Guided Walking & Sightseeing at Capileira, Spain

Villages of Las Alpujarras

Code: AJLCL

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • History
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
  • Hard
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £849.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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Uncover Moorish Spain and the lush, verdant lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada dotted with pretty white villages clinging to the valley sides. This tucked away region near Granada offers wonderful walking through dramatic yet accessible landscapes and a chance to discover the best of Andalucia. From ubiquitous Moorish history and architecture to hearty food and a warm welcome – the Alpujarras is a ‘must do’ mix of culture, gastronomy and great walking.

Holiday highlights

  • Delve into the last Moorish stronghold in Spain – a legacy which remains in the landscape, architecture, food and way of life
  • Enjoy walks through lush green landscapes dotted with pueblo blancos
  • Stay in a family-run, village finca, built in a traditional Alpujarran style
  • Visit the intoxicating city of Granada crowned by the beautiful Alhambra and Generalife Palaces 

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • Return flights from the UK on ‘with flight’ holidays
  • Hotel transfers to and from Malaga Airport (see travel tab)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – continental buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal

Accommodation

This 3-star Finca Los Llanos run by sisters Gloria and Pilar who will provide a warm welcome to our guests and their team will be on hand to make your stay special. The hotel was originally built by their father and overlooks the whitewashed buildings of the beautiful village of Capileira and mountains beyond.

 

Bedrooms

This Finca Hotel has 44 en-suite bedrooms decorated in a traditional Alpujarran style, some with balcony.  Each bedroom has a TV, telephone, safety deposit box and mini-bar.  The rooms are in three attractive buildings terraced up the hill with plenty of flowers and shrubs beside the walkways and steps.

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Facilities

This hotel features a restaurant, offering simple, hearty local cuisine, as well as a cosy lounge bar, relaxing gardens and an outdoor pool set on the top terrace (usually open late April to October). Los Llanos is also just a short stroll from the village facilities. 

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Food

Holidays at Capileira are Half Board with continental breakfast and 3-course evening meal.

Breakfast: This is a self-service buffet with cereals, fruit juices, fruit, cold meat and cheeses, and a small hot selection.  Try the traditional chorizo and blood sausage.

Dinner: A 3-course evening meal is served to the tables and will include some local dishes.  Vegetarian and special diets are catered for; we ask you to take a few moments to talk with the management on arrival.

The hotel has a well stocked bar serving local beers, wines and spirits.

Picnic lunch: The hotel can provide a packed lunch at an extra cost or the ingredients can be purchased from local shops in the village, a few minutes walk away.

 

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Evening

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking & Sightseeing holiday continues into the evening.

Enjoy a drink whilst listening to our leaders explaining the next day's walk and after the evening meal, you may like to take a stroll into the village and visit a local bar, have a coffee or just relax at the hotel talking to your fellow guests.  Your leader will also be checking for any local events going on nearby.

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Itinerary

Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day. Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness

We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort.

Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable.

On our walking programme we’ll have the opportunity to discover the magnificent valleys that make up the southern Sierra Nevada. Nearby we can enjoy snow-topped mountain views as we follow good routes through the Poqueira Valley with opportunities to visit the three whitewashed villages. We’ll stretch further afield over the cols for amazing panoramic views and a visit to the Serrano ham haven of Trevelez. Around the nearby villages of Pitres and Busquistar we’ll sample the GR7 to further our exploration of this last Moorish enclave of the Iberian Peninsula, rich in flora, blossoms and fed by the omnipresent acequias. The dedicated sightseeing day offers a day in the mesmerising city of Granada, with its spectacular Alhambra Palace complex, beautiful cathedral and narrow maze of medieval streets.


HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyEasier walks: 5 to 7 miles (8-11km) on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,800ft (540m) of ascent in a day.

 

HF Holidays walks grade 4 hardHarder walks: 9 to 10 miles (14.5-16km) on good paths with some rocky sections. Up to 2,300ft (690m) of ascent in a day.

 


 Day 1: Arrival day

If you arrive on the HF Holidays flight to Malaga the onward journey to the hotel will be by coach. On your first evening there may be time for our leaders to take you on a short tour round the village and to purchase your lunch items for the following day. Our leaders will explain more about your walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.


 Day 2: Pena Angel, Bermejo Gorge and Bubion

Our walks today will take us to the ridge to the east and south of Capileira. Both walks start on the quiet road climbing out of the village that gives magnificent views over the valley.

Easier Walk: We will follow the tarmac road east from the village to a mirador, with fine views over the Poqueira Valley. We then branch off on a good track to walk the length of the ridge to the south and east of Capileira, passing close by the rock formation of the Pena Del Angel. At the southern end of the promontory there is a spectacular view over the valleys below. The walk will then follow the GR 7 down to the village of Bubion, situated below Capileira. Here we may stop for lunch or a drink. The path then ascends through fields back to Capileira. 5 miles (8km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The harder walkers will leave the tarmac road earlier than the easy party and ascend higher above the ridge, initially following the GR 142 long distance path. A good track with extensive views takes us to the spectacular gorge and waterfalls of the Rio Bermejo. We then descend steeply towards Pitres, before taking a level track westwards. Crossing the Barranco de Sangre, the site of an infamous battle between Moors and Christians, we ascend to the ridge traversed by the easier party, and follow their route on the GR 7 down to Bubion and then on a field path to Capileira. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,700 feet (510m) of ascent.


 Day 3: Guided Day Trip to Grenada, The Alhambra, Alcazar and Generalife


Day 4: Trevelez and the GR7

Today both groups will use hired transport to visit Trevelez, claimed to be the highest village in the Iberian Peninsula. It is one of the main centres for the production of air dried Serano ham.

Easier Walk: We will ascend through the extensive village of Trevelez, which comprises of three separate barrios, bajo, medio and alto. We then pick up the GR7/E4 footpath that follows a terrace along a broad gravel road high above the valley. Looking back, we can see the village with high hills beyond, whilst to the side is the deep Trevelez River valley. Leaving the track for a narrower footpath, but still following the GR7, we continue contouring round the hillside before turning south east, and descending to the village of Busquistar. There should be time to explore the village and enjoy a welcome drink before our transport back to Capileira. 7 miles (11km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: This will follow the same route as the easier walk as far as Busquistar. The route then continues further down the Trevelez Valley, crossing several barrancos and walking through the little hamlet of Albeitar before ascending to finish in the main square of the larger village of Pitres. Here there will be a chance for a drink in one of the bars before our transport collects us for the short journey back to the hotel. 10 miles (16 km) with 1,900 feet (570m) of ascent .


 Day 5: Free day

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. Your free day is an ideal opportunity to stroll between Capileira and neighbouring Bubion and Pampaneira, discovering their many atmospheric bodegas and traditional crafts. Alternatively, there may be an opportunity for an organised excursion to the Costa Tropical and a tropical fruit farm.


Day 6 Sierra de Mecina and the Trevelez Gorge

Today a short ride by hired bus takes us to 'la Taha', an area of seven villages that once offered allegiance to the Nasrid Kings of Granada. Even today they are characterised by their distinctive Berber architecture. We start both walks at Fondales, the lowest of the seven villages in the Trevelez Valley. Our walks take us along the Sierra de Mecina that marks the southern border of the main Alpujarras region. Both walks have  spectacular winding mule tracks or 'Panjuila' that take us into the Trevelez Gorge.

Easier walk: We start from the tiny village of Fondales and descend on a rather eroded path to cross the Trevelez River, near an old mill. We then follow an old mule trail, the Camino Real, that follows the river before ascending steadily to reach a broader track high above the valley. This track contours through woodland on the northern slope of the Sierra de Mecina. A spectacular steep, but well engineered mule track or 'Panjuila' then winds down to to cross the Trevelez Gorge, before ascending more gently to the white village of Ferrierola. After tasting the remarkable sparkling waters of La Fuenta Gaseosa, we take the winding road to our finishing point at a hotel in the tiny village of Mecina. 7miles (11km) with 1,800 feet (540m ) of ascent.

Harder walk: This starts by following the same route as the easier walk. On reaching the track along the Sierra de Mecina there is an optional extension to visit an old cisterna/ice house and spectacular viewpoint over Orgiva. After contouring along the Sierra de Mecina we continue for a short distance along a quiet road. We then descend near old iron ore quarries on a spectacular winding path into the Trevelez Gorge. On the north side of the valley we pass the outskirts of Busquistar before picking up the GR 142 path. At Ferrierola we will have the opportunity to sample the Fuenta Gaseosa. Refreshed by the naturally sparkling mineral water we then follow the winding road to our finishing point at a hotel in Mecina. 8 miles (13km) with 2,300 feet (690m) of ascent.


Day 7: Cebadillas and the Poqueira Gorge

Today both groups will start and finish from our hotel. Our aim is to explore the delights of the Poqueira Valley.

Easier walk: This walk will ascend the east side of the Poquiera Valley as far as the deserted village of La Cebadilla, built in the 1950's for the construction of the HEP station. Here the river is in a deep rocky gorge. The path from Capileira provides a magnificent panorama of the valley and also closely follows an 'acequia'. These are the vital water channels that supply the villages and farmland with water from the melting snows of the Sierra Nevada. After crossing the river, the route then passes through ancient farmland and terraces and descends on the western side of the valley as far as the bridge at Abu Buchite. A good, but steep track then leads back to the village of Capileira. 5 miles (8km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent and descent.

Harder walk: This sets off in the opposite direction to the easier walk, descending close to Bubion village before reaching Puente Molino. The path crosses the river here for the first time and ascends on the western side of the valley before crossing the river again at Chiscar bridge. The path then ascends and edges its way round a narrow gorge of the river, before descending again to Abu Buchite bridge. Crossing the river for a third time we follow the route used by the easier party in the reverse direction. The fourth river bridge crossing is at La Cebadilla, the hydro-electricity plant built to supply the valley with electricity in the 1950's. Returning to Capileira, we follow an 'acequia' and enjoy the fabulous views of the valley and whitewashed villages as we descend to our hotel. 10 miles (16 km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent.


 Day 8: Departure day


Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.

Local area

There are a number of interesting local shops within a short walking distance of the hotel, some selling local handicrafts, ideal for gift shopping.  The attractive village streets are mainly cobbled and worth an explore.  

 

 

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham flights to Malaga airport.

Return transfers between the airport and the hotel are included.

The coach transfer takes approx 3 hours to the Finca Los Llanos.

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

 

‘Without flight’ holidays the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

Return transfers are included in the price for Capileira holidays. We would recommend you take advantage of this due to the length of the journey. Transfers are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Please check your travel arrangements are compatible.

 

 

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance. 

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
22 Apr 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Monarch

  • Depart: 22 Apr 2017, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Apr 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

Monarch

  • Depart: 29 Apr 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 29 Apr 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
22 Apr 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 22 Apr 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Apr 2017, 10:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Apr 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Apr 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £989.00 Book Now
22 Apr 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
29 Apr 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Apr 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Apr 2017, 10:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 May 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 May 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £989.00 Book Now
29 Apr 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Monarch

  • Depart: 29 Apr 2017, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Apr 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

Monarch

  • Depart: 6 May 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 6 May 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
29 Apr 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
6 May 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Monarch

  • Depart: 6 May 2017, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 May 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

Monarch

  • Depart: 13 May 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 13 May 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
6 May 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 May 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 May 2017, 10:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 May 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 May 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £989.00 Book Now
6 May 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
13 May 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 May 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 May 2017, 10:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 May 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 20 May 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £989.00 Book Now
13 May 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Monarch

  • Depart: 13 May 2017, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 May 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

Monarch

  • Depart: 20 May 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 20 May 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
13 May 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
16 Sep 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Monarch

  • Depart: 16 Sep 2017, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Sep 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

Monarch

  • Depart: 23 Sep 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 23 Sep 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
16 Sep 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Sep 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Sep 2017, 10:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 23 Sep 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Sep 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £989.00 Book Now
16 Sep 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
23 Sep 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 23 Sep 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Sep 2017, 10:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 30 Sep 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Sep 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £989.00 Book Now
23 Sep 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Monarch

  • Depart: 23 Sep 2017, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Sep 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

Monarch

  • Depart: 30 Sep 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 30 Sep 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
23 Sep 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
30 Sep 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Monarch

  • Depart: 30 Sep 2017, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Sep 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

Monarch

  • Depart: 7 Oct 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 7 Oct 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
30 Sep 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 30 Sep 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Sep 2017, 10:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 Oct 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Oct 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £989.00 Book Now
30 Sep 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 Oct 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Oct 2017, 10:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £989.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Monarch

  • Depart: 7 Oct 2017, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Oct 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

Monarch

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Monarch

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, 7:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

Monarch

  • Depart: 21 Oct 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 21 Oct 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,039.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, 10:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 Oct 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Oct 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £989.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 AJLCL - Guided Walking Capileira - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £18 per night
  • Allow €30 for sightseeing costs
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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