“Arrival Day in Andalucia” (Hotel 3 star / Malaga)
Arrival at Malaga airport and following the instructions sent, make your own way to our Malaga city hotel. Information about this colourful coastal city and what to see will be sent with your holiday full balance confirmation. Days can be extended at this venue if requested, before and after the main tour to fall in line with flights and any other interests. Please arrive before 19.30 to meet rest of the group.
(Group Dinner included).
“La Cebadilla” (Hotel Poqueira 2 / Capileira)
After breakfast we set off towards the Sierra Nevada National Park in our vehicles, with travel time and a vast changing landscape approx 1.30hrs. We stop off somewhere en route for a leg stretch. The first sight of the giant mountains from the coast road near Motril will stay with you forever!
On arrival at Capileira village 1436mrs above sea level, we check in, have a little lunch then waste no time in getting our boots on to explore “La Cebadilla” walking to an abandoned hamlet, built to service the Poqueira power station at the head of the gorge. 8km (3hrs walking) Dinner included.
“Juviles – Lobras – Cadiar Circuit” (Hotel Poqueira 2 / Capileira)
The Alpujarras highway is like a magic carpet, flowing between villages and at this time of year with Autumnal colours changing and sharp November light, this is a fantastic way to access our second walk. Our hike takes us into a lesser known part of these hills, to discover three very different communities 15km (Walking 7hrs approx)
“Pitres – Bubion – Pampaneira” (Hotel Poqueira 2 / Capileira)
Today we venture to the market town of Pitres to walk back to base using the GR7 long distance path. This is a relatively short day with a steady rise up to the most spectacular view looking into the entire Poqueira valley, with the highest mountain on the Spanish peninsula “Mulhacen” dominating the view. We then drop down to Bubion and its neighbour Pampaneira for lunch and some retail therapy.9km (Walking 4hrs approx) Dinner included.
“Refugio Poqueira” (Hotel Poqueira 2 / Capleira)
This is a stunning excursion in high mountain terrain, with views across to Africa, on clear days. We breakfast early and transfer to the forest rangers gate at Hoya Del Portilo. A steady pull takes us through spruce woodland and out into a 360 degree platform, looking down on just about everything. We are aiming for the famous Refugio De Poqueira at 2500mtrs, for lunch and additional refreshments. The path beyond follows the deep crease leading back to Capileira and this is truly a memorable day. 22km (Walking 8.5hrs approx)
“Soportujar – Canar” (Hotel Poqueira 2 / Capileira)
Folklore has it that the people that lived in this area were sorcerers and witches, that knew how to make all kinds of potions to cure and who knows what else? The village of Soportujar shows great examples of Alpujarran architecture and the steep exit path, heading west offers breathtaking scenery, as we make our way to the lofty heights of Canar in the sky. . 7.5km (Walking 4.5hrs approx) Dinner included.
“Mecina Medieval Route” (Hostal Ana / Nerja)
After breakfast on the last day, we’ll finish the week with the famous medieval route that traders forged centuries ago. This to me, incorporates all the best ingredients the Sierra Nevada has to offer and Mecina Fondales and its quirky bar terrace, a fabulous way to drink in the last images of a superb week. We’ll then head back to base in Capileira to collect our bags and make the journey to Nerja by the coast for our last night together. 12.5km
(Walking 4.5hrs approx). Dinner included.
Please note: There may be some variation to the basic tour plan depending on weather conditions and group interests.