“Alpujarras Escape” Walking Holiday
- 5 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
- Chooose between 2 fine hotels
- Experienced local mountain and walking guides
- Most days can be extended or shortened as necessary to suit the group
- Shorter breaks available on request.
- Optional (May to Oct) is an ascent of Mulhacén, the highest mountain in mainland Spain (3482m)
Level of difficulty
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.
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.
- Day 1 - Transfer from airport to your hotel
- Day 2 - Guided walk - Soportujar to Lanjaron on the GR7
- Day 3 - Guided walk - Villages of La Taha del Pitres
- Day 4 - Guided walk - White villages of the Poqueira
- Day 5 - Rest day
- Day 6 - Guided walk - High forests of the Alpujarras
- Day 7 - Guided walk - Waterways and gorges of Lanjaron
- Day 8 - Transfer hotel to airport
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!
Dates - September to June
- From €875 per person
- 7 nights 3* accommodation in either the Hotel España or Hotel Alcadima
- All transport to and from walks
- Breakfast and evening meals at hotel (packed lunches can be arranged)
- 5 Guided Walks
- Services of local, english speaking local guides
- Not including flights, transfers, insurance, airport transfers, packed lunch and drinks
- One rest day (maybe visit Alhambra, beach or chill by the pool?)
- Single person supplement €25 a day
N.B airport transfers (Malaga) can be arranged for only €25 per person each way (4 in car sharing)
Your Hotel Accommodation
Hotel Alcadima and Hotel Espana
Choose between two quality hotels in Lanjaron that offers the opportunity to stay in natural surroundings and with everything you need to make your stay unforgettable. Quality centre located hotels with great facilities. Warm and inviting rooms that allow you to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible.
All rooms are equipped with safe, cable television, clock radio, coffee kit, hair dryer, refrigerator and phone. The hotels have a wide variety of facilities such as restaurant, library, TV lounge, meeting room. WiFi throughout.
The Walking Itineraries
Walk 1 - GR7 Soportujar to Lanjarón
The Alpujarra boast stunning scenery, normally 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”
Walk 2 - Taha del Pitres villages
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.
Most of this walk we are follow old medieval trails through the hills and villages. We start in Mecina Fondales and drop down to the enchanting voillage of Fondales. Here we turn east and head for Ferrierola, perched high above the Trevelez gorge.
Then it’s uphill to visit the very quaint, Atalbeitar before rising to reach the road that leads us to the town of Portugos. We take quiet back tracks to Pitres before dropping steeply back down to the start point at Mecina.
This walk is partly covered in our trip report “My Favourite Walk in The Alpujarras” which you would enjoy reading
Walk 3 - White villages of the Poqueira
The three white hill villages of Capileira, Bubion and Pampaneira sit on hillsides above the dramatic Poqueira gorge. Mulhacen, at 3482m rises above the towns. This walk links all three of these villages and crosses the gorge twice.
A start is made from the highest of the villages, Capileira. The trail drops down to cross the Rio Poqueira via a small bridge. Then its an undulating traverse on the west side of the river before dropping down, recrossing the river and climbing up to the village of Capileira.
After a brief stop (maybe to visit a bodega!), we head steeply uphill through the village, exiting at the top before continuing the journey to Bubion. From Bubion it is then another 30 mins to reach the end at Capileira.
Walk 4 - High forests of the Alpujarras
We take you in a 4 Wheel Drive car above Lanjaron on dirt trails and forest tracks to reach our start point near Puente Palo 1730m. Few (if any) others will be seen as we make our way gradually uphill and use faint trails to traverse across to join the forests edge at about 1900m
We use forest trails and paths to emerge from the northern part of the forest, high above the Rio Chico. Glorious mountain views! If we are lucky wild boar might be spotted and we frequently see golden eagles hereabouts. We lunch at the Cortijo de “U”.
We drop down a firebreak and rejoin the forest track that drops down to Puente Palo. Then its back along the dirt road to the start point. A totally enjoyable, different and engaging day!
Walk 5 - Lanjaron Circular following ancient waterways
No need for transport today! The walk starts and ends from your hotel. It is very varied circular walk that has proved to be very popular with clients. We first visit the Arab Castle and walk along the cliff tops of the Tajos de Colorao opposite.
A short climb and we reach the Ermita of the Tajos de la Crux. This is a magniificent mirador which overlooks the town. We traverse land northwards and reach the “Camino de las Sierras” an old drove trail to the mountains. This will follow until we can take a faint track which traverse down to cross the Rio Lanjaron by an old bridge.
A superb section follows consisting of a series of beautiful irrigation channels and chestnut woods before we drop steeply back down to the hotel in Lanjaron.
Walking Articles from our Blog
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…
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…
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…