Las Alpujarras Valley Walk
The Las Alpujarras is the area between the high Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most diverse regions in Spain. The Sierra Nevada dominates the rich blue skies, whilst the Contraviesa Mountain range to the South separates Las Alpujarras from the sea. The area is rich in Moorish history and culture and full of wildlife and amazing scenery.
This itinerary has been designed for you to see some of the best bits of Las Alpujarras in a week, and is one of our most popular itineraries. We meander through the stunning Alpujarran valley starting in Capileira, which is high in the Poquiera Gorge in the West and amble our way East to Cadiar, ‘The Navel of La Alpujarra’, through the beautiful white washed villages and stunning valleys. You will stay in 4 different hotels in 4 fabulous locations within this trip, and your luggage will be sent on ahead of you, so only a day backpack is needed for the walks.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Leisurely
- Group Size Small Group
A 7 night walking holiday based in the beautiful Sierra Nevada National Park in Andalucia. We will mainly be walking in Las Alpujarras which is the valleys that run down from the Sierra Nevada and west to east. We start high in the Poqueira Gorge in Capileira for 2 nights before walking South to Mecina in La Taha region. This is the ancient silk producing area, a beautiful lush green valley crisscrossed with mule tracks. We stay in the very nice Hotel Mecina for 2 nights here. We then either transfer straight to Trevelez or you have the opportunity to go Granada for the day. A must whilst in the area. Staying in Trevelez for 2 nights we walk into the Sierra Nevada national park before returning to Trevelez and then we walk down into Juviles for a traditional ‘Alpujarran’ lunch. .
This itinerary suites walkers who want to walk around 4-5 hours a day at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops. The paths are all good with only some short ascents and descents.
Staying in local family run hotels(2* or 3*) and eating in good restaurants. Lunches will be a mixture of eating in bars or a picnic lunch.
Airport Transfers from Malaga or Granada
7 Nights Ensuite Hotel Accommodation
All Evening Meals
Lunches on Walk days
5 Guided Walks
All Transport in the week
Opportunity to visit the Alhambra and Granada on the Free Day
Flights, personal snacks/drinks
- Day1 Airport Pickup
Meet at Malaga airport and leave for Capileira at 14.00hrs.
Go through the week and answer any questions.
Evening meal in Hotel Finca Los Llanos.
- Day2 La Cebadilla - 7 km
Walk from hotel in Capileira to La Cebadilla – 7km 3-4 hours
A beautiful walk taking in the Poquiera gorge with the snow topped Sierra Nevada as the backdrop. Walkng to La Cebadilla the deserted village.
- Day3 Capileira - Mecina 10km
Walk from Capileira to Mecina (5/6 hours) -10km Ascend 300m Descend 350m
We start the week with a walk down the Poquiera Gorge, walking through the well kept white washed villages of Bubion and Pampaneira before taking a track up and over into the fabulous region of La Taha. Settle into the beautiful Hotel de Mecina for 2 nights
- Day4 Sierra Mecina 12km
Walk around the Taha (3-4 hours) Ascend 250m Descend 250m
A circular walk around La Taha, meaning municipality in Arabic. The closeness of the villages makes this a great walk to see most of the nine villages of La Taha. We will walk along ancient mule tracks and silk routes.
- Day5 Free Day 0r Granada
Free Day Or Trip to Granada and the Alhambra(50 Euro per person min 2 people) A visit to the Alambra and then to the moorísh baths for pampering, if you wish(30 Euro extra) or just some free time in the historic city of Granada, eating, drinking and shopping. Return to Trevelez.
- Day6 Trevelez - Rio Culo Pero 11km
Trevelez – Rio Culo Pero 11km 4/5 hours
A beautiful wild walk. Waling along the side of the valley before descending to the river below. A great walk with good chances of seeing Golden Eagles, Bonellis Eagles and Ibex.
- Day7 Trevelez - Juviles 9km - Timar 11km - Lobras 13km
Trevelez – Juviles – Timar – Lobras 5 hours Ascend 400m Descend 600m
Walk from Trevelez down to the lower region of Las Alpujarras and to the beautiful Hotel Alqueria De Morayma, your base for the next two nights. The walk will take in the impressive El Fuerte, Moorish ruined citadel where fabulous views of the lower Alpujarras can be had.
- Day8 Return to Airport
Transfer to Granada or Malaga airport
Hotel Finca Los Llanos 3 * Rural
A charming family run hotel in the lovely village of Capilerira. Rooms are large and all en-suite. There is a swimming pool open most of the year. Wi-fi in all the rooms. Evening meals in the restaurant. If busy it will be a good hot buffet.
Hotel Mecina 3*Rural
A beautiful hotel which should be a 4*. Lovely pool and bar area situated in a cherry orchard. We will eat out in two local restaurants whilst we stay here. Wi-fi in rooms.
Hotel La Fragua 2* Rural
Situated in the top barrio of Trevelez. They have two hotels and an excellent restaurant in the middle of them. Good sized comfortable en-suite rooms with wifi. Small swimming pool available May – Sept.
Hotel Alquiera De Morayma 2* Rural
A beautiful hotel with large rooms all with fabulous views of the Sierra Nevada. Large swimming pool open May – Sept. Wifi in bar/restaurant. Excellent restaurant.
En-suite rooms based on 2 people sharing a room
If you would like to have your own room, there is a 120 Euro surcharge.
We pay this to the hotels and do not profit from it.
1 Good pair of walking boots, preferably not brandnew
2 Walking poles, if you are not confident on loose ground
3 Waterproofs- especially if you are going high
4 Warm jacket, Fleece etc
5 Sun hat
6 Sun Cream
7 Sun Glasses
8 Comfortable backpack
9 Water bottle/ camel pack
10 Travel insurance
11 Health card
12 Blister plasters
As you will be partaking in an activity holiday, it is a condition that you are adequately covered by the relevant insurance for medical and holiday cover. You will be asked to send proof of insurance when you have booked a holiday with us. We also recommend that you obtain your EHIC card which enables a citizen from the EU to health care anywhere within the EU.
Most holiday insurance companies include walking as part of their normal policy – just make sure it goes up to 3500m if you are walking Mulhacen.
All our guided itineraries have airport transfers included. We recommend Malaga to fly into and contact us and we will discuss with you the pick up options available.
Of course you can. If you are willing to share a room then there is no problem but if you want your own room there is a single supplement charge applicable.(120 Euro for 7 nights)
We keep our guided groups to 8 people. We feel the group works better in a small more personalised group.
No, the choice is yours. If you want free day then just inform us at the time and we can hopefully give you other options or if you feel a walk maybe too much for you we can usually arrange a shorter version for you.
We have never cancelled a week but we will inform you if the group on your chosen week is low on walkers.
All the hotels can cater for any diet. If you have a particularly allergy, just let us know and we will make sure the hotels are aware.