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Granada: Los Cahorros de Monachil Canyon Hiking Tour

1. Granada: Los Cahorros de Monachil Canyon Hiking Tour

Meet at the starting point and travel in an 8-seater van to the village of Monachil, 15 kilometers from Granada. Begin your route in the lower part of Sierra Nevada, an area of canyons and rivers. Hike for 2 to 3 hours and enjoy the peaceful surroundings and make several stops along the way. The trek's degree of difficulty is relatively easy and is family friendly, but for some sections, you will have to walk in a crouch. Appreciate the beauty of the place and take pictures. After your tour is over, you will be able to remember your experience from several free photos taken by the guide with a professional camera.

Granada: Sierra Nevada Guided Safari

2. Granada: Sierra Nevada Guided Safari

Discover some of the best views of the Sierra Nevada mountains surrounding Granada, and enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the old city from secret viewpoints. On the tour, drive along trails that date back over a thousand years, from the time of the Visigoths and the Arabs. Following pickup from Granada city center, travel by 4WD vehicle towards the towering peaks of the nearby mountains north of the city. We will get an elevation of 2500 meters-8000 ft, with amazing views of the highest peaks in the Iberian peninsula. Explore the north face of the Sierra Nevada to see the highest peaks on the Iberian Peninsula, climbing to heights of more than 3,000 meters. Marvel at the amazing landscape, before driving to Sierra de Huétor Natural Park. The mountains here are lower and were used by the Moors to draw spring water for the Albaicín, now part of Granada. See some old fortifications from the days of the Spanish Civil War, and enjoy incredible views of Granada and the Sierra Nevada. Finally, visit a typical Andalusian restaurant where you can enjoy drinks, snacks, or a meal (costs not included).

Sierra Nevada Small Group E-Bike Tour

3. 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

4. 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 the 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 form legend and landscapes from cinema.

Alpujarra Experience: Historical Mountain Villages

5. 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

6. 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.

Granada: High Sierra Nevada Hiking Experience

7. Granada: High Sierra Nevada Hiking Experience

After being collected from your accommodation in Granada, you will be driven to 2,500 meters above sea level to the top of the Sierra Nevada Road. From here you will head to the most beautiful glacier valley of Sierra Nevada, San Juan Valley. Here you will learn how the ice has been excavating the rocks throughout thousand of years. You will also encounter beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and shiny rocks, as well as wildlife such as mountain goats, eagles, birds migrating from Africa, and insects and plants that only exist here. This is an easy but beautiful hike, off the beaten path. Your guides know the best secret spots in Sierra Nevada after more than 30 years hiking here. Your tour will eventually conclude in a beautiful panoramic restaurant, where you will enjoy a refreshing drink.

From Granada: Rio Verde Canyoning Tour

8. 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.

Granada: Sierra Nevada Guided E-Bike Mountain Tour

9. 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.

From Granada: Day Trip to Trevélez with Ham Factory

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,123 reviews

A really fantastic experience, extremely well organised, but friendly and informative too. The organisers cater for all shapes and sizes and are prepared for changes in the weather, they will supply additional extra clothing when things get cold and also some food and water on the way down at around the halfway mark. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience which we thought was also extremely good value for money. The bikes were very high quality, and the motors made all the difference for the hard uphill bits, however if you so wished you were able to pedal yourself if you felt super fit! It was very reassuring to have the van following at a distance out of site just in case of mishap, also if you wanted will take your kit for you so one was not weighed down by gear. It was also pretty sociable, the bikes are very quiet and there is no other background noise apart from those of the natural world. It was very easy to talk with your friends both riding along on easy bits.

Jaime was an execellent guide and driver. He knows where to go and will take you to viewpoints to see the best of the landscape. Very knowledgeable of the land as well. It was an amazing time as the mountains are still capped with snow but was fairly dry and sunny. Overall we enjoyed the trip and was worth it.

We were only two English speaking tourists among other 13 Spanish tourists. Angela was a super guide in explaining everything by two languages. Alpujarra s were very unique, beautiful and peaceful villages in Sierra Nevada mountains. Highly recommend this trip.

Very unique travel experience, lot of amazing locations and great guide (thank you Jaime!). The sunset from Sierra Nevada was absolutely stunning! Recommended tour 10/10

Superb trip. You must do this activity. Best way to see the mountains. Well organised, superb bikes too.