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Walking the White Villages of the Alpujarras

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  • Holiday code
    W07AP
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • NEW FOR 2023  
  • Departures
    Daily Departures from 19 Mar '23 to 24 Oct '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfasts and evening meals
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, high peaks

Spain: Andalucia

Walking the White Villages of the Alpujarras

  • Enjoy undisturbed walking stretching from high peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the shimmering Mediterranean below
  • Following the GR7 you'll discover one of the most wild and undiscovered mountain ranges in Spain
  • Add extra nights in the fascinating city of Granada with world-famous Moorish Palace & Gardens

The Alpujarra is one of the most wild and undiscovered mountain ranges of Spain, stretching from the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the Mediterranean below. Life has changed little since the Moors first cultivated the terraces many centuries ago. You may observe farmers tending the land with their mules, or perhaps local women washing clothes in the village springs or shelling almonds by hand.

The tiny, whitewashed villages, which cling precariously to the mountainsides, are linked by the ancient Camino Real (or GR7). On this route, you will walk through shady olive and almond groves and cross tiny mountain springs with snow-capped mountains above and the distant Mediterranean in view. Whatever the season, there is plenty to relish: the spectacular almond blossom of February and March, the pretty wildflowers of late spring and early summer, or the vibrant colours and fruits of autumn (when you will be able to pick almonds, wild figs, mulberries and grapes along the way). Apart from an occasional shepherd tending his herds, your walk will be undisturbed and blissfully at peace. Granada, with its famous Alhambra Palace- a reminder of the Moorish influence on the region -provides a great cultural extension to your walking holiday.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrive in Berchules

Arrive at your hotel in Berchules where you stay for the first 2 nights.
Hotel Rural Los Berchules, Berchules (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 2: Yegen to Berchules 14km /9mi /4.5hrs

You will be transferred to the start of your walk in Yegen after breakfast. A wonderful and diverse walk, leading you from the cultivated terraces down to the sculpted shapes of desert-like bad-lands, then up again to craggy alpine valleys. This is magical and wild territory with striking rock formations and many bird-watching opportunities. Look out for bee-eaters, rollers, hoopoes and Bonelli eagles at the right time of year. After climbing to the pine forests above Berchules, come down the ancient track that used to be the old silk-trading route, connecting the Alpujarra with Granada.
Hotel Rural Los Berchules, Berchules (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 3: Berchules to Trevelez 16km/10mi/5.5hrs

Start todays walk through the narrow streets of Berchules before climbing steeply out of the village to the highest point of the trek. Enjoy the foothills of Mulhacen, the highest mountain in Spain, dropping down to the steep-sided rugged valley of Trevelez, famous for its air-dried ham and artisanal shops.
Hotel La Fragua, Trevelez (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 4: Trevelez to Capileira 18km /11. 5mi /5.5hrs OR 20km /12.5mi /6hrs

A pleasant walk from Trevelez to the beautiful village of Capileira. Either take the low-level tranquil and contouring Pista Forestal, with good views of the surrounding area and the high mountains, or the high-level Sulayr path on the southern flank of the Sierra Nevada. This is a wonderful walk with a high mountain feel and great views over the sea, and if you are lucky, the Atlas Mountains in the distance.
Finca Los Llanos, Capileria (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 5: Capileira to Pampaneira (Orgiva) 5km /3mi /1.5hrs

Today’s walk you will take you to the charming white villages of Capileira, Bubion and Pampaneira. The paths are well marked passing cherry, walnut and fig trees as well as goats clattering their bells below you. From Pampaneira you will be transferred to Orgiva where you stay overnight.
Hotel Puerta Nazari, Orgiva (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 6: Orgiva to Lanjarron 9km /6mi /3hrs OR 20km/12.5mi /6hrs

Leaving Orgiva, follow the riverbank of the Rio Sucio before climbing the slopes of a green valley to reach the high point where the GR7 and GR142 paths meet. Here there is a detour for an extensive view over Orgiva and the Guadalfeo valley up to Cañar to the north-east, the route is then downhill on tracks, with viewpoints overlooking Lanjaron, and the the Embalse de Bénar reservoir.

Alternatively, there is a varied, sometimes challenging route taking you from the riverbanks of the Rio Chico at Orgiva to the Mirador overlooking the town, then steeply up to visit the pretty villages of Carataunas and Soportujar with their fascinating sculptures. Enjoy wonderful views as the route is high above the valley. Wind your way to the Cañar Mirador and fountains before descending via paths with views of Lanjarron in the distance.
Hotel Alcadima, Lanjarron (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 7: Walks around Lanjarron 14km /9mi / 6hrs OR 7km /4.5mi /3hrs

Lanjarron Circular

This circular walk dips down to the river valley to the south before climbing to a ridge, providing fantastic panoramic views. To the north is countryside with scattered corijos and houses with their olive and fruit trees together with fantastic views of Lanjarron. At the end of the walk there is the opportunity to visit the castle. Standing on a rocky prominence above the Lanjarron river valley, it was built by the Moors between the thirteenth and sixteenth century.

Lanjaron Acequia Aceituno to Cecarta

A lovely walk through the narrow streets of Hondilla and up via paths and tracks into the wooded Rio de Lanjaron valley. The walking along the acequias is easy with an unexpected airy section at the beginning. The Huerta de las Monjas is a pleasant place to rest before returning to Lanjaron via another acequia and descending more steeply to the town centre.
Hotel Alcadima, Lanjarron (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 8: Departure

Depart after breakfast

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

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Hotel Rural Los Berchules, Berchules

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The family run Hotel Rural Los Berchules has many years of experience, offering great hospitality and an extensive knowledge of Southern Spain. Located on the outskirts of the village of Bérchules, at an altitude of 1320m, the hotel is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery making it the ideal location from which to explore the Alpujarras. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere created by the warm welcome of its staff. The pinewood panelled lounge/bar overlooks the valley with views of the mountains and sea beyond, while the established gardens feature a lovely outdoor seasonal pool. Food is mainly regional, serving hearty traditional home-cooked meals.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel La Fragua, Trevelez

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Hotel La Fragua preserves the façade of its 18th century building, with panoramic views to the south of the valley, where the Trevélez river and the Chico River converge. Situated in the village of Trevelez, known within the region for being the highest village in Spain. Their charming restaurant serves typical Alpujarra cuisine and tasty Mediterranean dishes. Rooms are comfortable and bright, decorated in the traditional style of the Alpujarra mountains.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Finca Los Llanos, Capileira

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Sat above the Poqueria River at an altitude of 1436m, the 3* Finca Los Llanos is located in the ancient town on Capileira. Established in 1990, it is known for its excellent customer service and beautiful location in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Chef Gloria serves typical Alpujarran produce including Serrano ham from Trevelez, goats’ cheese from the cottages of Busquistar and the local sweetmeats of Pampaneira with wine to compliment from the Contraviesa.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, minibar, and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel Puerta Nazari, Orgiva

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Situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Orgiva is a tranquil town surrounded by orange groves, olive and almond trees. Featuring 21 rooms with bright interior, the 2* Hotel Puerta Nazari is ideally located for exploring the surrounding area. Enjoy authentic flavours of the region including the Alpujarreño Plate.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, A/C, private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer. Rooms either have a balcony or terrace with pleasant views of the La Alpujarra Granadina.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel Alcadima, Lanjaron

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The spa town of Lanjaron is best known for its pure spring water which is considered to be among the best in Spain, and as such has become a destination for physical and mental well-being.

The 3* Hotel Alcadima has been in the Morillas family since 1954, having originally been the popular Piscina Castillo de Lanjaron. This rural accommodation lies among landscaped gardens with stunning views of the remains of a 14th century Islamic castle. Its relaxed environment allows you to enjoy those moment of peace, or if you prefer you can make use of its many facilities including the outdoor swimming pool, indoor heated pool, Turkish bath and sauna.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfasts and evening meals

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking

Departures

Meals
All breakfasts and evening meals

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the appropriate 'Check availability' button above to complete our holiday enquiry form, we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you.

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links above to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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