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On the south-western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, a mountainous area called the Alpujarras still recalls its Moorish origins. The charm of this Arabic legacy remains, here at the perfect elevation for a true alpine experience. At the foot of the Sierra Nevada, all sorts of Mediterranean crops thrive: olive orchards, orange and lemon groves, almonds, figs and grapes, against a backdrop of snowy peaks. Dramatic views from enchanting white-washed villages, where terraced fields and authentic irrigation channels survive, remnants of an era gone by.
|Day 1||Arrival in Capileira|
Arrival in Capileira, situated at an elevation of 1436m. This, the main village of the Alpujarras, still displays its charming history as a former Moorish settlement: white-washed houses clinging to the hillside, tiny squares with fountains, and a mysterious network of steep, narrow lanes.
|Day 2||Through Río Poqueira Valley (10 km)|
Circular walk in the Río Poqueira Valley, from Capileira via Bubion to Pampaneira, passing ancient threshing circles as you walk among fields. Some steep ascents and descents.
|Day 3||From Capileira to Pórtugos (12 km)|
From Capileira through the villages of Bubion, Pitres, Mencina-Fondales and Atalbéitar to Pórtugos, enjoying varied scenery. Among woodlands, including an ancient Mediterranean Holm oak forest, as well as pine tree plantations. Passing irrigated fields, you reach the Taha de Pitres, ancient water council centre which dates back to Moorish times.
|Day 4||Trevélez Valley (14,5 km)|
Route through the Trevélez River Valley with fantastic vista points. A long but not too difficult and quite entertaining walk along a long-distance path to the highest village in the Alpujarras, and as they claim, in all of Spain.
|Day 5||Choice of walks from Trevélez (12-18 km)|
3 walks to choose from, including a spectacular longer walk high into the Sierra Nevada, a circular route in the beautiful area around Trevélez and a shorter walk along the Camino de Granada.
|Day 6||Ascent to El Portichuelo (16 km)|
A pleasant route through a shady wood along narrow paths. The last section with sweeping views. In clear weather, the African continent is visible from the highest point, El Portichuelo.
|Day 7||Acequia walk in Río Grande Valley (10 km)|
Optional walk today in the Río Grande Valley north of Bérchules, following an irrigation channel or "acequia" past the ruins of a 13th century Moorish silk-washing house. This afternoon you catch an afternoon bus to Granada.
We highly recommend booking an extra night in Bérchules to make this an 8-day trip.
6 nights in hotel on a half-board basis
Family run hotel at the town's gates with swimming pool, garden and terrace overlooking place where the dinner is served. The surrounding is quiet with simple and classic furniture. Free Wifi.
This is a simple and welcoming hotel with the strenght of hospitality. Rooms are basic but very clean and well-finished. The restaurant proposes local typical specialties. The hotel has a beautiful views on mountain range and underlying valley.
This is a lovely and typical building located on the high area of the hamlet with outbuilding (Fragua II) and a panoramic terrace. Rooms have a rustic style but these are well finished. Breakfast is rich and local ready-sliced meat served in the restaurant are very good. Wifi is free and the swimming pool is in the outbuilding.
This is a family run hotel with wooden furnitures and mountain style. It has a large garden and a swimming pool. Staff is enthusiastic and helpful, expert in paths like their dog Sammy.
GPS tracks are available on request.
What is included:
· 6 nights in hotel on a half-board basis
· Luggage transport on days 3, 4 and 6
· Maps and detailed itinerary
· Luggage-health insurance
· Telephone support 24 hours
What is not included:
· Journey to the place of arrival and departure
· Transport to first and from last accommodation
· Transfers using public transport
· Visits and entrance fees - tips
· Anything not specified under "The price includes"
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
· Single room supplement
· Half Board supplement
· Extra night(s) in Granada can be booked separately
· Any transfer to get to the starting point or to return from the point of arrival, which can be quoted on request.