Just 20 kilometres from the city of Granada we find the Natural Park of Sierra de Huetor and its visitor centre 'Puerto Lobo', birthplace of river Darro which was so important in ancient times during the Arab rule.
The Natural Park of Sierra Huetor has numerous trails to tour and enjoy the surrounding nature and as well camping areas.
In the Natural Park we can still feel the essence of its past Arab in the villages situated within its boundaries as Diezma, Huetor Santillan, Nivar, Viznar, Alfacar, Beas de Granada y Cogollos de Vega. This Arab legacy includes remains of irrigation ditches or the recommended Arab baths of Cogollos Vega.
Diezma is the perfect place to view Sierra Nevada, perfect for taking pictures of the mountains and admire the different species of birds that inhabit the place.
We also recommend the following places in Sierra de Huetor:
Source of the River Darro
Along an easy trail from the forest track leading to Fuente de la Teja we arrive at the source of the river Darro springing from rock cavities among the mountains of the Natural Park of Sierra de Huetor.
The river Darro was closely linked to the Alhambra, walled city that was nourished by its waters.
Palace of Cuzco
Summer residence built in the late eighteenth century by the Archbishop of Granada. A walk through this place will give us the view of gardens, murals, frescoes and gates of the epoch.
Mills of Viznar
The popular bread of Alfacar and Viznar (you cannot leave without trying it) has its origin in the old mills producing flour using the ditch carrying water to Albaicin.
You can currently follow the path that runs along the canal to know the different mills and monuments of the village.
Here we name the different marked trails found in the Sierra de Huetor:
- Barranco de Viznar
Beautiful scenery from a path that leads to the old canal that supplied water to the Albaicin in the past.
Distance: 1.5 kilometres
Duration: 60 minutes return trip
Starting point: Visitors centre of Puerto Lobo.
- Cañada del Sereno
This long trail shows us beautiful views of the Cerro del Agua and the Cerro de las Calaveras until we get to the source of the river Darro.
Distance: 11,5 kilometres
Duration: 4 hours one way
Starting point: Forest House Los Peñoncillos
- Cerro del Maullo
Nice panoramic of Sierra Nevada from a viewpoint where we will arrive after passing the hilltop and where we find the remains of a Civil War trench.
Distance: 1,8 kilometres
Duration: 40 minutes one way.
Starting point: Opposite the lower parking of the visitors centre Puerto Lobo.
- Cruz de Viznar
This path starting at the visitors centre leads to the summit of Collado de Viznar from where we can enjoy beautiful views of Granada and Sierra Nevada.
Distance: 5,2 kilometres
Duration: 1 hours and 45 minutes one way.
Starting point: Visitors centre Puerto Lobo
- Cueva del Agua
This trail leads to the Cueva del Agua and has beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada.
Distance: 6,5 kilometres
Duration: 3 one way.
Starting point: Recreative area La Alfaguara
We follow the A-92 that crosses the Natural Park and passes through Puerto de la Mora at 1380 meters above sea level. To get to the visitors centre of Puerto Lobo we get there from Viznar or Alfacar.
If you choose to rent a car in Malaga, the route to follow is taking the A-7 and AP-46 direction to Granada until it joins the A-92 before reaching Loja. We follow the A-92 to the exit of Alfacar or Viznar from where we head to the visitors centre of the Natural Park.