A Day Trip from Almuñécar to Monachil, Los Cahorros Trail


Escape to the Sierra Nevada mountains and experience a day trip from Almuñécar to Monachil.  A unique hiking experience through a narrow canyon, on top of a narrow cement wall, and over several hanging bridges.  A place to cool down from the heat at one of the many water holes along the river.  Keep on reading to find out the scoop from our guest author Ed.

Escape to the Sierra Nevada on a day trip from Almuñécar to Monachil. A unique hiking experience via a narrow canyon, hanging bridges & the river. Read more on AlmunecarInfo.com

 

 

Location

Located less than an hour’s drive away and situated next to the Sierra Nevada mountains just South of Granada is a truly exciting trail in the beautiful Monachil valley.  Monachil is a small village only 8 kilometres from Granada that offers beautiful views of the expansive Sierra Nevada mountains and a gateway to the canyon through which the Rio Monachil flows through.  The lush valley is home to numerous fruit trees (apple, cherry, pomegranate), wild flowers and herbs (lavender, thyme, rosemary), all interspaced with almond and olive trees.  Read more about the Monachil nature park.

Monachil is a small village only 8 kilometres from Granada that offers beautiful views of the expansive Sierra Nevada mountains and a gateway to the canyon through which the Rio Monachil flows through.

 

When to Go

The trail is accessible all year-long although in the winter you could encounter snow.  Spring and fall offer exceptional vegetation and while summer can be very hot, if you stay in the canyon you will be able to keep cool.

 

Why Go?

  • A unique hiking experience through a narrow canyon on top of a narrow cement wall and over several hanging bridges. The wall is only a few meters above the river and there are points where you will have to crawl under, use the rock wall to lean back and get around points that stick out beyond the trail (some of these have metal rungs to hold on to, some do not).  If you are uneasy with these, there are metal rungs along the way that allow you to go down into the river and walk along too.

The wall is only a few meters above the river and there are points where you will have to crawl under, use the rock wall to lean back and get around points that stick out beyond the trail (some of these have metal rungs to hold on to, some do not).

 

  • The river is normally not that deep.  Don’t worry, many families with kids go on this trail and while the hanging bridges might be a bit scary with some boards missing, they are safe and inspected.

A Day Trip from Almuñécar to Monachil, Los Cahorros Trail Don't worry, many families with kids go on this trail and while the hanging bridges might be a bit scary with some boards missing, they are safe and inspected.

 

  • A place to cool down from the heat at one of the many water holes along the river. The river is cold though as its source comes from the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada and would probably only be enjoyable on a hot summer’s day.

A place to cool down from the heat at one of the many water holes along the river.

 

  • Lots of bolted rock climbing if you are a climber.  This area was known for its limestone climbing cliffs well before it became a popular hiking, picnicking and swimming destination.

A Day Trip from Almuñécar to Monachil, Los Cahorros Trail This area was known for its limestone climbing cliffs well before it became a popular hiking, picnicking and swimming destination.

 

  • Have lunch at the trailhead or in the village and explore or do a picnic along the trail.

 

How to Get From Almuñécar to Monachil

From the Friday Market in Almuñécar, take Highway 340 East towards Motril.  At the roundabout after leaving Velilla, go up the hill to the A-7 freeway.  Take the A-7 East toward Almeria.  Follow the split in the freeway toward Granada and onto the A-44 freeway North.  Just before going into Granada, take Exit 2 leading onto A-395 and then to A-4028.  The A-4028 will turn into GR-3202 and into the village of Monachil.

There is parking for the hiking trail at the top of the hill on the right just as you leave the village heading East into the Sierra Nevada on GR-3202.  From the parking lot, walk back toward the village and down the first road to the left.  This will lead you down to the restaurant at the trailhead.  There is parking there too, but it is for the restaurant and there are very few parking places along the narrow road getting there.

There is parking there too but it is for the restaurant and there are very few parking places along the narrow road getting there.

From the restaurant, the trail starts to the right of the parking lot.  Follow it down to the river.  There will be several other trails that go left up the hill but these are for return trip loops.  You will know you are on the right trail as you will be going either level or down and there will be an aqueduct with water right next to the trail.  When you do make it down to the river and across the first suspension bridge, stairs will lead you up the other side.

The main trail goes left at the T-Junction.  Follow this for several kilometers.  The trail is obvious and the only one there.  Eventually it will cross the river a final time and you can go right and continue until you have to turn around or you can go left without doing that section and follow the higher trail through the rocks and hillside to take you back to your original starting point.  If it seems too hot, just return back through the canyon and enjoy the challenges all over again.

Where to eat in Monachil

 

Where to Eat

There is a small restaurant right at the start of the trail head where you can also park.  The food is pretty good.  Or, if you prefer something larger, head back into Monachil and go to La Chistera Monachil.  They serve good tapas and pizza and are located on Calle Jose a P Rivera s/n in Monachil.

Where to eat in Monachil

Many thanks to Ed for his guest post!

 

 

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Here are some reviews and tips to read before you experience Los Cahorros Trail, Monachil.

Just in case you want to stay over night:

If you want to make a weekend of it or more than a day trip, here are some of the top reviewed places to stay in Monachil.

  1. La Casa del Pianista

    Set 12 km from Granada and 14 km from Sierra Nevada, La Casa del Pianista offers pet-friendly accommodation in Monachil.
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  2. La Almunia del Valle

    Situated in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, this boutique hotel offers rooms with a private terrace and amazing views. La Almunia del Valle features an outdoor swimming pool.
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  3. El Molino de Rosa María Serrano

    El Molino de Rosa María Serrano is located in Monachil. Free WiFi access is available in this country house. The accommodation will provide you with a balcony.
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  4. Apartamento Granada Monachil II

    Apartamento Granada Monachil II offers accommodation in Monachil, 7 km from Granada and 13 km from Sierra Nevada. The property features views of the mountain is 46 km from Almuñécar.
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  5. Hospederia Los Cahorros

    Featuring an on-site restaurant and a shared terrace, Hospederia Los Cahorros is located in Monachil. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Granada is 8 km away.
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  6. Huerta del Laurel

    Set beside the River Monachil, Huerta del Laurel features an outdoor swimming pool. Free WiFi is available in public areas and there is free parking.
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  7. Hotel Los Cerezos

    Located on a hillside in Llanos de Monachil, Hotel Los Cerezos offers views of Granada. This hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace and free Wi-Fi access throughout.
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  8. Apartamento Granada Monachil

    Located in Monachil, this air-conditioned apartment is 6 km from Granada. The unit is 15 km from Sierra Nevada. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
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  9. Hotel Granada Palace (4 star)

    Located in the village of Monachil, 6 km from Granada, Hotel Granada Palace combines Moorish-style architecture with modern interior design.
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  10. Casa Cuevea Muntasal

    Offering a garden and shared seasonal outdoor pool, Casa Cueva Muntasal is located in Monachil. Granada is 7 km away. Free WiFi is provided . All units feature a seating and dining area.
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Ed Welter

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Ed Welter is an avid cyclist, hiker and traveler who retired to Almunecar from Portland, Oregon, USA with his wife in January 2015.

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