Encompassing the spectacular River Trevélez valley, steeply terraced farmland and the quaint village of Nieles, the Ruta Medieval is the Alpujarras in a nutshell. Wherever possible it follows stone paths that have been used by local people since the Middle Ages. The climb up from the river is quite tough, but there are great views of the high mountains for you to enjoy when you need a rest.
Level The route includes two steep climbs. It uses good paths, and the route is mainly well-signposted, although there are some places where you’ll need to check the walk directions.
When to go Best in autumn, winter or spring. Also possible in summer, but it would be best to start early in the morning to avoid the worst of the heat.
Water Water is available from fountains in the villages along the route.
Location: Alpujarras, Busquístar The walk starts from the village of Busquístar in the Alpujarras.
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 Busquístar.
By bus: Busquístar and Juviles are served by Alsa services from Granada bus station (2 per day). You can use the same buses to return to your starting point at the end of the walk. As the buses are infrequent, you need to plan your walk carefully in advance. Click here for more details.