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Chris Stewart "Walking over Lemons", Alpujarras

Join up with writer Chris Stewart to enjoy a weeks guided walking holiday in the Alpujarras

These week long hiking tours in the Alpujarras are based at Casa Ana in Ferreirola. Run by Chris Stewart, writer of the famous travel book "Driving Over Lemons"

Additional on "Chris Stewart" led Weeks

  • A walk from Casa Ana to Chris’ farm El Valero and lunch prepared by Chris and his wife Anna (featured in Rick Stein’s Spain on BBC2)
  • A day in Granada exploring the Moorish city with Chris and architect Rafael Anderson. Plus a degustación lunch at Francisco Lillo’s famous bodega La Oliva

These weeks are very popular so please reserve your place early to avoid disappointment!

Dates- September to June

Prices - from €1275 per person sharing a room

Accommodation - See above price (all inclusive)

Walking grades (days)
4x Leisurely 2x Moderate

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Chris Stewart Walking Holiday Overview

The Alpujarra is one of Spain’s most spectacular and unspoilt walking areas, with hikes in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and rambles through the meadows, orchards and white villages.

The holiday is based at Casa Ana, a gem of a guest house on the edge of Ferreirola, with magnificent views of the Trevelez river gorge. The house recently featured in the Times top 50 places for a holiday in Spain.

And who better to guide you than Chris Stewart, author of “Driving over Lemons” and himself a keen walker. Chris invites you to explore the area and share his deep knowledge (and great stories) about the history, culture and nature of the Alpujarra. Chris is available on 4 or 5 weeks per annum.

Can't make one of Chris's weeks? Dont worry, we run similar Walking Weeks on Demand from September to June inclusive each year, guided by Spanish Highs.

Prices

€1275 per person sharing a room. €1475 for single accommodation. Price includes: bed and breakfast, picnics and lunches, dinners, wines, excursions, local transport and guides. Price does not include: flights, airport transfers

What Chris Stewart says......

Chris Stewart Walking Alpujarras

"Ferreirola is about the prettiest village in the western Alpujarra, and that’s where the enchanting Casa Ana is to be found. It’s just up the hill from our farm. In September the heat of summer is over and the beautiful low light of autumn takes over. The poplars and pomegranates ought to be changing colour and there’ll be the first hint of woodsmoke from the high villages of the Alpujarra.

It’s a lovely season, and I can promise you that the food and wine will be of the best. The ambiente and conversation? Well that’s up to me and you… What we plan is three or four walks around the Alpujarra – nothing too tough, although it’s steep country, so you ought to be in tolerable good shape.

A day in Granada with a gourmet lunch at one of the city’s best known restaurants and some mooching round the bars and bodegas of the mountain villages."

Walking level of challenge

Expect altitude gains of about 900 feet and 6 – 7 hours of walking per day. Bring sensible clothing and good hiking boots. Hiking poles are useful. Sun hats, sun glasses, sun block and a water bottle are essential.

Day by Day Itinerary

Please click on each day to reveal itinerary, Description, Route Maps & Elevation Profiles

Moderate

The Alpujarra boast stunning scenery, hot sunny weather and is a wonderful area for enjoying the delights of this uniquely andalucian spanish walking tour. During the spring and autumn months the surroundings are particularly beautiful; in spring the land is carpeted with a vast array of wild flowers and blossom adorns the fruit trees which are dotted around the slopes.

A walk along the long distance GR7, traversing hillsides and gorges, through the quiet non-tourist white villages of Soportujar and Cañar, before finally dropping down to the spa town of Lanjaron.

Forest, cultivated land, gorges, streams and irregation channels, compete with sleepy white villages. The walk is, for the most part easy gradients. A very varied day walk and a good introduction to the area.

See also our trip report "A walk along the GR7 long distance path in the Alpujarras"

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soportujar lanjaron walk alpujarras map

Moderate

A circular walking tour of the dramatic and not to be missed, Poqueira gorge. After passing through Capileira we drop down to the valley bottom and follow the path as it winds its way up and alongside the river. At Cortijo Tomas we turn west and follow a high path on the western side before dropping down to the river.

The scenery is wild and mostly accompanied by the rushing waters of the river. There are some short, steep gradients involved.

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barranco poqueira capileira walk alpujarras map

Moderate

A lovely drive through the Alpujarras brings us to the Taha de Pitres region. This is an area characterised by small white villages, steep sided gorges and abundant flora and fauna.

We drop down through a couple of small villages, where time seemingly has stood still, to the Rio Trevelez and cross by an old bridge before zig zagging our way up the steep hillside above. Then we have gentler terrain and marvellous extensive views to the southern Sierra Nevada.

A steep drop down on an old mule track, cross a river and we climb up to the village of Busquistar. A return is made via a high path above the gorge to Mecina Fondales and hence to the waiting vehicles.

This section is also covered in our trip report "My Favourite Walk in The Alpujarras" which you would enjoy reading

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taha pitres hike alpujarras map

Moderate

We ascend from the upper village on a well trodden path before traversing above the 1000m level, crossing several river valleys (barrancos). After crossing the Rio Culo perro descending from Siete Lagunas we descend through farmland to join the Rio Trevelez

The delightful walk back alongside the Rio Trevelez valley to the town is superb!

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culo perro trevelez hiking map

Moderate

We take 4WD transport up to a high trailhead. From here we ascend wooded slopes through the pine forests with superlative views across to the main Sierra Nevada range. We reach the fine summit of Las Alegas (2700m) and then drop down to lunch at the ruined Refugio Cebollar. This is set in beautiful location on a colourful alpine meadow. Then we continue our way via wooded slopes back to the waiting transport. This is a fine way to see the lesser known areas of the southern Sierra Nevada.

Read our trip report "Moderate hiking route over Las Alegas to Puente Palo in the Sierra Nevada

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high forests hiking map

Challenging

The Spa town of Lanjaron is well known for it's water. This circular tour of the town ascends alongside the Rio to reach the old buildings at Tello. Then it's back alongside ancient waterways (acequias) before dropping back to the town.

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high forests hiking map

Walking over Lemons Photo Galleries

White Villages video