When to go

There is something new every month and you can use our seasonal calendar guide below to help choose the best time of year for your walking holiday, 'house-stay, or self-catering rental in the Alpujarra. For availability see our booking calendar.

  • January
    Early almond blossom and maybe snow on the peaks. San Sebastian fiesta, patron saint of Orgiva, with amazing fireworks 20th January.
  • February
    Late almond blossom and good views of snow on the Sierra Nevada. You may reach the snowline on a Winter Walk.
  • March
    Spring flowers on the lower slopes, many beautiful and unusual species. There are tiny narcissus, wind lilies and early orchids.
  • April
    Migratory birds arriving in Andalucia. Wild orchids, including the rare Butterfly Orchid, and a mass of cystus and lavender on the hills.
  • May
    The best season for wonderful wildflowers with an enormous variety on the grassy slopes. Clouds of butterflies on the Sierra Nevada.
  • June
    Eagles, hoopoes, bee-eaters and rollers to be seen . Green and lush with yellow broom. San Juan water festival and Carnival in Lanjaron.
  • July
    Time to relax and enjoy the sun and the pool. Moors & Christians in Andalucia, and the fishermen's fiesta on July 16th.
  • August
    Enjoy swimming and the shady terrace or go up Mulhacen for 'Our Lady of the Snows' - Virgen de las Nieves - on August 5th.
  • September
    Getting cooler. Ripening figs and juicy grapes are a temptation on the walks. Orgiva feria for 5 days at the end of the month.
  • October
    Lucious persimmons and rosy pomegranites. Collect chestnuts as the leaves turn bronze. Autumn colours get better as the month passes.
  • November
    Starts with a blaze of glorious colour. Red and golds against a deep blue sky with a smell of wood smoke and wild mushrooms.
  • December
    Winter coming with log fires and red wine. Can still be warm and sunny in Spain, but maybe snow has come again to the mountain peaks.

"Great walks, wildlife, boars & eagles" - Miranda