Sierra Nevada walking tour itinerary
The first night is in Granada, the regional capital and one of the most engaging cities in Spain. With a population of 250,000, it has been settled for over 5,000 years and was an important Roman centre. However, its heyday was under the Moors (North African Muslims who ruled the Iberian peninsula for 700 years until 1493) when it was the capital of the splendid Sultanate of Granada. Many monuments survive but its greatest treasure is marvellous Alhambra, the Sultan’s medieval palace, one of the wonders of the Medieval period.
After a morning exploring Granada, in the afternoon you will be transferred to the first of the Alpujarras villages, an hour’s drive away, which sits on the slopes of the second highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada and which is classified as one of the ‘Historical Villages’ of Spain.
The first day’s walk takes you down into the valley of the Poquiera River. Once you’ve crossed the river (passing some good swimming spots where you can have a picnic lunch) the trail takes you along beside the river to another picturesque, white-washed village with a population of 350 and which is also included on the ‘Historical Villages’ list. There are a number craft shops selling ceramics, leather goods and clothes. Also on offer are the locally produced specialities of cheese and ham. (10.5kms, 5 hrs)
Today’s route takes you back through the valley for a short way then a stiff climb up and over a spur to the village on the other side and then downhill to two delightfully remote hamlets and then on to an unspoiled village surrounded by farm lands. Before entering the village you will pass the ruins of a large mosque. (12kms, 6 hrs)
The journey today leads you along a sealed but quiet road, through a bustling village and then up and around the lower slopes of Mt Mulhacen, at 3742 metres the highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada. The perched mountain village you’ll be staying in is approached through terraced land which is still worked by traditional methods. With a population of 900, it is one of the largest villages in the area and is particularly famous for the quality of its air-cured hams. (13.5 kms, 4.5 hrs).
The final day’s route crosses a gully, the Barranco de los Castanos, contouring around a spur, with wonderful views south to another mountain range, before descending to a pretty village. Here you can have lunch before continuing on to your final destination, another lovely village, which is believed to have been first settled by the Moors. It is split by the largest river in the Alpujarras that flows down to the Mediterranean coming out on the Costa del Sol. (15 kms, 6 hrs)
After breakfast you’ll be taken back to Granada, which is well connected by rail and air to the rest of Spain.
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A seven day/six night walk in the Sierra Nevada
Private transfer to and from Granada at the beginning and end of the tour
6 nights accommodation
All breakfasts and dinners
Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
Maps and detailed walking instructions
24-hour telephone backup from our local managers
$2200 with dinners included (there is no b&b only option)
Single supplement: $550
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