Nestled high up in the Sierra Nevada, the green meadows around the Siete Lagunas, or seven lakes, provide a vivid contrast to their barren and desolate surroundings. The long climb up from Trevélez in the Alpujarras makes a great day walk, but the strategic location of the lakes means that they are also a favourite camping area for hikers heading for Mulhacén and Alcazaba, which tower over them.
Level Be prepared for a long, steady climb, which is particularly tough in hot weather, or if you’re carrying heavy gear. The path is mostly easy to follow, and is signposted for much of the route. The terrain is generally easy, but the final ascent involves a scramble up a rocky path by the side of a waterfall.
When to go Most years it will be at least June before the snow melts sufficiently to make this a realistic option for walkers without specialist equipment, and the season generally extends into autumn, but check the conditions and weather forecast before you set out.
Water High quality spring water is plentiful in the area around La Campinuela, just over half way up, but make sure you take enough to get this far. There are several drinking fountains in the village of Trevélez where you can stock up before you start.
Location: Alpujarras, Trevélez The walk starts from the village of Trevélez in the Alpujarras, generally described as the highest village in Spain.
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 is 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. Click here for more details.