Hiking and walking paths in Las Alpujarras
Las Alpujarras is a particularly delightful area to explore on foot and there are many well-signposted walking routes, ranging from a short stroll in lower areas, to day long hikes into the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
For the really serious walker there are two famous long-distance foot paths that cross Las Alpujarras.
The first is the GR-7 which begins in Tarifa in Cadiz province and crosses Europe all the way to Greece.
Second one is the GR-142 which runs from Lanjaron to Fiñana on the northern side of the Sierra Nevada in Almeria.
We recommend also the Medieval route of La Alpujarra which starts in Portugos and end in Juviles village.
TIPS FOR WALKING AND HIKING
- Take a good quality walking map or compass with you. Do not rely on cell signal or batteries.
- Wear good quality, sturdy, waterproof walking boots. Trekking poles are great in rough sections.
- Let someone know where you are going.
- Take a mobile phone or GPS if possible. For longer trips take extra batteries.
- Take plenty of water as southern Spain can be really hot.
- Protect yourself from the sun, it is better to avoid walking in the heat of the afternoon.
- Wear suitable clothes, layers are good as although it may be hot at lower altitudes, it can be cold higher up.
- Keep to a clear path and avoid taking shortcuts unless you are absolutely confident of the area.
- Be aware that the weather can change very quickly and fog, rain, or storms, especially lightning, can occur quickly and without warning.
- Be aware that dry riverbeds and streams can quickly flood during bad weather.
- Help to protect and maintain the area you are walking through.
The best months to walk in Las Alpujarras are April to mid-June, and September to mid-November.
GR - 7 long-distance foot path
While passing through Las Alpujarras, we can divide the path into seven parts, traveling the Eastern Alpujarra,Mid Alpujarra, close to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and finally reaching the Western Alpujarra, with Barranco Poqueira valley.
Medieval route in La Alpujarra
The Medieval route of Las Alpujarras crosses several paths of medieval origin, mostly documented. It begins in Pórtugos and ends in Juviles and is divided into four sections.