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Sierra Nevada Walking Holiday
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Sierra Nevada Walking Holiday

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Enjoy an amazing walking holiday through Spain's magnificent Sierra Nevada region. On this seven night holiday of a lifetime, explore the picturesque hillside town of Capileira, enjoy the breathtaking views from Spain’s highest peak, Mulhacen and hike through the scenic valley to Pitres.

With a full day excursion to Granada and time to explore the fortress of Alhambra and sit by the pool, this holiday combines walking, leisure and culture. Local qualified walking guides will guide all the walks and will be available at all times to answer any questions.

During this holiday, the group will be divided into two parties; moderate or more challenging, depending on the participant’s fitness levels.

Click here to read our Walking Grade Guide

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Walking Profile

Number of walking days: 5

 

Moderate: You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous middle distance walking experience required.

    • Day 1 - 3hrs
    • Day 2 - 4hrs
    • Day 3 - 3hrs
    • Day 4 - 3.5hrs
    • Day 5 - 3.5hrs

Challenging: You have a good level of fitness and enjoy walking at a fast pace. Some previous hill walking experience is required.

  • Day 1 - 4.5hrs
  • Day 2 - 6.5hrs
  • Day 3 - 4.5hrs
  • Day 4 - 3.5hrs
  • Day 5 - 4.5hrs
Currency
Euro €
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Climate
Warm and dry summers and mild winters.
Food & Drink
Spain in general is a rather affordable country, and the general area of Santiago is an affordable place to holiday. Wine is particularly cheap due to its abundance, and eating out is also cheap. Fresh fish dishes and tapas are popular. There are many tapas restaurants in the area, where prawns, potatoes bravas, meatballs and many other mini dishes are popular.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.75
  • Beer: €2.00
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Light Lunch: €6.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.65
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles 
Recommended Reading

Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickenson

To the Field of Stars by Father Kevin Codd

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

Holiday highlights

Mulhacen

Mulhacén is the highest mountain in continental Spain at over 3,479m. It is part of the Sierra Nevada range in the Cordillera Penibética. Its name comes from the Spanish transciption of Muley Abul Hassan, the penultimate Muslim King of Granada in the 15th century. According to legend he was buried on the summit of the mountain.

Granada
Dating from prehistoric times, Granada developed as a city under Roman rule.  The Arabs invaded the peninsula in the 8th century and Granada was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492. Today it is still home to the greatest Muslim legacy in Europe - the jewel in Granada’s crown is the Alhambra, which stands at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada.
Alhambra
The Islamic palaces of Alhambra were built during the Nasrid dynasty for the last Muslim Emirs of Spain. Today, Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Spain’s major tourist attractions.

Practical Information for this holiday

Walking Profile

Number of walking days: 5

 

Moderate: You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous middle distance walking experience required.

    • Day 1 - 3hrs
    • Day 2 - 4hrs
    • Day 3 - 3hrs
    • Day 4 - 3.5hrs
    • Day 5 - 3.5hrs

Challenging: You have a good level of fitness and enjoy walking at a fast pace. Some previous hill walking experience is required.

  • Day 1 - 4.5hrs
  • Day 2 - 6.5hrs
  • Day 3 - 4.5hrs
  • Day 4 - 3.5hrs
  • Day 5 - 4.5hrs
Currency
Euro €
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Climate
Warm and dry summers and mild winters.
Food & Drink
Spain in general is a rather affordable country, and the general area of Santiago is an affordable place to holiday. Wine is particularly cheap due to its abundance, and eating out is also cheap. Fresh fish dishes and tapas are popular. There are many tapas restaurants in the area, where prawns, potatoes bravas, meatballs and many other mini dishes are popular.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.75
  • Beer: €2.00
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Light Lunch: €6.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.65
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles 
Recommended Reading

Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickenson

To the Field of Stars by Father Kevin Codd

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Spain

Morning

Travel to Spain

Upon arrival in Spain, you will be met by our local representative and transferred by coach to your hotel in Lanjaron. An evening meal in your hotel is included tonight.

Day 2 - Walking Day: Pitres to Busquistar

Full Day

Walking Day: Pitres to Busquistar

Today your walk has two alternative routes depending on your walking level. A packed lunch is also included. The Moderate Walk is a shorter walking trail, taking around 3 hours to complete with a route connecting some of the quaint white washed villages of the Taha del Pitres. The Challenging Walk is a longer walk lasting 4.5 hours, where you will enjoy a hike through small villages down to the Trevelez River before zig-zagging your way up the steep hillside back to Busquistar.

Day 3 - Walking Day: Trevelez to Siete Lagunas

Full Day

Walking Day: Trevelez to Siete Lagunas

There will be two walking options available to you again today, both starting from the village of Trevelez which is one of the highest villages in Europe and famous for its delicious air cured hams. Again, a packed lunch is included. For the Moderate Walk lasting 4 hours, after an initial ascent from the upper village, the trail takes you towards Siete Lagunas and onwards across several river valleys. Finish your walk after crossing the Rio Culo Perro and descending through farmland to the Rio Trevelez. The Challenging Walk lasting 6.5 hours includes a higher ascent and more difficult climb, however you will be well rewarded with dramatic views of the high valley and lakes of Siete Lagunas.

Day 4 - Walking Day: Capileira

Full Day

Walking Day: Capileira

Two walking options will be made available to you again today both including the village of Capileira whose narrow streets are a picturesque maze of white houses, colourful flowers and dramatic views of the valley and Sierra Nevada. A packed lunch is included. For the Moderate Walk lasting 3 hours, enjoy a circular trail on a loop of the Poqueira River starting and finishing in the village of Capileira, the second highest village in Spain at 1435m above sea level. For the Challenging Walk lasting 4.5 hours, you will take in the tracks to the old Hydro station at Cebadilla, starting your day at a leisurely pace before taking a steep ascent. Continue onwards with a crossing of the Toril River valley before climbing back to the village of Capileira.

Day 5 - Walking Day: Alto del Chorrillo to Mulhacen

Full Day

Walking Day: Alto del Chorrillo to Mulhacen

Today there is just one walking trail from Alto del Chorrillo to Mulhacen. This superb hiking trail takes you to Spain’s highest peak, Mulhacen (3450m) and is also a scenic lakeside location offering breathtaking views as you descend by the Mirador de Trevelez. The duration is 3.5hrs and a packed lunch is included.

Day 6 - Granada & Alhambra

Full Day

Granada & Alhambra

This full day excursion to Granada includes a visit to the Alhambra, a UNESCO listed monument complex with magnificent palaces, patios and gardens, it is one of Spain’s most treasured historic sites.

Day 7 - Walking Day: Lanjaron

Full Day

Walking Day: Lanjaron

Today is your final day walking and again two options will be made available to you. A packed lunch is included. The Moderate Walk lasting 3.5 hours, will start and finish in Lanjaron and includes many highlights such as Rio Lanjaron, Ermita de la Cruz, Tajos Colorado and the Arab castle. On the Challenging Walk, enjoy a circular walk, with many ascents, around the Rio Lanjaron, visiting the Casas Forestales de Tolle and returning via the spectacular ‘ Acequia Nueva’ waterway. The duration of the challenging walking 4.5 hours.

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Time to say adios to Spain until the next time. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel Nuevo Palas 3

The Hotel Nuevo Palas is situated in Lanjaron, close to sttractions including the Castillo de Lanjarón. Guests can ejoy the hotel's seasonal outdoor rooftop pool, terrace, sauna, bar and restaurant.... read more read more read more

The Hotel Nuevo Palas is situated in Lanjaron, close to sttractions including the Castillo de Lanjarón. Guests can ejoy the hotel's seasonal outdoor rooftop pool, terrace, sauna, bar and restaurant.

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Hotel Nuevo Palas
Avenue de la Alpujarra, 24
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Lanjaron
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