capileira: ALSA offers 3 services a day. Travel time 2h 30min.

Timetables: www.alsa.es

Note: the bus station in Granada is located on the outskirts of town, so plan your travel time accordingly!


Departure

/ From Berchules, there are direct buses to Granada twice a day. The journey takes 3,5 hrs. Timetables: www.alsa.es

If you’re flying out of Granada airport (GRX) you can use public transport to get from Granada city centre to the airport.

If you’re flying out of Málaga airport (AGP) there are direct services from Granada to Málaga airport (also via Málaga city centre). Travel time is about 2h15.

The Alhambra in Granada and Sierra Nevada Mountains
View over Granada
The snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains
Capileira (c) Carlos Alejo via Wikimedia Commons
Hiking signposts in the Alpujarras
Chamois in the Alpujarras
Capileira in the Alpujarras (c) Dr Graham Beards via Wikimedia Commons
Capileira traditional crafts, Alpujarras
Enjoying the mountain view from Capileira
View over the Alpujarras, (c) joan ggk via Wikimedia Commons
Alpujarras white village (c) joan ggk via Wikimedia Commons
Hiking in the Alpujarras
Snow-capped peaks in the Alpujarras
Trevélez village in the Alpujarras, (c) Por los caminos de Málaga
Backpacks and walking poles in the Alpujarras
Sunset in the Alpujarras
White village in the Alpujarras
The dazzling Moorish architecture of the Alhambra, Granada
The Palacio de Partal in the Alhambra
View of Granada from inside the Alhambra

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
16/09/2021

I really loved this walking vacation! It has everything: culture with Al Hambra, beautiful villages and nice walks in nature. The hotels are all very nice and clean and the baggage always arrived there before I reached the hotel. The trails are not always very easy to follow so make sure to have both a gps and the route notes (I used my garmin phoenix 5s watch and it worked perfectly). It is also nice that you can chose how long you would like to walk on some days. I never really got lost and I am not a great navigator! I did get a few scratches here and there from some bushes but nothing too serious. I was travelling as a woman alone and never felt unsafe. Even though I did not meet a lot of other hikers on the trail, mostly there is phone network and the one place where there was no network (siete lagunas), there were plenty of other hikers. Also all of the hotels were aware of my imminent arrival so if I would not have come I am sure they would have inquired after my progress on the trail. Niall always replied to me very quickly to my inquiries and the local travel company in Spain was really helpful when I informed them that my luggage had gone missing by the airline.The hotels are aware that I am vegetarian and most of the meals were really amazing (and really a lot) All in all definetely worth booking this trip!

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