This holiday combines our Walking in Competa and High in the Alpujarras holidays.
Explore the captivating charm of Andalusia, where picturesque white villages perch on majestic hillsides, basking in the golden rays of the sun against the stunning backdrop of Sierra Almijara. As you wander through the labyrinthine cobbled streets, you'll uncover the hidden treasures of orchard valleys, olive groves, and authentic rural life in this enchanting region.
Cómpeta, an Andalusian gem nestled in the Axarquia region, remains one of southern Spain's best-kept secrets. Steeped in Moorish history, this active farming town is renowned for its production of almonds, olives, avocados, and even its own wine. The old town exudes charm, boasting two 18th-century chapels, San Sebastian and San Anton, while the magnificent 16th-century Church of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion presides over the bustling Plaza Almijara, Competa's heart and soul.
Our well-established network of footpaths allows you to embark on a journey through the hills, offering a mix of short and long walks that lead you to charming villages, providing a glimpse into the traditional essence of Andalusia. As you ascend to the high country, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic vistas and occasional glimpses of the Mediterranean in the distance.
To the south of the Sierra Nevada range and north of the Sierras of Lujar, La Contraviesa, and Gador, lie the Alpujarras Valleys. We have been exploring this hidden and relatively unknown area of Andalusia since 1990. Our experienced leaders have an intimate knowledge of the trails, ensuring an unparalleled adventure.
Capileira, our chosen base at an elevation of 1300m, is a picturesque pueblo blanco perched above the Poqueira Gorge. Here, you'll immerse yourself in the dramatic landscape of terraced orchards, vineyards, and olive groves irrigated by deep gorges. Countless scenic paths crisscross the village, and this rugged yet stunningly beautiful area includes mainland Spain's highest peak, Mulhacen, soaring to 3479m. Weather permitting, we'll ascend its slopes for awe-inspiring views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Mediterranean to the south.
Another captivating walk begins at your hotel and winds through six local villages, where red peppers and onions dry in the sun against whitewashed walls, and life unfolds at a leisurely pace. The circular Route of the Acequias transports you deep into the wild and remote valley beneath Mulhacen, tracing ancient irrigation channels.
Your journey culminates in Trevelez, Spain's highest village at 1700m, reached via a stunning traverse along the GR 240, a long-distance footpath known as 'Sulayr,' named after the Moors' moniker for the Sierra Nevada - the Mountains of the Sun.
Capileira, with its charming cobbled alleyways, artisan shops, and restaurants serving delectable Alpujarran cuisine, invites you to savor the flavors of the region. As the locals say, '¡Aqui se come muy bien!' – Here, one eats very well!
Please note: the walking on the second week in Capileira is top of a Grade 6. Please ensure your insurance policy covers you for walking up to 2700m