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Self-Guided Walking Holidays Sierra Nevada

 Sierra Nevada  7 Days / 6 Nights  Grade B/C: Hills/Mountains
Another of our walking holidays in Andalucia - this one is based in the Western Alpujarras. This mountainous area of Spain still recalls its Moorish past - and in many places the Arabic legacy remains to charm the visitor in the many white-washed Alpujarran villages which dot this beautiful landscape.

Your itinerary brings you through olive orchards and past orange and almond groves as you explore the terraced hillsides and steep gorges of this varied landscape. And as you hike through the diverse Mediterranean vegetation, in the background lie the snowy peaks of the high Sierras and majestic Mulhacén.

This part of Spain lies just south of Granada and can also be easily reached from Almeria and Malaga. So why wait? Book a walking holiday in Andalucia and experience the warmth and history 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 Capileira situated on the southern slopes of the Alpujarras at a height of 1436 metres. Capileira is one of the primary villages of the Alpujarras and still displays the characteristics of a former Moorish settlement: white-washed houses clinging to the hillsides, tiny squares with many fountains, and the seemingly mysterious network of steep, narrow lanes and streets.

Day 2 (The Río Poqueira Valley )
Today you follow a circular route which heads out from Capileira to take in the villages of Bubion to Pampaneira as you explore the Río Poqueira valley. This is a mixed day of steep ascents and descents as you walk through the hillsides, fields and orchards - passing some eras (ancient threshing circles). Return to Capileira and your stay this evening.

Day 3 (Capileira to Pórtugos)
Leaving your accommodation you follow the trail through ancient Mediterranean Holm Oak forest to Bubion. Continuing on through a mix of forestation and irrigated fields you you reach the Taha de Pitres - an ancient water council centre which dates back to Moorish times. Your walk brings you through the villages of Bubion, Pitres, Mencina-Fondales and Atalbéitar before finishing in Pórtugos for the evening.

Day 4 (Pórtugos to Trevélez)
Today you have a longer walk along the higher slopes of the river valley to Trevélez. You stay mainly on a long-distance path which affords wonderful views across the valleys. An easy descent brings you to the town of Trevélez - the highest village in the Alpujarras with its curious mix of tiny streets and large ham curing businesses.

Day 5 (Trevélez circulars)
You stay in the environs of Trevélez today and can choose from a variety of different walks. We offer a shorter walk along the Camino de Granada, a circular route in the area around Trevélez itself, or a spectacular longer walk high into the Sierra Nevada themselves.

Day 6 (Trevélez to Bérchules)
Leaving Trevélez you head along the GR7 to follow small wooded paths below Peñabón before ascending to the high point for today at El Portichuelo. On clear days you can see beyond the barrancos and the last of the Sierra's to the Mediterranean Sea and even to the coast of Africa. A steady descent then takes you down to the village of Bérchules.

Day 7 (Bérchules circular / departure)
The standard tour arrangement normally ends with you catching the afternoon bus to Granada. This means you can have a short walk this morning along an an acequia (irrigation channel) in the Río Grande valley. Alternatively if you book another night in your hotel in Bérchules you can enjoy a beautiful walk which brings you straight the far side of the valley from the hotel and then you can follow a beautiful circuit via Cerro Gordo and along the gorge back down to Bérchules.

6 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in our partner hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities) on a half-board and basis (dinner and breakfast included).

Lunches are not included, and packed lunches can be bought in most of the villages or ordered directly from your accommodation.

Luggage transfers between hotels, route description and maps.

Transfers to you first and from your last accommodation are not included. Please contact us for separate pricing of transfers to/from airports or locations.

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 Sierra Nevada (Western Alpujarras) self-guided tour is £425 Sterling (approx $705 US Dollars or €475 Euro) per person sharing.

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

Single supplement - Single occupancy (if accompanying a party) at £70
Lone traveller supplement - Travelling alone (not with a party) at £110. 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. Please complete a booking form, or contact us to arrange.
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