Low Level Walks in the Sierras of Southern Spain
For those wanting low level walking the possibilities in the area are nearly endless. The lower hills and mountains of the Sierra Nevada itself offer a wide range of routes from arid valleys to rocky peaks. Below is the Alpujarra with a unique lansdcape of white villages and olive terraces dotted with Moorish castles and criss crossed by ancient water channels. Further afield in the Sierra de Huetor are mediterranean forests whilst on the coast the Axarquia has pack horse trails and river valleys waiting to be explored.
These low level days out are ideal as a part of a family activity holiday Whilst these routes can be taken at a relaxed pace a reasonable level of fitness is needed.
Day walks from just 30E pp per day for a group of four.
Low level walking week, are based on B&B for two sharing a twin room in a 1* hotel in Lanjaron and include airport transfers (Malaga) and five days guiding fees, transport and packed lunch. Price per person 550E mid season.
Day 1, Pick up from airport and transfer to Lanjaron
Day 2, ‘’Ruta Medieval’’ of the Taha area of the Alpujarra. Just a short drive from Lanjaron this walk introduces you to some of the history of the area as we pass now ruined watermills, cross roman bridges and use some of the most spectacular mule tracks in the whole of the region.
Day 3, ‘’Rio Verde and the petrified waterfall’’ a spectacular walk through a limestone landscape of the upper Rio Verde passing via a unique ‘’petrified waterfall’’ and natural grotto.
Day 4, ‘’ White Villages of the Poqueira’’ the three white villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira cling to the side of the Poqueira gorge and are well known for their history and charm. This walk takes us through the valley below crossing the Rio Poqueira on ancient pack horse bridges before returning through all three of the villages with a chance to relax in the unique atmosphere.
Day 5, ‘’Rio Chillar ’’ this is a walk with a difference. After a walk using a section of the ‘’Iman trail’’ an ancient mule route through the mountains bordering the Mediterranean coast we return down the Rio Chillar passing through lush woodland and by dramatic rock scenery en route.
Day 6 ‘’Travenque’’ we finish the week on a high with an ascent of ‘’the Materhorn of the Sierra Nevada’’ this emblematic peak reaches a height of 2079m and is a spectacular pinnacle of rock with an exhilarating summit.
Day 7 Depart to airport
Low level weeks can be run throughout the year with start and finish dates to suit your needs and availability.
Please note that weather and mountain conditions may change the itinerary,
Walking weeks or shorter breaks would include some of the following routes :-
Shady forest trails through the limestone landscapes in the Sierra de Huetor.
Valley walking in the sierras of the Axarquia region along the coast with the chance of a dip at the end of the day.
Desert valleys of the ''baja montana''.at the western end of the Sierra Nevada range.
Exploring moorish remains in the Guajares and Lecrin valleys.
El Tocal natural park with its sculptured limestone.
Sections of long distance routes such as the GR7 & GR240