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Hiking in the Lecrin Valley, Granada

Winter Trips

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Lecrin Valley, located between Granada city and the coast, has a mild climate, which what makes it in a perfect area for hiking in winter. On this hiking trip in Granada we will discover the natural and historical heritage of the area while we walk through different small villages, orange groves and climb the hill where Murchas castle can be found.

Key Facts:

Length: 16km; Accumulated height difference: 643 m; Duration: 7h; Diffculty: Medium. 

Departure time (Granada): 8:30 am

Meeting point: bus stop line SN5 Severo Ochoa-Doctor Lopez Argueta (at the door of the University gardens)

Meeting Point

Arrival time: approximately 16:00 pm, but it depends on the pace of the group

Transportation: private van

The trip:

The starting point of the hike is Melegis, a village in the Lecrin Valley. One of the characteristics of this trail is the diversity of landscapes that we will discover. The Lecrin Valley is a depression among mountains, which are relatively near to the coast, so it has a “microclimate” that allows the cultivation of orange and lemon trees. During the hiking trip we will pass through different villages of the valley: Murchas, Chite, Lecrín (Talará), and Restábal that preserve features of their Muslim legacy. Big churches represent the new power which settled in the area after the Christian conquest. An interesting point of the trip is Murchas Castle, which is positioned on the top of a rocky hill from where we can see the entire valley.

We will walk alongside different rivers (the Torrente, Durcal and Ízbor rivers) that flow into the Beznar reservoir. Is an interesting place for fishing and watching different species of water.

Landscape and heritage:

  • Views of the Lecrin valley
  • History of the medieval kingdom of Granada
  • Thermic Mediterranean vegetation
  • Geological history. Marine fossils
  • Archaeological heritage: Murchas Castle

 

Equipment recommended:

There isn’t any potable water on the path. We recommend carrying 2l of water. 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.

Logistics:
Participants should take nuts, dried fruits, and sandwiches for our picnic in the countryside

Group Price: €35/pp. It includes the guided trip, VAT, insurance, and transportation. 5 or more

Price of “custom date”: €55/pp. 2 people minimum. It includes VAT, the guided trip, insurance, and transportation. From 2-4 people

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: Lecrin Valley, Granada
Duration: 7 hours
Difficulty: Level 2 (REI)

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Activity Level Descriptions

REItrips

 

(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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