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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


Dinner & 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
  • Luggage transfers on days 2 and 7
  • 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.

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