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.
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.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
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.
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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.