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Spanish Vista Trek

SpanishVistaTrek

A Trek through the Mountain Villages of the Alpujarras
Date: 5th – 9th October 2007

This itinerary is aimed at those who want to enjoy the wonderful views usually reserved for the higher treks but without having to be superfit to participate. It traverses part of the GR7 - the great walking route that spans the length of Europe, from Greece and Hungary, through the eastern European countries, and all the way to the southern most tip of Spain. We pick it up at Trevélez, to the south east of Granada and the highest town in Spain at 1600m, and finish at the mountain village of Cañar.

Grading
Designed for people with little experience of the mountains or of trekking but who are willing to train to the required fitness level. Although this trek is not at altitude per se, participants will still be expected to walk approximately 8 hours a day and could therefore find it challenging.

Itinerary
The terrain most of the way is undulating uneven paths, some narrow, some steep (both up and down), some with loose covering, some with jutting rocks, some dirt tracks, some with sharp drops to one side and a small amount on a wide dirt track also used by the occasional vehicle. Some physical preparation is necessary in order to complete this trek comfortably.  Times taken each day vary hugely depending on fitness of the group, weather, stops, etc. There is water available from natural springs in each village.

Day 1 - Flight from the UK into Malaga. Transfer to Trevélez 2 ½ hours. En route to Trevélez we will stop at the Sierra Nevada Information Office for a briefing and to give people the opportunity to purchase maps and any other mementoes. On arrival in Trevélez we will enjoy a short circular walk, of approximately one hour, along the river to acclimatise and familiarise ourselves with the area. Dinner and accommodation at the lovely La Fragua Hotel in the high part of Trevélez, with views over the valley far below.

Day 2 - Trevélez to Mecina.  The walk starts with an incline rising up to 1830m passing small cortijos, or smallholdings, before we make our way along the Bina gorge. We follow the waterways through the pine woods and out on to the other side of the gorge. We pass through oak and chestnut forests, more cortijos some of which are abandoned and some still working, and along various small gorges until we come to the abandoned iron ore mines of Maria Cristina. From here we make our way through Busquistar to the village of Mecina. 6-8 hours average walking. Length - 17 km.  Evening meal and accommodation in Hotel Albergue de Mecina, another hotel with excellent facilities, a pool and renowned for its food. (luggage transferred separately).

Day 3 - Mecina to Capileira.  Whereas the previous day was one of woods and gorges, today takes us through various white-washed villages – Pórtugos (still with its village washing area located in a cave), Atalbéitar (in olden times a centre for herbal medicine and a veterinary centre), Pitres (the government centre), Capilerilla (built on the site of an 8th century visigoth temple), and finishing in the lovely village of Capileira. These villages show their Moorish heritage in their architecture, the materials used for construction and the abundant orchards and small holdings in the area. The views stretch out over the Contraviesa mountain rangebelow and the Mediterranean beyond. 7-8 hours average walking. Length - 17 km.  Evening meal and accommodation in Los Llanos Hotel in Capileira, with time to relax in the swimming pool after your long day. (luggage transferred separately).

Day 4 - Capileira to Cañar.  The valley of Poquiera, home to the three villages of the Poquiera gorge (Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira) hosts several different kinds of orchards – from kiwis to berries to cherries. From here we make our way ever westward where water is in more abundance and therefore the evidence of agriculture increases. Mulberry trees left over from a time of silk growing in the area, chestnuts from when the main raw material was this strong wood for houses, etc. We pass the old mines of Nuestra Sra de Fatima, the old mills that fed off the Moorish irrigation channels and enjoy the fabulous views of the valleys below. Before we come into the village of Cañar, we pass a wonderful waterfall dropping 30m from the 24th dyke built to ward off the effects of run-off and erosion caused by the water. We finish our trip here at Cañar, a village with a population of little over 300 people, a pretty church and small central plaza where we enjoy a celebration drink and tapas. 6 hours average walking. Length - 20 km.  Evening meal and accommodation in the famous city of Granada.

Day 5 - Optional and dependant on flights – time to visit the Alhambra.  Transfer back to Granada airport for the return flight home.

Numbers
Minimum numbers - 15
Maximum numbers – 60

Price per person 2007:  £639

Price includes:
4 nights accommodation (all in 1-2 star hotels)
Return flights from London
All food from Day 1 lunch to breakfast day of departure inclusive
Return airport transfers
Coach to Granada for last night
Celebration evening meal in Granada
Free time in Granada to explore
Local, fully qualified, first aid trained and English speaking guides at a ratio of 10:1
Support vehicles
Luggage transfer
Tall Stories events organiser

Price does not include:  Drinks with meals, personal insurance, UK transfers

Recommended Minimum Sponsorship: £1250

Event Support
Tall Stories' aim has always been to run events that are safe, fun and challenging. To this end:

  • All guides are local, fully qualified, insured, first aid trained, speak English and provided at ratio of 10 participants to 1 guide
  • A support vehicle can be called to access more remote areas in the event of an emergency
  • A Spanish speaking experienced events organiser will co-ordinate all aspects of the trip before and during the event.

Frequently asked questions

For more information about the Spanish Vista Trek please email [email protected]