Granada and the Alpujarras

Granada and the Alpujarras

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring Moorish villages with steep, narrow lanes which cling to the mountainside
  • Walking in beautiful surroundings at high elevations with sweeping views
  • Discovering the fascinating remains of times gone by, including ancient acequias and Moorish threshing circles
  • Being surrounded by diverse Mediterranean vegetation with the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada as a backdrop

Trip Summary

From the intriguing city of Granada to the lofty heights of the Alpujarras, the focus is firmly on culture and mountain landscapes. Small and surprisingly cosmopolitan, Granada offers a bizarre mixture of ancient history and modern living. There will be time to visit the Alhambra, the spectacular Moorish monument which is a must-see. After two nights in the city, you will move up into the mountains, to the Alpujarras. This beautiful area still reflects its Moorish origins, recalling times when groups of Moors inhabited these hills resisting the Christian Reconquest. In this fascinating historical context, the Alpujarras' high elevation makes for an ideal alpine experience with the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada, as a backdrop. All sorts of crops thrive in the Mediterranean climate: olive orchards, orange and lemon groves, almonds, figs and grapes. Amidst this abundance you will enjoy dramatic views from the enchanting white-washed villages as you walk among terraced fields and along the irrigation channels which survive from the Moorish era.



This is a self guided walk with average daily stages of 2.5 to 7 hours. The trip is graded moderate as it is mainly on wide unsurfaced tracks, footpaths or animal trails, with the occasional section on surfaced tracks or tarmac roads. Although sometimes the ascents are several kilometres long, they are gradual and technically easy. The use of walking sticks is recommended. A reasonable level of fitness is required. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.


Today you will arrive in the splendid city of Granada. Granada is a small and surprisingly cosmopolitan city with an intriguing mix of ancient lanes and modern avenues. You can spend the afternoon walking through the city and sampling the tapas.

Meals:  Nil

Today you are free to explore the city of Granada. We recommend visiting the UNESCO listed Alhambra. This ancient Moorish palace and fortress is fascinating to explore. NOTE: Make sure to book your Alhambra tickets in advance as these do sell out.

Meals:  B

This morning you will take the local bus to Capileira, the main village of the Alpujarras and situated at an elevation of 1436m. The first bus departs from Granada bus station at 10am, journey time is approx. 2.5 hours (not included, allow approx. EUR6 pp). You carry your luggage with you on the bus. Enchanting Capileira village still displays its 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. Today you have a choice of two walks (of 3 or 5.5 hours) through the Río Poqueira Valley. Walk through fields and past ancient threshing circles, and via the villages of Valle del Rio Poqueira, Bubion and Pampaneira. There are some steep ascents and descents, and you will enjoy the marvellous views. Overnight in Capileira. Walking 3hrs: 7.4km/4.6mi, ascent and descent 350m/1148ft or Walking 5.5hrs: 9.8km/6mi, ascent and descent 560m/1837ft

Meals:  B,D

Today you will walk from village to village, visiting Bubion, Pitres, Mencina-Fondales and Atalbeitar to Portugos. Along the route you will pass a variety of scenery and vegetation, including an ancient Mediterranean Holm oak forest, pine tree plantations and irrigated fields. The last section of the walk traverses part of the "Taha de Pitres", with good examples of Moorish remnants. Overnight in Portugos. Walking 11.7km/7.3mi, ascent 385m/1263ft, descent 520m/1706ft

Meals:  B,D

Today's walk will take you through the Trevélez River Valley, where you can stop at a series of fantastic viewpoints. You will follow a long-distance walking path to the highest village in the Alpujarras. Walking 14.6km/9mi, ascent 750m/2461ft, descent 530m/1739ft

Meals:  B,D

Choose from 3 walking routes: a spectacular longer walk high into the Sierra Nevada; a circular route enjoying the beautiful area around Trevélez; or a shorter walk along the historic Camino de Granada. Pass tiny villages of the Sierra Nevada en route. Walking 5.5hours: 14km/8.7mi, ascent/descent 500m/1640ft or Walking 3.5-6hrs: 12-17km/7-5-10.5mi, ascent/descent 285-550m/935-1805ft or Walking max 8hrs: 18km/11.2mi, ascent/descent 1400m/4593ft

Meals:  B,D

A pleasant route today will take you through shady woodlands along narrow paths to higher elevations which offer sweeping views of your surroundings. In clear weather you can see Africa from El Portichuelo, the highest point on this route. Overnight in Berchules. Walking 16.2km/10mi, ascent 620m/2034ft, descent 880m/2887ft

Meals:  B,D

Your trip concludes today. To return to Granada you either take the morning bus (departs Berchules at 5:50am), or there is an optional walk (3hrs) through the Rio Grande Valley north of Berchules, where you follow an acequia (irrigation channel) and pass the ruins of a 13th century Moorish silk-washing house. If you choose to do the walk, you take the afternoon bus (departs 5:05pm) to Granada. The bus takes approx 3hrs 45mins (not included, allow EUR10 pp) and you take your luggage with you on the bus. We can assist with booking accommodation in Granada on request. Optional walk: 10km/6.2mi, ascent/descent 170m/558ft

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation in 2-3 star hotels and charming guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfers on days 4, 5 and 7 (you will need to take your luggage with you on the bus from Granada to Capileira on day 3, and from Berchules to Granada on day 8)
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room
  • Emergency hotline

What's Not Included

  • Lunches daily, 2 dinners and drinks
  • Travel to and from Granada, and local transport including from Granada to Capileira and from Berchules to Granada
  • Transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Upcoming Travel Dates


This walk takes you to places and towns you wouldn’t get to. The hotels were all good, the walks challenging but very satisfying with every day being different. We loved this part of Spain as it is off the beaten track, often we didn’t see anyone else on the walk. Granada is a great kick off point with the wonderful Allambra.

T. Butler, Haberfield, NSW, 05 Oct 2018

Granada and the Alpujarras was a brilliant experience and a wonderful introduction to the Sierra Nevada region and the Moorish history of Spain. The scenery was spectacular from the white-washed villages to the incredible wildflowers, the many rivers and irrigation channels and the snow-covered mountains. The walks were varied and allowed for easier options if desired or longer, more challenging hikes. We highly recommend the trek to the Siete Lagunas from Trevelez. The accommodation was excellent throughout, luggage transfers were prompt and efficient, the meals provided were great and the staff always friendly and helpful. The route notes and maps and additional information compiled by S-cape Travel in Spain were comprehensive and easy to follow. We especially appreciated the deviations from main routes onto local paths which meant we met hardly any other walkers on any of the days.

B. Birkett, Australia, 28 Jun 2018

This adventure was filled with breath taking views, relaxing accommodation and remarkable meals. Great trip for anyone who loves mountains.

L. Wileman., Brookvale. NSW Australia.

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our hiking trip through the Alpujarras. The hikes were varied- through farmland, small villages, forests, rugged mountains... We traveled in October and loved collecting nuts and berries all along the trail. The scenery was gorgeous and the hike up to the glacial lake was worth the sweat! Everything went smoothly with our luggage transport, meals and accommodation making it a stress free adventure. We're looking forward to trying out some of UTracks other adventures in the future!

R. Nolde., Saint augustine, FL, Usa


Duration:8 Days
Starting Point:Granada
Finishing Point:Granada
Grade:moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:UAT
Prices From:GBP£660 Per Person
Single Supplement:GBP£150  Click for more information
Single Traveller Surcharge:GBP£190  Click for more information
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