Alpujarras Walking Tour

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Introduction
Southern Spain Spain
The Las Alpujarras in Andalucia, Spain is the place of the ‘Moors’ last stand. The whole of the national park of the Sierra Nevada is still rich with their legacy. You can see it in the architecture, the food and most of all the scenery. They have carved terraces out of the hillsides, creating amazing landscapes and irrigated the land using waterways, making lush valleys still used for agriculture today.

Our most popular holiday in the Sierra Nevada, this medium level walking holiday has been created for walkers who want to walk that little bit longer and also do some high level walks. We will walk for around 6 -8 hours a day with plenty of stops to appreciate the stunning scenery. The paths are mostly good underfoot; there are some steep ascents and descents but nothing most people can not do.

Accomodation

Accommodations
You will be accommodated in hotels along the way.

Guided Tour Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1 and 2 at Hotel Finca Los Llanos in Capilerira or (depending on availability) Hotel Poqueira
Nights 3, 4 and 5 at Hotel La Fragua in Trevelez
Nights 6 and 7 at Hotel Alquiera De Morayma

Self Guided Tour Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1 and 2 at Hotel Finca Los Llanos in Capilerira
Nights 3 and 4 at Hotel Mecina in Mecina Fondales
Nights 5 and 6 at Hotel La Fragua in Trevelez
Night 7 at Hotel Alquiera De Morayma

Hotel Finca Los Llanos – Capilerira
A charming family run hotel in the lovely village of Capilerira. Rooms are large and all en-suite. There is a swimming pool open most of the year. Wi-fi in all the rooms. Evening meals in the restaurant.

Hotel Poqueira – Capilerira
A traditional family run hotel in the lovely village of Capileira. Large en-suite rooms. Swimming pool available and Wifi in rooms. Evening meals in restaurant.

Hotel Mecina – Mecina Fondales
Lovely pool and bar area situated in a cherry orchard. We will eat out in two local restaurants whilst we stay here. Wi-fi in rooms.

Hotel La Fragua – Trevelez
Situated in the top barrio of Trevelez. They have two hotels and an excellent restaurant in the middle of them. Good sized comfortable en-suite rooms with wifi. Small swimming pool available May – Sept.

Hotel Alquiera De Morayma
A beautiful hotel with large rooms all with fabulous views of the Sierra Nevada. Large swimming pool open May – Sept. Wifi in bar/restaurant.

Single and triple occupancy:
If travelling alone, it is mandatory to pay for the single supplement fee.
Triple occupancy is not always possible, please inquire for further information.


Meals
Please, consult the rates and dates section to know what meals are included in your package.

The local specialties include freshly caught trout, beautiful goat and ewe cheeses, and with the area being so close to the Mediterranean sea, an abundance of fresh sea food. Also the dry cured hams,’jamon’, from the highest village in Spain, Trevelez, is a delicious and popular tapas.

Local wines are some of the best of the up and coming Spanish wines, with the hills of the Contraviesa covered in ‘copa’ vines. Any beer, wine or grape juice ‘mosto’ is served with excellent tapas, making each drink that little bit more special.

Special diets and food restrictions
All diets are catered for but we need advance notification.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary: guided option (set departure dates) - subject to changes

Day 1: Airport pick-up
Meet at Malaga airport and leave for Capileira at 2 pm. Go through the week and answer any questions.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight in Capileira


Day 2: Villages of the Poquiera Gorge
We will walk from the hotel and descend to the river below Capileira and carry on down the river to the lowest of the villages, Pampaniera. Lunch in a bar here before we follow the GR7 up to Bubion before carrying back to Capileira.
Walking: 10 km / approx. 5-6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Capileira


Day 3: Capileira to Trevelez
Walking from the hotel we walk from the Poqueira Gorge over to la Taha and on into the rio Trevelez valley. Taking in the beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada behind us and the Contraviesa in front. We walk through varying landscapes before finally coming to Trevelez.
Walking: 18 km / approx. 6-8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Trevelez


Day 4: Siete Lagunas
A high mountain walk using the track that goes to Mulhacen (the highest peak in mainland Spain). A hard but thoroughly rewarding walk, with great views and an amazing sense of wilderness. The Siete Lagunas is the glaciation cirque defined by Loma del Mulhacen and the Alcazaba.
Walking approx. 7-8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in
Trevelez

Day 5: Free day or trip to Granada
Free Day Or Trip to Granada and the Alhambra (50 Euro per person min 2 people). A visit to the Alhambra and then to the Moorish baths for pampering, if you wish (30 Euro extra) or just some free time in the historic city of Granada, eating, drinking and shopping.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in
Trevelez

Day 6: Trevelez to Alquiera de Morayma
A great walk from Trevelez all the way down into the Cadiar Valley, walking through Juviles, Timar and Lobras before finally coming to the beautiful hotel of Alquiera de Morayma.
Walking: 19 km / approx. 6-8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel of Alquiera de Morayma

Day 7: Berchules Circuit
Transfer to Berchules (15mins). A great walk taking in another valley that sweeps down from the Sierra Nevada. Walking to the moors last stand and then on and up, climbing through a cool pine forest. Before coming out for great views of the Las Alpujarras below.
Walking: 15 km / approx. 6-8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel of Alquiera de Morayma

Day 8: Return to Airport
Transfer to Granada or Malaga airport
Meals included: Breakfast

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Sample Itinerary: self-guided option - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrive at Capileira
Arrive at hotel in Capileira or we will have transferred you to the hotel from Malaga or Granada.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight in Capileira


Day 2: Walk around Capileira
Option 1: La Cabadilla Circuit
Walk from the hotel towards the stunning 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. Evening Meal in Hotel
Ascent: approx. 200 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 200 m / approx. 3-5 hours (6-7 km)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Capileira


Or

Option 2: Three Villages Walk
A beautiful walk taking in the three villages of Bubion, Pampaniera, and Capileira in the Poquiera Gorge. Evening Meal in Hotel
Ascent: approx. 600 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 600 m / approx. 5-7 hours (9 km)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Capileira



Day 3: Capieira to Mecina
Shorter option: A shorter walk but no less beautiful and rewarding. Using the GR7 to take you high above Bubion before the descent through Pitres and down to Mecina.
Ascent: approx. 0 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 0 m / approx. 3-4 hours (8 km)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in
Mecina Fondales

Or

Longer option: Walking out of the Poquiera gorge with some fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada before dropping down into the Taha region.
Ascent: approx. 0 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 0 m / approx. 4-6 hours (14 km)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in
Mecina Fondales

Day 4: Walk around Mecina Fondales
Option 1: La Taha Valley Walk
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.
Ascent: approx. 100 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 100 m / approx. 3 hours (~8 km)
Meals included: none
Overnight in Mecina Fondales


Or

Option 2: Sierra Mecina Circuit
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.
Ascent: approx. 200 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 200 m / approx. 4-6 hours (12 km)
Meals included: none
Overnight in Mecina Fondales


Day 5: Free Day
Activity of your choice between a walk to Trevelez (14km) or a Granada Excursion and Alhambra visit (extra cost) or simply a free day in Trevelez. Evening meal in Meson La Fragua
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight in Trevelez


Day 6: Walk around Trevelez
Option 1: Rio Trevelez Walk
Walk down to the Rio Trevelez a river that flows all year from the snow melt and the huge aquifers in the Sierra Nevada. Walk along for 6km and return the same way. Great level walk along an easy path to follow. Evening meal in Meson La Fragua
Ascent: approx. 100 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 100 m / approx. 3-4 hours (~12 km)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Trevelez


Or

Option 2: Rio Culo Pero
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. Evening meal in Meson La Fragua
Ascent: approx. 200 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 200 m / approx. 4-6 hours (11 km)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Trevelez


Or

Option 3: Siete Lagunas
Gaining 1300 metres in height up to the beautiful arête which holds the siete lagunas (seven lakes). A challenging walk but worth the effort. Evening meal in Meson La Fragua
Ascent: approx. 1300 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 1300 m / approx. 5-8 hours (18 km)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Trevelez


Day 7: Trevelez to Hotel Alquiera de Morayma
A great walk walking from the highest village in Spain down to the beautiful hotel at Cadiar. Another varied day of landscapes and villages. This walk can be reduced to 12km with a transfer from the village of Timar to the hotel.
Ascent: approx. 500 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 800 m / approx. 5-8 hours (18 km)
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Alquileira De Morayma

Day 8: Departure day
Check out of hotel. Transfer Onwards
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Alpujarras Walking Tour

Rates include:

Guided: Accommodations, Most meals, Luggage transfers, Transfers & 5 guided walks
Self-guided: Accommodations, All breakfasts and most dinners, Luggage transfers, Clear and descriptive walk notes with clearly marked maps, Guide books about the areas history, flora and fauna & 24hr assistance if needed.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20208 day trip, MAP, 5 walking days - Self-guided€615$695
  • B
    20208 day trip, MAP, 5 walking days - Guided€735$835
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Single supplement 140 $160
2020 Transfers from/to Malaga (1-4 pax), roundtrip (Self-guided trips only) 200 $230
2020 Transfers from/to Malaga (4-8 pax), roundtrip (Self-guided trips only) 320 $365

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 03/30 - 04/06 8d / 7n 8 day trip, MAP, 5 walking d... 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 05/18 - 05/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, MAP, 5 walking d... 2 /8 Expired

Dates Note: Self-guided trips are available any time with a minimum of 2 hikers.

Rates do not include:

Guided: Lunch on Day 5 & Granada and Alhambra excursion (50 Euro per person including ticket to Alhmabra - min 2 pax)
Self-guided: Lunches & meals at hotel Mecina (dinner on day 3 and 4 ), Airport transfers & Granada and Alhambra excursion (50 Euro per person including ticket to Alhmabra - min 2 pax)

Other Info
Meeting: Narila
Airport: Malaga, Granada
Transfer: Malaga or Granada

Climate:
                                               Granada area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

69

70

71

72

74

77

80

81

81

79

75

71

Average Low Temperature (°F)

59

59

59

61

63

66

69

71

70

68

64

61

Average High Temperature (°C)

21

21

22

22

24

25

27

27

27

26

24

22

Average Low Temperature (°C)

15

15

15

16

17

19

21

22

21

20

18

16

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

2

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

3

Source: NOAA


Seasons

We have been recording climate details since 2002: temperatures, humidity, sunlight, rainfall, windspeed and direction from the meteorological station situated among the fig trees above the driveway. There are 14 weather stations in Granada Province and if we examine the data it gives the lie to the well known saying “anything is possible in Granada” where on the same day in the same province one can enjoy temperatures of 20 degrees on the coast (Costa Tropical) and – 10 degrees in the Sierra Nevada.
Summer is the busiest season in the Alpujarra when the local population works and often lives on the land. In winter everyone is back in the village and returns to communal life. Spring and Autumn are intense with agricultural preparation and preoccupation. Most notable is the marked difference between the seasons, and the variety of human activity strongly tied to the demands of nature.

SPRING
In March we start to feel the heat of the sun, the trees are in full bud and the scent of almond blossom still lingers: but it is said “Cuando marzo mayea, mayo marcea” when March is like May, May will be like March. The agricultural cycle starts again in earnest; weeding the broad bean seedlings, sowing potatoes, peas and pruning the vines.
The first swallows usually arrive around the 6 March with the warmer air, although in 2008 they came over a week later.
At the Alqueria the silk worms emerge around about el dia de San Jose (St Joseph’s Day), at the same time as the soft mulberry tree leaves, on which they feed, come out.
April sees the arrival of solitary bees, honey bees, lilies, and swifts, but in 2002 the swifts came unusually early on 18 February due to a very mild winter with almost no snow remaining in the Sierra.
In 2006 Spring seemed to have arrived on 8 March when the almond trees were in late full blossom so joining the plum trees in swathing the countryside in a sweet scented pink and white blanket of flowers.
By the beginning of April the headwater of the Guadalfeo river is noticeably diminished as water is taken off upstream to irrigate the recently planted seedlings.

SUMMER
Summer starts with the first cherries. July, August and September is the hottest time of year when the bulk of the agricultural produce of the Alpujarra is collected; figs, tomatoes, almonds, grapes, walnuts, soft fruit, etc.
Wheat is threshed in August and the rye grass is sythed; chick peas and early potatoes are gathered. The grape harvest is in September – we pick in the early mornings and start pressing in the early evening after a hearty lunch.
The summer of 2003 was one of the hottest on record, on a couple of days the temperatures reached 38.5 degrees. Thankfully 2004 was cooler and wetter.
On 13 September, but sometimes later, the swallows depart, leaving behind their laboriously built nests – no matter that the mean temperatures are still as hot as Summer, nature tells them to go.

AUTUMN
Autumn is the most spectacular season in the Alpujarra, when the leaves of the many poplars, maples, elms, chestnuts and vines at the Alqueria turn red, honey, gold and yellow. Sunsets are magnificent with their rich pink light.
Smoke is seen swirling from the chimney pots and folk sit around their hearths roasting chestnuts. But the kitchen gardens are still productive giving red and green peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, and pumpkins, strawberries and kiwifruits. There are green beans in the Sierra and and almonds on the dry lands.
When the soil releases its summer heat and combines with the fresh airs wafting down from the Sierra it produces a delightful sensation of enchantment in the golden air.

WINTER
The first snowfalls are usually mid December. This year has been exceptional with three heavy snowfalls since the beginning of the year. The nearby Sierra Nevada directly opposite the Alqueria is still thickly covered.
In January we collect the olives which are then milled in our own press, and we plant garlics in the kitchen garden.
Some years the almond trees blossom in early January, as in 2003, but the flowers are usually at their most impressive mid to late February. The willows, elms and ash trees are now beginning to bud.
In March the first flowers start to come out, such as batchelors buttons, violets and purple flowering cabbage. Although not in 2003 which was cold and rainy, it even snowed at the Alqueria – although we took advantage of the wet to plant another hectare of vines as well as our annual planting of trees and shrubs.

What To Bring:
1 Good pair of walking boots, preferably not brandnew
2 Walking poles, if you are not confident on loose ground
3 Waterproofs- especially if you are going high
4 Warm jacket, Fleece etc
5 Sun hat
6 Sun Cream
7 Sun Glasses
8 Comfortable backpack
9 Water bottle/ camel pack
10 Travel insurance
11 Health card
12 Blister plasters
13 Shorts/t-shirts