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Self-Guided Walking Holidays The Alpujarras

 The Alpujarras  8 Days / 7 Nights  Grade C/D: Mountains
This walking holiday in Andalucia is based in the Alpujarras. The Alpujarras lie south of Granada and form part of the Sierra Nevada range, and are easily reached from Granada, Almeria and Malaga.

This mountainous region of Spain has been populated by many races in the past, but it was the influence of the Moors which led to the development of the now famous white-washed Alpujarran villages which hug the steep hillsides of Andalucia. It also has the benefit of over 320 days of sunshine per year and can support year-round walking. We recommend you take your walking holiday in the season from March to June, or September to November, avoiding the heat of high summer and the possibility of snow in the winter.

You will walk through olive and almond groves on the terraced hillsides and hike along the steep gorges cut into this varied landscape. You see orange groves, wild cacti, chestnut and lemon as you follow small local paths and the route of the long-distance GR7 path. And in the background lie the normally snow-peaked caps of the high Sierras - including Mulhacén (at 3,482m Spain's highest peak). You stay at small family-run hotels and quality guesthouses and at all times enjoy the wonderful Alpujarran cuisine, including the world-famous dry cured hams of Trevélez. Take a walking holiday in Andalucia and experience the true warmth of Spain!
Trevelez with Mulhacen in the background - the highest peak of the Alpujarras in Andalucia
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Day 1 (Arrival)
Arrive in the village of Mairena nestled on the southern slopes of the Alpujarras. From your hostelry you have views down over the gorges and barrancos to the Contraviesa mountains and the far mediterranean. On a clear day you might even see the coast of north Africa from this oasis of tranquility.

Day 2 (11.25km/7 miles Ferreira to Posada de los Arrieros)
A transfer across the pass of La Ragua in the morning puts you on the start of our walk along the GR7 trail at La Calahorra / Ferreira. A steady ascent up the tree-lined Arroyo Hondo brings you up to the Puerto de la Ragua at around 2000 metres before you follow the GR7 down again along the gorge of the Arroyo de Bayárcal to the Posada de los Arrieros, and your stay this evening.

Day 3 (13km/8 miles Posada de los Arrieros to Mairena)
Leaving your accommodation you continue along the GR7 down the Arroyo de Bayárcal. Following the path along the riverbed and through woods of oak and conifers to the village of Bayárcal itself. You then turn to drop down to the barranco and traversing around to the village of Laroles and then on along a circuit of the Laroles valley to come again to the lovely town of Mairena.

Day 4 (10km/6 miles Mairena to Yegen)
From Mairena you follow easy paths through almond and olive groves on the lower slopes of the hills here before descending to the villages of Nechite and Valor. An easy trail then brings you along the green paths to Yegen - the village made famous by the English write Gerald Brenan.

Day 5 (10.5km/6.5 miles or 21km/13 miles Yegen to Bérchules)
Leaving Yegen you drop down along the sandy and twisting trails of the barrancos before climbing up to the villages of Golco and Mecina Bombarón. Then it is a short section over a steep shoulder to Bérchules. You can drop straight down to Bérchules, or if feeling fit you can follow a beautiful circuit via Cerro Gordo and then along the gorge back down to Bérchules.

Day 6 (14km/8.75 miles Bérchules to Trevélez)
You strike off the GR7 today to follow the higher route woward Peńabón and on to Trevélez. Although a steeper walk, it opens up wonderful views of the higher Sierra's and especially Mulhacén. Along the way you are very likely to encounter many of the wild deer that inhabit the upper slopes. A zigzag descent then brings you down to the town of Trevélez and its curious mix of tiny streets and large ham curing businesses.

Day 7 (16km/10 miles Trevélez circular or Mulhacén 22.5km/14 miles)
Today you have a number of choices. You can take a lovely circuit walk from Trevélez high above the valley or follow the Trevélez gorge walk. Alternatively you can visit the slopes or even the summit of Mulhacén - which although very high at 3,482 metres (11,424 feet) is not technically difficult by the popular route. There is even the option of taking a special National Park bus service as high as 2,700 metres to explore the high slopes. Whatever you choose you will return to Trevélez in the evening before transferring back to Mairena for your last night.

Day 8 (Departure)
The tour is completed following your breakfast in Mairena.

7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in our partner hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).

Transfer to/from either Granada or Almeria airports or rail stations at both start and end of the tour. Please contact us for transfers from further afield.

Meals consist of a breakfast each day, packed lunch and a two/three course meal each evening. Drinks are not included.

Luggage transfer each day along the route, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).

For more information on Andalucia visit the official Andalucia Tourism website at www.andalucia.org.
Flight schedules and information on Granada Airport.
Flight schedules and information on Almeria Airport.
For information on trains to the area, visit the Renfe / Ave Rail site.

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Prices and options
The price for The Alpujarras self-guided tour is £595 Sterling (approx $975 US Dollars or €675 Euro) per person sharing.

  • 7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in our approved partner hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).
  • Airport or railway station transfers to/from Granada and Almeria are included. Please contact us for separate pricing of transfers to/from other airports or locations.
  • Meals consist of a breakfast each day, packed lunch and a two/three course meal each evening. Drinks are not included.
  • Luggage transfer each day along the route, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).

Single supplement - Single occupancy (if accompanying a party) at £80
Lone traveller supplement - Travelling alone (not with a party) at £150. Note that this is in place of the single supplement (not in addition to it).

You can start your self-guided tour on any day that you wish throughout the season. Although the route can be attempted in the months of December through to February there is a risk of snowfall hampering you from walking the higher sections (alternative lower routes are possible). Please complete a booking form, or contact us to arrange.
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