Walking South from Granada

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This vast view of mountains, valleys, villages and distant sea lay spread out like an illustration of the features of the world in a child’s geography book

The English writer Gerald Brenan was perhaps Andalusia’s last romantic traveller, and ‘South from Granada’ is one of his best known works. It deals with the landscapes and way of life in and around the Alpujarra village that was his home: Yegen. In the spirit of the writer, and with the unmistakable backdrop of one of the region’s most emblematic villages, you will make a thoroughly active visit to this part of the Alpujarra. Located on the southeastern foothills of Sierra Nevada, below the San Juan peak (2,786m) and flanked by the Mecina and Valor rivers, Yegen is a high, peaceful village (at 1,000m) with mild weather. It lies between the provinces of Granada and Almería, enjoying spectacular views and allowing us to imagine the sea that lies hidden behind the Contraviesa mountains to the south. Here you will experience two or three days of true communion with the landscapes, peoples and trails of the Alpujarra.

Live the Journey: Alone, with family or friends, you will do two hikes on this tour: One is long, with wonderful views of the high Sierra, and the other is shorter, but packed with delightful spots amidst cultivated land and untouched landscapes that will let you get to know this village from every angle. Furthermore, your accommodation there will make you feel truly at home and you will sample delicious cooking. There is also the chance to visit a ham curer in Mecina Bombarón, peruse the photographs of ‘El Dinamarca’, a devoted lover of this village for the last 50 years, and visit the house where Brenan slept when he first came to Yegen.

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Yegen (0 km)

Yegen (0 km)

Arrival in Yegen: Stroll through its winding streets and alleys, admiring the traditional architecture of the Alpujarra. You can also head out of the village on one of the footpaths, visit the church or simply sit down in any corner that catches the late afternoon sun and read Brenan's "South from Granada"

Yegen-Yegen (14 km)

Yegen-Yegen (14 km)

On a 14 km hike that will take 5-6 hours, we climb into the mountains reaching an altitude of 1,600m. We follow gorges bordered by huge chestnut trees, surrounded by vegetable gardens and mountain pasture, to then descend through the beautiful holm-oak forest that gives its name to the trail, arriving finally at Mecina. There we take the GR-7 trail to return to Yegen, passing through the village of Golco.

Yegen-Yegen (5 km)

Yegen-Yegen (5 km)

Today we will take an agreeable stroll that was a favourite of the famous English writer, once resident of Yegen (it takes about 3 hours). Walking through olive and almond groves, and visiting the ancient fortress at "Peñon del Fuerte", we enjoy views over a fairytale lunar landscape, to return to Yegen climbing along an old trail which ends at an interesting old fountain and wash-stone.

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2 night

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1 night

Optional service consisting of one night of accommodation in addition to those normally offered, always immediately preceeding the beginning of the programmed tour offered by Otros Caminos S.L. It includes cyclists' breakfast. Price is per person based on two people sharing a double room.

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