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These are our five favourite mid-length walks (3 to 5 hours), 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 Medium Walks

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Beas de Granada – Granada

Following the crest of the ridge between Beas and Granada, this walk has some of the best views of the full length of the Sierra Nevada mountains to be had anywhere. It is particularly spectacular in winter, when you can see all of the snow-capped peaks, from El Caballo in the west to Picon de Jerez in the east. As it takes you right back into the heart of Granada, it’s the perfect walk if you’re staying in the city. The shepherds who established this old right of way certainly knew how to pick a good route! Continue reading

16 km   4-5 h   385m   Medium         Downloads:     
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Canal de la Espartera

From Trevenque’s dusty, arid slopes to the lush vegetation and crashing waterfalls of the Dilar valley, this walk packs in a huge variety of scenery. Bathed in the warm evening light, the striking peaks of Trevenque and Boca de la Pesca take on subtle shades of gold and red. Continue reading

14 km   4 h 30 min   500 m   Medium         Downloads:     
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Cortijo Hornillo Version A

This walk follows a relatively untrodden path that winds up through a forest of oak and pine trees, before taking you on to the Cortijo del Hornillo, one of the few summer farms still in use in the high mountains. The location is idyllic, and the views of the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada are incredible, so it’s easy to understand why they come back each year. Return along the lower part of the popular Vereda de la Estrella path, in the beautiful valley below. Continue reading

16 km   4h 30min   813m   Medium         Downloads:     
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GR-7 Trevélez – Busquístar

This is one of the most attractive legs of the GR-7 long-distance walking trail, and it is a great place to start exploring the beautiful countryside of the Alpujarras. The walk starts in Trevélez, then takes you to a picturesque waterfall, through a forest of holm oaks and past various crumbling farmhouses, before descending to the pretty village of Busquístar. In spring the gorse and broom come into bloom, producing a sea of bright yellow flowers. Continue reading

13 km   4 hours   512 m   Medium         Downloads:     
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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:     
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