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Ferreirola to Treveléz

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  • View to Ferreirola
    / View to Ferreirola
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  • / Fuente Agria
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  • / Vineyards and Agriculture
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  • / Trail through National Park
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  • / Derelict Farmhouses
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  • / Stunning Views in the National Park
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  • / Descending to Trevelez
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Reaching Treveléz – the highest village in Spain – inevitably involves a quite considerable climb. Most of the walk passes through pristine National Park and allows for wonderful and far-reaching views.
Strecke 16,3 km
6:00 h
1.128 hm
595 hm
1.739 hm
1.003 hm

Tonight you will sleep in Treveléz, the highest village in Spain, but before that, predictably, there is quite a climb to tackle.

After passing through the villages of Atalbeitar, Portugos and Busquistar - which you’ll now know like a local having visited them on yesterday’s Taha Valley Loop Walk – the trail makes a beeline towards uncharted territories in the National Park. As you wander higher up the mountain slopes you’ll pass through oak and pine forests, sporadically popping above the tree line to enjoy spectacular vistas of the Alpujarras.

You won’t glimpse Treveléz until near the end of the hike, but it’s worth the wait. Like a hazy mirage, the white smudge of the village nestled in a valley between two mountains almost appears too perfect to be real. Be sure to sample the local delicacy of Jamon serrano – this delicious dried ham is cured in the fresh mountain air.


The National Park may appear perfect for a picnic but you can oftentimes be joined by a swarm of ‘friendly’ flies. You may prefer an early lunch in Busquistar, or a late lunch in Treveléz, complemented with some snacks to eat while you walk.
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Josiah Skeats
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Höchster Punkt
1.739 m
Tiefster Punkt
1.003 m


There are some exposed and unfenced edges throughout the walk; be careful and remain on the path.

There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement. Walk on the left side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a sharp left bend, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum time to see you.

Some of the paths are around rocky steps; be careful as these may be slippery, especially when wet.

Today you must cross over a crude bridge (two tree trunks lashed together). There are stepping stones nearby if you prefer. Take care on this section, and bear in mind it may be slippery when wet.

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Points of Interest

Fuente Agria

The Fuente Agria is particularly interesting as it is high in iron-content and leaves a red scar wherever it flows. Drinking from the fountain can be beneficial for sufferers of anaemia; feel free to take a sip, though be warned - it tastes like putting a handful of pennies in your mouth! If you cross the road from the fountain and walk downhill through the picnic area, you can admire the impressive red waterfall.



The exact history remains unknown, but Busquistar is thought to have existed since at least the 13th century. Resultantly, wandering the streets is to travel through history, and you may even discover the remains of an old Arabic mosque or an oil mill.


Food and Drink

You will pass Portugos and Busquistar after 2 and 4 kilometres respectively, both of which have several choices to buy food or drink. After leaving Busquistar there is no opportunity to buy food, drink or refill water bottles until arriving in Treveléz, so be sure to bring sufficient provisions with you.


Fountain and Church, Ferreirola (1.004 m)
36.929584, -3.313272
36°55'46.5"N 3°18'47.8"W
30S 472100 4087106


Plaza Barrio Medio, Treveléz


0.00km - Start at the crossroads in Ferreirola, facing the village fountain and with the church on your left. BEAR RIGHT of the fountain to walk along Camino Atalbeitar, then after another 50 metres BEAR LEFT onto the rocky footpath that heads above the village.

0.70km – As the path forks just below a white building, BEAR LEFT. As you reach the paved road, TURN RIGHT sharply.

0.80km – As the road forks with a yellow post box and community notice board on your right, BEAR LEFT onto Calle Real de Atalbeitar. After 100 metres, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to pass through the plaza, following the sign to Camino de Portugos.

0.90km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as you reach a second fountain to walk along the mud track, following the sign to Camino de Busquistar and Portugos.

1.00km – Shortly after passing a small bridge with wooden handrails, TURN LEFT along the flat path, following the nearby wooden post with red and white markings. In the small rocky clearing after 100 metres, BEAR LEFT to continue climbing along the rocky track.

1.10km – TURN LEFT sharply as you reach a gravel road. After 100 metres, BEAR RIGHT as the path forks, ignoring the wooden post which directs you left.

1.40km – As the gravel road bends sharply right, BEAR LEFT from the corner and onto the rocky footpath, following the red and white markings.

1.90km – As the path splits just below Portugos, and with a rock wall ahead, TURN LEFT. After 100 metres, TURN RIGHT up the concrete slope. At the paved road, TURN LEFT.

2.00km – TURN RIGHT sharply, following the sign for ‘centro ciudad’ to head into the centre of Portugos.

2.20km – Just after passing a bench on your right, TURN RIGHT onto the cobbled road, following the sign for ‘Camina Portugos – Agua Agria’.

2.50km – TURN LEFT as you reach the paved road. After 50 metres you will pass the Ermita de la Virgen de las Angustias, and the Fuente Agria, on your left. You can bear right between the picnic benches to visit a waterfall from the waters of the Fuente Agria. Remain on the road for 500 metres.

3.00km – Shortly after passing a fountain on your left, and a ‘KM 23’ sign on your right, TURN LEFT onto the road, and then immediately TURN RIGHT onto the narrow footpath.

3.10km - As the path reaches gravel vehicle tracks with a reservoir and brick building ahead, BEAR LEFT. After 20 metres, as the main track enters a field of tomatoes, BEAR RIGHT to continue along the flat, narrow path.

3.30km – BEAR RIGHT as the path forks, to head downhill towards a breezeblock building.

3.60km – BEAR LEFT as you reach the paved road.

4.00km – As a road splits right signposted to ‘Centro Ciudad’, feel free to take a detour to explore Busquistar. Otherwise, TURN LEFT onto the footpath, then immediately TURN RIGHT following the signs for Treveléz.

4.10km – TURN RIGHT as you reach a gravel road. At the football and basketball pitch after 100 metres, TURN LEFT to head uphill.

4.20km – As the road forks after passing the cemetery CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the left turn. Both directions have a GR7 wooden post, so don’t use this as a guide.

4.40km – Just after making a 90° left turn, the path splits. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the left fork, to walk with a stone wall on your left. There is a wooden post with red and white markings to guide you, though this is overgrown by bushes. Continue along this path for 1.7 kilometres heading steadily uphill and ignoring all side paths.

6.10km – As you reach a wide gravel track, BEAR LEFT to continue heading uphill. After 50 metres CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the vehicle tracks on your right.

6.50km – BEAR LEFT as the road forks beside a farmhouse and gardens. There is a red and white post to guide you.

7.10km – As you reach a wide clearing, TURN RIGHT to head uphill into the woods and ignore the vehicle tracks that continue ahead. After 100 metres, as you reach a T-junction with a flat footpath, TURN RIGHT following the GR7 wooden post.

8.40km – Having temporarily emerged from the wooded area, and with a large reservoir on your right, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads.

10.10km – Shortly after passing a farmhouse on your left, BEAR RIGHT as the path forks.

10.90km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to cross over a small gravel road and resume the footpath on the far side. After 100 metres, TURN RIGHT as the footpath leads onto a gravel road. Continue along this gravel road for 700 metres.

11.60km – As the gravel road becomes a little wider, TURN RIGHT sharply onto a footpath into the woods. There are several wooden posts to guide you.

11.90km – At the crossroads, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to cross over the water pipes and head downhill. As several vague paths split away, remain on the well-established track which winds downhill. Check the map regularly to ensure you continue along the correct path.

12.60km – You must cross a crude bridge over a stream (two tree trunks lashed together). Be careful here, and bear in mind it may be slippery when wet. There are stepping stones nearby if you prefer.

12.80km – As lots of vague paths break away, continue choosing the most-established path. Follow the red and white markings, and check the map regularly.

12.90km - Shortly after passing the derelict building, BEAR LEFT to head uphill, ignoring the concrete pillar with a red and white cross on it, on your right. After 200 metres, TURN LEFT to climb the rocky path, and ignore the main path which heads into a large, grassy area – again there is a concrete pillar with a cross here. Continue climbing on this rocky path, ignoring all side paths. It may feel like you are heading in the wrong direction, but the path soon turns around.

13.40km – With a small cairn (pile of rocks) in the middle of the path, TURN RIGHT sharply. There is a wooden post with red and white markings directing you.

14.00km – BEAR LEFT at a vague fork in the woodland. After 20 metres you will see a red and white marking on a nearby tree.

14.10km – Having emerged from the tree line and onto a rocky path with a wire fence ahead, TURN LEFT to head uphill. From the fence, you can enjoy your first glimpse to Treveléz nestled in the valley.

14.20km – The path will continue through a gap in a barbed-wire fence. After 50 metres, BEAR RIGHT onto the narrower footpath which passes just to the left of a rock pinnacle.

14.70km – At a vague fork in the path, BEAR LEFT to head uphill. After 10 metres, TURN RIGHT to walk along the gravel road.

15.40km – Shortly after passing a farmhouse, TURN RIGHT from the gravel road and onto a footpath.

15.70km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to cross the gravel road and resume the footpath on the far side.

16.00km – BEAR RIGHT onto the downhill path, following the sign to Treveléz.

16.10km – After winding downhill beside the dam, TURN LEFT to cross over the stream.

16.30km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the road which winds between the whitewashed buildings, ignoring all side roads.

16.40km – As the road becomes cobbled, and with a car park on your right and a fountain on your left, BEAR RIGHT to follow the road that heads downhill. Remain on this paved road for 300 metres, ignoring all side roads.

16.70km - Finish in the large Plaza Barrio Medio (which is used for car parking). Why not celebrate with a glass of wine and some local Jamon serrano? 


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36.929584, -3.313272
36°55'46.5"N 3°18'47.8"W
30S 472100 4087106
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Sturdy hiking boots and a waterproof/wind-break layer are required. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of the steep ascents and descents.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

Make sure you bring enough water. It is recommended to drink 0.75 litres per 1 hour of hiking in hot weather.

Be sure to bring plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.

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16,3 km
6:00 h
1.128 hm
595 hm
Höchster Punkt
1.739 hm
Tiefster Punkt
1.003 hm


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