Arrivale day and discovering Guejar Sierra
From Granada we will head towards Güejar Sierra, which is a small and beautiful village located at the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada National Park.
Depending on the available time we can walk visiting the village before reaching our accommodation. Small and whitewashed houses, narrow streets, balconies plenty of plants and good tapas bars, are some of the surprises that Guejar Sierra offers to its visitors.
Our accommodation is an authentic rural house, in the countryside and surrounded by cherry trees.
The owner of the house, Lea will receive in the hose, next to her own house.
La Vereda de la Estrella round trip(Güéjar Sierra)
This track was constructed in 1890 to allow the mining of galena and pyrite from the mines called “La Estrella”. This is a classic route in the Sierra Nevada, especially in autumn, when the maples, oaks, gall oaks; wild roses and other deciduous plants offer a wide range of colors.
While walking through this steep valley we will meet by stunning scenery with the north faces of the three highest peaks of the mountain range in front of us.
Second night at the same accommodation.
Route type: Round trip
Route length: 15 km.
Accumulated height difference: 564 m.
Duration: 6-7 hours
The enchanted forest: Dehesa del Camarate
From Granada, we will head towards Güejar Sierra and we will continue by car up to the Alguacil High. The first half of the hiking route runs along the boundary of the summit of Loma Maitena and overlooks at the “three thousand” of Sierra Nevada. As we move towards the divide of the Marquesado we will be able to admire a view of Granada plateau and other ranges such us Sierra de Huétor, Castril, Baza and Cazorla in the distance.
After passing the “Stone of Soldiers” we will enter the Alhama river basin, which is surrounded by the forests of Dehesa del Camarate. Maples, oaks, cherry trees, whitebeams, ashes, and birches are interspersed to a greater or lesser extent with holm oaks, creating a burst of colors.
After having a snack next to the small bullring, we will take the traditional path through the meadow. This area is used as a breeding cattle and we will probably see them somewhere along the path.
Transportation will be waiting for us at the “Cañada de los Potros” or we will take the road that goes to the Dehesa del Camarate.
Our private Van will be waiting for us. This night we have another interesting, beautiful, and different accommodation: a cave-hotel. Caves are normal habitat in the north of Granada.
Stay and dinner at Cuevas del Tio Tobas
Landscape and heritage:
History of the Sierra Nevada, its uses, resources
Dehesa del Camarate
National Park – an ecosystem with a high degree of protection
Research on climate change
Centenary Yew – a peculiar tree in Andalucía
Impressive Fall colors
The contrast of the highlands and the semi-desert or “bad-lands” of the Marchal areas
Route type: linear
Route length: 22 km.
Accumulated height difference: 780 m.
Duration: 8 hours
Badlands and Geopark of the quaternary
Our first stop will be the Megalithism Interpretation Centre in Gorafe. Our local guide will explain the origin and development of the communities which built more than 240 dolmens in this area. Gorafe is one of the regions with the highest concentration of funerary monuments in Spain and Europe.
The megalithic tombs (dolmens) in Gorafe area are surrounded by a very special semi-desert landscape which is also known as “badlands”. We will leave the village and walk among the dolmens in “la Hoya del Conquín” (1,5 km and 57 m height difference).
After our visits we will return directely to Granada airport. Please, take into acount to buy flights after 5:00pm