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At Sierra de Huétor, between crags, gorges and rocky pinnacles, hidden waters drill caves and chasms, waiting the moment of rising up to find light again in the springs, that likewise quench the thirst of kings' or become part of good bread for its people.

Huétor is the sum of small mountains that, revealing itself as a balcony over the valley of Granada, extensively and proudly rise towards the northeast until running into Sierra Arana, a backdrop of the tallest peaks. Our territory is characterised by the presence on its surface of high crags, as Cimbra in the Alfacar Sierra, lapiaces, needles, teeth, sinkholes, and, further deep, a great number of grottos, caves and chasms: up to forty, as the Agua Caves in Nívar and the Gato Cave or the chasms of Víznar and Los Maderos. Water enters the heart of the mountains forming a large water deposit that runs into springs as famous as the Grande de Alfacar, Fuente Morqui, Grande de Huétor or the one at Los Porqueros.

General information

Extension: 12128 hectares Date of declaration: 28/07/1989 Environmental units:Media Montaña Bética mountain
Quality marks:ISO 14001:2004

Fauna and flora

Pine forests dominate here, like the cedar of the Atlas and fir, some listed unusual trees -the Cedars at Vivero de la Alfaguara and the fir forest of Barranco de la Umbría-. Beneath these pines a wide variety of mushrooms are home to other species, as red pine or cap mushrooms or summer boletales. Some patches of holm oaks that survived the coal merchants are visible - Solana de las Romera- that, where there is more humidity, like at Fuente Fría and El Llano de la Cuna, alternating with Pyrenean oak, scrubland and patches of lavender. These woods shelter a number of small birds, several birds of prey and one of Europe's largest coleoptera, the longhorn beetle.

The peaks of Sierra Arana, which are home to padded species and broom (blue, pink and Erinacea anthyllis), camomile of the mountains and low juniper, are areas of great ecological value, with permanent channels -Fardes River- and clayey ones -Cerro del Calar Blanco-. The first is dominated by a forest of willows and ash, while the second hosts the greatest number of endemic species: thyme and dolomitic rosemary with presence of a unique jarilla (Helianthemum raynaudii). This is a land of birds of prey and animals adapted to the rocky surface, as mountain goats or golden eagles, but also a number of butterflies, native crab, common trout, dragonflies, damselflies… and a small snail only found in these villages and evidence of the quality of its waters: Boetersiella sturmi.

What to do

Its proximity to the city and network of trails which have converted this natural space into a traditional destination for recreation and hiking (La Cañada del Sereno allows for exploring the different landscapes enclosed by these mountains), cycle-tourism and equestrian tourism (Prado Negro). It is also a place for climbing (La Yedra), paragliding and enjoying nature by fishing in the Fardes River trout reserve.

The existence of outstanding natural and ethnographic heritage and ideal resources make this an exceptional setting to discover plants, mushrooms, water and geology; or the uses of water, both for school-aged children as well as for visitors anxious to discover, as we cannot avoid the number of water sources present and the development of a entire range of water-related machinery that run from Presa Real del Darro and the del Real and del Tercio irrigation channels, which supplied the Alhambra itself, the Roman and French aqueducts that took part in the tasks of extracting gold from the basin of the Darro River and the Cenes mines.

Within this cultural framework, the highlands of traditional livestock farming, in the crags of Sierra Arana, appear the first evidence of human occupation that are expressed through schematic cave paintings in caves as the Tajo del Águila, Panoria, Vereda de la Cruz or Torres Bermejas.

Sports:Canyoning, Mountain biking, Horse riding, Climbing, Mountaineering, Caving, Water skiing, Multi-adventure activities, Bungee jumping, Kayaking, Hiking, Off-road vehicles

Interest Points

  • Mirador Las Veguillas
  • Mirador Las Minas
  • Mirador Cueva del Gato
  • Mirador Collado del Agua
  • Cueva del Agua
  • Fuente Grande

Information services

  • Near the recreational area of the same name and to several signposted routes of great interest, you'll find the Puerto Lobo Visitor Centre which lies within the Sierra de Huétor Nature Reserve.

    The exhibition inside provides visitors with information on the natural heritage of this young mountain range, composed of limestone and where the water has gradually moulded a karst system with caves, galleries and stalactites. That same water which enters the rock subsequently emerges as crystalline springs which since the Muslim period have been channelled through dykes like that of Aynadamar, which supplied the city of Granada with drinking water. However, this park has many other attractions apart from its valuable natural resources since it is a place with a rich historic and cultural past, particularly interesting is its Moorish legacy and that it was a key witness to what was to become the Spanish Civil War.

    In the reception area the centre also has a comprehensive shop selling attractive products, both local and those of the Andalusian Network of Natural Areas (RENPA). Finally, at the entrance to the building there is a beautiful garden where you can discover some of the species endemic to the park.

    Don't forget to plan your visit and check the website to see the wide range of activities.

    Services available: reception and information for visitors, shop, educational and environmental activities, interpretation of the Heritage, multi-purpose room.

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Services and Infrastructures

Rutas 4x4MiradorGuía IntérpreteBotanical GardenTourist Office

Contact data

Location

Address: Calle Joaquina Eguaras, 2 - Edificio Almanjayar, Granada
Postal code:18071
Province:Granada

Trails

  • El sendero Cueva del Agua permite atravesar pinares, encinares y un pequeño pinsapar bien conservados que lleva a la Cueva del Agua, una espectacular cavidad. El mirador del mismo nombre ofrece unas imponentes vistas de Sierra Nevada.

    Trayecto: circular.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 6500 meters Duration: 3 hours Difficulty: media

    how to arrive

    Desde el área recreativa La Alfaguara debe tomarse la pista forestal que lleva a Puerto Lobo, donde, a mano derecha y a unos 700 metros, se encuentra el inicio del sendero.

  • El sendero Universal Puerto Lobo, entre pinares, ofrece espectaculares vistas de Sierra Nevada, La Vega o el Peñón de Víznar.

    Trayecto: circular.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 400 meters Duration: 0.2 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    Al sendero se accede desde la autovía A-92 por su salida El Fargue-Granada Este, tomando dirección Víznar por la carretera GR-NE-52, en cuyo kilómetro 43 encontramos el inicio situado junto al centro de visitantes del mismo nombre.

     

  • El sendero Cruz de Víznar lleva al Collado del mismo nombre, de gran interés para los amantes de la flora y la fauna pero también para todos aquellos que quieran disfrutar de unas espléndidas panorámicas de la Vega de Granada y Sierra Nevada.

    Trayecto: circular.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 5200 meters Duration: 1.5 hours Difficulty: media

    how to arrive

    Desde Granada por la A-92 en sentido Este, hacia Guadix. En la salida 253 se toma la GRNE- 52 sentido Víznar. Tras recorrer unos 3 km se llega al centro de visitantes Puerto Lobo, en sus inmediaciones se inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero Barranco de Víznar discurre por un paraje lleno de leyendas, con magníficos rincones que desembocan en la acequia de Aynadamar que abasteció al Albaicín. El agua, modeladora de paisajes, es también refugio de una variada fauna y de una flora a veces exuberante.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 1500 meters Duration: 0.3 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    Desde Granada por la A-92 en sentido Este, hacia Guadix. En la salida 253 se toma la GRNE- 52 sentido Víznar. Tras recorrer unos 3 km se llega al centro de visitantes Puerto Lobo, próximo al inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero Puerto Alfacar-Alfaguara ofrece un itinerario botánico para todos los públicos, de recorrido muy didáctico, que ayuda a conocer algunas especies arbóreas.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 5400 meters Duration: 2 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    En la A-92 se toma la salida 249 con dirección a Alfacar; se pasa esta localidad con dirección a la carretera de la Alfaguara y a los 4 km del inicio de esta carretera comienza el sendero.

  • El sendero Mirador de Puerto Lobo ofrece un pequeño recorrido interpretativo de especies ornitológicas, Entre los pinos pueden apreciarse agateador común, pinzón vulgar, azor, curruca o petirrojo.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 200 meters Duration: 0.3 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    El inicio del sendero se encuentra junto al aparcamiento superior del centro de visitantes Puerto Lobo.

  • El sendero Universal Fuente de los Potros se adentra en un pinar de gran riqueza, que además presenta encinas y quejigos. También pueden ver u oírse algunas de las aves que aquí habitan: mirlos, palomas torcaces, arrendajos, carboneros,...

    Trayecto: circular.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 700 meters Duration: 0.4 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    En la autovía A-92 se toma la salida 264, donde se coge la antigua carretera nacional. A 1,5 km aproximadamente se encuentra a la izquierda, en un alto, la entrada que conduce al área recreativa La Fuente de los Potros, marcada por un gran monolito del antiguo ICONA. Se sigue y, en unos 2,5 km, se habrá llegado a la misma, donde se encuentra el inicio del sendero.

  • El sendero Las Mimbres discurre por parajes de abundante agua, libre o canalizada en acequias, con una vegetación exuberante, como las propias mimbres. Sobre los cielos aparecen rapaces de majestuosos vuelos; o pajarillos alegrando las sierras.

    Trayecto: circular.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 4800 meters Duration: 1.3 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    Desde Granada por la A-92 en sentido Este hasta Guadix. Se toma la salida Las Mimbres- Prado Negro dirigiéndose al  parking, donde se inicia el sendero, próximo al área recreativa Fuente de los Potros.

  • El sendero Cerro del Maúllo permite pasear entre pinares de repoblación y barrancos con una vegetación que colorea el paisaje de matices de verdes, ocres y amarillos cada otoño y cada primavera. Lugar idóneo para disfrutar del canto de las aves.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 1800 meters Duration: 0.4 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    Desde Granada por la A-92 en sentido Este, hacia Guadix. En la salida 253 se toma la GRNE- 52 sentido Víznar. Tras recorrer unos 3 km se llega al centro de visitantes Puerto Lobo, donde se inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero Cañada del Sereno discurre entre pinos, encinas y vegetación de ribera. La base caliza del terreno esconde aguas subterráneas que afloran en manantiales y fuentes, mientras en la superficie las rocas son modeladas por los efectos de una erosión extrema.

    Trayecto: circular.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 11500 meters Duration: 4 hours Difficulty: media

    how to arrive

    Desde Granada por la A-92 en sentido Este, hacia Guadix. Se toma la salida parque natural Sierra de Huétor, se cruza el puente y, tras recorrer unos 500 m, optar por un carril que conduce a la casa forestal de Los Peñoncillos, donde se inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero Puerto Lobo al Sotillo recorre los diferentes paisajes y ecosistemas de la sierra de Huétor: se caminará junto a acequias de época nazarí, atraviesan pinares de repoblación, encinares y quejigales, para finalmente ascender hasta las desnudas zonas rocosas, donde contemplar las magníficas panorámicas que brinda esta sierra.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 33000 meters Duration: 8 hours Difficulty: alta

    how to arrive

    Este sendero parte en las inmediaciones del centro de visitantes Puerto Lobo, al que se llega desde la autovía A-92 por su salida 253 El Fargue-Huetor Santillán-Granada Este, tomando dirección Víznar por la carretera GR-NE-52.

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