Capileira – the Poqueira gorge

The Poqueira gorge, with the picture-postcard villages of Capileira, Bubión and Pampaneira, is the most convenient base for climbing the high peaks, including Mulhacén, the highest mountain in mainland Spain.



Booking.com

These villages offer a wide range of accommodation options as well as busy markets and restaurants serving traditional local food. It’s also possible to stay lower down in the Órgiva area.

List of Hikes: Capileira

Instituto Geográfico de EspañaPlease note that the information sheets provided for download may not be altered or sold. Topographic base maps © Instituto Geográfico Nacional de España, original scale 1:25,000.

Acequias del Poqueira

Starting and finishing in the picturesque village of Capileira, this walk takes you up one side of the Poqueira Gorge, and back down the other side. For much of the walk you have great views up to the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and as you get higher you can also look down to the Alpujarras below you. The walk takes you through scrubland, into a lush river valley and past grazing sheep and goats. And of course you will see the acequias – traditional irrigation channels – that give the walk its name. Continue reading

20 km   7-8 hours   1237 m   Hard         Downloads:     
Posted in Accessible by Public Transport, All Hikes, Alpujarras, Autumn, Capileira, Hikes, More than 5 hours, Spring, Suggestions for Autumn, Summer | Comments Off on Acequias del Poqueira

Alcazaba

At 3,371 metres above sea level, Alcazaba is not quite as high as the neighbouring peaks of Mulhacén and Veleta. However, it is more remote, and the ascent is steeper and more challenging. Even so, in high summer you don’t need any technical equipment to get to the top, and the views and scenery are breathtaking. On your way you will pass the beautiful mountain tarns and meadows of Siete Lagunas. Continue reading

21 km   8 hours   1280 m   Hard         Downloads:     
Posted in Accessible by Public Transport, All Hikes, Alpujarras, Autumn, Capileira, Hikes, More than 5 hours, Summer | Comments Off on Alcazaba

GR-7 Busquístar – Capileira

This section of the GR-7 long-distance walking path goes through the heart of the Alpujarras. Make your way through the orchards, terraces and open countryside between the picturesque white villages of Busquístar, Pórtugios, Atalbéitar, Pitres, Capilerilla and Capileira. There are plenty of places along the way to stop for a drink or a snack. As you near Capileira you get some spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada.
Continue reading

11.5 km   3h 30min   612m   Medium         Downloads:     
Posted in 3-5 hours, Accessible by Public Transport, All Hikes, Alpujarras, Autumn, Capileira, Hikes, Length of Hike, Spring, Summer, Winter | Tagged | Comments Off on GR-7 Busquístar – Capileira

Mulhacén

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. Continue reading

14.5 km   5h 30min   910 m   Hard         Downloads:     
Posted in Accessible by Public Transport, Alpujarras, Autumn, Capileira, Hikes, More than 5 hours, Summer | Comments Off on Mulhacén

Mulhacén – Laguna de la Caldera

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. Continue reading

14 km   6 hours   1118 m   Hard         Downloads:     
Posted in Accessible by Public Transport, All Hikes, Alpujarras, Autumn, Capileira, Hikes, More than 5 hours, Summer | Comments Off on Mulhacén – Laguna de la Caldera

Puente Palo Loop

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. Continue reading

13.5 km   4 hours   544m   Medium         Downloads:     
Posted in 3-5 hours, All Hikes, Alpujarras, Autumn, Capileira, Hikes, Spring, Summer, Top 5 Medium Walks, Top Ten Hikes, Winter | Tagged | Comments Off on Puente Palo Loop

Ruta Medieval: Busquístar – Juviles

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. Continue reading

13.5 km   5 hours   829 m   Medium         Downloads:     
Posted in Accessible by Public Transport, All Hikes, Alpujarras, Autumn, Capileira, Hikes, More than 5 hours, Spring, Suggestions for Spring, Summer, Trevélez | Comments Off on Ruta Medieval: Busquístar – Juviles

Ruta Medieval: Pórtugos – Busquístar

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. Continue reading

7.5 km   2.5 hours   357 m   Medium         Downloads:     
Posted in 0-3 hours, Accessible by Public Transport, All Hikes, Alpujarras, Autumn, Capileira, Hikes, Spring, Suggestions for Spring, Summer, Trevélez, Winter | Tagged | Comments Off on Ruta Medieval: Pórtugos – Busquístar

Sulayr Capileira – Trevélez

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.
Continue reading

19 km   6 hours   1094m   Hard         Downloads:     
Posted in Accessible by Public Transport, All Hikes, Alpujarras, Autumn, Capileira, Hikes, More than 5 hours, Spring, Summer, Trevélez | Tagged | Comments Off on Sulayr Capileira – Trevélez