The Alpujarras - Moorish Splendour

The Alpujarras - Moorish Splendour

On the south-western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, a mountainous area known as the Alpujarras recalls times when groups of Moors inhabited these hills resisting the Christian Reconquest. Until the 17th century, the Moors lived here in Al-Busherat (the grasslands). Within this fascinating historical context, the Alpujarras’ high elevation makes for an ideal alpine experience with the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. You will enjoy dramatic views from the enchanting whitewashed villages as you walk among terraced fields, passing olive orchards, orange, lemon and almond groves and along the irrigation channels which survive from Moorish times.

Day 1 Granada - Capileira

Arrival at Granada airport where you will be met and transferred to Capileira. Capileira situated at an elevation of 1436 metres is the main village of the Alpujarras. The town still displays its charming history as a former Moorish settlement: white-washed houses clinging to the hillside, tiny squares with fountains, and a mysterious network of steep, narrow lanes.

Day 2 Capileira - Río Poqueira Valley - Capileira

5 hours circular walk. Villages Ascent 560m / Descent 560 m
Villages along the way: Valle del Rio Poqueira, Bubion, Pampaneira.

Circular walk through the Río Poqueira Valley from Capileira via Bubion to Pampaneira, passing ancient threshing circles as you walk among fields. Some steep ascents and descents.

Day 3 Capileira - Pórtugos

5-hour village to village walk. Villages Ascent 510m / Descent 640 m
Villages along the way: Bubión, Pitres, Mencina, Altabéitar, Pórtugos

Enjoy the scenery from Capileira through the villages of Bubion, Pitres, Mencina-Fondales and Atalbéitar to Pórtugos. Among woodlands, including an ancient Mediterranean Holm oak forest, as well as pine plantations. Passing fields, you reach the Tahade Pitres, ancient Moorish water council centre.

Day 4 Pórtugos - Trevélez

6 or 7 hour walking.  Ascent 715m / Descent 645m.
Villages along the way: Busquistar, Trevélez

Route through the Trevélez river valley with fantastic vista points.
A long but not too difficult and quite entertaining walk along a long-distance path to the highest village in the Alpujarras, and as they claim, in all of Spain.

Day 5 Trevélez

3.5 hours to 6.5 hours walking. Ascent 300 to 650 m / Descent 300 to 700 m
Villages along the way: The tiny villages of the Sierra Nevada

3 walks to choose from, including a spectacular longer walk high into the Sierra Nevada, a circular route in the beautiful area around Trevélez and a shorter walk along the Camino de Granada.

Day 6 Trevélez - Bérchules

5.5 hours walking. Ascent 600m / Descent 840m
Villages along the way: Bérchules

A pleasant route through a shady wood along narrow paths.
The last section has sweeping views. In clear weather, the African continent is visible from the highest point, El Portichuelo.


Day 7 Bérchules - Granada

3 hours walking. Ascent 150m / Descent 150m
Villages along the way: Bérchules

Through the Río Grande valley, north of Bérchules, following an acequia or irrigation channel, past the ruins of a 13th century Moorish silk-washing house. Your arrangements end after a transfer back to Granada.