A pleasant walk between two white villages, with sweeping views across the Lecrín Valley, the Béznar reservoir and beyond to the Sierra Nevada. Stop for a drink and a snack at a cafe-bar in Pinos del Valle before heading back to Restábal or, if you have the energy, extend the trip by hiking down to a picnic area just above the reservoir.
Level This is a very manageable walk, particularly once you’ve got past the hill up from Restábal. It uses dirt roads, so the going is easy underfoot, and it is also fairly straightforward to find your way.
When to go Spring is a particularly nice time for hiking in the Lecrín Valley, with the almond blossom in March and the orange blossom around April, but autumn and winter are also good. There is no shade on the walk, so it would get pretty unbearable in high summer.
Water Available from drinking fountains in Restábal and Pinos del Valle.
Location: Lecrín Valley The walk links the villages of Restábal and Pinos del Valle.
By car: From Granada take the E-902/A-44 towards Motríl. Come off at junction 160, marked Lecrín El Valle. Pass the turning for Mondújar, keeping right on the main road. Turn left at the roundabout. After a few hundred metres, you will see a small BP garage on the left – turn right about 100m past this, following signs to Restábal, Melegís and Albuñuelas. After about 4.5km you’ll get to Restábal. Park somewhere convenient in the village.
By bus: Take the Alsa bus service to Restábal from Granada bus station. On Monday-Friday only, 2 buses a day continue to Pinos del Valle, so it might be possible to go by bus in one direction rather than walking there and back. Click here for more info and links to current timetables.