Length: 17 km; Accumulated height difference: 800 m descent and 300m ascent;
Difficulty: Medium; Duration: 6 hours; Meeting time in Granada: 8:45 am;
Meeting point: Paseo Enrique Tierno Galvan, Granada (see the map) – Bus line 275 to Cumbres Verdes, Bus stop next to the congress palace
Finishing point of the hike: Monachil – where we will take the bus back to Granada
We will get off the bus in Cumbres Verdes and start our hike. For the first part of the walk we will have views down to the city of Granada and its agricultural plain. The path runs through quite open countryside and sections of forest.
After surrounding the Cerro Huénes hill we will make an important descent to reach the valley of the river Monachil. With its wild flowers, fruit trees, cascading and Tibetan bridges to cross the gorge, the lush Monachil valley is a one of the most beautiful areas for walking near Granada. This walk is particularly recommended when the flowers mare out in spring. Los Cahorros is a well-known hike and definitely worth it.
The path through the gorge is quite awkward in some sections due to lack of head clearance. Los Cahorros is an enjoyable hike. We will make use of the metal handles set into the rock and will walk always next to the river.
Landscape, Heritage and Natural History:
- Geological origin and evolution of Sierra Nevada and Granada’s plain
- Dolomite and the dolomitic landscape: erosion, gravels, soils, vegetation
- Specific and endemic flora linked to the dolomite and the presence of Magnesium in the soil
- The traditional uses of land
- The formation of the Monachil gorge and its relation with a geological fault: Los Cahorros.
We recommend carrying 2l of water. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream, and a hat. Base layer, lightweight fleece, warm fleece or synthetic second layer, Windstopper, long trousers, trekking shoes, and your personal first aid kit. A small towel to refresh our feet in the Monachil river.
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.