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Mulhacén – Laguna de la Caldera

Mulhacen and Alcazaba

Climb to the top of Spain! Mulhacén is the highest mountain in mainland Spain, towering 3,479 metres above sea level, so it’s not surprising that it offers amazing views. If the weather is clear, you can see right down to the Mediterranean Sea. The landscape is mainly rocky and barren, but many of the plants that do grow here are unique. You are also very likely to see ibex during your walk. This circular route also includes the crater lake Laguna de la Caldera and the Mulhacén river.

Level For such a high mountain, Mulhacén is relatively easy to climb in summer, thanks to a bus service that takes you up to around 2,700 metres. The descent is
very steep and the path is uneven in places, so we recommend wearing hiking boots. The route up to Mulhacén is easy to follow and is marked by cairns. On the remainder of the walk, navigation is more difficult, so you’ll need to follow the map and directions on the information sheet or use GPS. Our Mulhacén walk, which goes up and back by the same route, is shorter and easier.

N.B.: Depending on the times of your buses, you may find that you don’t have time to complete the whole walk. If you are running short of time to catch your bus, you can use a shorter and easier route back via a wide track. See the information sheet for more details.

MulhacenStartWhen to go The route is only possible in summer and early autumn. The mountains are snow-capped in winter, and most years the snow does not melt until June or even July. There can be patches of snow even in midsummer. It is worth checking at the information kiosk in Capileira for advice on the latest weather conditions. Even in summer it can be cold at the top (particularly in cloudy and windy conditions) so take warm clothing.

VeletaViewWater None available until you reach the Refugio de Poqueira near the end of the walk, so make sure you take enough for the long climb up.

Location: Alpujarras, Capileira The hike is accessed from the village of Capileira using a special bus service (see Transport below).


To get to the start of the walk, you need to take the special bus service from Capileira to Alto del Chorrillo. This is much higher than you are allowed to drive in a private car. We recommend booking the bus in advance. Click here for details.

To get to Capileira:

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 past Pampaneira, then turn up to the left following signs for Bubión and Capileira.

By Bus: Capileira is served by Alsa services from Granada bus station (4 per day). Click here for more details.

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Instituto Geográfico de EspañaDownload PDF information sheet with a detailed map, altitude profile and step-by-step description of the walk to print and take with you.
Please note that the information sheets provided for download may not be altered or sold. Topographic base maps © Instituto Geográfico Nacional de España, original scale 1:25,000.

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DISCLAIMER: While we have made every effort to ensure that this information is accurate, conditions can change, and always remember that you are responsible for your own safety.