Hiking in Spain Alpujarras & Sierra Nevada GROUPS

Activity:
Walking
Duration:
7 Nights
Difficulty:
Easy +
Tour Type:
Guided
Time To Go:
All Year Round

The Sierra Nevada hiking trail takes walkers to the scenic mountain paths of the Alpujarras, with its picturesque white villages and breath taking mountain views. The Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras region in the province of Granada, in Andalusia in Southern Spain, is an area of unique natural beauty, unspoiled landscapes and fascinating Moorish heritage.

The area’s difficult access meant the Moors kept control over the region for more than a century after the fall of the caliph of Granada in 1492. While an important hiking destination, the Alpujarras remains relatively unknown outside the walking community. A truly hidden gem, the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada region will amaze you: mountain scenery, pretty whitewashed villages, Moorish heritage, local food, as well as its traditional music and flamenco dancing. You will stay in the heart of the Alpujarras and trek the region’s famous white villages, including Trevélez: the highest village in Europe, at 1,480 meters and famous for its delicious air-cured hams.

We’ll organise luggage transfers for the group so you just have to take a light backpack each morning and enjoy the hike. Our Sierra Nevada hiking trail is ideal for groups of 8 or more people and can be combined with a visit to Granada and the Alhambra palace, an absolute must-see.

This UNESCO-listed palace was built in the 13th century by the Moorish emir of Granada over the ruins of a 9th century Roman fortress and has been inspiration to many legends. Our group tours also include airport transfers. This tour is currently available for groups only. Talk to our group tour specialists to tailor this tour.

Minimum group size 8+

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

Lanjaron

Today the group will be picked up at the airport by the guide and travel to the hotel in the village of Lanjarón. A meet and greet dinner has been organised for your group tonight.

Pitres to Busquistar

Today the group can choose between two hiking trails:
HIKING TRAIL 1:
3h
The short trail takes approximately three hours to complete and connects some of the quaint white washed villages of Taha del Pitres, as walkers make their way from Pitres to Busquistar.
HIKING TRAIL 2:
4h30
If you opt for the long trail today, the group will hike down to the Trevelez River passing a couple of small villages on the way, before climbing back up to Busquistar. You will be rewarded with fantastic views of Sierra Nevada.

Trevelez to Siete Lagunas

The group has two options for todays hike again, both starting from the village of Trevelez, the highest village in Europe, at 1,480 meters and famous for its delicious air-cured hams.
HIKING TRAIL 1:
4h
The shorter hiking trail takes approximately four hours to complete and from the upper village takes a trail towards Siete Lagunas and crossing several river valleys.
HIKING TRAIL 2:
6h30
The longer trail includes more ascent and a tougher climb but you will be rewarded with dramatic views in the high valley and lakes of Siete Lagunas.

Capileira

Today the group has two options again.
HIKING TRAIL 1:
3h
The shorter hiking trail takes the group on a loop of the Poqueira River, starting from the village of Capileira, the second highest village in Spain at 1435m above sea level.
HIKING TRAIL 2:
4h30
The longer walk takes in the tracks to Cebadilla and then takes a steep ascent before crossing the Toril River valley and climbing back to the village of Capileira. Its narrow streets are a picturesque maze of white houses adorned with colourful geraniums, and dramatic views of the valley and Sierra Nevada (Snowy Mountain) where the white peaks contrast with the intense blue skies.

Alto del Chorrillo to Mulhacen

At 10am the group will be picked up and transferred to Capileira, where the group will take the National Parks minibus to Alto del Chorrillo to start the walk.
Today’s trail takes 3h to 3h30 to complete and it is a superb hiking trail taking the group to Spain’s highest peak: Mulhacen, at 3450m. Be prepared for the breath taking views as you descend by the Mirador de Trevelez, one of the best viewpoints in the region.

Day trip to Granada

For today, we have organised a trip to the city of Granada and its famous Alhambra palace. The group will be collected from the hotel at 10am, to arrive in Granada for 11.30am and enjoy some free time to explore this magnificent city of fascinating heritage and architecture. A visit to the Alhambra palace can be arranged for the group. Originally built as a fortress in the 9th century, and a royal palace since the Middle Ages, Alhambra is an absolute must-see.

Lanjaron

Today, the group has two alternative routes again.
HIKING TRAIL 1:
3h30
The shorter hiking trail for today starts and ends in the village of Lanjaron; highlights include the Ermita de la Cruz chapel, Tajos Colorado and the Arab Castle, as well as the Lanjaron River.
HIKING TRAIL 2:
4h30
The longer option is also a looped trail around the Lanjaron River, visiting Casas Forestales de Tello and returning by the spectacular waterway (Acequia Nueva).

Accommodation

Hotels

Hotels have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, food and hospitality.  Each of the hotels you will be staying at will be 3* or the equivalent depending on availability.

Access

Flying IN and OUT

The most convenient airports for this hiking tour are Granada (1 hour by bus), Malaga (2 hours by bus) or Almeria (2 hours by bus).

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Transfers to and from airport

Our Sierra Nevada hiking tour for groups include airport transfers from and back to the airport.

From Granada airport:
The airport is 20km outside of the city. From there take the shuttle to the bus station. There are four buses a day for Capileira (1h30). See: www.alsinagraells.es

From Malaga airport:
The airport is 10km outside of the city. From there take the shuttle to the bus station, every 30minutes (30 minute journey approximately). See: www.emtsam.es. From there a bus leave at 15h45, and takes approximately three hours. See: www.alsinagraells.es.

Back to the airport from Cadiar (end of the tour):
From Cadiar, there is a busy everyday at 7am and 4pm back to Granada (2h30). From there, 14 buses a day connect to Malaga (1h45). See: www.alsinagraells.es.

Whats Included

Includes: Holiday pack and maps, all rooms en-suite, 24/7 support during your trip and GPS data files. Luggage transfers (One bag up to 20kg per person) and dinners.
NOT INCLUDED: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)

See your day-to-day itinerary and check out all our handy information on airport access/public transport, weather and elevation, as well as our interactive route map.

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