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Las Alpujarras Walks

This walk starts at the Tourist Information Office in Orgiva, Las Alpujarras and is a circular walk taking approximately 2 hours.  It takes in the main sites and streets of Orgiva, then climbs quite steeply up on a good wide track above the town, providing many viewpoints of Orgiva and the surrounding area.  The walk then descends to the River Chico, affording views of several of the nearby white villages, and follows the riverbed back to the town.

From Orgiva Tourist Information Office follow the Avda Gonzalez Robles past the local cinema and Hotel Mirasol.  The street curves to the left and then meets the bottom of Calle Doctor Fleming, on the left.  Take this street, past Orgiva’s beautiful twin-spire church ‘Inglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Expectacion’ which dates from the 16th century.  Continue to the top of the street and turn right into the ‘Plaza de la Alpujarra’.  This is a delightful town square with tiled pictures of the local towns, a fountain, and a cross, and is a popular meeting place for residents.  Head towards the cross and pass the grand Guardia Civil building, then take the street to the left (have the Guardia Civil on your left and the town carpark on your right).  Follow this street up to the ‘Grupo Alpujarro’, another square, which is the location of the town’s Thursday market, and another lovely place to sit.  At the top you will see a sign for ‘Ermita de San Sebastian’, pointing to the left.  Head in this direction along Calle Estacion; a lovely 2-level street full of old white houses.  At the end of this street turn right onto Calle Barrio Alto; another picturesque street, and climb up to the charming 16th century white ‘Ermita de San Sebastian’ church.  Take the path below the left of the church, passing fields on your left, and follow this path as it turns left again alongside the fields.  The path reaches a junction of roads, take the one straight ahead and follow this as it climbs past orange groves and houses.  When the tarmac track turns to a stone track look to your right to the town of Orgiva below you, and see both churches, as well as the surrounding forest, the small town of Los Tablones, and the Sierra de Lujar opposite with its road cut dramatically into the hillside that snakes towards Torvizcon.  Continue climbing quite steeply until you reach a white cemetery.  The small carpark opposite affords more good views of Orgiva, and towards the coast, and the cemetery itself is worth a look as it is a very up-lifting and relaxing place with beautifully well-tended graves and memorials.  Go past the cemetery, ignore the path to the left and continue straight on.  The path becomes narrower now, but is still clear and easy to follow.  At the top look across at several of the white villages along the base of the Sierra Nevada, then descend the path to the riverbed of the River Chico, and turn left at the bottom.  Pass an inviting-looking area of trees and rocks on your right, a good place for a stop, and follow a stream of water as it then passes under the shelter of a rockface on your left.  As the houses on the outskirts of Orgiva begin to appear, continue along the now wider track that brings you back to the Tourist Information Office.

 
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