Departing from the upper neighborhood we’ll pass through the entire town and head down towards the reservoir, making use of the ‘Alauxa’ hiking trail. We’ll arrive near the reservoir, passing through orchards and stopping to examine significant places such as caves and remnants from various eras. Along the way you’ll enjoy the best views around the reservoir and come across impressive specimens of trees that have been cultivated since ancient times, clearly illustrating an irrigated Mediterranean agriculture that remains productive even today. After leaving the orchards, we’ll pass the reservoir dam and then hike up into a pine forest surrounding an old quarry. We’ll continue on towards an area of orchards where we will see more examples of some of the most ancient olive and carob trees in our area before returning to the town via the cemetery path. The route can be lengthened by following the Camino Real to the nearby town of Acebuches by way of a road used since ancient times to connect Granada with the port town of Motril, identifying several sites with relics of the structures of that important and highly trafficked road.
Considerations: The route at some points runs along a stretch of road and at times can be subject to unpleasant odors due to it passing a local butchery.