Sat 8th October 2022
- Sat 15th October 2022
7 nights with 6 days walking
We are offering this holiday in early and late summer when the weather is good for walking. We will discover parts of Andalucia away from the well known coast and give you the opportunity to spend time experiencing Spanish mountain life.
Dates: Saturday October 8th to Sat October 15th 7 nights with 6 days walking and an option of a free day. This holiday is also available on Saturday June 4th to Saturday June 11th
Guide: Local Guide in partnership with Spanish Highs
Walking Grade: 3 Goats – good paths,steady but with some challenge as some of the walks have steep climbs.There is a chance to walk Mulhacen the highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada.We will have rest time and you have options to shorten walks or stay by the hotel pool!
Base: Hotel de Real Poqueira,Capileira. 2 hours from Malaga Airport.We will arrange one airport transfer and will co ordinate once we have all flight times.The hotel is in the centre of the village and is a traditional old hotel with a bonus of a large outdoor pool.
Price: £828 per person for the holiday includes Bed and Breakfast, Packed lunches for 6 days walking, Dinner together on the first night in a local restaurant and local guiding. It also includes a group transfer to and from Malaga airport.
Not included:Travel to Spain, Dinner after the first night and any drinks.There are many very reasonably priced restaurants in and around Capileira.
Stay in a beautiful white mountain village in the heart of the Alpujarra and explore an area with rich culture and a wonderful variety of walks from rivers to mountains. A real Spanish adventure.
Our itinerary will include the following walks which will be subject to change depending on the weather:
1. Walking the local paths between the White Villages
2. The Medieval Way – the Taha de Pitres
3. Walking the high forests the GR240 route
4. GR7 Long distance trail
Weather permitting their will be the option to walk up Mulhacen which is the highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada. There is a bus that takes us to the base where it is a well marked path to the top. The descent is a gradual walk down around the mountain.
We are based in a lovely small village and it is possible to have free time to explore or to follow well marked paths between the villages. In a nearby village you can buy chocolate hand made by local women.
Arrival for an evening briefing at our hotel around 6pm with dinner to follow.
Walk 1 – White Villages Of The Poqueira
We start from our hotel at the top of three white hill villages in Capileira. We walk between Bubion and Pampaneira all sitting on hillsides above the dramatic Poqueira gorge only a couple of hours from Malaga and the coast. Mulhacen, the highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada at 3482m rises above Capileira where we are based. We will walk along the historic trail that links all three of these villages.
We start from our base in the highest of the villages, Capileira. The trail drops down to cross the Rio Poqueira via a small bridge. We wind down through the hills going through Bubion with lots of cafes and rest stops. Then on to Pampaneira and back via a circular route.
Walk 2 – Medieval Way – Taha Del Pitres Villages
We will walk in the Taha de Pitres region. This is an area characterised by small white villages, steep sided gorges and abundant flora and fauna.
Most of this walk we are follow old medieval trails through the hills and villages. We start in Mecina Fondales and drop down to the enchanting village of Fondales. Here we turn east and head for Ferrierola, perched high above the Trevelez gorge.
Then it’s uphill to visit the very quaint, Atalbeitar before rising to reach the road that leads us to the town of Portugos. We take quiet back tracks to Pitres before dropping steeply back down to the start point at Mecina.
Walk 3 – GR7 long distance path
The Alpujarra boast stunning scenery, normally sunny weather and is a wonderful area for enjoying the delights of this uniquely andalucian spanish walking tour. We choose the spring and autumn months when the surroundings are particularly beautiful; in spring the land is carpeted with a vast array of wild flowers and blossom adorns the fruit trees which are dotted around the slopes.
We walk along the long distance GR7, traversing hillsides and gorges, through the quiet non-tourist white villages of Soportujar and Cañar.
This is a varied walk through Forests, cultivated land, gorges, streams and irregation channels, compete with sleepy white villages. The walk is, for the most part easy gradients. A lovely day walk and a good introduction to the area.
Walk 5 – GR240 High Forests Of The Alpujarras
This is a walk to visit the high forests and experience new vistas of the Sierra Nevada. We walk through the pine forests to break out onto open hillside and arrive at the Puerta del Molina. This is a superb viewpoint of the Sierra Nevada and on a good day we can clearly see the main peaks.
We will walk on the long distance path, the “Sulayr”,GR240 and end up at our hotel in Capileira to relax at the end of a week of discovery.
We have a rest day during the week to have time to rest at the hotel pool, wander about the village or visit Granada or the coast. For those wanting more walking we may walk up Mulhacen depending on the weather.