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Venta del Molinillo and Prado Negro

Autumn excursions


A guided hiking trip which starts in Venta del Molinillo in the Sierra Huétor Natural Park. The route is suitable for the whole family. It is a hiking trail with different kind of meadows, forests, an interesting geology, caves and waterfalls.

Key Facts:

Length: 13,4 km; Accumulated height difference: 400 m; Difficulty: Easy

Departure time (Granada): 8:15 am

Meeting point: Roundabout at Plaza del Triunfo, Granada (see the map)

Arrival time (Granada): approximately 3:30 pm but it depends on the pace of the group

Family trip?: Yes

The trip:
We will start walking from the houses of Venta del Molinillo, a small village of Huétor Santillán in Granada. We will enter the dirt track and we will pass through areas rich in pasture until we will reach the farmstead of the old chapel, which is now abandoned.
The path will lead us to the Manuel del Molinillo fountain. The fountain is located next to the ruins of the cliff farmhouse that got its name from the limestone cliffs behind. The waterfall nearby is hidden. We will cross the river and we will see the Prado Negro waterfall.
We will continue our trail with a slight ascent until we see the Prado Negro farmhouse. After visiting the farmhouse, we will return along the Fardes irrigation channel and we will pass los Potros fountain.

Landscape and heritage:

  • Traditional constructions: farmhouses, chapels, irrigation channel
  • Geology: limestone, caves, travertines, sources of water and waterfalls
  • Biology: trout and crayfish recovery zones
  • Various kind of landscapes
  • Prado Negro waterfall

Equipment recommended:
We recommend carrying 1L of water. We can refill our water bottles in the Manuel del Molinillo fountain. The water is very cold and refreshing! Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat. Due to the weather predictions, it might be necessary to bring a raincoat.

Participants should take fruit or nuts. It is not essential to have a picnic as lunch in the countryside. However, it is possible to eat in the picnic shelter where traditional food is served for a good price.

Price of “custom date”: €45/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.



Location: Sierra de Huétor Natural Park, Granada
Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty: Level 1 (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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