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These are our five favourite long walks (5 hours or over), listed in alphabetical order.

Note that although these are our favourites, we recommend all of the walks on the website, so use the search on the right to find more options.

List of Hikes: Top 5 Long Walks

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Río Verde

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. Continue reading

14 km   5h 30min   1025m   Hard         Downloads:     
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Silleta de Padul

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. Continue reading

15 km   5 hours   733m   Hard         Downloads:     
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Trevélez – Siete Lagunas

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. Continue reading

17.5km   7h 30min   1500m   Hard         Downloads:     
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Trevenque

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. Continue reading

16 km   5h 30min   928 m   Hard         Downloads:     
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Vereda de la Estrella Loop

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. Continue reading

22.5 km   7 hours   1008m   Hard         Downloads:     
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