This is one of the most attractive legs of the GR-7 long-distance walking trail, and it is a great place to start exploring the beautiful countryside of the Alpujarras. The walk starts in Trevélez, then takes you to a picturesque waterfall, through a forest of holm oaks and past various crumbling farmhouses, before descending to the pretty village of Busquístar. In spring the gorse and broom come into bloom, producing a sea of bright yellow flowers.
Level This is a moderate walk – there are a couple of uphill sections, but most of the walk is downhill. The GR-7 route is signposted, although this is a little patchy in places, so take the pdf walk description with you to refer to if in doubt. The walk uses good footpaths, tracks and roads, so the terrain is easy.
When to go Possible all year round, although you could be hampered by snow in winter.
Water None available along the route
Location: Trevélez, Alpujarras The route involves walking between the villages of Trevélez and Busquístar in the Alpujarras, using the GR-7 long-distance hiking route.
By Car: From Granada, take the E-902/A-44 towards Motril. Take exit 164 and take the A-348 towards Lanjarón. Carry on past Lanjarón and after about a further 8km turn left onto the A-4132, marked towards Trevélez (the turning is just after you enter Órgiva). Follow this road until you get to Trevélez. On entering Trevélez, take signs towards Barrio Alto and Barrio Medio. There are several car parks on the edge of Barrio Alto where you can leave your car.
By Bus: Trevélez and Busquístar are served by Alsa services from Granada bus station (3 per day), which also stop at other towns in the Alpujarras, including Órgiva, Lanjarón, and Capileira. You can use the same buses to return to your starting point at the end of the walk. Click here for more details.
This hike forms part of the GR-7 long distance walking route, which runs from Gibraltar to Andorra, and beyond to Greece. The GR-7 generally goes from village to village, so it is relatively easy to organise a hiking trip of several days. Also see our description of the neighbouring section Busquístar to Capileira.
Another option for a 2 or 3 day trek is to combine hiking the GR-7 with the section of the Sulayr (a circular marked hiking trail around the Sierra Nevada) between Capileira and Trevélez. Click here for a description of this hike.