With endless routes and natural landscapes, La Alpujarra is the ideal location to practice rural trekking and at the same time to enjoy the area’s excellent gastronomy. Made up of numerous hamlets and small villages, this mountain range borders Sierra Nevada and offers the possibility of going on many routes either walking or by car.
Amongst the different routes to choose from in La Alpujarra we can recommend the following:
The Poqueira ravine route, departs from Pampaneira and runs through several villages. It can be done either walking or by car.
The Trevelez route is a long route of about 30 km that departs from Pampaneira and runs through the villages of Pitres, Capilerilla, Portugos, Busquistar and Trevelez, with a recommended stop in each one of the villages to discover the beauty that each one beholds. They are very peaceful places except for Trevelez, which is rather more commercial and with an atmosphere aimed for the tourism.
The route of La Tahá runs through several villages of La Alpujarra (Pitres, Capilerilla, Mecina, MEcina Fondales, Ferreirola, Altalbeitar). If you leave in the morning, you can have lunch in one of them to try out one of the area’s typical dishes.
The Orgiva route is a 15 km walk, approximately, where we’ll come across small villages along the road.
Perhaps the route that will most capture the visitor’s attention is the medieval route. A route with several different paths with medieval origins that runs through the Alpujarra’s historical area.
This route has a total length of 21 km and 4 parts. Along the first and second part we’ll find sinuous paths of medieval origins that tour the mountain in zigzag, sometimes even carved in the rock.
The third part runs through the royal cattle glen, that for centuries was an important way of communication in this area and the place the Castilian troops camped in the 16th century during their campaign against the Moors.
The last part between Nirles and Juviles crosses an area of cultivations and offers spectacular views. Along the way we’ll find the remains of the castle that was built by the Arabs in the 9th century and later on destroyed by the Castilian troops.
Don’t forget to plan a bit of time ahead to stop to eat in one of the villages before continuing your excursion around La Alpujara.
You can follow the coast road or the A-7 motorway towards Motril. You’ll pass through Nerja, Almuñecar and Salobreña. You must take the 175 turnoff towards the A-346 to Orgiva and follow the directions that you’ll find along the way.
If you need it, we can offer a GPS navigator as an extra in your car hire in Malaga. On the map below you can see the route from Malaga to La Alpujarra.