Five hiking trails in Sierra Nevada and surroundings

 

 

The hiking trails in the Sierra Nevada environment are one of the most demanded charming plans by our clients. We are in a strategic area to offer hiking trails and nature walks very close to the hotel and all the difficulties.

In this guide we propose five of the most outstanding routes 

Hiking trails with charm and “for everybody” in which you will discover the nature that surrounds us

Los Cahorros Route 

One of the most popular and best adapted routes for hiking throughout the province of Granada and very close to our hotel. The Cahorros Route leaves from the town of Monachil, 20 minutes from Finca Aldabra.

This route runs through the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. In the course of it you will enjoy magnificent views from the ravine at the beginning, shortly after you will cross a beautiful and long 63 meter suspension bridge to enter, then, in the Monachil river canyon. From here, you will walk along a narrow concrete path along the river through the vertical pits that make up the gorge of this stretch of the river.

Along the route, you can enjoy several waterfalls and fountains, being a route where water is one of the great protagonists.

To get to the beginning, you can take the El Puntarrón Bar as a reference, in the town of Monachil, where you can leave your car.

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Distance

8,2km round trip
If you want to make it shorter you can turn around before

Difficulty

Low, there is hardly any slope
The only part a little more complicated is that of the cave, which is attached to the river and you have to bend down and take some rings to pass

Estimated time

2 hours and 15 minutes.

Best time of the year

It is low mountain, so any time is good to make this route.

The Vereda de la Estrella

Along with the Los Cahorros, the most popular route of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park.

It starts from the Barranco de San Juan, an area located in the town of Güejar Sierra, 30 minutes from the hotel. There you can leave the car and start this beautiful route. The road runs along a path used from 1890 to the 1950s to transport minerals from the Estrella Mines, now abandoned.

Rivers, streams, mines, ravines and spectacular views of some of the highest peaks of the Iberian Peninsula (La Alcazaba, Veleta and Mulhacén) is what awaits you on this exciting hiking trail. Along the way, you will have several areas and even some shelter to sit and rest and eat something while enjoying the lush nature of the surroundings.

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Distance

20km round trip

There are different options to shorten it a little or lengthen it

Difficulty

Medium

Low because of the difficulty of the route, but medium-high because of the distance

Estimated time

6 hours

Best time of the year

Fall and Spring

Summer can also be a good time if you go to an hour or a day that is not very hot.

Veleta Peak climb

Climbing the third highest peak of the Iberian Peninsula is another of the great attractions of the Sierra Nevada National Park. To do this, you will have to travel to Hoya de la Mora, in the area where the ski resort is located. It takes 30 minutes from the hotel by car.

Once there, from the parking lot, you will start climbing towards where it is located in the Sanctuary of the Virgen de las Nieves. From there you continue climbing. The route has no loss, since at all times you will see the Veleta Peak. In addition, there is a road, cut off to traffic, where you can go, although it is more advisable to go through the paths.

Upon reaching the top, you will see one of the most imposing views there can be. On one side, the valleys and the city of Granada and on the other, the Alpujarra, on the southern face of Sierra Nevada, the town of Capileira (considered one of the most beautiful in Spain) and as a backdrop, the Mediterranean Sea.

Next, you have the shelter of Carihuela, a place also with very good views, ideal for resting and recovering strength. From here, if you are prepared, you could continue towards Mulhacén Peak, but the route would be long, about 3 hours. You also have about three other thousands that you could reach, such as the Cerro de los Machos

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Distance

15km round trip
If you want to make it shorter you can turn around before

Difficulty

Medium – high

It has a drop of almost 900 meters, so the whole route is up, or down to return.

Estimated time

5 to 6 hours

Best time in the year

Spring and summer

In autumn and winter it is usual that there is snow and it is very cold. Although until October, if it doesn’t snow, it can be a good time.

Genil River Trail

This greenway leaves the town of Pinos Genil, a few minutes from our hotel. You can leave the car in the village and leave from the downtown area.

The trail runs entirely parallel to the Genil River, so it is very easy to follow. The good thing about this route is that it reaches the city of Granada, practically in the center, so you could combine it with a visit to the city. You will also cross the town of Cenes de la Vega.

On the way you have several fountains where you can cool off and drink water.

To come back to the hotel, you can do it walking or take the bus on the Paseo de los Basilios, in Granada city. It is the intercity bus, which makes the route Granada-Pinos Genil-Güejar Sierra. It passes every hour. There is also the option to take the city bus, the 33, which goes to Cenes de La Vega and then walk to Pinos Genil, 3 km.

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Distance

16km round trip
A good option is to walk (8km) and then return on the bus.

Difficulty

Low

Suitable for all ages

Estimated time

2 hours one way

Best time in the year

It can be done throughout the year.

Genil River Dam Route

If you feel like walking through the nature that surrounds Pinos Genil, you can enjoy a walk of approximately 1 hour and that is suitable for all audiences.

We start from the town view point, which is next to the A-4026 road and in front of the cemetery. We go down the old tranway walk of the Sierra until we reach the end, where we will see the wall of the dam of Canales.

If you feel like extending the walk a little longer, you can continue to the power station and, surrounding it, there is a pool of water that some like to photograph.

When you return, we advance along the same road back and, shortly, if you want to change the road back, you can take a detour to the right across the Genil river, which will take you back to the town along the Caminillo de La Fábrica

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Distance

4km

Difficulty

Very low

Estimated time

One hour

Best time in the year

It can be done throughout the year