Las Alpujarras Guided Walking Holiday

Uncover Moorish Spain and the verdant lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada


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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £849.00 - 7 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

2019 Las Alpujarras Guest Booklet

Discover the magnificent valleys of the southern Sierra Nevada and enjoy snow-capped mountain views walking through the Poqueira Valley. 

Further afield, visit the Serrano ham haven of Trevelez. Around nearby Pitres and Busquistar we walk on the GR7 to further our exploration of Iberia's last Moorish enclave. 

Las Alpujarras is a ‘must do’ mix of culture, gastronomy and great walking; bodegas in the local area surround the picturesque scenery, meaning you can take in the sights as you relax.

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy walks through green landscapes dotted with pueblo blancos (white villages)
  • Stay in a family-run, village finca, built in a traditional Alpujarran style
  • Visit a local Bodega with opportunity to sample their cheeses, hams and wines

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

In pictures...


Finca Los Llanos in Capileira, Spain

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.



Your room

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.

Finca Los Llanos bedroom


Finca Los Llanos outdoor pool 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.


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

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.

Evening meal
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 beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)
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.
Finca Los Llanos dining room

Your evenings

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.


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.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Easier walks: 5 to 8 miles (8-11km) on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,500ft (450m) of ascent in a day.

HF Holidays walks grade 4 hard

Harder walks: 7 to 10 miles (11-16km) on good paths with some rocky sections. Up to 2,300ft (690m) of ascent in a day.

Day 1: Arrival day

On arrival at Capileira, you will have time to meet your fellow guests over the first evening meal.

Day 2: Pena del Angel Berme Gorge

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: Our walk will head 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. We will then follow the GR 7 down to the village of Bubion, situated below Capileira. Here there may be a stop for lunch or a drink before ascending through fields back to Capileira. 5 miles (8km) with 800 ft (240m) of ascent and descent.

Harder Walk: Having set out with the easier party, we head off to 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 to Bubion and then on a field path to Capileira. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,700ft (510m) of ascent.

Day 3: Around Soportujar

Both walks start with a drive to the western side of the Alpujarras. We have a view of Lanjaron, famous for its spring water and spectacularly sited castle.

Easier Walk: This group are transported to Canar, high above Orgiva. After a coffee stop, we follow a path to Soportujar, famed centre for witches. The path becomes more wooded, and deeper in the Poquiera Gorge. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: This walk continues from the viewpoint ascending into the hills above the town before contouring round to Canar. A descent to a bar and viewpoint to Pampaniera ends with a rest to await transport back to the hotel. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,300ft (390m) of ascent.

Day 4: Highest village in Spain

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 along a terrace on 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. 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 meeting our transport back to Capileira. 7 miles (11km) with 1,400ft (420m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: This will follow the same route as the easier walk as far as Busquistar. From here our 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 (16km) with 1,900ft (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 to cross the Trevelez River, near an old mill. From here we pick up 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 north slope of the Sierra de Mecina. A spectacular steep, but well engineered mule track or 'Panjuila' then winds down 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 in the tiny village of Mecina. 7 miles (11km) with 1,800ft (540m) of ascent.

Harder walk: Our route follows the easier walk but 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 before descending an old iron ore quarry on a spectacular winding path into the Trevelez Gorge. On the north side of the valley we pass the outskirts of Busquistar. We pick up the GR142 path to 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 in Mecina. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,300ft (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: Our 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 hydroelectric power 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 the 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. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,200ft (360m) of ascent.

Harder walk: We will set off in the opposite direction to the easier walk, descending close to Bubion village before reaching Puente Molino. Our 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 around 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 hydroelectricity 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 (16km) with 1,800ft (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.  




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.


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‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Gatwick to Malaga airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

Return transfers between the airport and the hotel are included. The coach transfer takes approx 3 hours to the Finca Los Llanos.





‘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 airport 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


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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
14 Sep 2019 AJLCL - Las Alpujarras Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 14 Sep 2019, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Sep 2019, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 21 Sep 2019, 11:35 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Sep 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,049.00 Book Now
14 Sep 2019 AJLCL - Las Alpujarras Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
21 Sep 2019 AJLCL - Las Alpujarras Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 21 Sep 2019, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Sep 2019, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 28 Sep 2019, 11:35 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,049.00 Book Now
21 Sep 2019 AJLCL - Las Alpujarras Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2019 AJLCL - Las Alpujarras Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 28 Sep 2019, 6:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2019, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Malaga

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 11:35 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malaga
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,049.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2019 AJLCL - Las Alpujarras Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £849.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Double room for sole occupancy: £21 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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