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The Valleys & High Slopes 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.
The Valleys & High Slopes of Las Alpujarras. 10 nights
The Valleys & High Slopes of Las Alpujarras. 10 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.


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.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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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
    Poqueira Valley: 16.5km
    Poqueira Gorge: 10km
  • 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.
    The Trevélez Valley
    Capileira to Mecina Fondales: 13km
  • 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.
    In the Taha
    Circular walk from Mecina Fondales: 12.5km
  • 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.
    The high wooded path on the route from Mecina Fondales to Trevélez
    Mecina Fondales to Trevélez: 15.5km
  • Trevélez to Bérchules: 17.5km, 6hrs
    From Trevélez, another high, panoramic path takes you across a wild, barren and wide-open landscape to the shoulder of the ridge that towers over the eastern side of the Trevélez Gorge. Your route then rises and falls across undulating farmland before ascending through Alcútar village to reach the Hotel los Bérchules – your final destination.
    Bérchules, from the distance
    Trevélez to Bérchules: 17.5km
  • Choice of walks from Bérchules: 11km to 15.5km

    Río Grande – higher route: 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 in and out of woodland. You pass over the Río Grande at the head of the valley before returning via an ancient silk-mill, a lovely spot for a picnic.

    Río Grande – lower route: 11km, 4hrs
    An easier way to explore the valley of the Río Grande and reach the ancient silk-mill.

    Bérchules to Yegen: 12km, 5hrs
    This third option links the town of Mecina Bombarón with the pretty, but practically abandoned hamlets of Golco and Montenegro. En route, you climb high above the Río Grande, passing through an attractive river valley as well as pink and grey lunar landscapes. Return to Bérchules by taxi (pay locally).
    Around Bérchules
    Río Grande – higher route: 15.5km
    Río Grande – lower route: 11km
    Bérchules to Yegen: 12km
  • Bérchules to Mairena: 12km, 4hrs; shorter option: 10.5km, 3hrs
    Today, you are transferred to a choice of two villages: Yegen, which you could take time to explore before setting off on your walk; or Valor if you prefer a shorter day. The walk to Mairena takes you through terraces and along an ancient path, with views towards the peak of San Juan in the distance, and ends with a steady ascent to reach your final base, Casa las Chimeneas in Mairena.
    On the approach to Mairena
    Bérchules to Mairena, shorter option: 10.5km
  • Choice of walks from Mairena: 3km to 15km
    The opportunities for walking in these hills are almost endless. We provide route notes and maps for several walks for you to choose from, from short local strolls to full-day walks in the mountains... Of course, you may decide to simply relax at the hotel and enjoy the amazing views!

    A Stoll in the Mairena Valley: 3km, 1hr
    This is a great introductory circuit around the terraced slopes south of the village that leads to the hotel's finca. It’s a walk that David and Emma often accompany you on, showing you the tended gardens of the villagers and passing the rocky outcrop known as the Peñón de Alfaguara, from where there are spectacular views of the landscape and of the village.

    Down to Ugíjar: 6km, 1.5hrs
    A great way to visit the market town of Ugíjar, perhaps in time to explore the local market and linger over a leisurely lunch. The way weaves down along the river valley, through some of the oldest olive groves in the area, passing alongside the steeply eroded, coloured marls and clays and into the well-watered almond terraces that fill the pretty valley just before Ugíjar. Return by taxi.

    A circuit above Mairena: 9.5km, 4hrs
    David and Emma call this the ‘On Top of the World Walk’ as it climbs up high on the northern slopes above the village, passing both ruined and renovated cortijos (stone-built farmsteads) with their threshing floors and albercas (water cisterns). You traverse the hillsides to pass through a chestnut grove and then wind down towards the village of Laroles on the other side of a valley, and the village of Júbar.

    Júbar & Laroles: 15km, 5.5hrs
    This is a lovely circuit joining the two villages of Júbar and Laroles and taking you up the Laroles river valley on the western side and down on the eastern. On the way, you use a lovely path alongside a water channel, pass a thousand-year-old Chestnut Tree and drop down to the stream on an old mule path. There's plenty of time to linger over refreshments at one of several bar and restaurants in Laroles, before continuing on your way.
    Follow our route to Ugíjar
    Enjoy a circular walk to Júbar
    A Stoll in the Mairena Valley: 3km
    Down to Ugíjar: 6km
    A circuit above Mairena: 9.5km
    Júbar and Laroles: 15km


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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  • 10 nights: 01 April 2022 - 30 June 2022 & 01 September 2022 - 31 October 2022

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 20 Jun 2022 £1145 £260
    1 Sep - 21 Oct 2022 £1145 £260
    3rd & 4th person discount -£55
    Single traveller supplement £55

    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, Bérchules (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £80 £100
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £80 £100
    Casa las Chimeneas, Mairena (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £105 £145
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £105 £145
    Granada or Málaga
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    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 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Malaga Aer Lingus,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Malaga TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Malaga TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Granada British Airways 
    London City - Malaga British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Granada Vueling 
    Gatwick - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Granada (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Heathrow - Malaga British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    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 for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. 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.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    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) £70 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Guadix (1h30), coach Guadix to Granada (1h) £42 1200
    taxi hotel to Granada airport (2h) £70 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Málaga

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    hire car Málaga airport to hotel (2h30) £158 flexible
    coach Málaga to Granada (2h), coach Granada to Capileira (2h30) £28 1200
    taxi Málaga airport to hotel (2h30) £110 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Capileira (1h), Capileira to Málaga airport by hire car (2h45) £0 flexible
    taxi hotel to Guadix (1h30), coach Guadix to Granada (1h), coach Granada to Málaga (2h30) £58 1430 (1545 Sun)
    taxi hotel to Málaga airport (3h) £126 1300
What is included
  • 10 nights
  • 6 dinners
    5 picnics
    10 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps

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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.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, 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 routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). 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. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). 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 and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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 take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; Catalan, Basque and Gallego have equal status in Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia, respectively. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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