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Walking in Las Alpujarras; Granada and rural villages of Andalucia
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Highlights

  • Walking from charming Granada between the rural villages of Las Alpujarras.
  • Soaking up incredible views of the Sierra Nevada’s snowy peaks.
  • Divine local food—dried hams and dishes with an explosion of exotic spices.
  • Exploring authentic mountain villages with their distinctly Moorish origins.
  • The stunning Alhambra palace, with its gardens, fountains and mosaics.

The mountains of Las Alpujarras beg to be explored on foot; walk between picturesque white-washed villages set against the impressive backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. Your Andalucian adventure starts and ends in lovely Granada, home to the stunning Alhambra palace, with its Moorish mosaics and fountain-filled gardens.

Moving up into the mountains, follow superb high trails between rural hamlets, past terraced fields and irrigation channels. You’ll need no excuse to walk off the delicious local food—dried hams; colourful dishes flavoured with Arabic spices and ruby pomegranate; rich stews of lamb, rabbit and sherry; olives, almonds and sweet pastries!

Day 1: Arrive Granada

Today you arrive in the stunning city of Granada, with its rich Moorish heritage—an intriguing mix of ancient alleyways and modern avenues. You may like to take a stroll around the city to explore and soak up the distinctively Andalucian atmosphere.


With its fabulous restaurants and cafés, Granada a compact and vibrant city to explore.


Overnight: Hotel Reina Cristina***, Granada


At the beginning and end of your tour you’ll stay at the Hotel Reina Cristina, a lovely 50-room property set in the heart of Granada, in the commercial district, next to the cathedral.


Day 2: Bus to Capileira, choice of loop walks

After breakfast take a public bus to Capileira, the principal village of the Alpujarras and occupying a picturesque and lofty position at 1436m elevation.


Fall in love with this former Moorish settlement’s tiny squares and narrow lanes. Choose from several walks in the Río Poqueira Valley (3h30-5hrs). Pass by farmers’ fields and ancient threshing circles, ascending to enjoy fantastic views over the Alpujarras.


Walk: 7.5-10 km, 350/560m ascent/descent, approx. 3h30-5hrs


Overnight: Hotel Real Poqueira***, Capileira


You’ll find this charming hotel opposite the church; the historic building retains many original features. There is a café-restaurant a games/TV room, swimming pool, solarium and terrace.


Day 3: Walk to Pórtugos

Today you can look forward to walking between pretty white-washed villages, visiting Bubion, Pitres, Mencina-Fondales and Atalbéitar.  The paths take you through an ancient Mediterranean Holm oak forest, pine plantations and irrigated fields. The last section of your walk traverses part of the 'Taha de Pitres'; an ancient water source dating from Moorish times. 


Pórtugos is an authentic Alpujarran village with Berber-style flat roofed houses. Here you can wander the maze of narrow streets decorated with brightly potted flowers and red peppers drying in the sunshine.


Walk: 11.5 km, 385m ascent, 520m descent, approx. 5hrs.


Dinner & Overnight: Hotel Nuevo Malagueño**, Pórtugos


This friendly and simply-furnished hotel is located in the heart of Pórtugos.


Day 4: Valle del Río to Trevélez

Walk through the Trevélez river valley, stopping to catch your breath and admire the sweeping views of the snow-dusted Sierra Nevada as you follow a long-distance walking path to the highest village in Spain. 


Trevélez is known for its excellent hams, which you can try with a glass of local wine at the hotel’s charming wood-panelled restaurant tonight.


Walk: 14.5 km, 750m ascent, 530m descent, approx. 6 hrs 


Dinner & Overnight: Hotel La Fragura II**, Trevélez


Relax in the hotel’s lovely pool and enjoy the views over the surrounding mountains. This is a charming property with a great ambience and good local food.


Day 5: Choice of loop walks from Trevélez

Today you can choose from three lovely walks; a spectacular longer walk high into the Sierra Nevada, a circular route to explore around the village, or a short walk along the historic Camino de Granada.


Walk 1: 12 km, 285m ascent/descent, 3h30

Walk 2: 14 km, 575m ascent/descent, 5h30

Walk 3: 18 km, 1400 m ascent/descent, 8h


Dinner & Overnight:  Hotel La Fragura II**, Trevélez


Day 6: Walk to Bérchules

Get ready for another spectacular day of hiking from village to village. Set off through shady woodlands, following narrow footpaths to  high elevations. 


Your efforts will be rewarded with sweeping views over the rolling mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and if the weather is clear, you can see all the way to Africa from El Portichuelo, the highest point on today’s route.


Walk: 16 km, 620m ascent, 880m descent, approx. 5h30


Dinner & Overnight: Hotel Los Bérchules, Bérchules


Alejandro, Csilla and their family run this 14-room property located at 1320m elevation, on the outskirts of Bérchules. They are keen walkers in their own right, and you’ll enjoy the traditional home-cooked meals served in their restaurant.


Day 7: Bus to Granada, evening visit Alhambra

After breakfast, take an optional farewell walk through the Río Grande Valley, north of Bérchules, following an ancient irrigation channel to the ruins of a 13th century Moorish silk-washing house.


Take a morning or afternoon bus back to Granada.  Do not miss a visit to the Alhambra, a magnificent Moorish palace, adorned with mosaics and carvings. Early evening is a great time to visit this magical place. Explore the Generalife  gardens heady with blossom and trickling fountains. Alhambra and Generalife tickets are not included in the tour arrangements, however advance booking is essential (available online)


Overnight: Hotel Reina Cristina***, Granada


Day 8: Onward travel

Your Alpujarran adventure ends after breakfast this morning. You can either extend your stay in Granada or elsewhere in Spain, or make your onward journey home later today.


Accommodation

7 nights accommodation is included in your trip. For 2 of those nights in Granada, you’ll be staying in a good centrally-located city centre 3*  property, and for the other 5 nights you’ll be staying in 4 different family-run 2* and 3* hotels.  All rooms have private bathrooms, some have terraces and some have a swimming pool.


We carefully select small friendly hotels that offer great value, food and warm welcomes. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary, however if unavailable we may need to offer alternative hotels, and we will inform you on booking if this is the case.  


You can add extra nights at any point during your stay, and we particularly recommend extending your stay in Granada as there is so much to see and do —please contact us for details.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers and there is a supplement as some of the costs are then not shared. Single rooms are available and again a supplement is payable.


Meals

7 Breakfasts and 5 dinners are included (you are on a bed and breakfast basis whilst staying in Granada). Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop and buy a picnic on the way. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodations.


Availability

You can start your Walking in Las Alpujarras trip on any day of the week from the end of February to the end of November (excluding July and August, as it is too hot to walk). 


Grade & Terrain and Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

This is a self guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip. It is graded moderate, and the longest day is 16km.  On two days you have a choice of loop walks so can simply relax at your hotel, or choose your level of walk.  When walking between hotels the most elevation gain is 750m and you’ll be walking for around 6 hours, so you should have a good level of walking fitness.


Although sometimes the ascents are several km long, they are gradual and technically easy.  You’ll follow wide unsurfaced tracks, footpaths or animal trails, with the occasional section on surfaced tracks or tarmac roads.


There is some way-marking on this walk, and we will provide you with detailed maps and comprehensive route notes so you can easily find your way.  


Baggage Transfer

Your bags (up to 20kg per person) will be transferred for you between accommodations, as per the itinerary. When you take public transportation you take your bags with you.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to and from Granada

By Air: Malaga or Granada are the best airports for the start and end of the tour.  From the UK you can find several low-cost airlines that fly into Malaga. To get from Malaga to Granada you can catch a public bus or train (1h30-2hrs approx—see above airport websites for information) but the easiest option is a pre-booked transfer (contact us for details).

Included

  • 7 Nights in 2* & 3* hotels.
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • 5 Dinners.
  • Luggage transfers as per itinerary on days 3, 4, 6.
  • Route notes, daily maps and detailed information pack.
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and local partner.

Excluded

  • Travel to/from Granada
  • Lunches
  • Dinners in Granada
  • Local transfers and public transportation
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Entrance to Alhambra & Generalife
  • Travel insurance (required)

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room or solo walker supplement if required
  • Transfers to/from Granada

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised; Granada in particular is very popular year-round, and especially during the summer. Should you wish to visit the Alhambra, then we strongly recommend you book in advance online. Details will be given in your Information Pack, which we send out when we confirm your booking.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is graded moderate, and you should therefore be fit and healthy in order to make the most of your time in Las Alpujarras. The walking can be steep as you are in the mountains but on two of the days you have a choice of short or long loop walks available.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodations as per your itinerary. When you travel by public transport, you take your bags with you. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are April through June and September to October. In the winter months there may be patches of snow and you should take layers to keep comfortable.  

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Malaga is the easiest airport to fly into, which is served by low cost, charter and scheduled airlines. Malaga is a 1.5-2 hr bus or train ride from Granada. Alternatively, you can contact us to arrange a private transfer at a supplement.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Pros

  • Great accommodations (9)
  • Well organised (8)
  • Fun (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Trying something new (10)
  • Holiday (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Occasional traveller (7), World traveller (4)

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5.0

Las Alpujerras- warm winter walking

By Nixon

from Aberdeen

About Me Occasional Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Few other walkers
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Challenging walking
    • Holiday
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

    Had a fabulous week walking across Los Alpujerras between villages in November. Skies were blue and weather perfect for walking ( still in shorts ) climbs were long and gradual through birch snd holm oak forests to mountain tops Hotels were great - we were the only people in them so late in th season. Borrowed one hotel dog to walk with us one day.

     
    4.0

    Picturesque, interesting holiday

    By Kit & Gilles

    from Burlington, Canada

    About Me Enjoy Walking Holidays, Outdoor Travellers

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • peaceful
    • Picturesque

    Cons

    • Some directions confusing

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

    First experience with Macs, having done other self-guided walking holidays with another company. Good overall. Went early October, weather warm and sunny, cooler in evenings and mornings. All accommodations good, especially enjoyed Trevelez. It was the only hotel that accommodated a gluten-free requirement, but I was prepared for such possibilities. Luggage transfers went well. Route instructions sometimes confusing, particularly difficult when many paths or the route deviated from the GR blazed routes or in villages. Also would be helpful to have option not to have to travel to Capileira morning of first day of hiking. After the late start, we ended up doubling back through the villages instead of completing the circular hike as we had difficulties with directions after the bridge and were concerned with losing too much daylight.
    The Alhambra was a highlight of the trip; we were absolutely spell-bound. Not to be missed and make sure to purchase tickets early.

     
    4.0

    Just give it a go, life is short.

    By R&R

    from Hobart Tasmania

    About Me Keeping old age at bay., Occasional Traveller

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Keeps you fit
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gets you out of the house.
      • Holiday
      • Relaxation
      • Tests the marriage.
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

      Well graded walking, slow build up to the most challenging day and then eased out the last day. Accommodation varied a bit, we liked the place in Trevelez where we were changed to a less salubrious establishment down the road. It was less slick, visited by locals rather than gringoes like ourselves. We had fun apart from occasionally losing our bearings, found it less risky is we took turns leading each day. Long days but not too challenging. Very accommodating hosts.

       
      5.0

      Really Enjoyed this Walking

      By 70ish hikers

      from San Francisco

      About Me We like to hike., World Traveller

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

        Once in a while, the trails were not well marked and the directions didn't indicate this or the directions were misleading.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great walking trip in stunning scenery

        By Tara H

        from Canada

        About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

        Pros

        • Fabulous scenery
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience

        Cons

        • Must pay close attention to route instructions
        • Some accommodations better than others

        Best Uses

        • Getting away from it all
        • Holiday

        Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

        On this trip you experience stunning mountain scenery and quaint villages where people live a quiet, rural way of life. We went in early November. The weather was sunny and warm in the afternoons. Mornings and evenings were cool and required warm clothing. The hotels are small, and some were excellent and provided amazing food, while others were quite basic. It is important to follow the route directions carefully and pay close attention to the distances between waypoints. We never got seriously lost, but did get off track several times in the villages with their mazes of medieval streets. It would be helpful if the route instructions contained more street names, and the maps included more details of the villages. When we got off track, we usually re-oriented ourselves by looking for the local plaza or main church (every village has them), as the directions almost always refer to the plaza or the church.

         
        5.0

        Loved this hike...

        By Sailor Fiona

        from Canada

        Pros

        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

            Third trip with Macs and it was the usual faultless organization. The only thing I would change would be to fly into Granada and not Malaga to avoid the extra travel.
            Fantastic hiking in between beautiful hill top villages.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Spectacular Views

            By Mc's & Co

            from Aberdeen

            About Me Enjoy new experiences, Occasional Traveller

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun
            • Great Accommodations
            • Well Organised

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

              We had a wonderful time. Some of the walks were quite strenuous but the guides and maps provided were detailed and very helpful. We had very good weather, warm but not too hot; you need plenty of water. The hotels were all excellent, one was a little bit old fashioned but all were spotlessly clean with excellent staff and good local food. The luggage arrangements worked very smoothly and efficiently. The free tapas in most of the cafes and hotels were an added bonus.
              The hotel in Granada was very well positioned, close to the main sights and near a lovely wee square with music in the evenings and weekends, handy for shops and cafes. We had one extra night in Granada and if you have not been there before, you need it. The buses in the mountains were good but ran late sometimes so be careful about your travel arrangements, allow a little flexibility. The direct bus from Granada to Malaga airport gets full up on Saturday afternoons but ALSA (bus company) website does not accept payments from non Spanish credit/debit cards and the Paypal option did not work, so buy your tickets at the bus station, on the way back from the mountains. Comments are intended as "helpful hints" not criticisms, we are a mixed bunch (ages 22 to 62) and all had a great time.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great holiday in a remote beautiful area of Spain

              By Midlands Lady

              from Ireland

              About Me Occasional Traveller

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun
              • Great Accommodations
              • Well Organised

              Cons

              • Exhausting

              Best Uses

              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

              lovely walking but a lot of up and down. Be prepared for climbing , some days in extreme heat. some walks are not that well marked so you have to watch the maps and take care. the villages were gorgeous and not crowded, very different from Amalfi Coast walking. the hospitality in the hotels was very good apart from Granada. However the hotel location made up for the shortcomings. the local food was simple, tasty and well presented.

               
              4.0

              Stunning views, friendly locals, great accommodation

              By Ali of the Alpujarras

              from Leeds

              About Me World Traveller

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great Accommodations
              • Great Food
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Peaceful
              • Picturesque

              Cons

              • Some Route Note Errors

              Best Uses

              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

              This holiday was fantastic, and we would do it all again tomorrow! The scenery was absolutely amazing, we felt as if we were walking through postcards. The accommodation was better than we expected, and locals were all very friendly and helpful. This trip was excellent value for money. We had one issue with the route notes, but the support team were able to help out over the phone.

               
              3.0

              Very good on the whole. A few blips

              By Leesea

              from Devon. Uk

              About Me Occasional Traveller

              Pros

              • Great Accommodations

              Cons

              • Poorly Organised

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Walking in Las Alpujarras:

              The hotels were nice, comfy beds, good food. Luggage transfer ok until last drop who had not been contacted and had no knowledge of us.
              Directions ok ish but some were out of date and unclear.
              The walks picked and places visited were good.
              Would do it again.
              Helpline unmanned at times. No answer!

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