Length: 12km; Accumulated height difference: 734 m; Difficulty: Medium. There is a steep slope at the beginning of the trip and sections with loose stones on the ground.
Departure time (Granada): 8:00 am
Meeting point: Bus stop Severo Ochoa, at the door of the University gardens
Arrival time: approximately 4:00 pm, but it depends on the pace of the group
This is the route that the miners from Orgiva followed to reach the mines of Sierra de Lújar. Come and admire the impressive views of the highest peaks of Sierra Nevada and the white villages of the Alpujarra.
We will drive from Granada to Orgiva following the road of the Alpujarra and start our hike very close to Km 1 after leaving the vehicles parked next to the information panel of the route.
The trip begins at the foot of Sierra de Lujar in the track that climbs up to the mines and which we will leave later to take a small path that runs among a dense scrub of aromatic plants that will accompany us during the trip. The climb is short but intense. The first part, softer, provides us with beautiful views of Orgiva and its olive groves. Then, we will be able to enjoy views of the Lecrin Valley. After the hardest part of the ascent we will be rewarded with a spectacular viewpoint overlooking the Guadalfeo Valley, the high peaks of Sierra Nevada , and the villages of the Alpujarra. The descent allows us to enjoy the landscape even more as we walk quietly and watch it from the front, with Orgiva and the highest peaks of Sierra Nevada as a backdrop.
During the trip we will see remains of the mining activity, such as settlements, wells, the mining cable, and galleries that pierce the mountain range. Although most of them are closed or sealed some remain open. These galleries are used nowadays as a place for refuge and wintering of several species of bats and amphibians.
Landscape and heritage:
- Views of the Sierra Nevada National Park
- Flora: pine forests and Mediterranean vegetation
- History of the miners of Orgiva
- Geology: minerals, rocks, and geological history of Sierra de Lujar
- Spanish civil war heritage
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”: €55/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.