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Independent walking holiday
  • Alpujarras Valley Walk: Andalucian Ramble

Dates for 2018
  • Everyday (subject to availability) from January to June and September to December
Price
  • £645 (single supplement £145)
  • €705 (single supplement €160)
  • Extra: Transfers between Malaga and Grazalema based on booking of 2: £45 or €50 per person each way (contact us for a quote for large groups)
Grade
Profile
  • 7 nights 5 or 6 days independent walking (mixture of day circuits and moving between locations)
Highlights
  • A walking itinerary which gives the walker a great taste of the region
  • Traditional Moorish architecture with white-washed box-shaped houses forming beautiful villages clinging to the hillsides
  • Wonderful Poquiera gorge and the off the beaten track area around Cadiar
  • Beautiful hotels
  • Walking to the highest village in Spain
  • Opportunity to visit the historic city of Granada and its fabulous Alhambra Palace
  • A choice of walks on some days allowing greater flexibility
  • An ideal winter, spring and autumn destination due to a favourable climate
Accommodation and Meals
  • 7 nights in charming country hotels, 5 evening meals included in price
What's included
  1. 7 nights accommodation in 3 star or equivalent hotels based on 2 sharing;
  2. All breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  3. Transport of luggage between hotels
  4. Short transfer during the week
  5. Transfers between Malaga and Alpujarras can be added as an option
  6. Detailed walking map and walking notes including details of the walks, hotels, sites of interest etc
What's not included
  1. Travel to and from Malaga or Alpujarras, Spain
  2. Picnic lunches
  3. 2 evening meals
  4. Drinks to accompany meals and during the day
  5. Option of visit to Granada and the Alhambra Palace
  6. Travel insurance
  7. Any entrance fees
 
  1. See also our walking holiday in Grazalema National Park in Andalucia
  2. Andalucian Explorer: Best of Southern Spain
  3. Other walking holiday destinations in Spain
  4. Return to full list of Independent walking holidays
Walks

Las Alpujarra Valley, Sierra Nevada

Most of the Alpujarras area falls within the Sierra Nevada National Park in central Andalucia and it is a beautiful destination for a warm weather walking holiday in Spring or Autumn. Our self-guided walking holiday is designed to give you a taster of the region, including walking in the wonderful Poquiera gorge and in the off the beaten track area around Cadiar.

The Alpujarras has beautiful upland scenery which is home to a large variety of wildlife including the Nevada clover, Nevada violet and Sierra chamomile. Spring is one of the best times to come walking in the Las Alpujarras if you have an interest in wildflowers. There is also a fantastic array of other wildlife to be seen, most notably the Cabra Montes, the Spanish ibex, seen on rocky outcrops, which is a common occurrence and great sight on any walk. As well as wonderful landscapes and a rich flora the region is known for its unique villages and hamlets which have retained their traditional Moors architecture - with white box-shaped houses clustered among the hills. There are more than fifity villages which have preserved their original character and charm.

A choice of walks on most days allows walkers of different abilities to enjoy the Alpujarras area. A visit to this part of Andalucia in Spain would not be complete without a day in the historic city of Granada and a trip to the amazing Alhambra palace.

Walking profile

This self-guided or independent walking holiday in Andalucia is made up of 7 nights with 5 or 6 days independent walking with 2 days walking between locations and 4 days with circular walks or visits. The majority of walks are at the easy end of moderate with 4 or 5 hours walking with 200 to 300m of ascent. However there are enough options for those wanting longer walks. Choice of walks on all days except the last day’s linear walk which involves 18km and 500m of ascent.

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Walking days

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer from Malaga if included. Transfer to Capileira - Hotel Finca Los llanos. A briefing of the itinerary for your week's walking.

Day 2: Tour from Capileira

Choice of two walks:

La Cabadilla Circuit - 6/7km, 3-5 hrs, +/-200m
Walk from the hotel towards the stunnning Sierra Nevada mountain range and the deserted village of la Cebadilla. Abandoned in 1957 after the Hydroelectric plant was finished, a perfect village at the head of the Rio Toril and Rio Poquiera meeting. Walk back along the other side of the gorge to Capileira.
Or
Three Villages - 9km, 5-7hrs, circular walk, +/-600m
A beautiful walking trail taking in the three villages of Bubion, Pampaniera, and Capileira in the Poquiera Gorge.

Day 3: Capileira to hotel Mecina

A choice of two walks either walking out of the Poquiera gorge with some fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada before dropping down into the Taha region (14km 4-6hrs) or a shorter walk but no less beautiful and rewarding (8km 3-4hrs).

Day 4: Taha Region

A choice of two walks:
La Taha Valley Walk - up to 8km, +/-100m
Walk along the valley side with great views, walking through the villages of Ferreriola and onto Busquistar. Walk past the fountain of health and the Era de Trance.
Or
Sierra Mecina Circuit - 12km, 4-6hrs +/-200m
A beautiful walk through the Taha region. Walking on ancient mule tracks you will walk through a varied landscape and visit some of the best unspoilt villages in the Alpujarras region of Andalucia.

Day 5: Trevelez (and Granada)

Checkout of Hotel Mecina transfer to Trevelez and Free day in Trevelez or undertake one of the walks described for Day 6.
Or
Granada Excursion and Alhambra (50 Euro per person, min 2 people)
Check into Hotel la Fragua in Trevelez.

Day 6: Tour from Trevelez

A choice of three walking trails for your day in Trevelez:
Rio Trevelez Walk - Up to 12km +/-100m
Walk down to the Rio Trevelez river which flows all year from the snow melt and the huge aquifers in the Sierra Nevada. Walk along the river for 6km and return the same way. Great level walk along an easy path to follow.
Or
Rio Culo Pero - 11km, 4-6hrs, +/-200m
A leisurely walk gradually gaining height above Trevelez and following the valley up towards the Sierra Nevada. An excellent opportunity to spot Golden eagles soaring above you then descend to the valley and follow the Rio Trevelez back in to the village.
Or
Siete Lagunas - 18km, 5-8hrs, circular walk +/-1300m
Gaining 1300 metres in height up to the beautiful arete which holds the siete lagunas (seven lakes). A challenging walk but well worth the effort.

Day 7: Trevelez to Cadiar

Trevelez - Hotel Alquiera de Morayma - 18km, 5-8hrs, +500m -800m
A great linear walk from the highest village in Spain down to your beautiful hotel at Cadiar. Another varied day of landscapes and villages.

Day 8: Departure

Check out of hotel and departure or transfer to Malaga.


 

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Prior to coming on this independent walking holiday in southern Spain, Europe, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.

Bed

Accommodation & Meals


A variety of charming independent and friendly mainly 3 star hotels or equivalent. A mixture of styles mostly in traditional Andalusian properties. Three evening meals are included in the holiday price. Lunches are not included in the cost of the holiday and can be bought from the services in the local villages.

Name Type Details Rating  
Finca Los Llanos, Capileira Hotel A delightful 3 star hotel in the village of Capileira at altitude in the Sierra Nevada. Good restaurant and swimming pool 3 stars  
Hotel Alquiera de Morayma , Cadiar Hotel The rural hotel complex Alqueria de Morayma is made up of a group of buildings set out on different level terraces in the form of a compact little Alpujarra village with its courtyards, alleyways, arcades and gardens 3 stars  
Travel Options

Travel Options


Flights

There are a large number of flights to Malaga from destinations from all over Europe by most of the main short haul airlines. From the UK, there are flights from many destinations including London Airports, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff as well as others. Airline companies include British Airways, Easyjet, Iberia, Vueling.

Transfers from and to Malaga Airport can be included in the holiday price.

Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.. 

 

Photos

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