Walking Holidays in Spain - Mainland - Spain - Andalucia - White Villages of Alpujarras

Holiday Highlights
  • Southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada provide a stunning backdrop to the lower slopes
  • Narrow paths wind their way around the mountain folds dotted with whitewashed villages
  • Excellent trails take you to ancient olive terraces, flower lined paths and deep ravines

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With easy access and a superb climate, the Alpujarras traverse the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada which rise to over 3300m and offer excellent and varied walking opportunities. Often with snow capped peaks until late June, the Sierra Nevada provides a stunning backdrop to the lower slopes of the Alpujarra range. Here, narrow roads wind their way around the folds in the mountains connecting whitewashed villages clinging to the hillside or perched over a ravine. Few cars, however, pass this way.

The villages were designed for four legged transport as opposed to four wheeled. Views are far reaching along the Alpujarras, down to the deep valley below and across to the remote Sierra de la Contraviesa. Granada, with its famous Alhambra Palace- a reminder of the Moorish influence on the region -provides a cultural extension to your walking holiday.

Our excellent choice of walking routes often follow ancient paths linking villages of the Alpujarras with the opportunity to explore their narrow streets or to linger over a cooling drink in a shady café before continuing on your way. Ancient olive terraces, flower lined paths, deep ravines and trails up into the Sierra Nevada extend the walking possibilities for something a little more strenuous. 

Self-Guided Walking 

We have two bases from which to explore the Alpujarras each with their own exclusive set of walking notes. From Casa las Chimeneas our walks largely start and finish in the village. Most of those that do not David the owner will be happy to take you to the start and collect you at the finish of the local walk free of charge others a little further afield will incur a local small charge. From Finca Los Llanos some can be walked from the village. There is a local bus but the times are not walker friendly so we have designed the walks to be suitable for a car which is included in the price.

Walk Grading

Self-Guided – Moderate.

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Casa las Chimeneas

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This delightfully restored whitewashed village house located in Mairena, has been welcoming guests since 1998, and is now owned and run by David & Emma Illsey. They are an English couple who are both very keen walkers and have lived in the area for a number of years. Mairena is a small village in the eastern Alpujarras, benefiting from far reaching views in all directions which you can enjoy from any of the nine rooms. Their dining room serves the very best of Andalucian cuisine from chefs who have perfected generations of family recipes. Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

All rooms feature television, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC and shower.


Finca Los Llanos - 3 Star

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Situated in the small picturesque village of Capileira in the heart of the Alpujarras, this 3* hotel is family run and has been built to be totally in keeping with its setting offering commanding views over the valley. There is an outdoor swimming pool with lovely views, open May to October; this hotel is an excellent base for walking in the area. Dinner and breakfast are taken in the delightful restaurant which features many local dishes prepared using local produce including the famous local hams.

 All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


Availability Information

March to June is superb for wild flowers clear skies and a vista of snow capped mountains- an ideal time for keen photographers. From September to November the harsh summer lights starts to mellow as the landscape turns golden yellow and mornings become soft and dewy. July and August we feel the summer heat is too intense to make walking a pleasure.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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