The unguarded Villavientos refuge is situated at 3040m on the southern slopes of Loma Pelada in the Sierra Nevada

It lies between the jagged ridge of the Raspones del Rio Seco and Mulhacen. Useful as a base for mountaineering, trekking or when the Caldera hut is full.

It is a small refuge shelter but sleeps 10-12 persons and is in a great condition (see photos). Owned by the former Reserva Nacional de Caza it is of brick construction with a flat roof.

Being just a few metres south of the old road crossing the Sierras from Granada to Capileira it would also serve as a good stopover for Los Tres Miles Ruta Integral, a crossing of the whole Sierra Nevada in about 5 days.

Grid Reference is 470395E 4100191N 30S.

Photos from Chris Ritson collection, our archives and from Pepe Badaje

Winter sunset from the Villavientos hut
Winter sunset from the Villavientos hut
Looking south over the hut roof
Looking south over the hut roof
Clean and tidy inside
Clean and tidy inside
The front door!
The front door!
The Raspones and Veleta from the hut
The Raspones and Veleta from the hut
A winter evening outside the hut
A winter evening outside the hut