As you wind your way up from the village of Quéntar to the east of Granada, passing through almond and olive groves, you start to get panoramic views of the valley below you, the Quéntar reservoir, the mountains of the Sierra de Huétor and, finally, the peak of Veleta. On the walk back down, you pass a peaceful sanctuary and abundant orchards of pomegranate, persimmon, apple and fig trees.
Level It feels quite steep going up the hill, particularly in summer, but the whole route is very easy going underfoot.
When to go All year round, but particularly recommended in autumn, when the trees are laden with fruit and the river valley turns gold.
Water Best to carry with you, as the only water source is at a fountain towards the end of the walk.
Location: East of Granada
The walk starts from the village of Quéntar.
By Car: From Granada, take the A-395 towards Sierra Nevada. Take the exit marked Pinos Genil, Güéjar Sierra, Dúdar, Quéntar and follow the road under the A-395 and across the river Genil. Turn right, and after 1.5km turn left for Dúdar and Quéntar.
Carry on past 2 turnings for Quéntar (about 6.5km) and then take the first right fork. The turn is a bit hard to spot as it’s on a sharp bend. At the first junction, turn left, then carry on just under 1km, cross the bridge, turn right onto the dirt road and find a place to park.
By Bus: Service 395 goes to Quéntar 11 times per day (less on Sundays) and takes 30 minutes. Click here for more info and links to current timetables.