2/3-day Güéjar Sierra

Vereda de la Estrella

Stunning scenery and wide open views on the less-visited northern face of the Sierra Nevada, based in the pretty white village of Güéjar Sierra. The Vereda de la Estrella path and the ascents of Cerro el Calar and Trevenque are among the classic hikes of the Sierra Nevada.

3-day Alpujarra highlights

Highlights Alpujarra Guided Hike

Three-day hiking trip experiencing some of the highlights of the Alpujarra, including the Poqueira Gorge, Taha de Pitres and the so-called Medieval Route.

Acequias del Poqueira

Starting and finishing in the picturesque village of Capileira, this walk takes you up one side of the Poqueira Gorge, and back down the other side. For much of the walk you have great views up to the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and as you get higher you can also look down to the Alpujarras below you. The walk takes you through scrubland, into a lush river valley and past grazing sheep and goats. And of course you will see the acequias – traditional irrigation channels – that give the walk its name.

Albuñuelas – Cruz Chiquita

The village of Albuñuelas lies tucked away in the furthest corner of the Lecrín valley, so not many people find their way here. This walk takes in sections of the GR-7 long-distance walking trail to create a loop that starts and ends in the village. As you head up into the hills you soon get great views of the Lecrín valley and the Sierra Nevada, which you continue to enjoy for much of the walk.

Alcazaba

At 3,371 metres above sea level, Alcazaba is not quite as high as the neighbouring peaks of Mulhacén and Veleta. However, it is more remote, and the ascent is steeper and more challenging. Even so, in high summer you don’t need any technical equipment to get to the top, and the views and scenery are breathtaking. On your way you will pass the beautiful mountain tarns and meadows of Siete Lagunas.

Beas de Granada – Granada

Following the crest of the ridge between Beas and Granada, this walk has some of the best views of the full length of the Sierra Nevada mountains to be had anywhere. It is particularly spectacular in winter, when you can see all of the snow-capped peaks, from El Caballo in the west to Picon de Jerez in the east. As it takes you right back into the heart of Granada, it’s the perfect walk if you’re staying in the city. The shepherds who established this old right of way certainly knew how to pick a good route!

Boca de la Pesca

The twin-peaked Boca de la Pesca (“the fish’s mouth”) is a tiny mountain in comparison with those around it, but from the top there are commanding views of the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Trevenque, the Dilar valley and the city of Granada down on the plain below. This walk is best in the late afternoon when the light is softer and you have more chance of some shade on the short but fairly steep climb.

Cahorros

With its wild flowers, fruit trees heavy with apricots, almonds, cherries, apples and pomegranates, a cascading river and lavender, thyme and rosemary, the lush Monachil valley is a beautiful area for walking. Kids will love the hanging bridges and the dramatic gorge, and this walk is particularly recommended when the flowers are out in spring and when the leaves turn gold in autumn.

Camino de los Neveros – Monachil

This walk hugs the edge of the urban area between Granada and Monachil, making it very easily accessible. The surroundings are perhaps not as pristine as in other areas, but this is more than made up for by great views of Granada, the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and the Monachil and Genil valleys. Part of the walk uses the Camino de los Neveros, a route used historically to collect snow from the high mountains for the refrigerators of Granada. Monachil has several cafés and restaurants for a break along the route.