Start: Granada End: Granada
Arrival in the splendid city of Granada, small and surprisingly cosmopolitan – with an intriguing mix of ancient lanes and modern avenues. You can smell the spices and taste the dried frutis as you walk along the former Arab quarter in the city. Visit the incredible Alhambra and its beautiful gardens, palaces and fountains. Enjoy the warm and welcoming character of Andalusian people as you stop for a drink and a tapa at one of the lively terrraces.
This morning a taxi will take you to the first town in the Alpujarras: Capileira. After settling at the comfortable hotel you have a nice route that will introduce you to the white-washed villages that are a trademark in the Alpujarras. Ancient thresing grounds, old cortijos and terraced olives groves accompany along the way.
Challenge: 7 km / 4,5 mi, 3 - 3.5 hrs, 350 m ascent and descent.
The Poqueira valley, carved below the high peaks of Sierra Nevada, is a dramatic gorge that has three beautiful villages perched high on its eastern side. Today´s route follows ancient trails, passing historic bridges, water channels and terraced crop fields abandoned, not cultivated anymore. When you get to the towns, the winding streets, small churches and narrow lanes take you back in time to not so long ago. Don´t miss the arts & crafts shops in Pampaneira; leather-makers, rug artisans or potters and even a small traditional chocolate factory-museum for some energy recovery!
Challenge: 9 km / 5,5 mi, 5.5 hrs, 560 m ascent and descent.
This walk leaves the Poqueira valley behind and offers a very varied scenery walking along old stony footpaths as you head East; from an old Mediterranean wood of holm oaks (the former native species) to a reforestated area planted with pine trees. The last section of the walk will introduce you to the Taha de Pitres. This area of small villages was included in a water council (Taha), created to regulate water usage in Moorish times. At the end of the day, enjoy a splash at the swimming pool of your accommodation at Mecina Fondales!
Challenge: 8 km / 5 mi, 3 hrs, 200 m ascent, 520 m descent.
After a short transfer your route starts in Busquístar. Splendid views on this long and rewarding, walk through the Trevélez valley. Holm oak forests, ravines, old cortijos and fields overlooking a great valley that lies beneath the shadow of the Mulhacén peak (3479 m), the highest summit in mainland Spain. Trevélez is your goal, a town with three neighbourhoods beautifully hanging in a staggered way on the eastern slopes of Mulhacen. It is also considered the best producer of jamón serrano of the Alpujarras, which will enable you to finish the day tasting a delicious tapa of local serrano ham before dipping into the swimming pool at the hotel!
Challenge: 12 km / 8 mi, 5.5 hrs, 1000 m ascent, 500 m descent.
If you wish to start walking from the hotel, you will have 5.5 km / 3,5 mi, 200 m ascent, 80 m descent more, and around 7 hrs.
Trevélez has lots to offer so there are some walks to choose from today; a spectacular longer walk high into the Sierra Nevada, a circular route in the interesting area around Trevélez and a shorter walk along part of the Camino de Granada, the way that pilgrims followed when coming from the south and heading to Santiago de Compostela.
Challenge: 13 - 14 -18 km / 8 - 9 - 11 mi , 3.5 / 5.5 / 8 hrs, 285 / 500 / 1400 m ascent and descent.
You leave the Alpujarras (again private transfer is included) and have a free day to explore Granada. You cannot miss the Alhambra, the Cathedral, the monasteries or the emblematic Albayzin neighbourhood; a perfect finish touch to a splendid hiking week in the Alpujarras!.
Today, your arrangement ends after a great breakfast.
This programme offers special quality accommodation. These hotels are generally located in historic, carefully decorated buildings and they provide exclusive services for their clients. Some have a swimming pool or SPA and, in many cases, a restaurant with unique, sophisticated cuisine.
If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request another accommodation of similar characteristics and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way
Located a step away from the Cathedral of Granada and located in a building with typically Andalusian architecture. Its rooms are equipped with all comforts.
A charming hotel located opposite the church, converted from an historic house and renovated to 3 star rating, keeping some of the original details in its renovation. Tiled floors and stonewalls combine a rustic style with a minimalist touch. The rooms are elegant and comfortable.
In this beautiful Rural Hotel time stops and space is surrounded by comfort and natural freshness. Opening the windows the Alpujarran light covers the room. Wonderfull countryside views, a terrace, a garden and a swimming pool to enjoy this quiet location. It also has its own restaurant where you can try the typical dishes of the "Cocina Alpujarreña".
Comfortable, welcoming rooms drenched in natural light are decorated in traditional Alpujarran style. The great highlight is their nice swimming pool, a "small luxury" in the mountains, ideal to rest and relax after a day of walking. The hotel restaurant serves typical regional dishes and tasty specialities of the Mediterranean diet.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between Mid-February and June 25th, and between August and December.
Nearest airport is Granada airport (GRX).
Flying to Granada airport (GRX)
Take a bus or taxi from Granada airport (GRX) to Granada (city centre).
By bus from Granada to Capileira: ALSA offers 3 services a day. Travel time 2h30min.
Note: the bus station in Granada is located on the outskirts of town, so plan your travel time accordingly!
Check timetables at www.alsa.es (Regional Bus Services) before departure. Summer schedules are often not made available until late spring.
GPS tracks are available upon request.