The Sierra Nevada National Park is surrounded by many other areas that are great for hiking. This includes the mountains of the Sierra de Huétor and Sierras de Alhama, Tejeda y Almijara, which are designated Natural Parks, as well many areas that are not formally protected, but which nonetheless offer some beautiful walks. Particularly in winter, some of the most spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains can be had from areas outside the National Park itself. Below you will find a short description of some of the best areas.
East of Granada
Nestled between the Sierra Nevada and the Sierra de Huétor lie a couple of peaceful river valleys, separated by high ridges which in winter and spring offer uninterrupted views of the snow-capped mountains.
In the valleys there are orchards with an incredible variety of fruit trees , including cherry, apricot, apple, pear, pomegranate, fig, almond and walnut. This area is very close to Granada, and is well served by Andalucía’s regional bus network, making it possible to do a number of one-way walks between the villages of Quéntar, Dúdar, Beas de Granada, Pinos Genil and Güéjar Sierra, as well as from those villages to Granada itself.
Lush citrus groves, pretty white-washed villages and a large reservoir have helped to make this area very popular with both expats and holiday-makers. The GR-7 long-distance walking route runs through the valley, but there are many other possible trails, and as you’re never too far away from a village, refreshments are always close at hand. Its strategic location between the sea, the Alpujarras and Granada makes the Lecrín valley very easy to get to.
Sierra de Huétor Natural Park
The undulating, forest-clad landscape of the Sierra de Huétor offers some relatively short and easy routes, ideal for families and other people who want to enjoy the beautiful scenery without exerting themselves too much. Nevertheless, you get some fantastic views of the Sierra Nevada. The park lies only a short way north-west of Granada, and is easily accessible from the A-92 motorway. A number of trails have recently been marked, so you shouldn’t get lost!
Sierras de Alhama, Tejeda y Almijara Natural Park
Crystal clear rivers, fascinating rock formations and dramatic waterfalls make these three adjoining mountain ranges a great location for trekking and canyoning. There’s also lots of wildlife, particularly ibex and birds. After a day in the mountains, you can unwind by immersing yourself in the thermal waters of the old Moorish spa town of Alhama de Granada. Straddling the border of the provinces of Granada and Málaga, this large natural park can be approached from Granada, Málaga or Antequera, buy is virtually unknown outside of Andalucía.