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Granada: Los Cahorros de Monachil Canyon Hiking Tour

1. Granada: Los Cahorros de Monachil Canyon Hiking Tour

This hiking route through the Cahorros de Monachil is one of the most beautiful and easiest to practice a few kilometers from the city of Granada. We will meet at the established time in the Plaza del Professor Fontboté. Once the introductions have been made, we will get into the van and leave Granada behind to head for the Sierra Nevada National Park, where we will begin the activity, it is a 20-minute trip. This 6.5 kilometer hiking trail is perfect for most people as it does not require much physical ability. Los Cahorros is a highly appreciated route among hikers, who have found a natural paradise in this area. In most of the towns of the Sierra Nevada National Park, hiking is usually practiced, Monachil being one of these routes that, due to its great beauty and easy route, is ideal for doing it with the family, which has earned it a prominent place. It is a path where hanging bridges are crossed and little by little you discover what this special route hides, as well as its incredible views, waterfalls and tunnels. This path will take you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Andalusia. Important information: To follow this path skill and agility are necessary, since there are narrow sections and places where we have to walk crouched. Not suitable for people with reduced mobility. We recommend that you come with a backpack to transport your objects and your water, since during the walk it is essential to have your hands free. In the summer months: July and August, the activity will start early at 8:30 am. due to the heat and for our safety.

Sierra Nevada Small Group E-Bike Tour

2. Sierra Nevada Small Group E-Bike Tour

Reconnect with nature on an amazing e-bike tour of the Sierra Nevada National Park, and get stunning views of the surrounding landscape from the 2nd highest mountain range in Europe. Marvel at the lofty peaks of Mulhacén, towering 3,482 meters above sea level. Look for local wildlife, including the incredible mountain goats that make the rugged landscape their home. Put on the provided helmet and make yourself comfortable on the high-quality bikes. Then, cycle downhill through the rocky crags and feel the adrenaline pump through your blood. Ride at your own pace under the careful supervision of your guide, and get a better appreciation of the beauty of the mountains and ancient forest. Pedal through some of the famous white villages to experience a slice of local life.

Sierra Nevada Trip from Granada

3. Sierra Nevada Trip from Granada

Explore one of the most recognized sites in the Sierra Nevada National Park. Nicknamed the Sister of the Alps and the Himalayas, this region is unique for the murmur of streams, legendary lagoons, the myriad of waterfalls snow tunnels, and high mountain meadows.  This tour will expose the secrets of the region to you, as a guide will divulge details and show highlights. Even in high summer months, you will be able to touch snow or fill your lungs with the freshest air.  Touring at more than 2,600 meters above altitude, the ecosystem vastly differs from any other. The refreshing experience reveals forests from legend and landscapes from cinema. In summer it is no less impressive since you will expore Veleta, the second-highest peak in the Iberian Peninsula.

Alpujarra Experience: Historical Mountain Villages

4. Alpujarra Experience: Historical Mountain Villages

Discover one of Europe's richest botanical enclaves, through picturesque villages and a breathtaking mountain landscape. La Alpujarra is an extensive valley running across the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada and the mountains of the Contraviesa Lújar, the Mediterranean coast and the Sierra de Gador. White buildings pepper the rugged terrain, matching the snow-capped peaks down amid the lush foliage. The first stop is the 19th-century town of Lanjarón, where you'll follow the flowing waters to Orgiva, the crossroads of the region and capital of La Alpujarra. From here continue through the magical towns of Caratuñas, Pampaneira, Pitres and Trevélez, the highest village in Spain, famous for its exquisite Iberian hams. Then, drive into the heart of the charming and picturesque villages of Bubion and Capileira, where you'll enjoy breathtaking views and a traditional lunch if you choose this option.

Granada and Costa Tropical: Luxury Catamaran Trip with Lunch

5. Granada and Costa Tropical: Luxury Catamaran Trip with Lunch

You will meet in Granada city near the football stadium (metro stop) and drive down the valley for 45 minutes to the coast. After a quick safety briefing and a welcome glass of cava, the boat will from Marina del Este. From the comfort of the catamaran you will be able to see Almunecar, La Herradura, Cerro Gordo, Punta de La Mona, The Natural Park, Cantarrrijan as well as a number of historical watch towers dotted along this coastline, and get a great view of the Sierra Nevada mountains, all from the unique perspective of looking at them from out at sea. After an hour to an hour and a half sailing along the beautiful coastline, the boat will settle in a beautiful secluded spot (there are so many along this coastline!) to drop the anchor for a swim or a snorkel (masks and snorkels provided). The boat also has a kayak and two SUP paddle-boards for you to try out if you wish. While you enjoy the ocean, the crew will be rustling up a delicious buffet lunch with something for everyone, and a variety of dietary requirements catered for. After lunch, the boat will start to head back towards the marina, and hopefully spot some dolphins on the way. The catamaran, a Lagoon 380, is very spacious, stable, and safe, and boasts a great trampoline at the front of the boat between the hulls which the dolphins just love to swim underneath, giving the perfect view of these wonderful creatures completely in their natural habitat. And, all drinks on board (cava, beer, wines, soft drinks, water) are included too! A totally unique experience, and one which you will NEVER forget. At 6pm the crew will drive you back to the centre of Granada, arriving at 7pm.

From Granada: Rio Verde Canyoning Tour

6. From Granada: Rio Verde Canyoning Tour

Depart Granada and journey by air-conditioned bus to the beautiful Rio Verde canyon in the Sierra de Almijara. Take part in a thrilling canyoning activity suitable for all ages. Get a safety briefing on arrival and collect the necessary gear to work your way through the canyon with the help of an experienced guide. Rappel from rocks up to 15 meters high and get an adrenaline rush as you take optional jumps from rocks and slide across the river bed. Cool down with a swim in the emerald green water and appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings from a fresh perspective. Reach the end point after approximately 3.5 hours and enjoy a well-earned rest and snacks before the drive back to Granada.

Sierra Nevada: Snowshoe Hiking Tour

7. Sierra Nevada: Snowshoe Hiking Tour

Put on your snowshoes and discover the Sierra Nevada peaks. With this guided hiking tour, you will explore one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Iberian Peninsula. Walk along an easy path at an altitude of 2,500 meters. Enjoy the route as a beginner or with the whole family. The path is sometimes uneven, but easy and safe. Admire the spectacular views that the high peaks of Sierra Nevada offer. Enjoy the tranquility for hours and take unique pictures. After the trek is over, head to the cafeteria of the university hostel to have a hot drink.

From Malaga: Day Trip to the Sierra Nevada

8. From Malaga: Day Trip to the Sierra Nevada

Depart Malaga and get back to nature in the beautiful Sierra Nevada National Park. Learn the secrets of the mountain range, known as the sister of the Alps and Himalayas. Marvel at the beauty of the streams, lagoons and waterfalls, and discover snow tunnels and high mountain meadows. Be amazed that the high mountain peaks are capped with snow, even in the summer, as they soar to heights of up to 2,600 meters above sea level. Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air. Hear about the unique ecosystem of the park and its forests before driving back to Malaga.

From Granada: Day Trip to Trevélez with Ham Factory

9. From Granada: Day Trip to Trevélez with Ham Factory

Embark on a full-day trip to Trevélez, the highest town in the Alpujarras, and discover the ham curing process with a tour and tasting inside a factory. Have lunch at an Alpujarran restaurant before visiting the village of Pampaneira. Start with a pickup in downtown Granada and a drive towards Lanjarón. First, stop at the historic Nasrid Bridge of Tablate to gain an understanding of the relationship between the Moriscos and Alpujarra. Next, find a unique viewpoint from where you can contemplate the Poqueira Valley, the Guadalfeo Valley, and the Sierra Nevada while taking memorable photos. Sample the mineral-rich fresh cold water from the Fuente Agria Spring. Admire the stunning Chorrerón waterfalls before discovering the ham curing process inside a factory in Trevélez followed by a tasting. Experience the traditional gastronomy and an Alpujarran lunch. On the way back to Granada, pass through impressive landscapes and visit Pampaneira.

Granada: Sierra Nevada Guided E-Bike Mountain Tour

10. Granada: Sierra Nevada Guided E-Bike Mountain Tour

Explore the stunning mountains of the Sierra Nevada range on a sleek mountain e-bike. See beautiful vistas, feel the wind through your hair, and enjoy a hearty brunch. Begin your day at the Mexxfro base in the iconic Sierra Nevada village of Monachil. Discover the inner workings of your powerful M1 Spitzing Evolution e-bike from an experienced guide, and prepare for your trip. Hop on your bike and head to your stop. Step onto a wooden viewpoint and gaze in wonder at the magical view of the mountains. Continue to a natural water spring and another majestic viewpoint. Enjoy a quiet moment by the bubbling spring surrounded by nature. Explore a mountain interpretation center, and experience the tranquility of the Sierra Nevadas. Start your journey downhill. Speed by a power plant, and then cruise along a sandy road. Stop to admire the majestic views of the Sierra Nevada's characteristic white mantle. Once you reach the road, allow your adventurer's spirit to take over. Let your M1 bike reach its maximum speed of 28 miles per hour, barreling downhill to a quaint mountain village. Pause in the village to take in the stunning views of a deep blue reservoir. Continue through the Genil River basin, taking a path through a natural tunnel formed by wild vegetation. End your tour in the beautiful city of Granada, and return to the Mexxfro base with your guide.

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What people are saying about Sierra Nevada

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My teenage sons and I had a fantastic gorgeous hike with Julio. He took us first along a gorgeous river with waterfalls and hanging bridges, and then we hiked up a bit to look down and around at a rocky canyon. I'm 57 and in okay shape, one bad knee, there were definitely some moments there on the rock ledge along the river where I needed to go slow and watch my step. But it felt adventurous and fun to my kids (who don't normally like to hike) and definitely doable for me and it was amazing to be in such natural beauty, away from the crowds, so close to the city.

This was an excellent experience and I cannot recommend it enough if you are traveling to Granada. Jorge was a fantastic guide every step of the way. He was instantly family to the group, friendly, cautious, professional, and accommodating. I had an absolute blast, you will too.

It was a fantastic trip, with lots of fun and an adventure feeling. Super punctual pickup from Jorge and very professional escort through the Río Verde. The nature is beautiful and the tour is definitely worth it! Thank you again for the great experience. Lisa&Chris

Such a great experience! Julio is a lovely man and a really welcoming tour guide. The route he takes you on is super exciting and is the perfect way to see Sierra Nevada. I highly recommend this to everyone!!

Beautiful hike. the Sierra a spectacle of nature and Juan Luis an exceptional guide prepared, welcoming, friendly and passionate about his work. I spent a very pleasant day