The Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park covers approximately 40,000 hectares of land and sits between the provinces of Granada and Malaga. It’s characterised by its rugged and arid landscapes.
Bar a few river walks, including the Rio Chillar, Rio Verde and Río Cacin, the best times of year to hike in this area are Spring and Autumn. It gets seriously hot in the summer. Hot and very dry. Always bring lots of water.
One of the most majestic and accessible peaks is El Cielo’s at 1508m.
You’d be hard pressed to find better views on a clear day than those on offer from El Cielo’s summit.
Here’s a photosphere from the top that I took on an earlier hike.
Hiking up El Cielo is now popular. There are several ways to get up there. The route below is the most common and probably the easiest.
Monachil is a tiny village situated only 8 kilometres from the centre of Granada. Despite its proximity, it remains a place that is relatively undiscovered by mass tourism. The boundaries of the province of Monachil are fairly extensive and include several peaks over 3000m, including Europe’s most southerly ski station – Pradollano, Sierra Nevada.
Los Cahorros gorge – Los Cahorros de Monachil
The impressive Los Cahorros gorge is situated 2 kilometres from the sleepy village centre. Until very recently, the gorge was only really known and appreciated in rock climbing circles, the steep limestone cliffs offering numerous routes for climbers.