This walk hugs the edge of the urban area between Granada and Monachil, making it very easily accessible. The surroundings are perhaps not as pristine as in other areas, but this is more than made up for by great views of Granada, the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and the Monachil and Genil valleys. Part of the walk uses the Camino de los Neveros, a route used historically to collect snow from the high mountains for the refrigerators of Granada. Monachil has several cafés and restaurants for a break along the route.
Level This is a moderate walk, with some quite steep uphill sections. The route uses various paths, tracks and roads, and can be difficult to navigate in places, but the going is easy underfoot.
When to go Best avoided in the heat of the summer as the route is very exposed. Particularly recommended when there is a good covering of snow on the Sierra Nevada and/or to see the beautiful autumn colours in the Monachil valley.
Water There are no springs along the route, but water is available from shops and cafés in Monachil village.
Location: NW Sierra Nevada, Monachil The walk skirts the edge of the urban area between Granada and Monachil, and can therefore be accessed at several points: the Los Rebites and Mundo Nuevo areas of Huétor Vega (just outside Granada), and Monachil village.
By car: From Granada, take Avenida Cervantes, accessed either from central Granada via Paseo de la Bomba or from the southern ring road (A-395, Ronda Sur). Coming from central Granada, cross the first two roundabouts and turn left at the third (signed Hotel los Rebites). From the ring road, take the Avenida Cervantes/ Huétor Vega exit, take the exit marked Avenida Cervantes on the roundabout and take a sharp right at the next roundabout (signed Hotel los Rebites). Follow the road snaking uphill until you enter Huétor Vega. On the left is where the number 9 bus route ends and this walk starts, but you can continue driving to save walking along the road. After about 500m, where there is a bus shelter on the left, follow the road around to the left. When you get to a roundabout, stop and park.
By bus: Take Granada city bus number 9 to the end of the route at Los Rebites. Click here for more information about Granada city bus routes. Alternatively, take suburban bus 184 from Paseo de los Basilios to the end of its route at Mundo Nuevo (Plaza San Miguel), 30 minutes, approx half-hourly on weekdays and hourly evenings and weekends. Click here for more info and links to current timetables.