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The natural park of Sierra Nevada national-covering part of the provinces of Granada and Almeria. Contains the highest mountain in the Iberian Peninsula (Mulhacen, 3,479 m.). But not only the high mountain area is worth visiting, as are also areas of great beauty in the rest of the park.
Within the park there are more than twenty peaks with an altitude above 3,000 meters, among which also Mulhacén, the Veleta (3,396 m) and the Alcazaba (3,364 m)

Also in the mountains are beautiful glacial lakes surrounded by green meadows known as borreguiles. Some of the best known are seven lakes, Green Water Lake, Long Lake, Laguna de la Caldera

The low mountains allows us to make pleasant excursions in winter, visiting landscapes of great diversity. Examples of these tours are the Trevenque, Alayos Dílar, Cahorros Monachil and Vereda de la Estrella

In Sierra Nevada find the maximum altitude of the Iberian Peninsula in the Mulhacen, with its 3,479 m. But the line of peaks over 3,000 meters ranges from Picon of Jeres at the eastern end to the Horse Hill in the western section in which more than 20 peaks over 3,000 meters, between Upper and Slashes Vacares strut, the range does not fall below that level, at any point.

Despite this high altitude, the reliefs are usually not too steep, especially on the south side, where the forms include soft and gentle slopes, so usually the ascent to the summit can be performed without difficulty (except the long distance in some cases to go). On the northern side, however, faces the great peaks have large pits, especially at peak Mulhacén, Veleta and Alcazaba. This is due to two unusual circumstances: the folding that formed Sierra Nevada pushed from the south, and increased erosion by glaciers in the Quaternary glaciations, which were further development in this aspect.

From Cerro Pelado, the mountain begins to lose altitude, descending to 2,000 m. in the port Ragua getting back in Chullo, in the province of Almeria, to its end in the hills of Montenegro.


For much of the year, these peaks are covered with snow, but at the beginning of the summer begins the great spectacle of melting: the melting of snow, the water comes from everywhere displayed waterfalls and streams, lakes shed their snow ice and icebergs float on the surface. As the day progresses, the murmur of water increases, making it very pleasant to walk through the area. It is probably the best time to visit the high peaks.


In the high mountains of Sierra Nevada only two seasons: winter and summer. The summer is dry and sunny with low rainfall in a storm. The heat is usually not excessive, and must take into account that, at this point, the temperature can drop enough at night, so it should be provided with shelter. In winter temperatures can fall below 0 degrees, and frequent blizzards, fog and snow, so that appropriate technical preparation needed to get into it.

Less well known than the high mountains, low allows pleasant excursions in winter, when large peaks are covered with snow.


The low mountain terrain is very varied. From the gentle slopes to the relief Alpujarra mountain of Dílar Alayos. The peaks do not generally exceed 2,000 m, but since they can see excellent views of high peaks and surrounding land.

Points of Interest

Here are some areas of interest within the low mountain. Detailed hiking routes these and other places are described on the page of Sierra Nevada.

Huenes-Trevenque: area close to Granada city, very crowded on weekends, is accessed from the village of La Zubia and the starting point of the routes is the source of hot springs, near Cumbres Verdes urbanization. Trevenque highlights the rise to a classic low mountain.
Sierra del Manar: Also near the capital, is often used as a starting point Dílar people, particularly the chapel of the Virgen de las Nieves. There are marked routes to Old Chapel (where the chapel once stood above), Saddle Padul (peak height of the mountain), from which you can see excellent views of the Vega of Granada and Lecrín Valley. The vegetation is mostly pine afforestation.
Genil header: The starting point is the people of Sierra Güejar. One of the most beautiful areas of Sierra Nevada, with abundant vegetation, oak forests, rivers and deep ravines. It is exceptional journey through the path of the Star, which goes into the Genil basin leaving us just below the Mulhacen.
Barranco del Poqueira: Located in the Alpujarra, 1 hour 30 minutes from Granada. It is famous for its three peoples: Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira. There are several marked hiking trails (although it should go with a map), from which we can inform the visitor information center is in Pampaneira next to the church.
Palo Bridge: Also in the Alpujarra, in the municipality of Soportujar. Beautiful forests of varied vegetation, the Chico river gorge.

The Lakes of Sierra Nevada
One of the most beautiful Sierra Nevada offering is its high mountain lakes. In the midst of the aridity of the area of high peaks appear as authentic oasis surrounded (in most cases) of green meadows, known locally as borreguiles.

It's a beautiful sight to see the gaps during the time of thaw, when waters are still covered by iceberg floating in a completely polar landscape. To this we add the abundance of water, which appears everywhere in this era, forming numerous streams and waterfalls, creating a spectacle.

No wonder that, faced with the mysterious beauty of these landscapes, legends have arisen around some of these gaps, such as Vacares, which even says it has no bottom and connects with the sea, or the the mares, which increase further, if possible, the romantic appeal of these places.

Origin of the Lakes

The Sierra Nevada lakes are glacial. Although no glaciers in this area (recently discovered that the latter located in the Corral del Veleta, disappeared probably in the last century), for at least the last ice age glaciers existed in Sierra Nevada of small dimensions. They modified the existing relief, creating typical forms such as circus (Corral del Veleta, the Caldera, Mulhacén Hoya), U-valleys (Rio Veleta), moraine deposits, ridges (the Virgin Cuts, Scrapes Rio Seco) and lagoons.

To learn more about events in Sierra Nevada glaciers, there is published by the Fundación Caja de Granada a study in 1916 by Hugo Obermaier entitled "Quaternary Glaciers of Sierra Nevada, which is a complete reference on page bibliography (in construction).


The coast of Granada is known for its sandy beaches almost all black and thick with small, smooth stones (pebbles). Many of them are not as urbanized as in the Costa del Sol and are especially attractive as Salobreña and La Herradura.
Do not miss a sunset over the Holy Rock of contemplating the sea views and much of Almuñécar that from this height can be covered. Visit the Paseo de las Flores in Salobreña, and stroll through its beautiful medieval streets and authentic Andalusian near the Moorish Castle.

The climate of the Costa Tropical de Granada is subtropical and it gives the cultivation of cherimoya and sugar cane is unique in Spain. The three most important towns on the coast of Granada are Motril, Salobreña and Almuñécar, although there are many other small towns, not just on the coast but on the inside, like Los Guájares or Benaudalla Molvizar and Velez, worth visiting for lush vegetation and historic monuments.

Costa Tropical de Granada has a history as old going back to the days of the Carthaginians, they have remains of walls and aqueducts, Moorish castles, churches s. XVI.


Area Tours

Viewpoint at the foot of the castle, the houses are embedded in the rock and run down to the Plaza San Sebastian in Spain, the city center with the city, housed in a manor in 1787, the House of Crafts, harmonious building 1579, and the Incarnation. Hence, long undulating fairways leading to the hill on the other end of the village with the church of San Antonio, near which is the sober neoclassical building of the granary, a grain store in 1795 wrought. The hilly surroundings are ideal for walking and sports, bike riding, climbing, etc..

Interest of its corners are marked the Roman bridge still in use, 1.5 km. to Algarinejo, and about 5 km. Íllora direction, the site of the Peña de los Gitanos, a vast area of ??rocky limestone terraces from where they have excavated more than a hundred megalithic tombs and towns, an extraordinary archeological site

Recommended visits

Castle walls

A pine forest covers the rock where he settled the medieval town, with the citadel on top and a second site below. There are still some towers, wall paintings, the well and various remnants of a device constructed in the mid-fourteenth century, possibly on earlier foundations, as mandated by Yusuf I, who apparently commissioned its largest alarife traces to the Alhambra. After the conquest was amended by the Christians who adapted a fortress sector to the warden.

Iglesia de la Villa

For its unlikely location on the edge of the cut and its purity of lines is undoubtedly the most striking monument of Montefrio. It was built on the site of the old mosque between 1549 and 1570, according to Diego de Siloe project, assisted by Francisco Hernandez, discarded building on previous years. The work, done by Luis and Andres de Madrid, marshals late Gothic vaults as the ship, and new forms of rebirth, visible on the covers, ornamental details and reveres the magnificent vault in the chapel.

Church of the Incarnation

Surprising, because of its originality, it is bulky masonry church in central plant covered with hemispherical dome, one of the best exponents of neoclassicism in Andalucia. Popularly called "roundabout", such is the strength of its clean plastic and geometric design, was designed by Domingo Moteagudo Lois and built by Francisco Aguado and Quintillán Francisco between 1786 and 1802. It is dedicated to the local patron saint, the Virgen de los Remedios.

Church of San Antonio

His considerable volume stands on the hill of Calvary. Temple was a Franciscan monastery, rising between 1737 and 1763. Baroque facade presents as an altarpiece carved in stone, wide nave and dome.

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1A. From Malaga airport take A92 to Granada, 7 miles before arriving to Granada, exit Santa Fe-Granada towards Granada-Sierra Nevada beltway.

1B. From Granada airport take the BELTWAY.
2. From the beltway take EXIT NBR 132: Ronda Sur - Alhambra – Sierra Nevada.
3. At Ronda Sur, take the EXIT NBR 2: Monachil, A4028 road, which continues on GR3202.

4. Follow the signs to MONACHIL CASCO ANTIGUO (town), GR3202 road, you will pass by a residential area (Barrio de Monachil), pay attention and don't leave the road, there is a sharp curve to the left that leads to confusion, don't go right, that is the Barrio. You will arrive to the town at km 5,200 of this road.
5. Upon arrival to the town, Monachil Casco Antiguo, follow the signs to La Almunia del Valle, you have to go to your right at the end of the town; the river goes to your left. We are less than 1 mile away from the town in CAMINO DE LA UMBRIA. Warning: it’s a narrow mountain road (it’s asphalted, not a dirt road.) At the access there are wooden signs indicating La Almunia del Valle.

GPS COORDINATES: 3º  32'  0004''           WEST - 37º  7'  3386'' NORTH

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