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Alboloduy: Hiking in Eastern Sierra Nevada



This guided hiking route around Alboloduy is located in the foothills of the Almeria section of Sierra Nevada. The eroded landscape of its dry riverbed walls will surprise us. Shapes, red colours, sparse vegetation and isolation. Are we still on Earth or did we travel to another planet?

Key Facts:

Length: 12 km; Accumulated height difference: 514 m ascent; Duration: 5 hours (without transportation time); Difficulty: Low-Medium

Meeting point: Avda. Capitán Moreno, Granada (see the map)

Departure time (Granada): 7:30 am

Arrival time (Granada): 8:30 pm (depends on the pace of the group)

Family trip?: Yes if children are more than 12 years old and they use to walk

The trip:
We’ll walk around the streets of Alboloduy – the name of this town reminisces about its Arab past. Steep narrow streets lead us to a viewpoint from where the trail “Rambla de los Yesos – Cordel of the Solana” starts. The path runs parallel to Nacimiento River. We’ll pass through orchards with different trees, such as olives, pomegranates, or orange tress, and later we’ll walk through a mountainous area with pine trees and bushes.
A brief descent will allow us to enter the watercourse – a dry riverbed except in times of heavy rainfall. The landscape is quite different from anything we know in Sierra Nevada. The modelling of this desert area around Alboloduy has generated high pink gorges topped by stones.
We’ll take a traditional path that follows the watershed of the hill to return to Alboloduy. A perfect look out with spectacular views of Sierra de Alhamilla, Gador, Monterrrey and, in the background, Cabo de Gata. Small villages dot a landscape of dilapidated aspect or “bad lands” as they are often called in the geological literature.
After the descent we’ll have a little break in the town to eat something and then we’ll approach the village of Terque to visit the museum of the uva de embarque – “shipment grape” – , a unique product of this region who crossed borders and continents.

Landscape and heritage:

  • Sierra Nevada Natural Park
  • Geology: Semi-desert areas. Singular forms as fairy chimneys
  • Urbanism and architecture of Muslim origin
  • Archaeological remains
  • Traditional paths
  • Uva De Embarque Museum

Equipment recommended:
We recommend carrying 2l of water. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat. T-shirt and long arm T-shirt, warm layer, rain coat and windstopper. Long trousers, trekking boots, hiking sticks and your personal first aid kit.

Participants should take nuts, dried fruits and sandwiches for our picnic in the countryside. At the end of the trip will be able to take a cold beer as award!

Price of “custom dates”: 70€/pp, including guiding, insurance and transportation. 2 participants minimum. 20% off for more than 4 participants.

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 situation, 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.



Location: Sierra Nevada Natural Park, Almería
Duration: 5 h
Difficulty: Level 2 (REI)


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Activity Level Descriptions



(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.

  • Activity: 1-3 hours most days
  • Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat terrain
  • Elevation change: little to none
  • Altitude: less than 3,000 ft

(2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.

  • Activity: 2-5 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
  • Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 6,000 ft

(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.

  • Activity: 4-6 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
  • Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 10,000 ft

(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.

  • Activity: 5-8 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
  • Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

(5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.

  • Activity: 10+ hours/day
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 50 miles or more miles most days
  • Surfaces: remote mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features.
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

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