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The Valleys of Las Alpujarras

Andalucia – the Sierra Nevada’s southern slopes
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Why not add on a couple of nights to explore either Granada or Málaga, if flying via either of these cities? Both are fascinating, historic places in their own right and each have surprises in store for the visitor, from monumental architecture to hidden treasures and secret corners.
Walk on the High Slopes
We also offer a ten-night version of this holiday, The Valleys & High Slopes of Las Alpujarras.
  About Las Alpujarras >Las Alpujarras owes its unique character in part to its geography and in part to man’s attempts to tame the landscape. High above towers the Sierra Nevada, Europe’s second highest mountain range, whose eternally snow-capped peaks contrast with the green of Las Alpujarras, the steep-sided river valleys on the Sierra’s southern slopes which run down towards the sea. Early settlers toiled to cut terraces into the slopes, and these were refined by the Moors, who developed an intricate irrigation system – still in use today – and introduced lemons, oranges, peaches and pomegranates. They also built the Berber-style villages so typical of the area – rectangular stone buildings with flat roofs and tall chimneys. Each season has its own charm, be it the spring almond blossom, the tinkling of mountain streams in summer, or the glorious autumn colours of the oaks and sweet chestnuts. The area is well known for its cured hams, which owe their superb flavour to the purity of the mountain air.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • dramatic views of the Sierra Nevada
  • highly praised walking
  • all hotels have a pool

Framed to the north by the mighty peaks of the Sierra Nevada, mainland Spain’s highest mountains, the fertile valleys and dramatic gorges of the Alpujarras are a world apart from the Mediterranean coast thirty kilometres to the south. Seemingly untouched by the passage of time, this ancient province was the last stronghold of the Moors, whose intricate irrigation and terracing systems still shape the land to this day. Complemented by the distinct character of the region (which extends to the architecture and even the chimneys), the variety of the scenery is astonishing (so much so that you never know what lies around the next bend), ranging from steep-sided gorges to orange groves, and from bubbling streams to Mediterranean landscapes dotted with cacti.
The valleys are beautiful and unspoilt and the walks chosen were perfect, through varied terrain with spectacular views throughout. We also enjoyed exploring the villages we passed through, many untouched by tourism, just the occasional walker like ourselves.
     
Mrs McClelland, Fife
To walk in these timeless landscapes is a joy, and our much-praised route, which follows parts of the trans-European long-distance GR7 path from Athens to Tarifa, reveals many dramatic landscapes including the cavernous Poqueira Gorge, which reaches deep into the mountains. The views of the Sierra Nevada are inspirational and are particularly startling in spring, when the snow-capped peaks contrast with the colourful wild flowers and tree blossom. You stay in whitewashed villages at traditional inns and, in this sunny, little-known corner of Andalucía, visitors receive a warm and genuine welcome.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 11 12 15 17 22 27 32 32 28 21 15 11
mm 53 55 47 52 37 26 10 7 20 51 64 61

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

On the upper slopes, temperatures will be cooler than those shown above. The almond groves blossom in mid-February, while the orange trees blossom in March. The best time for flowers is April to June.