Length: 19 km; Accumulated height difference: 895 m; Difficulty: High.
Departure time (Granada): 8:00 am
Meeting point: Bus stop Severo Ochoa, at the door of the University gardens
Arrival time: approximately 7:00 pm, but it depends on the pace of the group
Circular del Río Chico: Cáñar, Barjas, Puenet Palo, Almiar, Dique, Cáñar
The starting point is the beautiful town of Cáñar and the most refreshing point is the Dique (dam) 24, which was a forest engineering work, and where we’ll cross the river.
We’ll leave Granada and drive towards Cáñar, where we’ll get off the vehicle and start our adventure. We’ll climb the traditional “Sierra Trail” to the forest house of Cáñar. As we ascend, the beautiful views of the Lower Alpujarra will appear in front of our eyes, as well as the towns of the Coast of Granada and the Mediterranean Sea. We’ll take Barjas water channel, which was renovated thanks to the work of a diverse group of people: young, elder, locals and outsiders.
The next highlight of our hiking trip is the arrival to the Recreational Area Puente Palo, where we’ll rest and then start a nice walk next to another water channel; one of the better preserved ones of all the Alpujarra: Almiar Water Channel. The sound of flowing water will lead us through an oak forest until the Cave Gully (barranco de la Cueva). We’ll descend to the Buddhist Centre enjoying great views and then we’ll turn westward entering the profound ravine of Río Chico that we’ll cross with the help of the dam, which serves as a water control structure. This will be a good moment to refresh our feet in the cold waters.
From here we’ll direct ourselves to Cáñar where, for sure, we’ll find a reward in one of its traditional bars.
Landscape and heritage:
- The Alpujarra, landscape, natural and ethnographic heritage
- The water network in La Alpujarra: ditch of Barjas and El Almiar, irrigation rafts
- Buddhist Center
- Stories and legends of the Alpujarra
- Native forests of oak and centenary chestnut trees
There isn’t any potable water on the path. We recommend carrying 2l of water. In autumn, the weather can be very changeable. It is necessary to take several kinds of clothes including a warm coat and a raincoat. We highly recommend hiking sticks. The walking paths are in good condition, but if it has rained, it can be muddy. We recommend wearing hiking boots or trekking shoes. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream, a hat, gloves and appropriate clothing for the season and the weather forecast.
Participants should take nuts, dried fruits, and sandwiches for our picnic in the countryside.
Price of “custom date”: €60/pp. 2 people minimum. It includes the guided trip, insurance, and transportation.
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.