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Berchules, Granada, Spain

18 April 2010

The GR7 long distance foot path through the Alpujarras

We would like to dedicate an article to the Alpujarras stretch of the GR7, anticipating questions we get from people that are thinking about walking this Long Distance foot Path or LDP. It will be a dynamic post, as we will add more information as we think this to be relevant.


We have made an index label GR7 in order to list all articles related to the GR7 in this blog. Off course this article will show up somewhere in the chain as well.
In order to only view the titles scroll down in the tabel of contents until you find GR7. From there you can click to go to the whole article.


Rutasyviajes web gives a perfect overview of the whole Spanish part of the GR7.
As an introduction we have incorporated the module GR7 from our website
Use the pointing hand at the bottom right to go to the next page !!


The section of the GR7 that runs through the western Alpujarras is over 100 km long and can be done on a trekking without having to carry a tent. (look here for campings along the GR7). It passes many villages and the distance between the villages that offer accommodation is never more than 14 km.
The guide ´Walking the GR7 in Andalucia´ divides this part in 6 walking days from west to east.
The ´Senda Granadina Tramo Alpujarreno Laroles-Lanjarón´ divides this section in 7 walking days from east to west.
The Spanish website of the Mancommunidad has the following stage description with maps, distances, times and profiles (all pdf files).

•Etapa 1: Puerto de la Ragua - Laroles
•Etapa 2: Laroles - Válor
•Etapa 3: Válor - Mecina Bombarón
•Etapa 4: Mecina Bombarón - Cádiar
•Etapa 5: Cádiar - Trevélez
•Etapa 6: Trevélez - Busquístar
•Etapa 7: Busquístar - Bubión
•Etapa 8: Bubión - Soportújar
•Etapa 9: Soportújar - Lanjarón
•Etapa 10: Lanjarón - Nigüelas

This is a list of the villages en route offering accommodation and the distance to the next village. It shows that it is easy to plan your own route according to the number of kilometres you want to walk per day or where you would prefer to stay.

Lanjarón - Cañar (7.9 km)
Cañar - Soportújar (8.2 km)
Soportújar - Pampaneira (7.6 km)
Pampaneira - Bubión (1.5 km)
Bubión - Pitres (5.6 km)
Pitres - Pórtugos (3.2 km)
Pórtugos - Busquístar (2.2 km)
Busquístar - Trevélez (14 km)
Trevélez - Juviles (9.0 km)
Juviles - Cádiar (9.6 km)
Cádiar - Bérchules (5.3 km)
Bérchules - Mecina Bombarón (6.0 km)
Mecina Bombarón - Yegen (7.2 km)
Yegen - Válor (5.5 km)
Válor - Mairena ( (7.3 km)
Mairena - Laroles (6.7 km)


The web Rutasyviajes has a professional listing of the whole Andalucian route. It is a Spanish website and it limits the downloads per person per week.


GR7 through the Alpujarras - part of the Guía Turistica de la Alpujarra Granadina
GR7 and GR142 combined suggesting circular trail posibilities!
Complete ! detailed map of the Sierra Nevada
The whole Andalusian part on


The Spanish topo guide at Tienda Verde
Walking the GR7 in Andalucia (Cicerone Guide)


Senderos de Gran Recorrido GR 7. Senda Granadina.
Tramo Alpujarreño: Laroles - Lanjarón.
Edición 1999, 205 pág. Autores: Mariano Cruz, Jesús Espinosa, Natalio Carmona
Edita: Proyecto Sur de Ediciones. ISBN: 84-8254-930-8



The ALSA bus routes and schedules may help in organizing your trekking holiday.

P.S: Merci pour les mots nif: forum Le site de la randonnée légère et de la MUL (marche ultra-légère)

P:S.2: You can leave a comments on missing info or tips on new links to help us improve

Related articles:
- Alpujarras villages
- Alpujarras campings

Related links:
- FEDAMON Senderos de Gran Recorrido in Andalucía
- GR7 in Valle de Lecrín
- Fred Triep. Een voettocht in de Alpujarras (grotendeels over de GR 7/ E4) in Zuid-Spanje
- Topoguide GR-7 Senda Granadina. Al pie de la Almijara y Sierra Tejeda (La Tienda Verde)
- Topoguides GR-7 Cádiz, Jaen and Málaga at FAM

Related key words: books, boeken over GR7 wandelen, livries, buchern, sendero granadina, footpath through the Alpujarras,  langeafstandwandelpaden, lange-afstand-wandelpaden, LAW door Andalysie, Grote Routepaden, Sentier de Grande Randonée, GR-Fernwanderwege, wandelen in Spanje, wandern, mapa, kaart, alpujarras, B&B in Andalusia, hotel in berchules, wandelvakanties in andalusie and trekking through the sierra nevada


Nif said...

This blog is a gold mine of informations to prepare a trip on the GRs of the Sierra Nevada! Made by a hiker for the hikers. Thanks a lot.

Casa Rural El Paraje said...

Always nice to hear that our blog is appriciated. Thanks, ... and enjoy the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada! Walter

Anonymous said...

Agreed- this is a really helpful blog- thanks so much for taking the time. We are going to walk a section of the GR7 in Grenada province in a few weeks time and I am very excited about it! I have one little question- do you know if it is possible to buy methylated spirits (for our stove) in any of the villages/towns in the Grenada section? Is it commonly sold in grocery stores or petrol stations in Spain?
Many thanks!

Casa Rural El Paraje said...

Hi there,
Our own experience is that it might me difficult to find just what you want. Are you looking for standarised bottles like ´campinggaz´ has (and what type exactly!!!) or do you want to fill up your own bottle with something. Plan ahead, call or better email with foto to the first camping, or gasstation you will pass. People in the street won´t have an answer, but the ´Ferreterias´ are the big problemsolvers and centres of knowledge in Spain, even if the do not appear like that from the outside! In Granada city you may call "Solo Aventura" which is a small but specialised outdoors shop. They must be able to give more detailed information:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Walter! We have a trangia stove so we need plain methylated spirits- i.e. pure ethanol with a bit of methanol added to stop people drinking it! I understand it is known as Alcohol de Quemar in Spain.
Thanks again for posting.

Casa Rural El Paraje said...

alcohol de quemar is a common product and for sure available in the commercial centres.

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