Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

Spain
Hiking
Self-Guided
Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

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From $825USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Southern Spain on this 8-day self-guided walking tour

Discover authentic Spanish charm in the historical Andalusian city of Grenada, your start and endpoint on the tour.

Walk the stunning landscape of the Alpujarras, the scenic region on the south slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Visit small villages and experience the essence of Spain’s magnetic culture, full of rich history and tradition.

Satisfy your thirst for adventure as you traverse deep gorges, Mediterranean farmland, and ancient forests.

Exploring southern Spain on foot is undoubtedly the best way to experience this remarkable region's natural beauty and allure! The 8-day self-guided Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour will immerse you in the region’s most spectacular villages and landscapes, allowing you to connect with the land and the charismatic culture of the people that inhabit it.

This delightful walking tour begins and ends in the magnetic city of Granada, located in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Exploring at your own pace, you'll walk ancient trails, through mesmerizing villages, deep gorges, sweeping valleys and bountiful farmland, with the Alpajurras (the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada) as your stunning backdrop.

As the trail unfolds between snow-capped mountain peaks and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, you'll come to know and love this region brimming with history, tradition, and infinite natural beauty.

It's all yours to discover on foot during this spectacular walking adventure in southern Spain!

Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

Southern Spain’s splendid city of Granada is a fascinating fusion of ancient tradition and modern flair. The legacy of the Spanish Moors lives on in this city, which was the last stronghold of the ancient rulers. After settling into your accommodations here, set out on an exploration of this vibrant city to acquaint yourself with its tantalizing smells, sights, and sounds.

A walk in the former Arab quarter of Albayzin is an excellent place to start. The old Moorish quarter is a collection of zigzagging cobblestone streets lined with fruit and spice stalls and several colourful shops and restaurants.

Another must-see in Granada is the Alhambra, a colossal complex of palaces, gardens and fountains dating back to the mid-13th century.

Top off your first day with a refreshing drink and authentic tapas at one of the lively terraces in the old town. The warm hospitality of the Andalusian people will, without a doubt, have you feeling right at home in Granada!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Granada
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 2 Discover the Upper Poqueira Valley

This morning, a short taxi transfer will take you to one of the Poqueria Valley’s three “white villages,” the beautiful town of Capileira. Here, you’ll get settled into your hotel before embarking on today’s route.

As you make your way through the white-washed villages, staples of the landscape that make up the Alpujarras, you’ll walk alongside terraced olive groves, ancient cortijos (farmhouses), and vast countryside. Enjoy this most welcoming walk and revel in your first sweet encounter with the beauty of the Alpujarras!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Capileira
Distance
3-3.5 hours, 7.5km, 350m of ascent, 350m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Picturesque Villages of the Poqueira Valley

The Poqueira Valley unfolds beneath the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is home to three quaint mountain villages, one of which you stayed in last night (Capileira).

Today’s walk will introduce you to the valley’s two other “white villages,” Bubion and Pampaneira. As you walk ancient trails, archaic bridges, deserted crop fields and winding water channels, you’ll have a chance to get lost in the winding streets of these picturesque mountain villages. Tiny churches and narrow lanes, all frozen in time, will provide a fascinating encounter with this region’s roots.

Be sure to explore the arts and crafts shops of Pampaniera, where you’ll find unique leather, rugs, and pottery! Pampaniera is also home to a traditional chocolate factory that doubles as a museum and is well worth a visit, especially for those with a sweet tooth!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Capileira
Distance
5.5 hours, 10km, 560m of ascent, 560m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Walk Mediterranean Woods to the Taha de Pitres

This morning you’ll say farewell to the beautiful Poqueria Valley as you make your way east along stony footpaths that link Mediterranean woods of holm oak to a reforested area rich in pine.

The final section of the walk will lead you to the Taha de Pitres. A fascinating cultural encounter awaits you as you make your way through this area’s small villages, which have seen very little change since Moorish times.

The picturesque villages and hamlets lay the groundwork for a most authentic experience here. Soak up the peace and tranquillity of this haven in the heart of the Alpujarras as you spend the night in the small village of Mecina.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Mecina
Distance
4-4.5 hours, 8km, 100m of ascent, 520m of descent
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 Walk the Trevélez Valley

This morning departing Mecina, a short transfer will take you to today’s trailhead in Busquístar, another village of the Taha de Pitres. A lovely stretch of trail will take you through the Trevélez Valley, your path lined with holm oaks and picturesque farmland. From the trail, you’ll take in remarkable views of the great valley unfolding beneath the imposing shadow of the Mulhacén Peak (3479m/11,414ft), the highest summit in mainland Spain.

With your sights set on the town of Trevélez, you’ll continue the trail until you reach the village, famous for its spectacular cured ham! Trevélez, carved into the eastern slopes of Mulhacén, is an eclectic town made up of three unique neighbourhoods. Explore the communities on foot before indulging in a delicious tapa of the locally produced jamón serrano, known as the best ham in Alpujarras!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Trevélez
Distance
6 hours, 13km, 750m of ascent, 530m of descent
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 Choice of Walking Routesfrom Trevélez

Waking up in the advantageous town of Trevélez this morning means you have a choice of many walks to embark on today!

Enjoy a full day of walking high into the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Enjoy a circular walk in the intriguing areas that surround Trevélez.

Option 3: Camino de Granada
Enjoy a short walk along part of the Camino de Granada, tracing the same trails of the pilgrims making their way from the south to Santiago de Compostela.
Option 2: 5 hours, 13 km, 625 m of ascent, 625 m of descent
Option 3: 3.5 hours, 12 km, 285 m of ascent, 285 m of descent

Overnight Location
Hotel in Trevélez
Distance
Option 1: 8 hours, 18 km, 1400 m of ascent, 1400 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 Return to Granada

This morning a private transfer will take you from the Alpujarras, which you have now become thoroughly acquainted with, back to the city of Granada.

Today you’ll have a free day to explore this electric city further.

Explore the labyrinth of ancient cathedrals and monasteries, tea houses, Arab street food stalls, bohemian cafes, and so much more!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Granada
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

Following a delicious final breakfast, you’ll make your way to the airport to depart.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour is always run as a private tour for your group and the price per person depends on the number of people staying in one room, as well as the season.

Prices below are per person.

Departures on February 1st - 22nd:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,395USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,125USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $875USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $825USD

Departures on February 23rd - April 1st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,450USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,175USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $850USD

Departures on April 2nd - April 9th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,475USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,195USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $850USD

Departures on April 10th - June 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,450USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,175USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $850USD

Departures on August 26th - September 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,450USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,175USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $850USD

Departures on October 1st - 12th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,475USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,195USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $850USD

Departures on October 13th - 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,450USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,175USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $850USD

Departures on November 1st - 26th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,395USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,125USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $875USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $825USD

Departures on November 27th - December 8th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,450USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,175USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $850USD

Departures on December 9th - December 25th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,395USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $1,125USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $875USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $825USD
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Accommodation on the Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

This tour is based in 2-star and 3-star hotels that offer private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and basic amenities. Hotels are generally located in historic buildings with charming décor that reflects the local culture and atmosphere.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy and single travelers will pay a supplement.

Hotel El Ladrón de Agua in Granada

Enjoy this authentic stay in a converted 16th-century noble house at the foot of the Alhambra in the heart of the Arabic quarter, Albayzin. This boutique hotel is full of authentic charm and style.

Hotel Real de Poqueira in Capileira

Located in the heart of Capileira opposite a beautiful ancient church, this hotel is found in a historic converted house. Carefully restored, the renovated hotel maintains its natural character while incorporating modern finishes.

Hotel de Mecina Fondales in Mecina Fondales

Sitting 1000m (3280ft) above sea level, this stunning rural hotel is surrounded by the endless natural beauty of the Alpujarras. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and countryside and spend time relaxing in the garden and swimming pool available for guest’s use.

Hotel La Fragua II in Trevélez

A comfortable stay awaits you at this welcoming hotel decorated in traditional Alpujarran style. Enjoy this slice of paradise nestled in the mountains and unwind in the swimming pool while enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

Hotel El Ladrón de Agua in Granada

Enjoy this authentic stay in a converted 16th-century noble house at the foot of the Alhambra in the heart of the Arabic quarter, Albayzin. This boutique hotel is full of authentic charm and style.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights is included on this tour.

Transportation during the Tour

A private transfer from Granada to Capileira on Day 2 as well as a private transfer from Trevélez to Granada on Day 7 are included on this tour. Luggage transportation from accommodations to accommodations is included on Days 2, 4, 5 and 7. Airport transfers are not included but can be arranged in advance as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Detailed route maps and notes
  • Routes in digital format for GPS or mobile use
  • 24-hour phone assistance

Not included

  • Flights
  • Any public transport transfers
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Meals or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Fees not mentioned as included
  • Guide services

Optional Extras

  • Activities and excursions unless otherwise mentioned as included
  • Airport transfers
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

How hard is the Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour?

We rate this tour a 2/5. Daily walks range from 4-6 hours on average (excluding breaks) and some terrain is hilly or mountainous. Active walkers will be able to get the most out of this tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour?

7 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Granada to start this tour?

Arrive at Federico Garcia Lorca Granada Airport (GRX). From the airport you can take a bus to the Granada city center, which takes approximately 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer from the airport to your accommodations in Granada as a supplement, which takes approximately 20 minutes, or arrange your own private transfer from the airport.

Where does the Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour end?

The tour ends in Granada. You can take a bus to the Federico Garcia Lorca Granada Airport (GRX), which takes approximately 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer from your accommodations to the airport or arrange your own private transfer to the airport, which takes approximately 20 minutes.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Spain for this tour?

The best time to travel to Spain for this tour is May, June, or September. July and August can be very hot in this region, but the early summer and autumn tend to be warm and mostly dry.

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We rate this tour a 2/5. Daily walks range from 4-6 hours on average (excluding breaks) and some terrain is hilly or mountainous. Active walkers will be able to get the most out of this tour.


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