Day 1: To Capiliera
After Flying to Malaga or Granada, you will have a chance to discover the magic of the Sierra Nevada from the typical village of Capiliera. Here, the whitewashed houses and their flat roofs recall Morocco’s Berber architecture, which was prevalent in the area almost 400 years ago. You will be pre-booked in a spacious en-suite room. For dinner you will have a choice between excellent traditional food and other European dishes. Welcome to the valley of the Alpujarras. Town: (659 m, pop 440) Internet, ATM, shops. All facilities. Hotel: 3* hotel with spacious rooms, fantastic views and a swimming pool, situated in the heart of the town, en-suite. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Villages of Poqueira valley circular walk/Summit of the Mulhacen (5 h, 9 km / 3 h 45 m, 9 km)
Today, as we are staying a second night in Capileira, you have 2 options: take the trip to the Villages of Poqueira valley circular walk, travel along an old mule trail into the dramatic Barranco de Poqueira (ravine). Here, the villages cling to the side of the deep valley and seem to clamber over each other so as not to slide down into the gorge. En route you will find Puente Molino, the perfect spot for picnic and even a swim. The Second chose is summit of the Mulhacen Climbing the Mulhacen (3450 m), the highest peak in Spain. It starts with a short bus transfer (€ 7) to the base camp, then it's a 4.5 h/5 h return hike. The ascent is easy but should be attempted with care. On clear days you can even spot the Moroccan Atlas. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel with spacious rooms, fantastic views and a swimming pool, situated in the heart of the town, en-suite. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: To Busquistar (3 h, 9 km)
The trail starts with a pleasant introduction to the contrasting landscapes of the Alpujarras: from heavily domesticated pastures to barren lands and wild valleys. Then we will follow an easy track down to the pretty but far less touristy village of Pitres (1243 m). Just below, is the famous “Taha”; five lovely hamlets named after the old Arabic administrative units into which Las Alpujarras were divided. We take the old Moorish trail down to the Taha, which was the center of the medieval silk trade here. Evidence of the trade can still be seen in the abundance of mulberry trees, off which the silk worm fed. It’s famous for idyllic paths and exceptional villages, climaxing with the finest vantage point (mirador) in the valley: the Mezquita (1194 m). Town: food shop. Hotel: beautiful, family run hotel situated at the edge of the valley in a renovated Berber style house. Includes a shaded balcony in front of the room, with views over Picon (1275 m) and the valley. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Cerillos Negros, Circular walk (3 h, 8 km)
A gloriously wild walk exploring a little-known, scarcely visited end of the Taha, climbing to the Cerillos Negro for tremendous views of the Trevelez gorge, then descending to the easternmost Silk Road pass over the Sierra Mecina. Although the ascent and descent are steep, they are exceptional. Town: food shop. Hotel: beautiful, family run hotel situated at the edge of the valley in a renovated Berber style house. Includes a shaded balcony in front of the room, with views over Picon (1275 m) and the valley. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: To Trevelez (4 h, 9 km)
An attractive woodland route with stunning views over Trevelez gorge and Penabon (2536 m) looming above. For the most part it's an easy walk and it's a good spot for bird watchers: watch out for colourful bee-catchers and for the luckier Golden Eagles. In Trevelez, the highest town in Spain (1426 m, pop 800), you will stay in a very nice family run 1* hotel. Don’t miss the famous Mijas, a local dish made of sausages and crumbled bread, that can be mistaken for couscous. Town: Internet, ATM, shops. Hotel: 1* family-run hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: To Cadiar (4.5 h, 15 km)
From Trevelez, the path starts with an easy climb through pines and craggy rocks with an agreeable “high mountains” feel. The descent to Juviles (1255 m) is more exposed and might be hot in summer. From there, we arrive at an attractive low mountain walk linking some wild, secluded spots to areas of thoroughly domesticated landscapes and several uncelebrated settlements. This portion is “off the beaten track” and is rarely visited by most tourists. In Cadiar (933 m, pop 1600), your luggage is waiting for you in the famous 2* farm stay, where you will spend a comfortable night and can enjoy a swim in the pool. Town: ATM, shops. Hotel: 2* farm stay, with swimming pool. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Back to Malaga or Granada. After breakfast, we bid you farewell. Includes: (B).
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