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.

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.

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.