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La Alpujarra: Moors and Christians Festival

Hiking and traditional festival

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Eastern Alpujarra is a great unknown. it is full of pine and oak forests, centenary chestnuts, water channels, stunning views, and villages that keep their tranditions intact.

One of those towns, Válor, celebrates the Moors and Christians Festival the 15th of September; it consists on a theatrical representation in which all citizens participate. If you are looking for a different kind of long hiking in La Alpujarra this is your trip.

  • Day 1

    Transfer from Granada to Puerto de la Ragua.

    We leave at 8:30am.

    Guided hiking route

    with interpretation starts at 10:00am.

    • Route length: 18,3 km
    • Accumulated height difference: 900m of descent
    • Duration: 7h hike
    • Difficulty: Medium The hike goes along a forestry track making it reasonable easy to walk.
  • Day 2

    Breakfast and hiking trip to the

    “Millenary Chesnut”

    Detour to visit an ecological winery. Wine and traditional food tasting. Ruturn to Laroles on foot.

    • Route length: 12 km
    • Accumulated height difference: 500m of descent and ascent.
    • Duration: 4h hike
    • Difficulty: easy
  • Day 3

    Breakfast and hiking trip from

    Laroles to Válor

    Passing by Júbar, Mairena and Nechite. We leave at 7:00am to arrive to Válor in time to attend the Moors and Christians Festival.

    • Route length: 14 km
    • Accumulated height difference: 429m of ascent and 500 descent.
    • Duration: 5h hike.

    At nightfall everyone may have time for a stroll through the narrow streets of Valor, inmerse itself in the traditional festivals, taking wine and tapas in the local bars.

  • Day 4

    Breakfast.

    Pick up in Válor and transfer to Granada.

  • What’s Included

    • A picnic lunch on day 1
    • A dinner in Laroles
    • A visit to an ecological winery with traditional food and wine tasting
    • Guide with expert knowledge of the area, not only in terms of hiking but also in the ecology and heritage of the Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada.
    • Accident insurance and liability during the hiking routes.
    • Security systems and emergency kit
  • What isn’t included

    • Extra overnight in Granada
    • Dinners on day 2 and 3
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Flights or transport that have not been previously stated
    • Anything that has not been previously mentioned
  • Recommended equipment

    • Sunglasses, suncream and protective lip balm. Hat
    • Hiking footwear
    • Technical mountain clothing, short- sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts made of breathable fabric (not cotton). Fresh hiking trousers. Raincoat
    • Changes of dry clothing and small washbag
    • Personal snack food such as dried fruit and nuts, energy bars etc.
    • 1,5 litre water bottle or camelbak, with drinking tube if possible.
    • A small towel, in case we want to dip our feet in any rivers that we cross
    • Hiking poles
    • Camera, mobile phone and other electronic devices and their chargers
    • Small personal first aid kit and any personal medication.
    • Notebook and pencil (optional)
    • Knee bands, if necessary
    • Personal documents, such as identity card and health sevice card
  • Meals

    Our picnics include handmade rolls using traditional oven baked bread, tomatoes, lettuce, cured meat or Spanish omelette, orange juice, a piece of fruit and a chocolate bar.

    Dinner or lunch are made with local and fresh products sourced from local shops, in order to support the economy of the local area.

    If you are vegetarian, have any allergies or any other dietary requirements, please let us know beforehand.

Guides and safety

All our guides have the necessary training to ensure the complete safety of the group. We will keep the group together and in contact by using walkie talkies. Our guides have all taken first aid courses.

According to our Terms and Conditions document, the guides can change any itinerary in case of bad weather or any other circumstances which could affect the safety of the group, without any refunds being given.

Weather in La Alpujarra

In Andalusia, the weather at the end of the summer is very unpredictable. We can have high temperatures  (25º C or more) or fresh, rainy weather.  In general the majority of the days are warm and sunny. Average temperatures from the last few years for the month of Septembre indicate maximum temperatures of 24ºC and minimum temperatures of 12º.

Medical considerations

We ask that our hikers inform us of the existence of any chronic or cardiovascular illness which could interfere with hiking activities. To this end, we will send out a form which must be completed. The personal information which is given is covered by our data protection policy and will not be used for anything other than to provide us with the information necessary for this activity to be carried out well.

For the same reasons we need to know about any allergies.

A good level of physical fitness is required and previous experience of routes of a similar difficulty, length and accumulated height difference. The pace that we will follow is not a sporting one but a pace which will allow interpretation and interaction, however, experience or regular hiking is essential.

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Price

Our prices are estimated taking into account the number of participants registered on the deadline of the inscription. The deposit into the account is made in order to reserve the vacancy and also to know, in advance, the number of participants that will be realizing the activity. In case the activity is cancelled, the deposit would be returned. On the other hand, if the activity is successfully organized, a second pay would be realized with the final amount.

Group size

Minimum 10 and maximum 13

Payment

Deposit of €100 of the total before indicated date

Cancellation and refund policy

In case of cancellation, the following policy applies.

More than 45 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will grant you a full refund minus a €50 administrative fee per reservation.
Between 44 days and 15 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will retain 50% of the trip cost.
Less than 15 days prior to the starting date of the trip, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

Terms and conditions and environmental policy

Please read our terms and conditions and our environmental policy. Sierra&Sol is an ecotourism company with a serious commitment to the environment which we hope to pass on to our clients.

 
SierraySol is an enterprise that belongs to the Asociación de la Carta Europea de Turismo Sostenible de Sierra Nevada. If you are looking forward to realize an activity truly responsible with the environment in this green space, we encourage you to use the services of the organization since all the enterprises adhered are accredit by Europarc. They also make a great effort to minimize the environmental impact and to contribute with the local development. In the next PDF you will find every enterprise of the organization. You can also find information about them in www.ecoturismosierranevada.com

Ecoturism

Price:

€252 min

Location: La Alpujarra, Granada
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Difficulty: Level 2 (REI)

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Activity Level Descriptions

REItrips

 

(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.

  • Activity: 1-3 hours most days
  • Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat terrain
  • Elevation change: little to none
  • Altitude: less than 3,000 ft

(2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.

  • Activity: 2-5 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
  • Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 6,000 ft

(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.

  • Activity: 4-6 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
  • Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 10,000 ft

(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.

  • Activity: 5-8 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
  • Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

(5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.

  • Activity: 10+ hours/day
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 50 miles or more miles most days
  • Surfaces: remote mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features.
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

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