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The Valleys of Las Alpujarras

Andalucia – the Sierra Nevada’s southern slopes
 
A challenging and rewarding journey through the fertile valleys and dramatic gorges of southern Spain, against the backdrop of the dramatic Sierra Nevada. This holiday offers a combination of self-guided walking on highly praised routes, included luggage transfers and welcoming hotels with pools.
The Valleys of Las Alpujarras. 7 nights
The Valleys of Las Alpujarras. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Las Alpujarras

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.
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 Andalucia, visitors receive a warm and genuine welcome.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
     
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  • Arrival in Capileira
    Night 1: at Hotel Finca Los Llanos (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Capileira: 10km or 16.5km

    Poqueira Valley: 16.5km, 6.5hrs
    This challenging introductory walk takes you into the remote, upper reaches of the Poqueira Valley, where wonderful views await. Here, the steep slopes of the gorges are shaped into terraces, honeycombed with the water-conduits painstakingly constructed by the Moors – the water still flows quietly in the acequias (water channels) but the terraces, once busy with farmers cultivating wheat, fruit, nuts and vegetables, bear silent witness to a vanished way of life.

    Poqueira Gorge: 10km, 4hrs
    Exploring the lower end of the deeply cut Poqueira Gorge, this shorter option follows ancient mule trails as they crisscross the river on pretty stone bridges and climb up the western ridges with views over the badlands of the south and the Trevélez River Valley.
    Around Capileira
  • Capileira to Mecina Fondales: 13km, 4hrs
    Today your route once again explores the cool depths of the gorge – this time the middle section of the valley with its little stone bridges and abandoned farms – then ascends the opposite slope, which is more Mediterranean in character, for marvellous views of the gorge and of the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. You cross a pine-clad ridge into the neighbouring Trevélez Valley, passing through typical Alpujarran hamlets to reach the village of Mecina Fondales and the Hotel Mecina Fondales.
  • Circular walk from Mecina Fondales: 12.5km, 4.5hrs
    Our suggested circular walk takes in a cluster of tiny villages of the Taha, a lush, bowl-shaped valley dotted with springs below Mecina Fondales. The route crosses ancient terraces, passing old threshing floors and abandoned water mills, before descending to the banks of the River Trevélez. From here, you scale the southern slopes via an extraordinary stone ‘staircase’ which may well date back to Roman times, then make your way along a track on the ridge and descend by an equally impossible-looking ‘stairway’. You must have a good head for heights for this route.
  • Mecina Fondales to Trevélez: 15.5km, 6hrs
    Today’s walk takes you above Mecina Fondales and through the pretty village of Pórtugos, from where you skirt the entire length of the deep Trevélez Gorge along a beautiful high, wooded path. Your destination is the Hotel la Fragua in Trevélez, Spain’s highest village, located on the slopes of Mulhacén (at 3,482 metres this is mainland Spain’s highest mountain) and famed for its air-cured ham.
    Views on the route from Mecina Fondales to Trevélez
  • Trevélez to Bérchules: 17.5km, 6hrs
    From Trevélez, another high, panoramic path takes you around the wooded shoulder of the ridge that towers over the eastern side of the Trevélez Gorge. It then rises and falls through undulating farmland to descend on the other side into the village of Bérchules, where you stay at the Hotel los Bérchules.
  • Choice of walks from Bérchules: 11km or 15.5km

    Río Grande: 15.5km, 6hrs
    This first option is a scenic and rewarding walk, initially rising steeply up the east side of the valley, then following pretty paths contouring the valley in and out of woodland. You pass over the Río Grande at the head of the valley before returning on paths to pass an ancient silk-mill.

    Cima de Tejar: 11km, 4hrs
    For a shorter day, choose this gentle linear walk along the valley of the Río Grande to an ancient silk-mill, an ideal picnic spot.
    Around Bérchules
 

Accommodation

You stay in whitewashed villages at traditional inns where you will find a warm and genuine welcome.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 06 April - 22 June 2019 & 01 September - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    6 April - 15 June £695 £125
    1 September - 24 October £695 £125
    3rd & 4th person discount -£35
    Single traveller supplement £35

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel los Bérchules (with dinner) Double room Single room
    06 Apr - 22 Jun 2019 £73 £92
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £73 £92
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Granada, Málaga

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Málaga. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Malaga Ryanair 
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    Belfast Intl. - Malaga Aer Lingus,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Birmingham - Malaga Flybe,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
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    Bournemouth - Malaga Ryanair 
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    Bristol - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Cardiff - Malaga TUI,  Vueling 
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    Doncaster Sheffield - Malaga Flybe,  TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Edinburgh - Malaga jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair 
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    Exeter - Malaga Flybe 
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    Glasgow - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Malaga Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Liverpool - Malaga easyJet 
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    London City - Granada British Airways 
    London City - Malaga British Airways 
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    Gatwick - Granada easyJet 
    Gatwick - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
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    Heathrow - Granada (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Heathrow - Malaga British Airways 
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    Luton - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    London Southend - Malaga easyJet 
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    Stansted - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Granada easyJet 
    Manchester - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
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    Newcastle - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Norwich - Malaga Flybe 
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    Southampton - Malaga Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Málaga. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Granada

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    coach Granada to Capileira (2h25) £10 1400
    taxi Granada airport to hotel (1h30) £62 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    coach Berchules to Granada (3h45) £14 1230
    taxi hotel to Granada airport (2h15) £80 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Málaga

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    coach Málaga to Orgiva (3h), taxi Orgiva to hotel (0h30) £40 1300
    hire car from Málaga airport to Capileira (2h30) £115 flexible
    coach Málaga to Granada (2h), coach Granada to Capileira (2h30) £28 1200
    taxi Málaga airport to hotel (2h30) £100 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Orgiva (1h), coach Orgiva to Málaga (3h45) £58 1530 (SUN 1430)
    taxi hotel to Capileira (1h), Capileira to Málaga airport by hire car (2h30) £0 flexible
    coach Berchules to Granada (3h45), coach Granada to Málaga (2h30) £32 1430
    taxi hotel to Málaga airport (2h45) £105 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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