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Trevelez Valley Walk

Hiking trail · Trevélez
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  • Dog on Trevélez Streets
    / Dog on Trevélez Streets
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  • / Trevélez Valley
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  • / Picturesque Farmhouses
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  • / Gravel Path into the Valley
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A gentler day's walking that goes out and back through the stunning and remote River Treveléz Valley. 

easy
12 km
4:00 h
331 m
318 m

Soon after leaving Spain’s highest village (Treveléz) behind, you’ll find yourself plunged deep into the Treveléz Valley. Head further upriver to find the steep valley walls tightening around you until it feels like there is no escape. The river and footpath twist and turn and somehow continue to find a way ever-deeper. 

There is a startling remoteness and yet during the summer months, you’ll find farmers living and working here. If you’re lucky you’ll spot them negotiating these narrow footpaths on horseback, their preferred mode of transport, or guiding their herd of goats to fresh grazing pastures amidst a cacophony of tinkling goat-bells.

Note that you might come across farm animals such as cows, horses and dogs on your walk. These generally do not pose any problems but take care not to startle them, and to pass around them with a wide berth.

Author’s recommendation

As today's walk is easier than the rest we recommend spending the day exploring the quirky narrow streets of Treveléz after your walk. For those who are more experienced walkers and looking for a challenging day, then check our the alternative Siete Lagunas Loop walk. Please be aware that this is a considerably tougher walk with almost +1400m of ascent.

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Author
Josiah Skeats
Updated: December 12, 2019

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1780 m
Lowest point
1465 m

Safety information

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.

As this footpath passes through working farms, you might come across farm animals such as cows, horses and dogs on your walk. These generally do not cause any problems, but take care not to startle them, and to pass around them with a wide berth.

After rain the footpath can be muddy and wet - you'll find the deeper into the valley you go the muddier the path will be.  

Equipment

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.

Tips, hints and links

Treveléz

Treveléz means ‘three districts’ which refers to the three distinct areas of the village; the alto, the medio and the bajo (meaning high, middle and low). The village is the highest in Spain at 1,500 metres above sea level. It is this high altitude that produces the delicious Jamon serrano (Sierra Nevada mountain ham). Around Treveléz you’ll find legs of pork hanging in bars, shops and restaurants, slowly being cured by the crisp mountain air. Be sure to try some!

 

Food and Drink

After leaving Treveléz there is no opportunity to buy food or drink, so be sure to bring enough provisions with you.

Start

Plaza Iglesia and Iglesia Church, Treveléz (1481 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
37.000451, -3.265176
UTM
30S 476405 4094955

Destination

Plaza Barrio Medio, Treveléz

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km – Start in Plaza Iglesia facing the church and with a bank behind you. BEAR LEFT to cross the plaza and walk along Calle Cuesta. After 60 metres TURN RIGHT onto the downhill gravel road, passing through a 10-tonne weight limit sign. Remain on this gravel road for 900 metres.

1.00km – BEAR LEFT as the road forks, ignoring the right fork which immediately crosses a bridge over the river. After 20 metres, BEAR RIGHT to continue walking with the river on your right.

1.50km – As the road forks with a house ahead, BEAR RIGHT to pass the house on your left. There is a wooden post nearby with a green and white marking.

2.10km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the footpath, ignoring the road which passes through a gate on your left. Remain on this footpath for 2.1 kilometres, ignoring all side paths.

2.40km – Some of the following sections may be boggy. Take care when walking and bear in mind rocks may be slippery.

4.30km – You may need to use a tree trunk to help you cross the small stream. Walk carefully, and bear in mind the wood may be slippery when wet. After 50 metres the footpath bends right to cross the river, so you are now walking with the river on your left.

6.10km - You have reached the end of the valley section where we recommend retracing your steps back the way you came to Trevelez. Why not try some local Jamon serrano, air-cured ham, if you haven’t already - It's a speciality in Trevelez!

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
12 km
Duration
4:00h
Ascent
331 m
Descent
318 m

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