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Monachil

Municipality of Granada popular for the ski resort of Sierra Nevada and a wide selection of hotels.

In addition to skiing, in Granada there are a variety of hiking trails for everyone, with high mountain routes, of great scenic beauty and tours that cater to the different physical conditions of its visitors during any season.

Hiking trails in Monachil

In Monachil you will find two types of hiking trails: Excursions along not marked trails and marked routes, which are reviewed periodically so that the path is well marked and in good condition.

Excursions

Trails, roads and not marked paths where the use of maps and GPS is recommended:

- Los Cahorros
Beautiful route that begins in Monachil ascending along the street Trinidad Carreras until getting to Fuente del Piojo.

During the tour we will find a suspension bridge and some ruins as the gatehouse, which guarded the old power plant.

This tour is recommended for all seasons and in the area you can also find hiking trails of more difficult levels.

- San Anton
The route of the lowest height in Monachil is San Anton; it offers one of the hottest tours due to its low altitude and is recommended during autumn, winter and spring. It starts at the beginning of the ascension of Calle Cuevas.

During the tour we will see the remains of marine fossils and a privileged view of the village; a journey that will take us to the irrigation ditch Acequia del Albaricoque which we follow in the opposite direction of the water flowing back to the village.

- Monachil – Sierra Nevada
This route starts at Fuente del Mirlo in Pradollano at approximately 2100 m altitude and is a trail that descends along a valley and where we can find traces of some cottages, old power plants and a source of drinking water, ideal for rest before continuing on our way. The route ends at the power plant of Tranvias from where we head to the village.

- Cerrajon
Route comprising places where we enjoy stunning views of Granada, Sierra Nevada, Sierra de Huetor and Sierra de Arana.

Much of the trail is steeped in history, being used in the past for cattle to reach the top of Sierra Nevada to graze.

It was subsequently used by people ascending on mules to collect ice which was stored in pits dug by them, where they kept the ice that was sold later, a profession that disappeared after the appearance of the refrigerator.

Some of the points of interest near this trail are remnants of Cerrajon mines where lead and zinc was mined and the Sanatorium Purche, a place intended to treat tuberculosis.

Hiking trails

Easy to follow trails that are well marked and signposted:

- Sulayr
This is the original name of Sierra Nevada, 'Mountain of the Sun', which was given in the past and continued to be used until the conquest by the Christians. This route uses trails and old traditional pathways where cattle once passed along 340 km, being the longest trail of all the Spanish geography, accessible from Monachil.

- Cerro de Huenes
Circular trail situated inside the National Park and passing through lush pine forests.

The ideal time for this tour is spring and autumn, being winter ideal for those looking for some snow.

How to get to Monachil

We take the motorway from Malaga to Granada along the A-92 and from there we head south to Monachil.

In the map below we find the best route to get to Monachil from Granada and Malaga. If needed you can rent a car in Malaga on your arrival or a Malaga airport transfer to Monachil; on our page you can see prices or request more information.


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