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The Alpujarra is one of the most wild and undiscovered mountain ranges of Spain, stretching from the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the Mediterranean below. Life has changed little since the Moors first cultivated the terraces many centuries ago. You may observe farmers tending the land with their mules, or perhaps local women washing clothes in the village springs or shelling almonds by hand.
The tiny whitewashed villages, which cling precariously to the mountainsides, are linked by the ancient Camino Real (or GR7). On this track, you will walk through shady olive and almond groves and cross tiny mountain springs with snow-capped mountains above and the distant Mediterranean in view. Whatever the season, there is plenty to relish: the spectacular almond blossom of February and March, the pretty wild flowers of late spring and early summer, or the vibrant colours and fruits of autumn (when you will be able to pick almonds, wild figs, mulberries and grapes along the way). Apart from an occasional shepherd tending his herds, your walk will be undisturbed and blissfully peaceful.

The Walking

You will mainly follow the long-distance footpath of the GR7 – sometimes a narrow donkey track along terraces and sometimes a wider track shaded by pines in the higher Sierra. Most of the villages you stay in are at a similar altitude, though some days you lose and gain height with the hardest day including a climb of as much as 700 metres. Walks are between 4-7 hours a day.

Granada

Why not finish the trek with one or two nights in the historic city of Granada with the spectacular Alhambra, the world-famous Moorish palace and gardens?

Baggage transfer

Your luggage is transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can travel with day rucksacks only.

Walk Grading

Self Guided - Moderate

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Andalucia Hotel to Hotel Trek

We have chosen hotels for their intimacy and charm. They are all small family-run hotels that are very much part of the village community and each has its own character. From Mairena, a beautifully converted village house (parts of which date back centuries) to Bubion, you will find a delightful combination of rustic charm and modern conveniences. All rooms have their own bath or shower (depending on the hotel) and English is widely spoken. Dinner is included every night and you will have the chance to savour the best of Andalucian cuisine.

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Day 1: You will be transferred from either Almeria or Granada Airport (or Malaga with an additional charge) to Mairena, known as the Balcony of the Alpujarra with its panoramic views down to the Mediterranean. On clear days in winter, you can see to the Atlas Mountains beyond. Overnight Mairena.

Day 2: You are transported high above Mairena and spend the day walking back along a wild river valley with an overall descent of 700 metres. In the high Sierra, watch out for birds of prey, ibex and wild boar! Later enjoy the village of Laroles and the tiny hamlet of Jubar, where you can stop for a welcome drink before your first glimpse of the lush, cultivated terraces of the lower Sierra. Overnight Mairena.
Ascent 260m, Descent 700m, Distance 12 ½ miles, Time 5 hours. Or take a slightly less high route around the Laroles Valley from the hotel.

Day 3: Head west from Mairena across almond terraces and lavender fields via the village of Valor, famous in the past for its silk production. There is a wonderful picnic spot under the original Moorish bridge next to the river before you continue past the natural iron water springs of Cuesta Vinas and then a short steep climb to the village of Yegen, where the Hispanist, Gerald Brenan lived and wrote his famous book South of Granada. You will have a short transfer back to Valor where you are spending the night.
Ascent and Descent 300m, Distance 8 ¾ miles, Time 4 hours.

Day 4: You will be transferred back to Yegen after breakfast. A wonderful and diverse walk, leading you from the cultivated terraces down to the sculpted shapes of desert-like bad-lands, then up again to craggy alpine valleys. This is magical and wild territory with striking rock formations and many bird-watching opportunities. Look out for bee-eaters, rollers, hoopoes and Bonelli eagles at the right time of year. After climbing to the pine forests above Berchules, come down the ancient track that used to be the old silk-trading route, connecting the Alpujarra with Granada. Overnight Berchules.
Ascent 530m, Descent 550m, Distance 9 ¼ miles, Time 4½ hours.

Day 5: Climb steeply out of Berchules to the highest point of the trek, crossing the ridge at 2000 metres. (A gradual climb of 700m.) Enjoy the foothills of Mulhacen, the highest mountain in Spain, dropping down to the steep-sided rugged valley of Trevelez, famous for its air-dried ham and artisanal shops. Overnight Trevelez.
Ascent 990m, Descent 820m, Distance 11 ¼ miles, Time 5 hours.

Day 6: A pleasant walk from Trevelez to the beautiful village of Capileira. Either take the low-level tranquil contouring Pista Forestal (Ascent 370m, Descent 500m, Distance 12 ½ miles, Time 4 ¾ hours), or the high-level Sulayr path on the southern flank of the Sierra Nevada (Ascent 890m, Descent 970m, Distance 12 ¾ miles, Time 5½ hours). Overnight Capileira.

Day 7: Either relish two nights in Capileira and a local walk in the spectacular Poqueira Gorge, or alternatively transfer back to Mairena, where, weather permitting, you can cap the week with an ascent to the summit of San Juan (2750m) or take a more gentle local walk.

Day 8:Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

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March to June is superb for wild flowers, clear skies and a vista of snow-capped mountains – an ideal time for keen photographers. From September to November, the harsh summer light starts to mellow as the landscape turns golden yellow and mornings become soft and dewy. In July and August, we feel the summer heat is too intense to make walking a pleasure.



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Almeria is the most convenient airport. Transfers are included and it is 1 ½ hours from the first hotel. If you choose to finish in Capileira, it is a 2 ½-hour journey. Malaga is a longer transfer (3 ¼ hours) to the first hotel and 2 ¾ hours from the last if you stay the two nights there. This transfer is at a supplement, which can be eliminated by taking the public bus to/from Granada from where you will be transferred. Or, if staying two nights in Capileira, you can travel on the bus back from Granada to Malaga; this would allow a 1 or 2-night stop to explore the city. Contact us for details. Granada Airport has connecting flights only to/from the UK.

There are flights as follows:

Malaga- nonstop from Heathrow Gatwick Luton Stansted Exeter Bristol Bournemouth Southampton Cardiff Birmingham Coventry East Midlands Norwich Manchester Liverpool Leeds, Doncaster, Humberside*, Blackpool, Durham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dublin and Belfast. There are connecting flights from Newquay, the Isle of Man and Inverness.

There are nonstop flights to Almeria from Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow*, and Belfast*.

Granada - nonstop from Gatwick, Stansted, East Midlands and Liverpool.

* Summer only

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Andalucia

Hotel to Hotel Trek

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation with half board*

  • Transfers between Almeria or Granada airport and hotel

  • Baggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • Transfers can be arranged from Malaga airport at a small supplement

  • 8 days Group A car hire available at a small supplement

  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London Gatwick to Almeria or Granada. Flights from many local airports are also available (exact price for your dates available on request)

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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board* in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Dates

7 nights half board*

With Flights

7 nights half board*

Own International Flights

Extra Night per person

Single Supplement per night#

01 Nov – 29 Feb

779

629

POA

24

01 Mar – 30 Jun

829

659

POA

24

01 Sep – 31 Oct

779

629

POA

24

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast
# If at least two travelling. Please call to discuss availability and transfer supplements for one person travelling alone.

Room supplements: None

POA – Price on application

Seasonal supplements (Christmas, New Year and Easter) available on request


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