A pleasant walk through pine forests suitable for all seasons. From Cerro de Montellano there are fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada, including Cerro del Caballo (3011m). Also takes in two attractive chapels: Ermita Nueva (the new chapel) and Ermita Vieja (the old).
Level The walk uses good quality forest roads and paths, and is generally easy to follow, but there are a few points where care should be taken over the directions. It is not a difficult route, but it is a steady uphill walk to reach the Ermita Vieja.
When to go Suitable throughout the year, but bear in mind that the upper section could occasionally be above the snow line in winter. Tree cover provides welcome shade in summer over a large section of the route.
Water Fresh spring water is available from a fountain a little way past Ermita Vieja.
Location: NW Sierra Nevada, Dílar
The walk starts from the centre of the village of Dílar.
From Granada, take the E-902/A-44 towards Motril. Take exit 139 and go alongside the motorway, past a service station, then turn left at the roundabout (signed Otura, Alhendín). Follow signs for Otura and then Dílar. After entering Dílar, carry on up the hill and then turn right following the one-way system; you will see the bus stop on your right. Park in the town centre or drive to the car park at the trailhead proper (see information sheet for further details).
Note that if you have your own transport, the shorter alternative version of this walk, which starts from the Aula de la Naturaleza (Dilar – Ermita Vieja, Version A), is also an option.
By bus: Bus 171 serves Dílar, with at least 19 services a day (45 min). Click here for more info and links to current timetables.