There is a network of 26 hiking trails, summing 250 km, 5 bivouac shelters and 2 mountain huts, (Poqueira, in Capileira and Postero Alto in Jerez del Marquesado). Among the most highly recommended trails to see the countryside are:
- Pueblos de Poqueira. (Altitude 1.060 mts). A circular trail from Pampaneira that allows you to visit the three ravine towns, (Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira). You can also enjoy the typical architecture and the terraced agriculture of Las Alpujarras. Duration 4-5 hours. Length 9, 5 km.
- Hoya del Portillo-Refugio de Poqueira. (The minimum altitude in Hoya del Portillo is 2.150 mts and the maximum 3.479 mts on the peak of Mulhacen. Average altitude 2.382 mts.).The route starts in Hoya del Portillo and arrives at Puerto Molina and is a great option for discovering Sierra Nevada. The mountain hut at Poqueira is the starting point for many ascent routes to the summits of Sierra Nevada. Duration 3 hours. Length 9 km.
- Trevélez- Siete Lagunas. (Altitude 1.476 mts). This path starts and ends in Trevélez, permitting the hiker to go from the planted woods of Las Alpujarras to the high-mountain zones, where you can see lakes, the Borreguiles and the local flora and the fauna that live at these heights. Duration 6-7 hours. Length 12 km (altitude 1.420 mts.).
- The Aguadero. (Altitude 1.620 mts). This path, in the town of Laujar de Andarax, leads through the woods on the Almerian side of Las Alpujarras, past riverside groups of alders, ash trees, and centennial chestnut trees like “La Rosa”. Duration 5-6 hours. Length. 14 km.
- Alhama River. (Altitude 550 mts.) Starting in Lugros it goes through one of the best preserved woods in Sierra Nevada, with Oaks, Maples and Yews. Duration 3 hours. Length 6, 7 kms.
- Sulayr Path. (Altitude 2.150 mts). With a length of 300 kms it’s the longest circular path route in Spain. This trail starts on a track that crosses the mountain spine of Tres Mojones, which divides the Dúrcal and the Torrente rivers and serves as the boundary between the towns of Dúrcal and Nigüelas. The trail is divided into 19 stages. The roads, trails and cattle trails are connected to public facilities such as the El Dornajo visitor centre or the Cortijuela Botanic gardens.
*Ribera de la Estrella. (Altitude 1.200 mts.). La Vereda de la Estrella is a path along the stream sides of the headwaters of the River Genil and offers some interesting views of the north side of the Mountains. Art of the San Juan Ravine.
* Integral 3,000 mts of Sierra Nevada. The Integral of Sierra Nevada as it is better known is a route that starts at ‘Jerez del Marquesado’, on the north side of the mountains and ends in Nigüelas in the west. It is called “Integral” because it passes through almost all of the high peaks over 3,000 mts. Even though it does not require great technical ability, it is not recommended for inexperienced hikers because of the physical demands of the route.
There are also three handicapped persons’ trails on the Ragua Pass and a bird watching observatory on Lake Padul.
There are three staffed shelters:
- The Poqueira Shelter: at 2,500 mts, situated at the confluence of the Mulhacen and Seco rivers in the ‘Hoya del Peñón Negro’ over the Poqueira Ravine. Capacity: 87 people. The closest towns are Trevélez and Capileira.
- The Postero Alto Shelter: at 1,880 mts, located in the mountain spine of Enmedio, near the town of Jerez del Marquesado. Capacity: 68 people.
- Puerto de la Ragua Hostel: at 2,000 mts, located on the A-337 that connects the region of the Marquesado del Zenete with the Alpujarras. Capacity: 32 people.
There are also several shelters-bivouacs, although some are in bad shape: La Carihuela, La Caldera, Rosales, Elorrieta, Peña Partida, La Cucaracha, El Vadillo, Barranco del Aceral, El Caballo and El Chullo.
There are also natural shelters and caves: Cueva Secreta, Siete Lagunas and Túnel del Veleta.
INFORMATION, INTERPRETATION AND
LOCAL ACTIVITY CENTRES
* El Dornajo Visitor Centre. Located in the northern part of the park. The centre shows its biodiversity and ethnographic heritage. From the centre you can reach an observatory and the Cortijuela botanical garden and the Sulayr path.
Location: Road from Granada to Sierra Nevada (A-395), km.23. Güejar-Sierra (Granada). Tel.: 958-340-625.
Open to Public: All year from Monday to Sunday from 9.30 to 14.30 and from 16.30 to 19.30.
* Laujar de Andarax Visitor Centre. Located in the south of the park in the Almerian Alpujarras, it informs visitors about the water resources of the countryside and their traditional forms of exploitation based on Arab tradition. It also shows the geological history of the mountains and its mining, along with a mineral exhibition.
Location: Road from Laujar de Andarax to Berja, km. 1 (Almeria). Tel.: 950-513-548.
Open to public: All year from Thursday to Sunday, from 10.30 to 14.30. On summer Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays from 16.00 to 18.00.
* La Cortijuela Botanical Garden. We recommend a visit to see some of the most representative plant species. You can admire about 400 different plant species.
Location: access from the village of La Zubia, take the road leading to Cumbres Verdes and the ‘La Cortijuela’ forest house. Tel.: 958 026000/6976958939.
Open to public: From March to October (inclusive). Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 14.00 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays from 12.00 to 18.00.
- The ‘Ermita Vieja’ Nature Centre. Near the town of Dílar, in a lush valley with orchards pine and walnut forests. The Centre is managed by the Huerto Alegre Educational Innovation Centre, where there are environmental education programs for children, teenagers and adults.
It’s located in ‘Camino de la Central hidroeléctrica’, km. 4. Dílar (Granada). Tel 958 228 496.
Opening period. All year, after previous consultation of group activities.
- Arab Architecture Interpretation Centre. The museum, located in the old Arab Castle and an old Moorish house (La Casa Grande), focuses on the important cultural legacy left by the Arabs in the Marquesado del Zenete. Located in Ferreira (Granada). Tel 958 677 301.
- Water Research Centre ‘Molino Bajo’. It consists of a nature classroom and a description area about the use of water mills and how they work. Located in Huéneja (Granada). Tel 958 683 001.
There are 18 recreation areas, several of which are near to other facilities:
- Hoya del Portillo. Capileira (Granada). Point of access to the High Peaks Interpretation Service.
- Dílar River. Dílar (Granada). Next to the ‘Ermita Vieja’ Nature Centre.
- La Ragua Mountain Pass. Bayárcal (Almería). Next to an information centre and a hostel; Starting point for three trails.
La Roza. Abrucena (Almeria). Near this place there is the only controlled camping ground in the natural park.