In Spanish the word silleta can refer to a saddle, and when you get near the top of this striking mountain it’s easy to see how it got its name. The walk up through the pine forest is steep, but you are rewarded with spectacular 360° views of the Sierra Nevada, the Sierras de Alhama, Tejeda y Almijara, Granada and the nearby towns of Dílar and Dúrcal. The return route skirts around the mountain before descending more gently back to Dílar.
Level Due to the long, steep climb, this walk requires a significant amount of physical exertion, particularly if it’s a hot day, although the paths are good so it is reasonably easy going underfoot. The route is marked, but signposting is a little bit hit-and-miss, so if in doubt, refer to the map and detailed instructions in the information sheet.
When to go Spring and autumn are the best times for this walk, when it isn’t too hot and there is no risk of snow on high ground.
Water There is nowhere to get water on the ascent, so take plenty with you. It is possible to refill at the Ermita Vieja on the way down, but this involves a slight detour, and is towards the end of the walk.
Location: NW Sierra Nevada, Dílar
The walk starts from the village of Dílar.
By Car: 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 (futher details in the information sheet).
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.