Mulhacén

14.5 km   5h 30min   910 m   Hard   Medium   Easy    

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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.

Mulhacén – Laguna de la Caldera

14 km   6 hours   1118 m   Hard   Medium   Medium    

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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.

Picacho Alto

13 km   4 h 15 min   900 m   Hard   Hard   Medium    

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This walk takes you to the top of Picacho Alto (1,776 m) in the Alayos de Dilar, which are a row of jagged mountains made of limestone and dolomite. Although the Alayos are not particularly high, the scenery is amazing and the area feels quite remote. Some sections of the walk are very steep, but you get magnificent views of the city of Granada, the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the surrounding peaks of the Alayos. The final part of the walk takes you down a spectacular ravine.

Pico de Lopera

5.3 km   1 hour   300 m   Medium   Easy   Easy    

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Get stunning views of the Sierras de Alhama, Tejeda y Almijara Natural Park, as well as of the more distant Sierra Nevada on this easily manageable well-marked trail. Particularly beautiful in winter and spring, when the surrounding peaks are capped in snow.

Puente Palo Loop

13.5 km   4 hours   544m   Medium   Easy   Medium    

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A varied circuit that takes you through the dense forest, orchards and idyllic pastureland of the western Alpujarras. There is welcome shade as you climb up at the start of the walk, but after you reach the highest point of the walk there are lovely views over the Órgiva valley, the Rules reservoir and the hills beyond. If you’re staying in one of the villages in the Poquiera gorge, this is just a very short drive away in the next valley.

Quéntar Circular

14.5 km   4 hours   595m   Medium   Easy   Hard    

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As you wind your way up from the village of Quéntar to the east of Granada, passing through almond and olive groves, you start to get panoramic views of the valley below you, the Quéntar reservoir, the mountains of the Sierra de Huétor and, finally, the peak of Veleta. On the walk back down, you pass a peaceful sanctuary and abundant orchards of pomegranate, persimmon, apple and fig trees.

Restábal – Pinos del Valle

12 km   3 hours   430m   Medium   Easy   Easy    

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A pleasant walk between two white villages, with sweeping views across the Lecrín Valley, the Béznar reservoir and beyond to the Sierra Nevada. Stop for a drink and a snack at a cafe-bar in Pinos del Valle before heading back to Restábal or, if you have the energy, extend the trip by hiking down to a picnic area just above the reservoir.

Restábal to Cónchar

14km   4 hours   694m   Medium   Medium   Medium    

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This walk takes you between two pretty white villages in the Lecrín valley: Restábal, perched above the Béznar reservoir, and Cónchar, hidden away in a small valley. You follow one ridge out, and a different one back, so you have lovely views of the surrounding valley and up to the snow-capped mountains of the western Sierra Nevada.

Río Verde

14 km   5h 30min   1025m   Hard   Hard   Medium    

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This walk takes you down into a dramatic gorge where you can take a refreshing dip in the lovely green waters of the Rio Verde. In the gorge, peaceful pools alternate with waterfalls and fast-flowing rapids. Before you reach the gorge, the walk descends through a landscape of pine trees and wild herbs, past a fascinating waterfall with calcified tree trunks.

Ruta Medieval: Busquístar – Juviles

13.5 km   5 hours   829 m   Medium   Medium   Medium    

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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.