Guided Walking Holidays in the Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain

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

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.

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Features and itinerary

  • 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. Contact Us
  • Optional extension is ascent of Mulhacén, the highest mountain in mainland Spain (3482m)

Itinerary

  • 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

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. Recommended Equipment

Prices

  • Guiding - from €40 per person per day. See Prices
  • Hotel Accommodation - from €25 a night (€30 single room)
  • We can also help with airport transfers via Granada, Malaga or Almeria
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Description, Route Maps, Elevation Profiles, Photos, Videos

Soportujar to Lanjarón on the GR7 path

Grade: Leisurely

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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Round of the Barranco de Poqueira, Capileira

Grade: 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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Circular walk in La Taha del Pitres

Grade: 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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Rio Culo Perro and the Rio Trevelez Valley

Grade: 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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High Forests of the Alpujarras

Grade: Leisurely

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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Lanjaron Circular following ancient waterways

Grade: 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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