View from ridge between Guejar Sierra and Pinos Genil

Almond blossomIn winter the Sierra Nevada is capped with snow, which means the highest peaks are only accessible to well-equipped and experienced mountaineers. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic time to walk at lower altitudes. On crisp, clear winter days there are incredible views of the high mountains, especially from Granada, the Sierra de Huétor and the Lecrín Valley. From around February you’ll start to see beautiful almond and cherry blossom.

We have picked out a few of the best walks to do in winter. This is only a small selection of our hikes – for a full list of walks that you can do in winter, click here.

List of Hikes: Suggestions for Winter

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Beas de Granada – Granada

Following the crest of the ridge between Beas and Granada, this walk has some of the best views of the full length of the Sierra Nevada mountains to be had anywhere. It is particularly spectacular in winter, when you can see all of the snow-capped peaks, from El Caballo in the west to Picon de Jerez in the east. As it takes you right back into the heart of Granada, it’s the perfect walk if you’re staying in the city. The shepherds who established this old right of way certainly knew how to pick a good route! Continue reading

16 km   4-5 h   385m   Medium         Downloads:     
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Boca de la Pesca

The twin-peaked Boca de la Pesca (“the fish’s mouth”) is a tiny mountain in comparison with those around it, but from the top there are commanding views of the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Trevenque, the Dilar valley and the city of Granada down on the plain below. This walk is best in the late afternoon when the light is softer and you have more chance of some shade on the short but fairly steep climb. Continue reading

8 km   2h 15min   404m   Medium         Downloads:     
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Cónchar – Atalaya del Marchal

A very pleasant walk starting and finishing in the village of Cónchar. From the Atalaya del Marchal you have fantastic 360 degree views of the Lecrin Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Continue reading

10km   3 hours   580m   Easy         Downloads:     
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Cruz de Víznar

The Cruz de Viznar (“Viznar Cross”) is planted on a small but prominent hill, just far enough away from the Sierra Nevada to give you amazing views of the whole mountain range. The climb up is steady rather than steep, and the effort it takes to get to the top is richly rewarded. Makes a lovely evening walk, when the soft light brings out the subtle colours of the surrounding mountains. Continue reading

5.8 km   2 hours   345m   Medium         Downloads:     
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Llano de la Perdiz Loop

This walk explores the Llano de la Perdiz, an area of parkland above the Alhambra in Granada popular with locals for walking, cycling and Sunday picnics. You very soon leave the city behind, replacing it with views across to the Sierra Nevada to the south-east and the Sierra de Huétor to the north. The return part of the circuit offers views down into the Sacramonte valley and the Albaicín quarter of Granada.
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8 km   2 hours   225m   Easy         Downloads:     
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Melegís – Reservoir

A very pleasant stroll through the orange groves of the Lecrín Valley, this circuit starts in the pretty, white village of Melegís, and also takes in the Béznar reservoir. Continue reading

3.75km   1h 15min   93m   Easy         Downloads:     
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Quéntar Circular

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. Continue reading

14.5 km   4 hours   595m   Medium         Downloads:     
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