Las Alpujarras Guided Walking Holiday

Pampaneira and Capileria Villages in the Alpujarras Spain
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,049pp with flights

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. The Alpujarras, southern Spain, is an area of high mountains and deep valleys lying on the sunny southern edge of the Sierra Nevada. Recognised as a Parque National, it has championed the promotion of sustainable tourism. With an average elevation of 1,200 metres (4,000 feet) the region offers spectacular walking and views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. Mulhacen at 3,479m is the highest mountain on mainland Spain and the snow remains for most of the year. Snow melt in spring and summer allows the southern slopes of the Alpujarras to remain green and fertile throughout the year. The Romans and later the Moors constructed ‘acequias’, channels which bring snow melt and water from the aquifer deep beneath the Sierra to irrigate the vegetable plots and fruit trees. The area now houses a large proportion of northern Europeans alongside the locals. Both groups have worked hard to preserve those features that make the Alpujarras such a special place to visit.

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

What’s included

  • 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

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Finca los Llanos. Unpack and settle in.


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

Option 1 - Pena del Angel and Bubion

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 800 ft (240m)

In summary: 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 GR7 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.

Highlight: A great introduction to the weeks walking with spectacular views of the valleys below.

 

Option 2 - Rio Bermeja and Bubion

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,700ft (510m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: Experience the spectacular gorge and waterfalls of the Rio Bermejo.

 


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.

Option 1 - Canar to Pampaniera by the Witches Way

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 700ft (210m) 

In summary: 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.

Highlight: Discover the story of the witches cave.

 

Option 2 - Witches Way to Soportujar

Distance: 9 miles (14½km) 

Total ascent: 1,300ft (390m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: Explore the streets of Soportujar "place of arcades"

 


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.

Option 1 - GR7 From the Highest Village in Spain

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 1,400ft (420m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: Visit the highest village in the Iberian Peninsula.

 

Option 2 - Following the GR7 from the Highest Village in Spain to Pitres

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Total ascent: 1,900ft (570m) 

In summary: 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.

Highlight: The village of Trevelez known for it's production of Serano ham.

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, swim in the pool, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Possible options for your free day include:

Visiting Sierra Nevada where you can have a drink in a refuge or even ascend Mulhacen, the highest mountain on mainland Spain. Visit the nearby village of Bubion and try pony trekking or a craft day, learning how to make an Alpujarran rug.


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.

Option 1 - The Sierra de Mecina by the Camino Real

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,800ft (540m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: Views over the Trevelez Gorge.

 

Option 2 - Sierra de Mecina and the Trevelez Gorge

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,300ft (690m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: Visit the spectacular viewpoint over Orgiva.

 


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

Option 1 - The Capileira Gorge to La Cebadilla and Puente Abuchite

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,200ft (360m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: Panoramic views of the valley.

 

Option 2 - Four Bridges over the Poqueira

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,800ft (540m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: The traditional Iron ore industry in the Alpujarras.

 


We hope to see you again soon.


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Hotel Finca Los Llanos - Las Alpujarras

The 3-star Finca Los Llanos run by sisters Gloria and Pilar 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.  Rooms are simply and traditionally decorated, tiled floors and wooden furniture in keeping with the village and the region.  The outdoor pool is perfect for cooling off after a days walking.  

Rooms

This Finca Hotel has 44 en-suite bedrooms decorated in a traditional Alpujarran style, some with balcony.

Each bedroom has:

  • a television
  • a telephone,
  • safety deposit box
  • mini-bar

The rooms are in three attractive buildings set on a series of terraces cut in to the hill with plenty of flowers and shrubs beside the walkways and steps.

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.

Food & Drink

Our 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.

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.

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.

Drinks

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

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.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2019
21 Sep - 28 Sep 2019 Itinerary £1,049 Unavailable
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2020
25 Apr - 02 May 2019 Itinerary £1,049 Available Book Now
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Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £23 per night
  • With flight holidays include flights from London Gatwick.
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,049pp with flights

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