Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour
Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

8 days

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

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!

Highlights of the Alpujarras and Granada 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.

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From $825USD
8 days
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Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

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 and dinner

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 and dinner

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!

Option 1: The Sierra Nevada
Enjoy a full day of walking high into the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Option 2: Trevélez Circuit
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.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Trevélez
Distance: Option 1: 8 hours, 18 km, 1400 m of ascent, 1400 m of descent
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
Meals: Breakfast

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

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Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel and the type of room you prefer.

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.

Private Self-Guided Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

Departures on February 1st - 22nd:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 traveller): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travellers): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $825 USD

Departures on February 23rd - March 24th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 traveller): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travellers): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $825 USD

Departures on March 25th - April 5th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,475 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 traveller): $1,150 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travellers): $995 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $850 USD

Departures on April 6th - June 30th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 traveller): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travellers): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $825 USD

Departures on August 26th - September 30tth:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 traveller): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travellers): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $825 USD

Departures on October 1st - 12th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,475 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 traveller): $1,150 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travellers): $995 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $850 USD

Departures on October 13th - 31st:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 traveller): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travellers): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $825 USD

Departures on November 1st - 26th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 traveller): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travellers): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $825 USD

Departures on November 27th - 30th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,475 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 traveller): $1,150 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travellers): $995 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): $850 USD
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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.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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.

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

Meals

7 breakfasts and 4 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

Frequently Asked Questions about Alpujarras and Granada Walking Tour

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Is this tour for me?

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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