Walking around Mecina
The walking around Mecina is excellent, with both low-level easy walks and strenuous high-level walks available.
From the Plaza Vieja (100m from the house), the GR7 long-distance path heads off towards Berchules, the next village.
This is a fairly straightforward walk, taking about 1½-2 hours. In the heat of the summer it is nice to leave early, walk to Berchules, have breakfast there, and walk back.
In the other direction, the GR7 heads down to the next village, Yegen, via El Golco and Montenegro. This is very different in character to the Mecina-Berchules stretch and takes about 2 hours. If you time it right, it is possible to catch the bus back.
There is also a very nice circular walk along two of the local acequias, starting and finishing at the village. This takes about 3-4 hours and is mostly well marked, though there is one stretch where route-finding is challenging!
A longer local route is one in a book entitled 'Holiday Walks in the Alpujarras' by Jeremy Rabjohns. (A copy is in the house, with maps). This is a circular walk around the valley of the Rio Mecina, starting and finishing at the house. Thyis takes around 4 hours or so.
Further afield, some of the best walks start and finish at Trevelez, which is 30 minutes away by car. From here it is possible to walk up the 'Siete Lagunas' (Seven Lagoons) which lie in a glaciated hollow below Mulhacen, the highest peak in the Sierra Nevada.
From the Siete Lagunas it is possible to ascend Mulhacen (highest mountain in Spain) or Alcazaba (3rd highest), but both are quite tough ascents, with the heat and/or altitude possibly affecting you.
Further west, the village of Capilleira is 1½ hours away by car, and has some excellent walks up to Mulhacen and Pico Valeta, and in the nearby Poqueira gorge.
There are many other possible areas and routes for walks in the Sierra. The best time to go walking here is the months of May and June, plus September and October. The high summer tends to be very hot, though on a day with a breeze the high peaks may be quite pleasant at this time.
Mountain biking is another possibility. The 'pistas' or tracks used by the farmers and foresters to gain access to the higher slopes of the sierra form a complex network, and are readily cyclable, though some of the ascents are long and steep.
However, once up high, you can cycle long distances on relatively level ground, before eventually descending. The views are spendid too. We keep two mountain bikes at the house, which are available for use.
On the Alto de San Juan above the village
At the top of Chullo, a 2800m peak
The mountain refuge below Caballo, a 3000m peak
High up near Pico Valeta in Winter