Las Alpujarras & The Sierra Nevada – Self Guided
Self guided walking holiday from Capileira through the Taha region and onto Trevelez before descending to Cadiar. A stunning walking holiday which gives the walker a great taste of the region and stays in some beautiful hotels. This self guided walking holiday takes in the fabulous Poquiera Gorge before walking to the beautiful la taha region for two days before transferring or walking to Trevelez the highest village in Spain and famous for its air cured ham, and the lesser walked area around Cadiar.
Choice of walks to suit you each day. From leisurely ‘La Cebadilla’ to the hard ‘Siete Lagunas’ but all the walks are beautiful and walk the best bits of the Sierra Nevada.
You can choose to have a Free Day in Trevelez Or an Excursion to Granada & The Alhambra(50 Per Person min 2 people) or you can carry on walking. This itinerary is very adaptable to everyone’s levels and needs from a walking holiday. Contact us to discuss your sierra nevada walking holiday.
Self Guided Walking Sierra Nevada
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Small Group
An adaptable self guided walking holiday in the Las Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada. Walking from Capileira and the poqueira gorge over to the la taha region before the walk take you up to Trevelez and then finally onto Cadiar. This walking itinerary covers the best bits of the Sierra Nevada and Las Alpujarras, walking all the classic routes.
The walks vary from leisurely 7km walks to 19km with more ascents and descents. You can choose each day during the holiday to suit you. We will move you luggage on for you and always be available in case you need any help or want to change anything.
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.
You can tailor this self guided walking holiday to suit you – just contact us to discuss your holiday.
Your choice of start and finish dates
Choose your length of holiday(min 3 nights, max 12 nights)
Choice of walks each day.
Great hotel accommodation and food (All breakfasts & 5 evening meals)
Sherpa transport for luggage (hotel to hotel)
A packed walk pack covering the Sierra Nevada(map, walk notes, wildlife and cultural guides)
24hr assistance if needed.
An Excellent Self Guided Walking Holiday
Airport Transfers – We organise these for 160 Euro per group of upto 4 people return to Malaga or Granada
We do organise transfers for larger groups please contact us.
2 Evening meals at Mecina
- Day1 Arrive at Capileira
Arrive at hotel in Capileira or we will have transferred you to the hotel from Malaga or Granada.
Evening meal in Hotel Finca Los Llanos.
- Day2 La Cebadilla or Poqueira Valley - 3 Villages
La Cabadilla Circuit – 6/7km – 3-5 hrs – Ascent 200m/Decent 200m W1
Walk from the hotel towards the stunnning Sierra Nevada mountain range and the deserted village of la Cebadilla. Abandoned in 1957 after the Hydroelectric plant was finished, a perfect village at the head of the Rio Toril and Rio Poquiera meeting. Walk back along the other side of the gorge to Capileira.
Three Villages – 9Km 5-7hrs – circular walk – Ascent 600m Descent 600m W2
A beautiful walk taking in the three villages of Bubion, Pampaniera, and Capileira in the Poquiera Gorge.
Evening Meal in Hotel
- Day3 Capileira to Mecina(2 routes)
Checkout of hotel
Walk from Capieira to Hotel Mecina – 8km 3-4hrs – Linear walk W3
A shorter walk but no less beautiful and rewarding. Using the GR7 to take you high above Bubion before the descent through Pitres and down to Mecina
Walk from Capileira to hotel Mecina – 14km 4-6hrs – linear walk W4
Walking out of the Poquiera gorge with some fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada before dropping down into the Taha region.
Check into Hotel Mecina. Evening meal at local restaurant
- Day4 La Taha Valley Walk Or Sierra Mecina Circuit
La Taha Valley Walk – up to 8km – Ascent 100m/Descent 100m W5
Walk along the valley side with great views – walking through the villages of Ferreriola and onto Busquistar. Walk past the fountain of health and the Era de Trance.
Sierra Mecina Circuit – 12km – 4-6hrs Ascent 200m/Descent 200m W6
A beautiful walk through the taha region. Walking on ancient mule tracks you will walk through a varied landscape and visit some of the best unspoilt villages in the Alpujarras.
Evening meal at local restaurant
- Day5 Free Day
Checkout of Hotel Mecina
Walk to Trevelez – 14km
Granada Excursion and Alhmabra
Free day in Trevelez
Check in to Hotel La Fragua
Evening meal in Meson La Fragua
- Day6 Rio Trevelez Walk Or Rio Culo Pero Or Siete Lagunas
Rio Trevelez Walk – Up to 12km Ascent 100m/Descent 100m W7
Walk down to the Rio Trevelez a river that flows all year from the snow melt and the huge aquifers in the Sierra Nevada. Walk along for 6km and return the same way. Great level walk along an easy path to follow.
Rio Culo Pero – 11km – 4-6hrs Ascent 200m/Descent 200m W8
A leisurely walk gradually gaining height above Trevelez and following the valley up towards the Sierra Nevada. An excellent opportunity to spot Golden eagles soaring above you then descend to the valley and follow the Rio Trevelez back in to the village.
Siete Lagunas – 18km – 5-8hrs – circular walk – Ascent 1300m Descent 1300m W9
Gaining 1300 metres in height upto the beautiful arête which holds the siete lagunas(seven lakes). A challenging walk but worth the effort.
Evening meal in Meson La Fragua
- Day7 Berchules Circuit 15km
Checkout of Hotel la Fragua
Trevelez – Hotel Alquiera de Morayma – 18km 5-8hrs – Linear walk – Ascent 500m Descent 800m (12km with transfer) W10
A great walk walking from the highest village in Spain down to the beautiful hotel at Cadiar. Another varied day of landscapes and villages. This walk can be reduced to 12km with a transfer from the village of Timar to the hotel.
Check into Hotel Alquileira De Morayma
Evening meal in hotel
- Day8 Transfer onwards
Check out of hotel.
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.
If you are coming self-guided then you can have as many people as you like in your group. We have organised self-guided walking holidays for groups of 20 before. Contact Us to discuss your holiday.
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)
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.
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.
We recommend flying into Malaga or Granada.
There is public transport and you need to catch a bus to Granada and then a bus to Capileira to start this holiday. You can find the information here – www.alsa.es It takes 1hr 30 mins from Malaga to Granada and then 3hrs from Granada to Capileira. Cost is roughly 40 Euro per person each way.
We do organise transfers and this is 165 Euro per group of up to 4 people return to Malaga or Granada.
We have never cancelled a week but we will inform you if the group on your chosen week is low on walkers.