Walking holidays in the Alpujarra.

walking holidays in the Alpujarra

The ''White Villages'' of Capiliera, Bubion and Pampaneira in the Poqueira Gorge make ideal the ideal base for a walking holiday in the Alpujarra.These three picturesque villages cling to the side of the gorge and are easily linked by a network of mule trails and paths.

Las Alpujarras became the last bastion of the Moors before their expulsion from Spain and has been largely untouched by commercial tourism. . It retains its “Spanishness” unlike the tourist resorts of the coastal region but is becoming popular with holidaymakers looking for a cultural or countryside holiday.

Formed by the broad which runs along the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada las Alpujarras is noted for its picturesque white villages built in a distinctive Berber style of architecture clinging to the terraced hillsides and surrounded by olive and almond groves.

The area is steeped in history, here can be found Roman and Moorsish remains often linked by ancient packhorse routes or acequias (water channels) which have irrigated this terraced land for thousands of years. Walking here is more moderate allowing time to relax and take in the atmosphere of village plazas and strolling through this magical landscape.


Walking in the Alpujarra

Activities here include:-

Walking in the Poqueira Gorge where routes crisscross the river using ancient packhorse bridges. These walks usually finish in the relaxed atmosphere of one of the three villages in the valley.

Explore the ‘’Ruta Medieval’’ as it crosses roman bridges, passes ruined Arab bath houses and mosques, medieval corn mills before descending breathtaking zig zag paths down the side of the dramatic Travenque valley.

Follow the Camino de la Sierra as it climbs into the mountains above Lanjaron returning beside the acequias used for hundreds of years for transporting water across these otherwise arid mountain sides.

Use sections of long distance paths such as the GR7 and the recently created Sulyar trail to explore the areas hidden corners.


Washhouse in the Alpujarra, Sierra Nevada

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Address: Aptd 88, Lanjaron
18420 Granada, Spain

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Martin Riley who runs The Life of Riley is a qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and the first British guide to become a member of the Spanish Mountain Guides Associacion. Martin holds public liability insurance with Axa Winterthur.

Martin has long experience of working and playing in the hills and mountains. Walking and climbing in the UK and Europe for over 30 years and having lived and worked in Lanjaron since 2005 he has an extensive knowledge of the region’s mountains and wildlife. Prior to living in Spain he managed a Countryside Ranger service and an activity centre in the north of England.