Start: Capileira Finish: Bérchules
Arrival in Capileira, situated at an elevation of 1436m. This, the main 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 in the Río Poqueira Valley, from Capileira via Bubion to Pampaneira, passing ancient threshing circles as you walk among fields. Some steep ascents and descents.
Challenge: 3/5.5 hrs, 7/10 km, 350/560 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Valle del Río Poqueira, Bubión, Pampaneira
From Capileira through the villages of Bubion, Pitres, Mencina-Fondales and Atalbéitar to Pórtugos, enjoying varied scenery. Among woodlands, including an ancient Mediterranean Holm oak forest, as well as pine tree plantations. Passing irrigated fields, you reach the Taha de Pitres, ancient water council centre which dates back to Moorish times.
Challenge: 5 hrs, 12 km, 385 m ascent, 520 m descent.
Villages along the way: Bubión, Pitres, Mencina, Altabéitar, Pórtugos
Route through the Trevélez River Valley with fantastic vista points. A long but not too difficult and quite entertaining walk along a long-distance path to the highest village in the Alpujarras, and as they claim, in all of Spain.
Challenge: 6 hrs, 15 km, 750 m ascent, 530 m descent.
Villages along the way: Busquistar, Trevélez
3 walks to choose from, including a spectacular longer walk high into the Sierra Nevada, a circular route in the beautiful area around Trevélez and a shorter walk along the Camino de Granada.
Challenge: 3.5/8 hrs, 12/18 km, 285/1400 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Tiny villages of the Sierra Nevada
A pleasant route through a shady wood along narrow paths. The last section with sweeping views. In clear weather, the African continent is visible from the highest point, El Portichuelo.
Challenge: 5.5 hrs, 16 km, 620 m ascent, 880 m descent.
Villages along the way: Bérchules
Optional walk today in the Río Grande Valley north of Bérchules, following an irrigation channel or "acequia" past the ruins of a 13th century Moorish silk-washing house. 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.
Challenge: 3 hrs, 10 km, 170 m ascent/descent.
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 can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
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.
With a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff, this family-run hotel provides guests with an excellent base in the heart of Granada's Alpujarras.
Comfortable, welcoming rooms drenched in natural light are decorated in traditional Alpujarran style. The ideal place 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 2hrs.
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!
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 2h15.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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