Southeast of Granada near Capileria in Parque Natural Sierra Nevada, the Las Alpujarras region is very popular with both day hikers and long-distance hikers. The Las Alpujarras region is a 70km range of arid, craggy valley postmarked by quaint white-washed villages with Berber style flat roofs. There is an excellent network of walkways and mule-paths linking both the high and low villages.
Most hikers start from one of the villages in the Barranco de Poqueira gorge, such as Capileira. The hiking routes from these villages are color-coded and vary from 4km up to 23km, which leads up Mulhacen (3,479m).
If you want to traverse the entire Las Alpujarras region, use the GR-7 footpath following an exceptionally scenic route from Lanjaron to Laroles.
To reach Las Alpujarras from Granada, head south on A44 for 34km to A348. Head east on A348. If you are looking to start in the higher villages, turn north in Orgiva on A4132.
Overall, Las Alpujarras is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Spain.