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.
- Hike to mainland Spain’s highest peak, Mulhacén.
- Enjoy a full-day excursion to the city of Granada with entrance to the Alhambra.
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 from mainland Spain’s highest peak, Mulhacén, 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. Depending on the arrival time of your flight you will have some free time at leisure to settle in and independently explore your new surroundings. Lanjaron is the ideal base for anyone in search of clean air, mountain views and authentic Spanish culture.
3 star in Lanjaron (7 nights)
Bubion to Busquistar
After breakfast there will be an orientation meeting organised with your local expert mountain guides to discuss the walking routes you can expect throughout your holiday. Details will be discussed on the expected terrain and difficulty of both the moderate and the challenging walking routes. The group will then be divided in to a moderate and a challenging group to begin the first walk of the holiday. Packed lunches will be included on all walking days throughout your holiday.
Bubion to Busquistar
Today the moderate route will be along a walking trail route that connects some of the quaint white washed villages of the Taha del Pitres, beginning at the town of Bubion. (Difficulty: Moderate / Length: 6 km / Ascent: 327 m / Descent: 179 m / Duration: 3 hours) The Challenging route is a hike through a couple of small villages to the Trevelez River. You will cross by an old bridge before zig zagging your way up the steep hillside above to reach slightly gentler terrain and marvellous views to the southern Sierra Nevada. Finally you will embark on a steep drop down on an old mule track, crossing a river before the climb to Busquistar. (Difficulty: Challenging / Length: 12 km / Ascent: 724 m / Descent: 576 m / Duration: 5.5 hours)
Trevelez to Siete Lagunas
Trevelez to Siete Lagunas There will be two walking options available to you again today, both starting from the village of Trevelez which is one of the highest villages in Europe and famous for its delicious air cured hams. The Moderate route takes a trail towards before descending through farmland to the Rio Trevelez. You will initially ascend from the upper village of Trevelez following signs to "Siete Lagunas" before leaving this track and following a trodden path traversing above the 1000m level, crossing several river valleys. (Difficulty: Moderate / Length: 13 km / Ascent: 650 m / Descent: 650 m / Duration: 5 hours) The Challenging route includes a higher ascent and a more difficult climb, however you will be well rewarded with dramatic views of the high valley and lakes of Siete Lagunas. The scenery is wild and dramatic so the challenge will be worthwhile. (Difficulty: Challenging / Length: 18 km / Ascent: 1371 m / Descent: 1371 m / Duration: 8 hours)
Two walking options will be made available to you again today both including the village of Capileira. Capileira is the second highest village in Spain, moulded onto the mountains 1,435m above sea level. Its old streets, happily too narrow for cars, entwine and criss-cross their way for a full hundred meters down the side of the gorge. It’s an enchanting maze of ancient dwellings, with many nooks and crannies, fountains and sudden, dramatic views down the valley to Capileira’s attractive sisters, Bubión and Pampaneira. The Moderate route enjoys a circular trail on a loop of the Poqueira River. (Difficulty: Moderate / Length: 8 km / Ascent: 415 m / Descent: 415 m / Duration: 3 hours) The Challenging route takes an easy start on the tracks to the old Hydro station at Cebadilla. This is followed by a steep ascent before contouring into the Rio Toril valley. You will cross the valley and make your way back down the western side of the Rio Poqueira. A steep ascent brings you back into the village of Capileira. (Difficulty: Challenging / Length: 18 km / Ascent: 900 m / Descent: 900 m / Duration: 6 hours)
Alto del Chorrillo to Mulhacen
Today you will take a coach transfer along one of Spain’s highest roads to the mountain peak of Alto del Chorrillo. From here both a moderate and a challenging route will begin. The challenging route will take superb hiking trail that reaches the summit of mainland Spain’s highest peak, Mulhacen (3450m). You will also get to enjoy a scenic lakeside location offering breathtaking views as you descend by the Mirador de Trevelez. (Difficulty: Challenging / Length: 18 km / Ascent: 887 m / Descent: 887 m / Duration: 7 hours) The moderate route will enjoy hiking along trails with less challenging at terrain at Mulchaen and will not tackle the climb to the summit. Instead the moderate route will reach the guarded mountain hut of Refugio Poqueira sits on the south west side face of Mulhacen. (Difficulty: Moderate / Length: 10 km / Ascent: 250 m / Descent: 700 m / Duration: 4 hours)
Cultural Sightseeing in Granada
Today you will enjoy a full day cultural sightseeing excursion to Granada, a city set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Granada is known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation A visit to the Alhambra is included. This UNESCO listed monument complex with magnificent palaces, patios and gardens, is one of Spain’s most treasured historic sites.
Your final walking day will take place in the spa town of Lanjaron, which has a series of fountains distributed through the streets and plazas. Most are accompanied by a short phrase or poem. Two walking options will be made available. The Moderate route starts and finishes in Lanjaron taking in many highlights en route such as Rio Lanjaron, Ermita de la Cruz, Tajos Colorado and Arab Castle (Difficulty: Moderate / Length: 7 km / Ascent: 250 m / Descent: 250 m / Duration: 3.5 hours) The Challenging route enjoys many ascents around the Rio Lanjaron including views of the Casas Forestales de Tolle returning via the spectacular waterway, the "Acequia Nueva". This hike does involve quite a lot of ascent and there is a narrow (guarded) path to contend with alongside the waterways. (Difficulty: Challenging / Length: 15 km / Ascent: 920 m / Descent: 920 m / Duration: 7 hours)
At leisure & return home
You will have time at leisure in Lanjaron to spend as you wish. Continue to explore the surrounding areas independently at your whim or we recommend checking out some of the ruined castle or chalybeate baths.
In the late afternoon it will be time to say adios to Spain until the next time. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home following your active adventure.
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.