A gentler day's walking that goes out and back through the stunning and remote River Treveléz Valley.
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.
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.
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.
Tips, hints and links
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.
Book recommendations for this region:
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.