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Granada and Las Alpujarras

11 Days & 10 Nights
  • An Andalucian adventure, exploring Granada and traversing the Alpujarras on foot
  • Discover the Alhambra palace, with its Moorish mosaics and fountain-filled gardens
  • Sample delicious local food—dried hams and dishes with an explosion of spices
  • Walk to Trevelez, the highest village in Spain, at the foot of mighty Mulhacen
  • Overnight stays in charming rural hotels in idyllic locations surronded by mountains
Explore Granada and traverse the Alpujarras, both highlights of Spain’s Andalucia region. Surrounded by the snow-dusted peaks of the Sierra Nevada and filled with Moorish mosaics and ancient alleyways, discover Granada, also home to the Alhambra Palace. Walk high into the mountains and enjoy laid-back rural life in the Alpujarras. Follow trails through olive groves and tiny Berber style villages, former strongholds of the Spanish Moors. Sample some of the delicious local specialities including, ‘jamon serrano’ and “plato alpujarreno’, walk up to the highest village in Spain, Trevelez, and stay in Mairena, described as the “Balcony of the Alpujarras”. Stunning panoramas are constantly on view and you will rarely meet another soul while walking in these lovely valleys of eastern Andalucia.

What To Expect

Perfect if you are looking to combine a city break with an untouched part of rural Spain brimming with Moorish history and rewarding walking trails. Follow trails through rugged mountainous terrain, with daily walks between 10 and 17km and ascents of between 415m and 935m, walking on a mixture of unsurfaced tracks, footpaths and animal trails. Overnight stays are in small rural hotels in great locations in the heart of beautiful valleys and surrounded by mountains, and two nights will be in a stylish 3 or 4* hotel in the city of Granada.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Historical Journeys, Alpine & Mountains

Grade & Terrain

This walking tour is graded moderate to strenuous overall. Walks are between 3-8 hours on a mixture of unsurfaced tracks, footpaths and animal trails with the occasional section on surfaced tracks or small tarmac roads. Some of the terrain is quite rocky and you may encounter some loose rocks or muddy/slippery sections in wet weather. Ascents are between 415 and 930m with descents of up to 870m. During the summer months of June and September the walking may become more difficult due to the higher temperatures at that time of year and we recommend setting off early on those days.

Navigation

The routes on this trip are generally waymarked but we will also provide detailed route notes and maps. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go!

Accommodation Information

8 Nights accommodation in small rural hotels in the Alpujarras, and 2 nights in a 3 or 4* hotel in Granada are included in your tour.

The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. We may sometimes have to use alternative hotels subject to availability but if this is the case we will always let you know when confirming your booking.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo walkers but we recommend that you are an experienced walker who is comfortable with navigation, has walked in rougher, mountainous terrain before and is comfortable with steep ascents/descents and some steep drop-offs.

Meals

10 Breakfasts are included and usually consist of breads, fruits, cheeses and meats. Dinners are included on 6 nights—the first night in Capileira, 2 nights in Trevelez, 1 night in Berchules and 2 nights in Mairena. Lunches, (and dinners on the days not mentioned above) are not included but you will find suggestions in your route notes of local places to eat. The food is a real highlight in this part of Andalucia and you will feast on hearty local specialities (usually quite meat-based) such as Plato Alpujarreno (tasty dish made with sausage, potatoes and eggs), Trucha con Jamon (trout with ham) and Cocido Alpujarreno (a rich stew).

Included
  • 8 Nights in small rural hotels
  • 2 Nights in a 3 or 4* hotels in Granada
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners in Capileira (1st Night), Trevelez, Berchules and Mairena
  • Luggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Transfer from Mairena to Almeria or Granada Airport
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Granada/from Almeria or Granada
  • Lunches, snacks and drinks
  • Dinners in Granada, Capileira (2nd Night) and Ferreirola
  • Entrance to the Alhambra (we recommend booking in advance)
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour

When To Go

You can start this tour on any day of the week subject to availability between March to June, and then again from September to November. We do not offer this tour in July and August as it is too hot for enjoyable walking then.

Weather and Climate

The Alpujarras is enjoyable most of the year round and each season has it’s own highlights. The spring months of March and April are fantastic if you want to see the bird migrations in full swing and a profusion of flowers in bloom. The temperatures start to heat up in May and June and the slopes are filled with colourful butterflies and bee-eater birds. In the autumn months the days start to cool down, chestnuts fall from the trees and the colours turn to more shades of brown and golden. We do not offer this tour in July and August as it is too hot for enjoyable walking then.

Getting to the Start

By Air: There are international flights to Granada from London with airlines like British Airways and Easyjet, as well as connections from other Spanish cities like Madrid and Barcelona. It is also possible to fly to Malaga Airport which has more connections from the rest of the UK and across Europe with low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Vueling and Easyjet and catch a bus to Granada (1.5-2hrs)

By Train: Granada is connected by rail to many other large Spanish cities such as Almeria (3h), Cordoba (3h), Ronda (2.5h) Seville and Madrid (4h). Rail tickets for Spanish rail travel can be booked on the Renfe website.

Getting from the End

By Air: Almeria and Granada Airports are both approx. 1h 30m drive from Mairena, and an included transfer will take you from Mairena to either of these options. Please just let us know which airport you are flying out of. Airlines flying from Almeria include British Airways, Ryanair and Easyjet to the UK and there are also flights with Iberia and Vueling via Madrid.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 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.

Equipment

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, waterproof clothes and a day pack.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive and overnight in Granada Day 2 Free day in Granada. transfer to Capileira Day 3 Poqueira Gorge Loop Walk 6 miles / 10 km Day 4 Walk to Ferreirola 6.5 miles / 11 km Day 5 Taha Valley Loop Walk 9 miles / 14 km Day 6 Walk to Trevelez 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 7 Loop walk from Trevelez 9 miles / 14 km Day 8 Walk to Berchules 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 9 Transfer to Yegen, Walk to Mairena 7 miles / 11 km Day 10 Loop walk from Mairena 7 miles / 11 km Day 11 Onward Travel

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