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Las Alpujarras is a spectacular area to drive around.  There are dramatic views across the mountains and hills, roads down to valleys bases, narrow passes through gorges, and bridges spanning pretty rivers.  The villages in Las Alpujarras are picturesque, traditional, white-washed places, often quite a distance apart and fairly isolated, so driving is a good way to see a few of them at a time. 

There are some good country roads in this region, which offer pleasurable, rewarding and exciting driving, and many places to stop to take photos.  Many roads are quiet and you can go quite a time before meeting anyone else.  Some roads are rather more narrow and old however, often only wide enough for one vehicle, and can be pot-holed with severe drops down unprotected sides, so caution is always to be used.  You can often come suddenly across herds of goats, as well as seeing wildlife more used to isolation, so it is a good idea to drive slowly and carefully, being cautious about what you'll meet around the next bend. 

Obviously ensure your car works well and is safe, bearing in mind the often steep descents and stiff climbs, and it is recommended that you use a good quality map with the road numbers marked, and plenty of water to drink as on hot days the car can get very warm.  Many of the streets in villages are often too narrow for a car.

Las Alpujarras is a particularly delightful area to explore on foot and there are many well-signposted walking routes, ranging from a short stroll, to day long hikes into the Sierra Nevada.  For the really serious walker there are two famous long-distance foot paths that cross Las Alpujarras.  One is the GR-7  which begins in Tarifa in Cadiz province and crosses Europe all the way to Greece.  The other is the GR-142 which runs from Lanjaron to Fiñana on the northern side of the Sierra Nevada in Almeria.

WALKING TIPS

  • Take a good quality walking map with you.
  • Take a compass.
  • Wear good quality, sturdy, waterproof walking boots.
  • Let someone know where you are going.
  • Take a mobile phone if possible.
  • Take plenty of water.
  • Protect youself from the sun, it is better to avoid walking in the heat of the afternoon.
  • Wear suitable clothes, layers are good as although it may be hot at lower altitudes, it can be cold higher up.
  • Keep to a clear path and avoid taking shortcuts unless you are absolutely confident of the area.
  • Be aware that the weather can change very quickly and fog, rain, or storms, especially lightning, can occur quickly and without warning.
  • Be aware that dry riverbeds and streams can quickly flood during bad weather.
  • Help to protect and maintain the area you are walking through.

The best months to walk in Las Alpujarras are April to mid-June, and mid-September to mid-November.

 

 

 

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