Ruta Medieval: Pórtugos – Busquístar

7.5 km   2.5 hours   357 m   Medium   Easy   Medium    

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This relatively short circuit takes you through two tiny, beautiful villages that time appears to have forgotten. The paths mainly wind their way through a patchwork of agricultural fields, but there is also a section of scrubland where you have great views of the steep gorge created by the River Trevélez. In spring and early summer there are lovely wild flowers everywhere along the route.

Silleta de Padul

15 km   5 hours   733m   Hard   Easy   Medium    

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In Spanish the word silleta can refer to a saddle, and when you get near the top of this striking mountain it’s easy to see how it got its name. The walk up through the pine forest is steep, but you are rewarded with spectacular 360° views of the Sierra Nevada, the Sierras de Alhama, Tejeda y Almijara, Granada and the nearby towns of Dílar and Dúrcal. The return route skirts around the mountain before descending more gently back to Dílar.

Sulayr Capileira – Trevélez

19 km   6 hours   1094m   Hard   Medium   Medium    

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This is the most accessible leg of the Sulayr long-distance walking route, as it runs between two of the most popular villages in the Alpujarras, Capileira and Trevélez. As you walk up from Capileira you get some great views of the high mountains, as well as back down to the villages below you. The trail takes you up into the open landscape of the high Sierra Nevada, before eventually bringing you back down to Trevélez, taking in a number of beautiful waterfalls along the way.

Trevélez – Siete Lagunas

17.5km   7h 30min   1500m   Hard   Medium   Easy    

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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.

Trevenque

16 km   5h 30min   928 m   Hard   Hard   Medium    

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Although by no means one of the highest mountains in the Sierra Nevada, the striking peak of Trevenque is recognised as a tough climb due to the rugged and steep final ascent. At the summit you will be rewarded with 360° views of Veleta, the Sierra Nevada ski station, and surrounding mountain ranges including the Sierras de Alhama, Tejeda y Almijara, Sierra de Huétor and Sierra Elvira. It’s no wonder that Trevenque is known locally as the “King”. The walk returns through the beautiful river Dilar valley.

Vereda de la Estrella

21 km   6 hours   650 m   Medium   Easy   Easy    

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The Vereda de la Estrella is one of the classic hikes of the Sierra Nevada. The scenery in this deep valley is stunning, and the Vereda de la Estrella path, originally built to access the Estrella copper mine, is a feat of engineering. Above the gorge, there are views of the rugged north faces of the three highest peaks in the mountain range – Mulhacén, Veleta and Alcazaba. A long walk, but well worth the effort. If the full walk seems too much, it’s still worth considering going part way along the path. The path is well-marked and very easy to follow.

Vereda de la Estrella Loop

22.5 km   7 hours   1008m   Hard   Medium   Medium    

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This route incorporates one of the classic hikes of the Sierra Nevada, the Vereda de la Estrella, but rather than going out and back the same way, it forms a circuit using a higher path on the other side of the valley, giving you a more open view of the rugged north faces of the three highest peaks in the mountain range – Mulhacén, Veleta and Alcazaba. A long walk, but well worth the effort. The scenery in this deep valley is stunning, and the Vereda de la Estrella path, originally built to access the Estrella copper mine, is a feat of engineering. If the full walk seems too much, it’s still worth considering going part way along the main path.