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Walking in the Alpujarras, the lovely southern valleys of the Sierra Nevada, a hidden world in deepest Andalucia.
  • Product Code 14040
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 7
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - High in the Alpujarras

From your vantage point on the high mountain trail you look across a rugged landscape dominated by the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Traversing the scenic paths, you pass through fertile land rich in orchards of almonds, figs and bright red cherries and descend through whitewashed villages glowing in the bright sunshine. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

South of the Sierra Nevada range and north of the Sierras of Lujar, La Contraviesa and Gador, lie the Alpujarras Valleys. This rugged yet stunningly beautiful area includes mainland Spain’s highest peak, Mulhacen. Farmland here is terraced so as to feed off the constant supply of water from the melting snow of the mountains. Seven hundred years ago the Moors settled in this region after being defeated during the re-conquest of Spain. Over two centuries they turned the mountain wilderness into a garden paradise until in 1568, when an uprising against the Christians ended in failure and led to a royal decree expelling all people of Arab descent from the Kingdom of Granada.

‘Heavenly’ is a good way to describe our centre at Capileira, which is perched above the Poquiera Gorge, at some 1432m, a few miles from the small town of Orgiva. The landscape is that of mountains and terraced lands of orchards, vines and olives, irrigated by surrounding deep gorges. Adding to this tranquil atmosphere are the whitewashed houses and cobbled streets of Capileira.

There’s a good range of walks from the village, with a myriad of fine scenic paths diverging in all directions. We mainly walk along narrow stony trails, steep at times. The walks aren’t long, but there is plenty of “up and down”. Several walks start at the hotel – most finish at a bar! You’ll encounter attractive villages, high mountain trails and spectacular panoramas.The challenge of the Alpujarras awaits!

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking the old mule paths and trails from one Pueblo Blanco to another.
  • Following the Mountains of the Sun trail to Trevélez with spectacular views.
  • Breath-taking vistas over villages as we explore the ridges of the Poqueira Gorge.
  • Picturesque panoramas, snow capped mountains and spring blossom.
  • Iberia’s highest mountain of Mulhacén (weather permitting).
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Malaga (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      B&B en suite accommodation
      Dinners taken in the hotel and at local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 7

  1. Day 1

    We arrive at Malaga Airport and then transfer by road to Capileira and our hotel.

  2. Day 2 to 7
    During our time in Capileira our walks will take us along mule tracks and hillside paths through the Andalucian white-washed villages, into the Poqueira Gorge, down into the Poqueira Valley and to Mulhacen, the highest mountain in Iberia. Picturesque viewpoints, splendid lunch spots and Moorish history awaits us. There will also be a day at leisure for you to explore on your own or relax at the hotel. An example of some of the walks we may include in our programme (dependent on weather conditions and the ability of the group) are as follows:

    The Six Village Walk: Ascent 400m / descent 850m, approx 10 miles, 5 hours A classic exploration of typical Alpujarras white villages, little changed since Moorish times. This is a walk out of the hotel and over the low ridge to the south east of our village. Following tracks and mule paths through gentle countryside and quiet villages, we finish the day in Mecinilla where the Bar Aljibe will offer refreshments as we wait for the bus to take us back up to Capileira.

    Route of the Acequias: Ascent 1000m / decent 1000m, approx 11 miles, 5 ½ hours This is a circular walk straight from our hotel. We walk through the village and head north up the Poqueira Gorge. Our route meanders through the jumbled rocks of the valley floor before arriving at a shady stream junction below San Tomas and ascends steeply to a goat farm at San Tomas at 2120m where we join the Route of the Acequias: irrigation channels with origins lost in the mists of time. From here there are spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada mountains above. After a picnic lunch we find and follow the crystal clear chattering upper channel before descending for a well-earned rest and foot paddle in the lower channel. We then drop down into the woods and arrive back in Capileira in time for a refreshing drink or ice-cream. We then follow the high water channels (acequias) to return to Capileira.

    Pena Bon and Pico de Fuentefria: Ascent 900m / decent 900m, 10 miles, 5 hours A hired coach takes us to Trevelez from where we climb steadily in long zigzags and emerge from the trees near the rocky viewpoint of Pena Bon. We then ascend to the prominent rocks of Pico de Fuentefria for a picnic lunch. After lunch, the ridge south over Piedra de los Ladrones makes a lovely scenic descent before we drop down back to Trevelez on the new GR 240 Sulayr path for welcome refreshments in the village square bars.

    Mulhacen: Ascent 800m / decent 800m, 8 miles, 4 hours At 3479m above sea level, Mulhacen is the highest mountain in Iberia. An ascent will be a highlight of the tour if local transport and weather conditions combine favourably. We take the National Park minibus up the bumpy trail to Alto del Chorrillo on the 2700m contour line, stopping on the way at a viewpoint to spot the Rif and Atlas Mountains of Morocco on the horizon. We ascend less than 800m, gently but steadlily, mindful of the altitude, up the well cairned track past old shepherds’ shelters and the remains of Civil War trenches. Near the summit cairn and shrine there are a number of good lunch spots among the ruined surveyors’ shelters – although they may be filled with snow until late in the season! Careful not to disturb the ibex we descend to the minibus on our outward route, pausing at the Mirador de Trevelez at the edge of the ridge for views of the Trevelez valley and village far, far below.

    Poqueira Gorge South: Ascent 800m / decent 800m, 10 miles, 5 hours After leaving the village we turn down steeply towards the Poqueira Gorge at the Puente Chiscar. From here we rise on narrow tracks then forest roads past long-abandoned Cortijo smallholdings to the panoramic views from the crest of the ridge at Atalaya, a spectacular place for a picnic lunch. Our onward route drops down past the unexpected Osel-Ling Buddhist retreat and turns back up the Poqueira Valley, vistas of the high Sierra ridge above Capileira and Bubion opening out in front of us. After a steep drop down to the Puente Molino we rise steeply back up to Capileira.

  3. Day 8

    We travel by road to Malaga Airport for the return flight to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Malaga (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 2-3 hours
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions

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Hotel Finca Los Llanos

The rustic Finca Los Llanos is conveniently located in Capileira with the village amenities including cafes, restaurants, supermarket, bank and bakery all close by. In the heart of the Alpujarras, it is one of Los Pueblos Blancos, and offers wonderful views from its terrace across the valley.

The hotel's swimming pool is open May-October, and there is also a quiet terrace, lounge/bar and restaurant. Continental breakfasts will be taken at the hotel and dinners will be taken at our hotel and in local restaurants.

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