Start: Capileira Finish: Bérchules
Arrival in Capileira, situated at an elevation of 1436m. This beautiful village of the Alpujarras still displays its charming history as a former Moorish settlement: white-washed houses clinging to the hillside, tiny squares with fountains, and a mysterious network of steep, narrow lanes.
Challenge: Arrival in the Alpujarras.
Villages along the way: Capileira
Circular walk along the Río Poqueira Valley, from Capileira via Bubion to Pampaneira. Walk through the remains of old farmhouses lost in time, passing ancient threshing circles as you walk among fields that look up at the stunning higher peaks of Sierra Nevada. In Pampaneira, colorful arts&crafts shops along with small cafés make a good rest for half-way.
Challenge: 7 km, 350 m ascent and descent, 3 h
9 km, 560 m ascent and descent, 5.5 h
Villages along the way: Capileira, Bubión, Pampaneira
Following old paths that connected the Poqueira valley with the small villages of the lower Alpujarras. Walking from one white-washed village to the next enjoying the varied scenery. Landscape changes gradually from an ancient Mediterranean holm oak forest, then pine tree plantations and finally irrigated fields approaching the "Taha" de Pitres, an ancient water council centre which dates back to Moorish times.
Challenge: 8 km, 200 m ascent, 520 m descent, 3 hrs.
Villages along the way: Bubión, Pitres, Mecina
South of Mecina, the Trevélez River has carved a deep gorge in the landscape, which you will cross twice today if you opt for the long circular walk. First you descend 200 m to a medieval bridge spanning the gorge, then climb 400 m up to a wooded plateau where the remote cortijo de Panjulia is located. Then you descend via an old main footpath (the so-called escarihuelas) back into the gorge and walk back to the hotel via the village of Ferreirola.
Challenge: 12 km, 5.5 - 6 hrs, 850 m ascent and descent
Villages on the way: Mecina, Ferreirola
This route takes you through the Trevélez river valley to fantastic vista points. You walk mainly through holm oak woods, reforestation projects, fields and pasture land. South of Mecina, the Trevélez River has carved a deep gorge in the landscape, which you will cross twice today if you opt for the long circular walk. First you descend 200 m to a medieval bridge spanning the gorge, then climb 400 m up to a wooded plateau where the remote cortijo de Panjulia is located. Along the way you can visit the remains of a Mozarabic settlement with a mosque from the 8-11th century via a small detour.
If this route seems too strenuous, you can take a shortcut along the villages that together make up the Taha: a kind of administrative unit that managed the use of the irrigation canals.
Challenge: 18 km, 1200 m ascent, 580 m descent, 7 hrs
With shortcut : 12 km, 1000 m ascent, 470 m descent, 5.5 hrs
Villages along the way: Busquístar
Trevélez has lots to offer so there are 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: Valle Río Trevélez: 14 km, 500 m ascent and descent, 5.5 hrs.
Camino de Granada: 17 km, 550 m ascent and descent, 5.5 hrs.
Cañada de las Siete Lagunas: 18 km, 1400 m ascent and descent, 8 hrs.
Villages along the way: Tiny villages of the Sierra Nevada
Leaving Trevélez, the day starts along a pleasant route through a shady wood along narrow paths. The last section will provide sweeping views of the African continent visible, on clear days, from the highest point - El Portichuelo.
Challenge: 16 km, 620 m ascent, 880 m descent, 5.5 hrs.
Villages along the way: Bérchules
In the morning there is still the option of hiking along the Río Grande Valley, north of Bérchules, following an irrigation channel or "acequia" and discovering the ruins of a 13th century Moorish silk-washing house that takes back to the historical importance of this area in the textile industry of the time. This afternoon you catch an afternoon bus to Granada.
We highly recommend booking an extra night in Bérchules to make this an 8-day trip and be able to enjoy a day in Granada.
Challenge: 9.5 km, 170 m ascent and descent, 3 hrs.
Small family hotels, set in beautiful white villages. All of them have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
You may also be interested in the upgrade hotels program ESSW014 - Alpujarras and Granada easy walking in upgrade hotels
Hotel built in a rustic style in harmony with traditional local architecture. Fully-equipped rooms feature simple decoration using wooden furniture and tile floors. Splendid views of the surrounding countryside.
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, ideal to rest and relax after a day of walking. The hotel restaurant serves typical regional dishes and tasty specialities of the Mediterranean diet.
Small family-run establishment situated just outside Bérchules, surrounded by stunning mountains and landscapes of great natural beauty. Traditional home cooking featuring regional specialities.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between February 1st and June 25th, and between August and December.
Arrival in Capileira
Flying to Málaga airport (AGP)
Direct bus from Málaga Airport (AGP) to Granada: There are a few direct bus services from Málaga Airport to Granada. Check timetables at www.alsa.es.
Málaga airport – Málaga (city centre) – Granada: You take a bus, train or taxi from Málaga airport to Málaga (city centre). From there,you get a bus to Granada. Travel time is 2 hrs.
By bus from Granada to Capileira: ALSA offers 3 services a day. Travel time 2.5 hrs.
Note: the bus station in Granada is located on the outskirts of town, so plan your travel time accordingly!
Flying to Granada airport (GRX)
Bus or taxi from Granada airport (GRX) to Granada (city centre).
By bus from Granada to Capileira.
If you are arriving in Granada late in the afternoon, you can take a bus to Orgiva and then get a taxi to Capileira. It’s also possible to book an extra night in Granada.
Check timetables at www.alsa.es (Regional Bus Services) before departure for Spain. Summer schedules are often not made available until late spring. You can book your tickets in advance on-line through the ALSA website or through your agent, S-cape Travel.
Departure from Bérchules
From Berchules, there are direct buses to Granada twice a day. The journey takes 3.5 hrs.
There is also a bus to Granada from Pitres, but you will first need a taxi to Pitres. Another option is to travel from Berchules to Cadiar and then take a bus to Granada.
If you’re flying out of Granada airport (GRX) you can use public transport to get from Granada city centre to the airport.
If you’re flying out of Málaga airport (AGP) there direct services from Granada to Málaga airport (also via Málaga city centre). Travel time is about 2h 15min.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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