- Length: 8km; Accumulated height difference: 264 m; Duration of the hike: 3h-3.5h; Difficulty: Easy
- Departure time (Granada): 9:00 am
- Meeting point: Plaza del Triunfo. This is a small roundabout in front of the Arabic arch called Puerta de Elvira.
- Arrival time: approximately 13:30 pm, but it depends on the pace of the group
- Transportation: private van
- Family trip
We will travel from Granada to Monachil village (25min by car) and park in the upper area of the town, on an old threshing floor, over de Cahorros de Monacil, which is now a car park.
From this point, we will start to walk through farms, plots of land and olive groves. We will leave the main track taking a footpath that winds downhill through a rough, rocky landscape, whose shapes look like old ruins. These rocks are limestone and dolomite. Erosion has cracked the rocks into small pieces that cover the ground. We need to be careful at this stage with the loose stones on the path.
We will cross the river and turn 180 degrees to walk in the opposite direction along the other side of the valley and along the riverside. After passing a small meadow perfect for a break, we will enter through the dramatic gorge called Cahorros de Monachil. This is the most spectacular part of the hike, but the path is narrow and quite awkward in some sections due to the rocks sticking out over the path. You must bend down or crawl sometimes. We will make use of the metal handles set into the rock. The path takes you across hanging bridges and up and down some steps.
At the end of the valley, we will find an irrigation channel and follow it. The path leads to a dirt and surfaced track that, after a few final slopes, returns us to the threshing floor where we parked.
Landscape and heritage:
- Sierra Nevada Natural Park
- Geological features (rocks, cracks, and faults) and the gorge itself
- Very interesting ecosystems such as cliffs, riparian vegetation, and Mediterranean vegetation
- Traditional farms
There isn’t any potable water on the path. We recommend carrying 1l of water. In autumn, the weather can be very changeable. It is necessary to take different kinds of clothes depending on the season and the weather forecast. It is necessary to wear trekking shoes or boots. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream, and a hat.
Participants should take nuts, dried or fresh fruits for a break.
Price of “custom date”: €55/pp. 2-4 people. 2 people minimum. It includes the guided trip, insurance, and transportation. 15% off from 5 and more. Maximum 8 people.
Purchasing conditions: Excursions must be booked and paid for at least three days in advance. Participants must arrive at the meeting point on time. The group will wait for participants for five minutes but then leave. In this case, no money will be reimbursed. All participants should ensure that they know how to get to the meeting point and if you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us.