Parque natural de la Sierra de Huétor

The Sierra de Huétor, located in the province of Granada, is a spectacular mountain range that forms part of the larger Sierra Nevada system in Andalusia, Spain. Known for its rugged terrain, diverse flora and fauna, and breathtaking vistas, the Sierra de Huétor is a haven for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.

This natural paradise encompasses an area of approximately 12,000 hectares, making it a substantial protected space within the Sierra Nevada National Park. Its elevation ranges from 900 to 1,900 meters above sea level, creating a varied landscape of rocky outcrops, lush forests, and rolling meadows. The mountain range is crisscrossed with a network of hiking trails, offering visitors the opportunity to explore its hidden treasures.

One of the distinctive features of the Sierra de Huétor is its rich biodiversity. The area is home to a wide array of plant and animal species, many of which are unique to this region. Pine and oak forests dominate the landscape, providing habitat for an assortment of wildlife, including wild boars, mountain goats, and various bird species.

For those seeking outdoor activities, the Sierra de Huétor offers an array of options. Hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing are popular pursuits, while the numerous viewpoints provide stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The Cueva del Agua, a captivating cave system, is a notable natural wonder within the range.

Additionally, the Sierra de Huétor is home to several charming villages, such as Huétor Santillán and Diezma, which offer a taste of traditional Andalusian life amidst this rugged natural backdrop.

With its striking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and opportunities for adventure, the Sierra de Huétor is a true gem for nature lovers and a must-visit destination for those exploring the province of Granada. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a wildlife enthusiast, or simply seeking a serene escape, this mountain range promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Andalusia.

Information points

Puerto Lobo

Centro de Visitantes Puerto Lobo

Location: Carretera Víznar a Puerto Lobo, km. 43, 18179
Telephone: 958 54 04 26

Top hiking trails

Las Mimbres and Acequia del Fardes loop trail

Explore the Sierra de Huétor through the Las Mimbres and Acequia del Fardes circular trail. Starting in the Las Mimbres area, next to the Fuente de los Potros, you’ll discover a Mediterranean landscape, always facing the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada. The brilliant Andalusian culture left, among many other legacies, an excellent network of irrigation channels. Even today, like veins of moisture and freshness, they run through the slopes of this mountain range and irrigate the crops of the Vega de Granada. A section of this trail runs parallel to the Acequia del Fardes, which from the Fuente Grande de Sierra Harana reaches to pour its waters into the fields of Cogollos-Vega. In other parts of the trail, you can venture into caves and pass by the waterfalls of Prado Negro. The trail continues in the meadows of the Cortijo de las Chorreras with imposing views before crossing a majestic finale and returning to the starting point. Click here to see more details.

Recreational areas

Fuente de los Potros

Fuente de los potros

In one of the most popular areas in the Sierra de Huétor Natural Park, you will find this recreational area in a pine forest. It has tables, barbecues, and benches, as well as a children’s playground and a snack bar. From this environment, the marked trail “Las Mimbres” and the universally accessible trail “Fuente De Los Potros” start, adapted for people with disabilities. The hamlet of Pradonegro is located nearby. Please remember that it is prohibited to light fires from June 1st to October 15th). In the access area, there is a large open space where soccer enthusiasts can play outdoors.

How to get there:
From the A-92 heading towards Guadix, take exit 264 and continue towards Las Mimbres/Prado Negro.

Puerto Lobo Recreational area in Víznar

Puerto Lobo Recreational area in Víznar

It is accessible for campervans or vans. It has tables, benches, and a snack bar.

How to get there: The area can be accessed from the A-92 highway through the “El Fargue – Granada Este” exit, heading towards Víznar on the GR-3101 road.

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