The Lecrin valley is a cluster of beautiful towns and villages south of Granada. It is bordered to the east by the mighty Sierra Nevada and to the south by the Sierra de Almijara. The area has a surprisingly great variety of walking and hiking, known only to small bands of local enthusiasts.Grade: Moderate
Our series of day walks aim to cover the best the valley has to offer by both linear and circular routes. Day trips or week long walking holidays can be arranged. Accommodation is in the valley itself in one of the excellent holiday properties available through Spanish Holiday Cottages.
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• Lecrin Valley Walking
Photos showing the varied and interesting walking to be found in the hills south of the Lecrin Valley
• Scrambling on Giralda
Mountains dont have to be the highest to offer the best sport. This small peak in southern Andalucia always gives us plenty of scrambling fun!
The town of Padul is at the northern end of the Lecrin. From here we can access, via dirt tracks, the lovely ridge wandering on the Silleta del Paul (1519m) and the Silleta del Manar, with their dramatic views east to the main mass of the Sierra Nevada. The interesting and arid peaks of the Alayos de Dilar ridge can also be reached from here.
The terrain is rough and rocky, but there are some good tracks up the
actual peaks themselves, including reigning peak of the Corazon de la
Sandia (1877m). Los Gallos (1907m) is a fine multi-summited peak just
off the Alayos ridge and worth the pathless additional effort involved
in reaching its summit.
The lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada bound the Lecrin valley to the east. NE of the town of Durcal lies access to the Collado de los Volaores and hence onwards to the rocky peak of Las Buitreras (1645m).
The main gorge above Niguelas is an interesting excursion, as is the high track from the Cortijo de Echevarria to the Cerro de Caballo (3009m) via the ridge of Loma de los Tres Mojones. The acequia de los Hechos gives an easier day, traversing high above the surrounding valleys.
Climb Mulhacen (3481m) - highest mountain in mainland Spain
Trekking Sierra Nevada - 5 day trekking. A traverse of the main ridgeline covering all the major peaks
Walking Sierra Nevada - walk the high peaks from valley bases
Walking Alpujarra - linking villages on the GR7 long distance paths