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At the foot of Sierra Nevada
Following the course of the River Genil upstream from Granada to the Sierra Nevada, known as "the Mountain of the Sun" in medieval times, the traveller will find the villages of Cenes de la Vega and Pinos Genil. After the dam of Canales the road ends in Güéjar Sierra, at an altitude of more than one thousand metres. This is a village with a broad range of cultural and outdoor activities. It is very pleasant to take an excursion to El Charcón, on the trail from Güéjar Sierra to the Vereda de la Estrella. This is a shady landscape among cherry trees where many other trails begin. The natural pools of Maitena are very refreshing in the summer.
Cenes de la Vega is located in the plain, next to the River Genil. It is perfect place to enjoy peace and quiet and the outdoors.
Pinos Genil is the last village before climbing to the Sierra Nevada. The landscape is particualry beautiful in the thaw, when the almond trees are in bloom. This is the ideal time to enjoy a beautiful hike from the Zaidín quarter to the dam of Canales following thew course of the River Genil, which divides the village into two quarters.
The dam of Canales is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is in full splendor in the Spring.
Güéjar used to be a silk-producing population called Qaryat Walyar in times of Al-Andalus. There are remains of one of its two Islamic fortress on the hill of Castillejo. The village has a Renaissance church with a beautiful mudéjar or Moorish-style wooded ceiling, a 16-spout spring, the Fountain of La Plaza, the old washing place and the station of the old tramway which used to climb to the Sierra Nevada.
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