Hiking Route GR-7 Las Alpujarras part 4: Cádiar - Trevélez
Profound Las Alpujarras
The fourth section of the hiking trail GR-7 in Las Alpujarras starts in Cádiar, where we can admire El Barrio del Calvario, typical example of architecture of Las Alpujarras; and church La Iglesia de Santa Ana, the sixteenth century. Starting our journey we meet a flour mill, and then the fountain Fuente del Prado. We cross the river and follow its course surrounded by crops, most notably raspberries and kiwis.
Continuing our path we will move away from the river, and after passing a water spring camouflaged by vegetation, we reached the half-ruined farmhouse La Venta Mora. We continue the route on the hillside of Guadalfeo Valley, following the canal Acequia del Arenal, to take the path on the right and begin the ascend. When we reach the ridge of Martin Alonso, we can admire spectacular scenery before reaching Lobras village. The street calle Jardín, behind the church square, is also wort to visit.
After crossing the village to the north, take the path on the left that goes between oak, almond and ash trees, along with Lobras irrigation ditch, towards the village of Tímar. With only 22 residents, is known for its tradition in weaving, and examples of traditional Alpujarran architecture. Following the path that leads to the next town, we passed under the piedra amarilla which is above Tímar, and see the rows of agaves planted to retain possible landslides abowe the village.
We continue by a steep track, and after crossing the Salto del Aguila, we take the left path to reach Juviles, small town of great importance in the Arab period. In comon with other areas of Las Alpujarras, there is traditional productio of ham. Opposite the church is a wooden sign that explains the importance of the silk trade in the Arab period, and the fame that had this town for its quality and quantity.
The road winds through orchards and irrigation canals up to an open landscape framed by mountain peaks, Cerrajón, el Mojón, el Morrón... Entering the valley Trevélez, we will see the peak of Mulhacen and continuing the path, we we reach Trevelez villge, framed by orchards and fruit trees, mainly walnuts.
- Itinerary of the route:
Cádiar, Lobras, Tímar, Juviles, Trevélez.
Total distance: 19,61km.
Estimated duration: 7h.
Average speed: 2.8 km / h.
Start Elevation: 920 m.
Final Altitude: 1,460 m.
Maximum elevation: 1,762 m.
Minimum height: 840 m.
Rise Height: 1.100 m.
Urban road: 10%