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Guided Walking Holidays In The Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain

"Alpujarras Escape", the very best Walking and Hiking holidays in the Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain

Dates- September to June

Prices - from €45 per person per day

Accommodation - hotels from €30 per person per night (sharing)


Leave the rat race far behind and enjoy quiet, remote walking and hiking with just the right amount of luxury thrown in for good measure!

The Alpujarras area offers walks of great variety and suits both relaxed ramblers and the more adventurous hiker. Our itineraries can normally be shortened or extended as preferred. The contrasting views, the rich heritage as well as the open friendliness of the people makes this an ideal location for a walking holiday.


Walking grades (days)
5x Moderate 1x Challenging

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Alpujarras Escape Walking Holiday Overview

  • 6 days of the best walking and hiking tours in the Alpujarras!
  • Any dates between September and June (inclusive)
  • 7 nights in 3* hotel accommodation in Lanjarón and/or Capileira
  • Experienced local mountain and walking guides (english, spanish, dutch and german spoken)
  • Most days can be extended or shortened as necessary to suit the group
  • Shorter breaks available on request.
  • Optional extension is ascent of Mulhacén, the highest mountain in mainland Spain (3482m)

Walking level of challenge

Expect altitude gains of about 400m to 850m ascent and between 5 and 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

  • Day 1 - Soportujar to Lanjarón on the GR7 path
  • Day 2 - Round of the Barranco de Poqueira, Capileira
  • Day 3 - Circular walk in La Taha del Pitres
  • Day 4 - Rio Culo Perro and the Rio Trevelez Valley
  • Day 5 - High Forests of the Alpujarras
  • Day 6 - Lanjaron Circular following ancient waterways

Prices

  • Guiding - from €45 per person per day.
  • Hotel Accommodation - from €30 a night (€35 single room)
  • We can also help with airport transfers via Granada, Malaga or Almeria

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"

map Soportujar to Lanjaron GR7

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walking from Soportujar to Lanjaron GR7

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.

map Barranco de Poqueira, Capileira

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hiking round the Barranco de Poqueira, Capileira

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

map Taha del Pitres

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walking in the Taha del Pitres

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!

map Rio Culo Perro Trevelez

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walking the Rio Culo Perro Trevelez

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

map high forests of the Alpujarras

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walking in the high forests of the Alpujarras

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.

map Lanjaron Circular

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walking route round the Lanjaron Circular

Photo Gallery

Alpujarras Walking Reports


A walk along the GR7 long distance path in the Alpujarras

Villages on the GR7 long distance path through the Alpujarras are conveniently placed about 2 hours apart. These provide welcome rest halts or overnight stops. Our personal favourite is back from Capileira via Bubion, Pampaneira, Soportujar and Cañar to Lanjaron...

"Walking over Lemons", Alpujarra Hiking Weeks with Chris Stewart

The holiday is based at CASA ANA, 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...

Favourite Walks in Las Alpujarras

Parking the car at the Hoya del Magalite, a group of cortijos just off the GR413, approximately 10km north of Almegíjar. From here we took the track heading west along the north side of the Sierra de Mecina. Looking down and across to the other side of the Río Trevélez...