Sierra Nevada Walking Holiday
- Explore the rugged terrain of southern Spain on this guided walking holiday.
- Stay 7 nights in the spa town of Lanjarón in the Alpujarras region.
- Embark on 5 days of guided walking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
- See incredible sights like Poqueira Valley & Taha de Pitres.
- Enjoy a full-day excursion to the city of Granada with entrance to the Alhambra.
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Your Guided Sierra Nevada Walking Holiday
Join us on an invigorating walking holiday through Spain's magnificent Sierra Nevada region. On this 7-night holiday of a lifetime, we’ll explore the picturesque hillside town of Capileira, enjoy the breathtaking views of the northern face of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and hike through the scenic valley of Taha del Pitres. On each day-long walk, packed lunches will be included and our group will be accompanied by a local, expert guide to lead us to some of the most spectacular and unspoiled landscapes within this incredible region. We’ll also enjoy an excursion to the medieval city of Grenada, and have a chance to tour the city’s most famous landmark, the Alhambra. If you’re looking for a trip that provides equal parts adventure and culture, this walking holiday to the Sierra Nevada mountains is the perfect choice!
This trip will include a choice of moderate or challenging routes on each walking day and is ideal for moderately experienced or experienced walkers. The average daily walking distance on moderate walks is between 6km – 13km, with a maximum daily walking duration of up to 5 hours. The average daily walking distance on challenging walks is between 12km – 18km, with a maximum daily walking duration of up to 8 hours.
Activity Level: Challenging
Travel to Spain
Fly to Málaga, transfer to Lanjaron
Begin your walking adventure with a flight to Malaga, Spain. Upon arrival, you will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport before being transferred to your hotel in Lanjaron. Lanjaron is the ideal base for anyone in search of clean air, mountain views and authentic Spanish culture. Depending on the arrival time of your flight you may have some free time at leisure to settle in and independently explore your new surroundings.
3 star in Lanjaron (7 nights)
Explore the Acequias in the Lanjarón area
Join our orientation meeting
Join us for an orientation meeting. After breakfast there will be an introductory gathering organised with our local expert mountain guides to discuss the walking routes we can expect throughout our holiday. Details will be discussed on the expected terrain and difficulty of both the moderate and the challenging walking routes. We will then be divided in to a moderate and a challenging group to begin our first walk of the holiday. Packed lunches will be included on all walking days throughout our holiday.
Explore the Acequias in the Lanjarón area
Lets’s get started! Our hike today begins as we set off from our hotel by foot, walking out of the town of Lanjarón. For the first part of our adventure, both the moderate and the challenging group will share the same path. During today’s walk we will learn all about the “acequias” (irrigation ditches) in the area, many of which date back to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries, when the Iberian Peninsula was dominated by the Moors. Walking by the “acequias” is an extremely pleasant experience as we learn about the history of the region while taking in some magnificent views. With the soft trickle of water by our side and fine trees that have grown along the routes, we will all enjoy a fine day’s trekking. The moderate group will follow the “acequias” of Aceituno to Secarta. The challenging group will continue higher to the “acequias” of Montalbán and Mezquerina.
Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 9 km / Ascent: 445m / Descent: 416m / Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 16.7 km / Ascent: 884m / Descent: 941m / Duration: 6.5 hours
Discover Poqueira Valley
Let us take you on another outdoor adventure. Today we will explore the three villages in the beautiful valley of Poqueira. Both the moderate and challenging groups will start in Pampaneira and after a short tour in this delightful “Pueblo Blanco” (white village), we will embark on our walk up the valley, passing the pretty town of Bubión and finally reaching the highest village, Capileira. The beauty of these villages is not only in their quirky architecture, but also in their stunning location affording excellent views both up and down the valley. Up until we reach Capileira, both the moderate and the challenging groups will share the same route. After Capileira the moderate group will then cross the valley over one of the quaint little bridges spanning the river, that gives its name to the valley, and make their way back down, completing a circular route. The challenging group will continue further up the valley from Capileira, reaching La Cebadilla, an abandoned dwelling which housed the workers of the electric station. Once here, the challenging group will descend back to Pampaneira from the other side of the valley.
Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 10 km / Ascent: 280m / Descent: 280m / Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 17 km / Ascent: 640m / Descent: 640m / Duration: 6.5 hours.
Granada and the Alahambra Palace
Visit Granada and the Alahambra Palace
Join us for a day of cultural sightseeing in the city of Granada, set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and the last stronghold of the Moors before they were finally expelled from Spain in 1492. Lets’ take a walk with our guide in the city centre where we can visit highlights such as Spain’s first Renaissance cathedral and the Capilla Real with the sepulchre of Ferdinand and Isabella, the legendary catholic king and queen who sponsored Christopher Columbus’ voyages to America. After you have some free time for lunch in one of Granada’s many tapas bar, join us for a visit to the Alhambra, where an official guide will show us the unique architectural treasures of this magnificent fortress and also the ‘Generalife’, the spectacularly situated summer palace with its beautiful fountains and gardens.
Lanjaron Walking Tour
Let’s embark on another invigorating walk! Both the moderate and the challenging group will start by visiting the ruins of the old Moorish fortress that defended Lanjarón. After that, we will cross the river walking through orchards until we reach the hermitage of Tajo de la Cruz, which has impressive views. Walking through the valley, we will return to Lanjarón. We can expect to encounter some more “acequias” today as well as walking on terraced almond and olive groves, which are an important part of local economy. After approximately 7 kms of walking together, the moderate and challenging groups will then split. The moderate group will end the roundtrip entering Lanjarón via one of the most popular of the local water fountains. The challenging group will continue taking a more difficult route as far as the village of Cáñar, returning to Lanjarón via a different path.
Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 11.5 km / Ascent: 590m / Descent: 0m / Duration: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 19 km / Ascent: 900m / Descent: 900m / Duration: 7.5 hours
The Northern Face of Sierra Nevada
Hike the Northern Face of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Join us to explore the northern face of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The landscape here is different to the one we encountered on our previous walks. Our adventure takes us higher up, so we really get the feeling of high mountain, with valleys carved from glaciers and grand open spaces. In fact, we will be on valleys parallel to the ski pistes. The moderate group will start the day visiting the botanical garden at Hoya de la Pedraza, where we will walk along its paths and learn all about the local flora, including threatened species. The moderate group will then transfer to the source of the San Juan River and valley embark on a 6 km high mountain circular walk, finishing at the San Francisco Craggs, which has excellent views. The challenging group will walk to an area known as the Laguna de las Yeguas (the Lagoon of the Mares) and the Lagunillas de la Virgen (Our Lady’s Lagoons). From here the challenging group ascend to the Lagunillo Misterioso (the Mysterious Lagoon) and will go as far as the beautiful Little Mill Waterfall. On the way down, the challenging group will coincide with the moderate group until we reach our pick-up point and return to our hotel for the evening.
Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 7 km / Ascent:350m / Descent:350m / Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 15.6 km / Ascent: 906m / Descent: 906m / Duration: 7 hours
Taha de Pitres
Walk the medieval routes of Taha de Pitres
Lets’ discover Taha de Pitres! The village known as Taha de Pitres is composed of 7 small dwellings that have been connected by paths which have been used for many centuries. An important number of these paths have the local specific name of “escarihuelas”, which zig-zag up and down and across the river. The moderate group begins in Busquistar and after following the road for some time will then veer off to the right down. The path is beautiful from here onwards, as it breaks off to the “Mezquitilla” area, and upon returning to our main path the moderate group will descend through forest to Atalbéitar, a dwelling of just 5 families, and one of the most authentic places in the Sierra Nevada. From here, the moderate group round off the walk via the quaint villages of Ferreirola and Mecina Fondales before returning to Busquistar. The challenging group will be taking more of the aforementioned “escarihuelas” which means more climbing and descending, with the added beauty of criss-crossing the river. The challenging group also go to the old iron ore mines before finally re-joining the main path at Ferreirola and ending at Busquístar, meeting back up with the moderate group.
Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 9 km / Ascent: 545m / Descent: 480m / Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 13.5 km / Ascent: 888m / Descent: 798m / Duration: 5 hours.
Depending on the time of your departure flight you may have some free time to explore Lanjaron independently at your leisure. Afterwards it will be time for us to say adios to Spain! We will transfer by coach to the airport for your flight home. We hope you leave with wonderful memories of our active adventure together in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.