Hiking trail from Capileira to Mulhacen

The Mulhacen is accessible from different points, this being the easiest access from the south from the village Capileira in the Alpujarra of Granada.

Estimated time to complete: Approximately 6 hours

Difficulty: Medium

Starting point: Capileira in Sierra Nevada

Destination: Mulhacén at 3482 metres height.

To get there by car from Granada, take direction towards Motril, taking the exit 164 towards A- 348 Lanjaron. After passing Lanjaron take the direction to Pampaneira and then to Bubión and Capileira.

To get there by car from Malaga, take the motorway A-7 to Nerja and passing by Salobreña from where you head north towards Granada on the E-902 until the exit 175 to A-346 Orgiva; passing by this village follow the road GR-421, passing by Pampaneira and Bubion before reaching Capileira.

Capileira offers a minibus service through the natural park to the start of your route and later on return picks you up, a journey of 1 hour duration featuring a guide.

After the end of the bus ride, continue on foot to the Mirador de Trevélez, a good place to take some nice pictures of this town from above. Keep walking to a deviation; one of the roads leads to the refuge Poqueira and if we continue along the main trail we reach an old wide trail which is the path that will take us a short distance from the summit of Mulhacen.

The summit of Mulhacen is a fantastic experience for the whole family, where we can even see the coast of Africa on cloudless days and much of the Andalusian Mountains. At the top we find the ruins of the shelters that were used for the first geodesic link between Europe and Africa built during the twentieth century and connecting the peninsula with Morocco.

On the way back we can descend to the Laguna, a beautiful scenery and where to take some pictures and from where we head to our starting point, where we wait for the bus that will take us back to Capileira.

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