GR7 Self Led
You could not do better than use this holiday along the GR7 as an introduction to Andalucia, the Alpujarras and self-led walking in general. Its a lovely hike, we look after you well, and you have our unique maps!
You stay in small hotels and pensions as the route winds from village to village through a landscape of deep verdant valleys, mountain slopes, oak and chestnut forests and terraced farms tilled by mules. It is a magnificent landscape of wild flowers, ibex, golden orioles and bee-eaters, just waiting to be explored.
Price and features
- 7 nights B&B example €535 per person sharing
- There is a supplement for a 1 person booking of €25 per night.
- see options for other possibilities.
- Choose the start date and duration of your stay
- Stay in a selection of 1 inn, 1 Guest house and 3 hotels (*, **, ***)
- 4 nights in accommodation with pool.
- Local advice & emergency support is in the background
- Walk on to a new village each day or every other day
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- Meticulous route notes provided.
- Personalised, annotated 1:25000 topographical maps provided.
- If you would like some reassurance on this self led ask for the GPS tracks
- stay more nights at some/all villages
- Transfers are available from local airports
- choose B&B, half or full board
- Save €100 per person by choosing lower rated accommodation. (2 inns, 1 guest house 2 x H*)
- if you would like a guided day somewhere along the way, just ask, If we are available, its yours.
The Gr7 (E4) is an ambitious long-distance, way marked footpath passing through all of Andalucia and Spain, then on to Greece. We can vouch for the Alpujarran stretch being very well chosen but even so we vary it to suit the season and the walker.
The terrain is mountainous, but the route, based on the old mule trails, is always reasonably graded to make the hiking achievable for the averagely fit person.
The basic itinerary
The trek we recommend is of 5 stages with 2 nights at 2 of the locations giving a chance to rest midway and/or recover from travelling on arrival.
From each of the villages in which you stay there are circular walks which we have detailed for you to follow in the same way as the trek so in this way if you prefer you can lengthen your stay or we can arrange that you move on less often.
The basic route is from East to west starting in Yegen although it is possible to start 2 days further to the east. See the area in a little detail by clicking the map in the gallery to the right.
On arriving at the start point you are met by walkalpujarra and receive advice and the walk notes and maps included in this self-guided walking holiday. These walking notes are constantly updated and include information about cultural and historic sights, town and village plans and step by step route instructions. It's also possible to hire a GPS device for the duration of your holiday.
Day 1 - Travel to Andalucia in Spain - Arrival in Yégen. Public transport is possible from airports and private transfers are offered as an extra.
Travelling from the UK the most likely airports are Malaga or perhaps Almeria, both have possible bus links to the start point of the walk. If arriving by Rail Granada is the best target and all the alpujarra villages are linked to Granada by bus.
En-suite accommodation at the village inn.
Day 2 - You have information for 2 circular walks based around the 1st of the villages. There is time to do both walks with lunch at the village bar at midday. The village is famous as the 1920's home of hispanophile English writer, Gerald Brennan and it is possible to visit his "museum".
En-suite accommodation at 1 of two possible village inns. Pool at one depending on options.
Day 3 - 14km. walk, (five or six hours) of varied self-guided walking through an ever-changing landscape to your second village. You walk through chestnut woods and across a gorge and a bar lunch possible along the way.
En-suite accommodation Hotel**.
Day 4 - Descending into Guadalfeo Valley through a larger market town and various tiny white villages. The walk also takes you past the site of a 10th century Muslim castle. At the end of the walk you arrive in the highest village in Spain, famous for its air-cured hams. There are various route options varying from 10 to 24 kms.
En-suite accommodation Hotel* or H** (pool) depending on options.
Day 5 - Following the GR7 trail you'll be walking through a good variety of landscape, with great views of the valley as it passes through open areas and shady oak woods. A 5 hour route.
En-suite accommodation Guest house.
Day 6 - Today's walking route goes through various tiny white villages. You can enjoy a bar lunch en-route as you come out of the Trevelez valley and into Andalucia's famous and more visited Poqueira valley. Some splendid views of the river gorge and you can see the peaks of Spain's Sierra Nevada along the way. There are various options for extending the basic 4 hour route.
En-suite accommodation pension or hotel*** depending on options.
Day 7 - The last village where you stay is busier than the others you have walked through en-route. There is some 'life' and interest for the evenings, a good variety of places to eat, shops to browse and a museum to visit. Today there is a variety of circular walks. You can choose to either go walking higher into the mountains or go on a walk that's based more locally around the village.
Day 8 - Departure by public transport to airports is possible with an early start and afternoon flight times. Alternatively private transfers are offered to suit your timetable.