Acequias del Poqueira

20 km   7-8 hours   1237 m   Hard   Medium   Medium    

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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.

Albuñuelas – Cruz Chiquita

17 km   4h 45 min   645 m   Medium   Easy   Medium    

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The village of Albuñuelas lies tucked away in the furthest corner of the Lecrín valley, so not many people find their way here. This walk takes in sections of the GR-7 long-distance walking trail to create a loop that starts and ends in the village. As you head up into the hills you soon get great views of the Lecrín valley and the Sierra Nevada, which you continue to enjoy for much of the walk.

Albuñuelas – Río Saleres

6 km   1 h 45 min   258 m   Easy   Easy   Easy    

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A short walk that goes out along the GR-7 long-distance walking trail before returning on the other side of the Saleres river. Lovely views of the villages in the Lecrín valley, as well as to El Caballo in the Sierra Nevada.

Alcazaba

21 km   8 hours   1280 m   Hard   Hard   Hard    

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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.

Beas de Granada – Granada

16 km   4-5 h   385m   Medium   Medium   Medium    

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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!

Cahorros

8 km   2 h 30 mins   400 m   Medium   Easy   Medium    

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With its wild flowers, fruit trees heavy with apricots, almonds, cherries, apples and pomegranates, a cascading river and lavender, thyme and rosemary, the lush Monachil valley is a beautiful area for walking. Kids will love the hanging bridges and the dramatic gorge, and this walk is particularly recommended when the flowers are out in spring and when the leaves turn gold in autumn.

Camino de los Neveros – Monachil

12 km   3h 30min   438m   Medium   Easy   Medium    

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This walk hugs the edge of the urban area between Granada and Monachil, making it very easily accessible. The surroundings are perhaps not as pristine as in other areas, but this is more than made up for by great views of Granada, the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and the Monachil and Genil valleys. Part of the walk uses the Camino de los Neveros, a route used historically to collect snow from the high mountains for the refrigerators of Granada. Monachil has several cafés and restaurants for a break along the route.

Dílar – Ermita Vieja (Version B)

15 km   4 hours   650m   Medium   Easy   Medium    

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A pleasant walk through pine forests suitable for all seasons. From Cerro de Montellano there are fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada, including Cerro del Caballo (3011m). Also takes in two attractive chapels: Ermita Nueva (the new chapel) and Ermita Vieja (the old).

GR-7 Busquístar – Capileira

11.5 km   3h 30min   612m   Medium   Easy   Medium    

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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.

GR-7 Juviles – Trevélez

9.5 km   3 hours   556 m   Medium   Easy   Easy    

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This section of the GR-7 long-distance walking path takes you between the picturesque villages of Juviles and Trevélez. The climb up from Juviles is fairly long and steep, but the views of the high mountains get better and better. From the highest point you descend gently through a forest, which opens up into idyllic pastureland shortly before you reach Trevélez. If you have to wait for the bus, you can enjoy a cold drink and sample some of the famous ham in one of Trevélez’s many bars and restaurants.