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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 Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking, Hutting And High Level
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 5, Grade 7
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - High in the Alpujarras

South of the Sierra Nevada range and north of the Sierras of Lujar, La Contraviesa and Gador, lie the Alpujarras Valleys. We have been exploring the valleys and mountains of the Alpujarras since 1990 – we’re pretty sure even the locals don’t know the trails like we do! Our leaders return again and again to this still hidden and little known area of Andalucia.  

Capileira, where we stay, is already at 1300m, a pueblo blanco perched above the Poqueira Gorge and the landscape is that of mountains and terraced lands of orchards, vines and olives, irrigated by surrounding deep gorges. There are numerous walks from the village with a myriad of fine scenic paths diverging in all directions. This rugged yet stunningly beautiful area includes mainland Spain’s highest peak, Mulhacen, at 3479m the Iberian Peninsula’s highest mountain, which owes its name to the days when these valleys were cultivated by the Moors. Weather permitting we will stand on top of it, surveying the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and looking south to the Mediterranean.

Another hike, starting at the hotel, follows the pathways between six local villages, where red peppers and onions dry in the sun against white-washed walls and life moves very slowly. The circular Route of the Acequias takes us deep into the wild and remote valley beneath Mulhacen following ancient irrigation channels.

From Trevélez, at 1700m the highest village in Spain, we follow the ridge between Peña Bon and the Pico de Fuentefria along the GR 240, the long distance footpath which takes its name ‘Sulayr’ from the name the Moors gave the Sierra Nevada – the Mountains of the Sun.

Capileira is a charming small village, with it cobbled alleyways, craft shops and restaurants serving typical Alpujarran food. ‘¡Aqui se come muy bien!’, as the locals say.

Holiday Highlights

  • Variety of walks with 2 leaders, 2 grades.
  • Walking the old mule paths and trails from one pueblo blanco to another.
  • Ascend the 2500m Peña Bon above Trevélez.
  • Explore the trails of the Poqueira Gorge.
  • Picturesque panoramas with snow-capped mountains or springtime blossom.
  • Take the circular route of the Acequias deep into the wild and remote valley beneath Mulhacén.
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
      En suite accommodation with breakfast taken at the hotel
      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
Please select Departure Date to view:

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 programme, 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 5 & 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 Mecina where we can have refreshments as we wait for the bus to take us back up to Capileira.

    Route of the Acequias:  Ascent 1000m / descent 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 wellearned 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.

    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. 

    ulhacen: Ascent 800m / descent 800m, 8 miles, 5 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. Please note: early & late in the season this may not be possible.

    Poqueira Gorge South: Ascent 800m / descent 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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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

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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