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Getting to Las Alpujarras

Whether you are travelling by train to Las Alpujarras via Granada or Almeria, both destinations require a change at Barcelona. Catch the 09:17 Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord, then cross to Gare du Lyon (see our guide to changing stations in Paris) and jump on the 14.07 double-deck TGV to Barcelona Sants, arriving at 20:33 (6 hrs 30 mins). Pick up some provisions in Paris else grab lunch from the TGV's café-bar and enjoy the feast as you gaze out of the window at some of Europe's most beautiful countryside as you whizz down to the south of Spain.

The following morning the train leaves from the same station (Barcelona Sants), so if you're looking to stay overnight nearby, here are some hotels near Barcelona Sants Train Station, such as Barceló Sants (just a few minutes walk), Acta CITY47 (5 mins walk) or Live & Dream (8 mins walk).

The following morning, from Barcelona Sants station, take the 8:30am train to Granada (changing at Antequera-Santa Ana), arriving at 16.10, or the 09:27 for Almeria, changing at Linares-Baeza and arriving at 21:14. Below is a video by Mark Smith (the Man in Seat 61) on the return journey, from Barcelona back to Paris:

Megabus runs a coach service from London to Barcelona (Estacion del Norte), which takes about 25 hours.

National Express (Eurolines) run services from London to Granada (36hrs) and Almeria (38hrs), both changing at Bailen, north of Granada.

Getting around Las Alpujarras

There are no trains into the region but there are regular buses between Granada and Las Alpujarras, operated by Alsa, with several buses a day to the major towns in the area, such as to Lanjaron, Bubion and Orgiva, with less frequent services to smaller towns and villages.

If you are visiting the Sierra Navada National Park, there are regular bus services to the park from Granada and a good bus network and frequent services run by Autocares Liñan (+34 958 263 725) within the park.

If you want to get around under your own steam, Las Alpujarras is a fantastic walking and cycling destination, with three long-distance trails traversing the region – the GR7, the GR240, and the GR142 – plus numerous quiet tracks and ancient footpaths.

>> Walking routes in Las Alpujarras

>> Cycling routes in Las Alpujarras