Albuñuelas – Cruz Chiquita

17 km   4h 45 min   645 m   Medium   Easy   Medium    

The village of Albuñuelas lies tucked away in the furthest corner of the Lecrín valley, so not many people find their way here. This walk takes in sections of the GR-7 long-distance walking trail to create a loop that starts and ends in the village. As you head up into the hills you soon get great views of the Lecrín valley and the Sierra Nevada, which you continue to enjoy for much of the walk.

Level A long walk, but not particularly challenging. The going is generally very easy, as the walk mainly follows dirt roads, and navigation is also fairly straightforward although you should take care to follow the directions at a few key junctions.

View of Sierra Nevada from GR-7 near Albuñuelas
Saleres Gorge, near Albuñuelas

When to go All year round, but probably best avoided in the heat of the summer.

Water There is water available on the return leg of the walk. You can also stock up at drinking fountains in the village before you start.

Location: Lecrín Valley The walk starts from Albuñuelas at the far end of the Lecrín Valley.

By car: From Granada take the E-902/A-44 towards Motríl. Come off at junction 160, marked Lecrín El Valle. Pass the turning for Mondújar, keeping right on the main road. Turn left at the roundabout. After a few hundred metres, you will see a small BP garage on the left – turn right about 100m past this, following signs to Restábal, Melegís and Albuñuelas.

View from near Cruz Chiquita, Lecrín Valley

At Restábal (about 4.5km ) turn right, following the sign to Saleres and Albuñuelas. When you get to Saleres turn right up the hill (signed Albuñuelas). In Albuñuelas drive through into the centre of the village and park in Plaza de Gracia or continue on Calle de la Estación and park near the town hall.

By bus: Take the Alsa bus service from Granada bus station. Click here for more info and links to current timetables

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