Canal de la Espartera

14 km   4 h 30 min   500 m   Medium   Medium   Easy    

From Trevenque’s dusty, arid slopes to the lush vegetation and crashing waterfalls of the Dilar valley, this walk packs in a huge variety of scenery. Bathed in the warm evening light, the striking peaks of Trevenque and Boca de la Pesca take on subtle shades of gold and red.

Level This is a moderately challenging walk, with an accumulated height gain of well over 500 metres over the course of the route. Take extra care when walking on the loose surface of the arenales, which can be slippery. As it is an official walking route (PR-A21), it is generally very well signposted.


When to go Suitable all year round, but bear in mind that snow is a potential problem in winter on the higher sections of the route. In summer, the ascent at the start of the walk would be very hard work in the heat of the day, so it is best to start out as early as you can.

Water There is no good source of drinking water along the route, so we recommend you take sufficient water with you. There is a spring where you can stock up by the Fuente del Hervidero restaurant.

Location: NW Sierra Nevada, Fuente del Hervidero

The route starts near Fuente del Hervidero, a traditional country restaurant on the edge of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, accessed from La Zubia, a satellite town of Granada. You can either start at the restaurant or at another car park beside the trailhead – see transport section below for more details.


By Car: From Granada, take the La Zubia exit from the southern ring road (Ronda Sur). When you reach La Zubia go straight on at the traffic lights then take a left signposted to Cumbres Verdes (you cannot turn left directly, so continue up to the roundabout, do a u-turn and then turn right). Then follow signs to Cumbres Verdes. You soon enter the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, and, after a few kilometres, pass Cumbres Verdes on your right. The road then turns into a dirt track. Follow this for 1.5km until you reach Fuente del Hervidero (turn off left). Either park here or carry on 1km to another car park at the trailhead, but bear in mind that this stretch of road is often in poor condition.

By bus: There is no bus service to Fuente del Hervidero. On weekends there are two buses a day to Cumbres Verdes (service 275), from where you need to walk 1.5km up a dirt road to Fuente del Hervidero. Click here for more details and a link to current bus timetables.

Download PDF information sheet with a detailed map, altitude profile and step-by-step description of the walk to print and take with you.

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DISCLAIMER: While we have made every effort to ensure that this information is accurate, conditions can change, and always remember that you are responsible for your own safety.