- Walk between the villages of Las Alpujarras, on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada
- Wake up to wonderful mountain views from rural hotels in idyllic locations
- Sample delicious local food—dried hams and dishes with an explosion of spices
- Discover Trevelez, the highest village in Spain, at the foot of the mighty Mulhacen
- Explore Poqueira Gorge and the charming white villages of Bubion and Pampaneira
Walk between ancient white villages in the Alpujarras, which cling to the southern slopes of the snow-dusted Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain’s Andalucia.
From Capileira, principal town of the Alpujarras, walk through bucolic farmland, olive groves and tiny Berber-style villages, former strongholds of the Spanish Moors. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and discover the second highest village in Spain, Trevelez, below the mighty peak of Mulhacén. As you walk, pause for a rest, and enjoy a picnic of delicious local specialities, including the famous ’jamon serrano’.
Stay overnight in small rural hotels in idyllic spots surrounded by lofty mountains, and enjoy a warm welcome and truly authentic experience of rural Spain.
Day 1: Arrive in Capileira
After flying into Granada, in the heart of Andalucia, take a bus to the mountain village of Capileira (2h30).
Set dramatically above the Poqueira Gorge, and backed by the Sierra Nevada range, Capileira is the epitome of a charming mountain village. After visiting the handicraft shops selling their fine leather goods, enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants lining the twisty, narrow streets.
Day 2: Poqueira Gorge Loop Walk
Starting and finishing in Capileira, a lovely loop takes you around the Poqueira Gorge, stopping off at the sleepy white villages of Bubion and Pampaneira, once refuge to the last remaining Moorish settlements, after the city of Granada fell to the Christians in 1492.
Enjoy great views of the high peaks ahead and the Alpujarras laid out below, as you walk through a lush valley filled with almond terraces and grazing cattle. You will pass by many of the acequias (water channels which feed the valley).
Pampaneira is the perfect place to stop for refuelling, with its colourful shops and cafes serving local specialities such as Plato Alpujarreno (fried eggs, Spanish sausages and potatoes).
After boosting your energy, continue up the other side of the gorge, ascending steeply back to Capileira, and enjoying more incredible views on the way
Walk: 10km, +645m Ascent / -672m Descent.
Day 3: Walk to Ferreirola
Leave Capileira, and continue along winding paths through ancient oak forests, pine plantations and terraced fields to the area known as Taha de Pitres, an ancient network of irrigation channels set up during Moorish times.
Finish in the tiny village of Ferreirola, deep in the heart of a beautiful green valley, and with no passing traffic. A truly idyllic spot to spend the next couple of nights!
Walk: 11km, +415m Ascent / -861m Descent
Day 4: Taha Valley Loop Walk
The Taha Valley is home to a series of seven small villages and a beautiful loop walk takes you to some of the most picturesque. Enjoy breathing in the fresh mountain air, as you walk on ancient mule tracks along the Rio Trevelez valley, follow gently ascending forest tracks to the village of Busquistar, and then loop back round to explore Portugos, Pitres and Atalbeitar.
Walk: 14km, +700m Ascent / -700m Descent
Day 5: Walk to Trevelez
Prepare for a steep climb today, but one filled with rewards, as you leave Ferreirola and ascend along the Trevelez river valley, stopping every so often to catch your breath and admire sweeping views of the snow-dusted Sierra Nevada.
On arriving in Trevelez, the highest village in Spain, sit back, relax, and take in the wonderful views. Perhaps you may like to sample some of the delicious dried ham, jamon serrano, Trevelez is known for, accompanied by a glass of wine, as you sit on the terrace of your charming mountain hotel.
Walk: 17km, +930m Ascent / -478m Descent
Day 6: Loop walk from Trevelez
Enjoy great mountain views as you take a route alongside the Trevelez river high above the village, which flows all year due to snow-melt from the Sierra Nevada.
Walk though terraced farmland and perhaps pass by some grazing cows, before returning to the village for some well-earned refreshmentsI. In the evening enjoy dinner at your hotel, perhaps sampling some of the local fresh trucha (trout).
Walk: 14km, +619m Ascent / -619m Descent
Day 7: Walk to Berchules
Another spectacular day of walking from one charming mountain village to another. Set off through shady woodlands, following narrow footpaths to high elevations. Your efforts are rewarded with panoramic views over the mountains, and if the weather is clear, you can even see all the way to Africa.
Sitting at 1350m, Berchules is a lovely little village spend the night, where you can wander the sleepy narrow streets and enjoy the views.
Walk: 15km, +625m Ascent / -870m Descent
Day 8: Onward Travel
Check out after breakfast and make your way back to Granada Airport or train station (approx. 3hrs) for onward travel arrangements. Alternatively, if you have more time, speak to us about arranging extra nights in the beautiful city of Granada, which we highly recommend. Here you can explore the cities rich Moorish heritage, soak up the distinctly Andalucian atmosphere or visit the wonderful Alhambra.
7 Nights accommodation in small rural hotels 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.
You can also add extra nights in any of the overnight locations on this tour.
We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before 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.
7 Breakfasts are included and usually consist of breads, fruits, cheeses and meats. Dinners are included on 4 nights—the first night in Capileira, 2 nights in Trevelez and 1 night in Berchules. 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).
Finca Los Llanos - Capileira
Located at 1436m in the pretty town of Capileira, Finca Los Llanos is a delightful boutique hotel featuring Alpujarran-style architecture, a lovely pool and terrace shaded by walnut trees.
Sierra Y Mar - Ferreirola
As per Alasdair Sawday “Special Places to Stay’ guide, “take the blue door to paradise” at the delightful little guesthouse, Sierra Y Mar, in the unspoiled village of Ferreirola. Several charming and rustic little houses are joined together by gorgeous gardens and terraces.
Hotel la Fragua - Trevelez
The La Fragua hotel in its wonderful hilltop location in the middle of Trevelez is a simple rural hotel where you can relax in a lovely pool and enjoy the views over the surrounding mountains. Enjoy meals in their restaurant serving delicious traditional Alpujarran cuisine.
Hotel Berchules - Berchules
A traditional family-run hotel, the Hotel Berchules is surrounded by the mountains and offers a warm welcome and traditional homecooked meals. Relax in the beautiful gardens or take a dip in the swimming pool, for exclusive use of hotel guests.
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.
Time of Year
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.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
This trip is available to solo walkers, although there is a supplement due to the fact that some of the costs are not shared. If you are travelling solo, 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. Single rooms are available on request and a supplement is payable.
Grade & Terrain
This walking tour is graded moderate to strenuous overall. Walks are through rough mountain terrain and you will be walking for 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, Route Notes & Maps
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!
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.
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.
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.
Getting to Capileira
By Air: Granada Airport is the closest and most convenient airport to fly into to get to Capileira. There are international flights to Granada from London with airlines like British Airways and Easyjet, as well as connections via other Spanish cities like Madrid and Barcelona with airlines such as Vueling and Iberia. From Granada, you can take the ALSA bus directly to Capileira (3 a day, 2.5hrs). Alternatively you can fly into 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 travel by bus via Granada (approx. 4.5hrs in total).
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 Berchules
By Air: We recommend flying out of Granada Airport which is again the closest and most convenient airport to Berchules. From Berchules, take the ALSA bus to Granada (3 times a day, 3hrs).
Malaga is another option but you would need to make your way via Granada by bus which takes a bit longer (approx. 5.5hrs).
- 7 Nights in small rural hotels
- 7 Breakfasts
- 4 Dinners
- Luggage transfers as per itinerary
- Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
- GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to Capileira/from Berchules
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Personal equipment
- Additional nights before, during or after the tour
- Single room supplement if required
- Solo walker supplement if required
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular and the accommodations do get booked up quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.
How fit do I need to be?
This walking tour is graded moderatestrenuous overall. Walks are through rough mountain terrain and you will be walking for 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
How do the Baggage transfers work?
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
What equipment do I need?
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.
What happens if I can't walk a stage?
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.