Sierra Nevada & Alpujarra

The Sierra Nevada, in Andalucia, is Spain's highest mountain range – Mulhacen 3,482.m. The Southern slopes form part of the Alpujarra, an area which stretches across the tectonic fault line of the Rio Guadalfeo and up the Northern slopes of the Contraviesa range which lies next to the Mediterranean.

Consequently there is great geological variety.  The Alpujarra is now famous for its beautiful white villages of flat topped  Berber style houses, with balconies overflowing with flowers. Some have hardly changed in centuries, while others provide opportunities to buy local products and craft work.

The Moors influence is still evident in many aspects of the Alpujarran way of life and has been particularly important in shaping the land. The terraced farmland and mountain forests are sustained by melt water from the snow which runs along Moorish channels built centuries ago for irrigation. Low on the eastern slopes there are strangely eroded sandstone spires and dramatic ravines. High on the western peaks there is open moorland where ibex and eagles are seen.

The views are magnificent – sometimes to Africa – and the walking is extremely varied.  The flowers are stunning in Spring and there is a huge variety of birds and butterflies

Las Alpujarras, walking destination of exceptional beauty, is within easy reach of the coast and also Granada, famed for its magnificent Moorish monuments, the Alhambra and the Generalife.

"Lots of great walking trails and beautiful scenery – culturally very interesting" - Leni Wildflower

"A superbly integrated holiday providing great walks, a humorous insight into the life of the area and terrific hospitality" - Ann Wickens