Diechar Loop

12 km   3h 15min   440m   Easy   Easy   Easy    

Above the village of Monachil, and below the Sierra Nevada ski station, there is a peaceful area of idyllic farms and pasture land. This walk takes you past a disused hydropower station and a small farm in an incredibly pretty setting, and you’re likely to see lots of grazing cows and goats on your way around.

Monachil Valley
Free-roaming cattle

Level Fairly easy going with gentle ups and downs, and apart from the first section it is all on dirt roads. Navigation is reasonably straightforward as the circuit starts on the Cañada Real de los Neveros, a right-of-way marked with green posts, then follows the GR-240 Sulayr long-distance walking route for the next section, before returning on a dirt road.

Monachil river

When to go All year round, but bear in mind that this area could occasionally be above the snow line in winter.

Water Available at a fountain beside the Monachil river, about half way around.

Location: NW Sierra Nevada, Monachil

In-between the village of Monachil and the Sierra Nevada ski station.


By car: From Granada take the A-395 marked to Sierra Nevada. After about 15 km, take right turn marked towards Monachil. After 800m, you will see an open area with stone picnic benches to the right of the road, where you can park. On the other side of the road, you will see various signposts. This is where the walk starts.

By bus: This walk is not easily accessible by bus. 

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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