One of the villages we have to visit if we ascend the Mulhacen is Trevelez, located in the Alpujarra at 1480 m altitude, which makes it the highest altitude town in Spain.
Trevelez is an ancient town with numerous legends and largely represents the typical culture of the area and is well worth a visit. It was one of the villages which strongly supported the Moorish rebellion that spread across the conquered territories of the Arabs.
From Trevelez we have access to several hiking trails to enjoy the natural environment of the place or as stated above to ascend the Mulhacen.
From near the city hall we leave the town after passing by the public fountains and passing through an alley behind which is the start of our tour and the path of Barranco de la Solana.
To enjoy a nice view of the valley of the River Trevelez we ascend the road to the left at the intersection after passing the Farms Cortijos de Piedra Redonda. Following this path and after crossing a canal we get to another path that is behind a fence, which we take for just over half an hour to a pasture area which has gorgeous views and from where we can see the Valley of Seven Lakes (Siete Lagunas), our destination, and from where we can get to some of the peaks as Alcazaba or Mulhacen; to the latter taking a path that is adjacent to the lagoon.
If we go during the summer season we can also enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the lagoons and even camp if we take the route in 2 days.
Type of trail: Signposted to Siete Lagunas
Estimated time: 6 ½ hours
Distance: 12 kilometres
Tip: If needed you can hire a local guide in the Camping 'El Balcon de Pitres'.
This village in the Alpujarra is easily accessible by the highway A-7 to Motril. We take the road N-323 direction to Granada passing by Velez de Benaudalla and Orgiva, from where we continue along the road GR-421 to Trevelez.