Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras area

Introduction

The long distance hiking trail GR-7 was born in France more than 5 decades ago, finishing in the Pyrenees. Later was prolonged from Catalonia and point in Granada was completed only a few years ago. Now GR-7 continues through Malaga and Cadiz, ending in Tarifa. It is expected to continue in Africa in the future, becoming the first intercontinental trail.

Part of GR 7 forms the southern part of even longer route known in Europe as E-4 long distance path which starts in Greece.

While passing through Las Alpujarras, we can divide the path into seven parts, traveling the Eastern Alpujarra, around irrigation canals and farmlands, to the Mid Alpujarra, close to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and finally reaching the Western Alpujarra, with Barranco Poqueira valley. On this part of GR-7 route you can discover pure Las Alpujarras, its white villages, the architecture, the Arab influence, traditional cuisine, mineral waters ...

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras area

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Part 1: Laroles - Válor

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Laroles - Válor.

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Laroles - Válor

Itinerary: Laroles, Júbar, Mairena, Nechite, Valor.
Total distance: 13,02km.
Estimated Duration: 3h 43min.

This part of the European long distance route GR-7 in Las Alpujarras begins in the village of Laroles, where we can find old water mills, and beautiful landscapes of poplars, chestnuts, oaks and fruit trees. We pass through the small village of Júbar with excelent unchlorinated drinking water in some of its natural sources. When we get to Mairena, you can admire spectacular views from the balcony next to the church. The next village, Nechite, retains its original urban structure and is a beautiful area of orchards and gardens. We will finish this first section of the Alpujarran path GR-7 reaching the village Valor.

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Part 2: Válor - Mecina Bombarón

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Válor - Mecina Bombarón.

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Válor - Mecina Bombarón.

Itinerary: Valor, Yégen, Montenegro, Golco, Mecina Bombarón.
Total distance: 11,34km.
Estimated Duration: 3h 20min.

This route starts in village Valor and follows the old Camino Real, linking Granada and Almeria, until it reaches the village Yégen, known by the writer Gerald Brenan. Walking among orchards and olive groves, we can find sources of natural ferruginous water, and end up arriving at the farmhouse of Montenegro, which is surrounded by olive trees.
After crossing the river Mecina, we have to climb 150 meters of altitude in one kilometer to reach village Golco. Continuing on a sidewalk overflowing by vegetation and cooled by a irrigation canal, finishing this section of the route in Mecina Bombarón village, famous for its crops of beans and delicious winter apples.

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Part 3: Mecina Bombarón - Cádiar

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Mecina Bombarón - Cádiar.

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Itinerary: Mecina Bombarón, Bérchules Alcútar, Narila, Cádiar.
Total distance: 10,31km.
Estimated duration: 2h 56min.

The third part of the route starts in Mecina Bombarón, a mosaic of neighborhoods, orchards and gardens. We can see the Mediterranean Sea in some parts of the route that elapses from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada peaks. Reaching village Bérchules, we can find numerous fountains and laundriess and its sixteenth-century church built over an old mosque. Along with this locality is Alcútar village from where we descend 300 meters of altitude in 3 km. In the village of Narila, we will find a old restored mill, and the final stop of the day is Cádiar,  town offering many options for resupply und unwind.


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Part 4: Cádiar - Trevélez

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Cádiar - Trevélez.

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Cádiar - Trevélez

Itinerary: Cádiar, Lobras, Tímar, Juviles, Trevélez.
Total distance: 19.61km.
Estimated duration: 7h.

We start this part in town of Cádiar, where we can visit working water mill or taste local crops of raspberries and kiwis. Walking through Lobras, the name of its streets is our guide, la Acequia, la iglesia, la Era, las Flores, el Jardín... The small village of Tímar, just 22 inhabitants, is famous for its traditional use of weaving looms. Next village Juviles, was very important in the Arab period, because of the silk trade. The landscape framed by the mountains leads to Trevélez town, where we can see the spectacular views that correspond to the highest village in the continental Spain.


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Part 5: Trevélez - Busquístar

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Trevélez - Busquístar.

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Trevélez - Busquístar

Itinerary: Trevélez, Minas Maria Cristina, Busquístar.
Total distance: 11.57km.
Estimated Duration: 3h 18min.

The fifth part of the path starts in village Trevélez, located on the slopes of Mulhacen, and known for its excelent ham industry. On the hill called Chorrillo we can visit the birth of the Chico River. In the leafy Barranco de la Bina, we can see nice examle of co-existence of oak with pine trees. After we reach the Cortijo del Viso, from where we can enjoy spectacular view of the valley of Trevélez. After crossing several ravines, we can find on the ground dark, almost black red stones, indicating the remains of Mine Maria Cristina. After descending a steep slope we reach the village Busquístar.


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Part 6: Busquístar - Bubión

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Busquístar - Bubión.

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Busquístar - Bubión

Itinerary: Busquístar, Pórtugos, Atalbéitar, Pitres, Capilerilla, Bubión.
Total distance: 8.97km.
Estimated duration: 2h 33min.

We start the penultimate part in Busquístar, where we can see the ruins of a old Arab setlement, before reaching the famous Fuente Agria close the village of Pórtugos. In this village iwe can visit a waterfall and a laundry room build inside a cave. After crossing the ravine de los Castaños, we reach the village of Atalbeitar and by ravine Bermejo, crossing its river full of vegetation and up to Pitres village, capital of Tahá de Ferreirola. After climbing a vertical difference of 100 meters we find small village of Capilerilla, and continuing the path through the gorge de la Sangre we finaly arrive to the village of Bubión.

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Part 7: Bubión - Lanjarón

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Bubión - Lanjarón.

Long distance hiking path GR-7 in Las Alpujarras: Bubión - Lanjarón

Itinerary: Bubión Pampaneira Soportújar, Canar, Lanjaron.
Total distance: 20.35km.
Estimated duration: 5h 39min.

The last part of Alpujarran GR-7 trail starts in Bubión and continue by valley del Cerezo until we reach the village of Pampaneira. In both villages we will find various workshops of traditional crafts. After crossing the river Poqueira, we reach the small village of Soportújar, whose name means "place of arcades". Continuing the route, we will find Dam 24, where a waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation invites for relaxation. In Cáñar we find old abandoned chapel, and the last stop of the route GR-7 in the region of the Alpujarra is in the famous spa town of Lanjaron.


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