Las Alpajurras, Spain, 2012

Las Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Spain, 56 miles, 6 walking days, June 2012

Mairena – Yegen – Berschules – Trevelez – Mairena – Laroles

After four long-distance trails in the UK in 2012, we thought we would try a week’s walking in Las Alpujarras, a region of mountain villages on the southern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains  in Andalucía, southern Spain. The walking was fairly strenuous made worse by the heat: it was hot, well over 30 degrees Celsius each day. But, we enjoyed the scenery and the hospitality of our B&B hosts and we encountered an ancient Moorish silk making factory, tasted the dried mountain ham (jamón serrano) at Trevelez, feasted on cherries picked straight off the tree in Mairena, and walked the hind legs off of Sami, the Berschules hotel’s dog who decided to join us on a circular day walk.

After the walk, we spent a few days in Grenada visiting the Alhambra (get there early!) and several ornate churches and monasteries. It was good to rest a while but Carol got badly bitten over her back and upper arms by some bug or bugs unknown. Beware the bugs of Grenada!

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