The Gollizno route

The Gollizno route

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The Gollizno route is a circular route, taking you on a tour of the history of the Moclín. You will pass its amazing cave paintings and castle ruins and enter into the centre of Olivares crossing bridges over the Tajos de la Hoz, the steep gorge created by the Río Velillos.

 

DEPARTURE FROM MOCLÍN (CALLE REAL)

Start from Calle Real and then walk down Calle Esperanza until you reach the outskirts of the town. Follow the steep trail through the mountains and pine forests that will lead you to the town of Olivares. On your way down into the village you will see the entire Valle del Río Velillos valley, framed by olive trees.

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WAYPOINT 1 > OLIVARES

After Olivares you will enter the Tajos de la Hoz, a natural gorge carved by the constant flow of waters. The walk continues upstream, under the watchful eye of the towers belonging to the old Nasrid fortress. Arriving at the old Presa de la Luz, the bridge that was built for this walking trail, you will come to a small opening where you can take a well-earned rest.

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WAYPOINT 2 > LA CORCUELA

A winding and narrow path will lead you out of this beautiful watery area and take you to the Fuente de Corcuela.

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WAYPOINT 3 > CAVE PAINTINGS OF CORCUELA

Following the path upwards you will reach the cave paintings of Corcuela that date back to Neolithic times. Continue along the path towards the village of Moclín and its church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, home to the widely-worshipped church that houses the fantastic painting of Christ (Cristo del Paño). The Casa del Pósito (the granary) is also very much worth a visit.

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WAYPOINT 4 > CASTLE AND POSITO OF MOCLÍN

Moclín is a municipality located 33 kilometres from Granada, and is accessed from the N-432 towards Córdoba. Its historical legacy includes cave paintings in the following caves: Abrigo de Corcuela, Cueva de la Araña, Cueva de las Vereas, Cueva de Malalmuerzo. Here there are also the remains of Roman settlements found in different areas of the municipality. The area’s Hispano-Moorish heritage must also be underlined. It includes a complex network of watchtowers, walls and fortresses all of which were instrumental in defending the Kingdom of Granada.

Vista General Moclín

ROUTE INFORMATION

Regions: Poniente Granadino

Towns: Moclín

Route length: 8 km

Estimated duration: 3.5 hours

Altitude on departure: 1000 metres

Maximum altitude reached: 1040 metres

Gradient: 621 metres

Ecosystem: Low and mid-level mountain, rivers

Recommended season: All year round

HIKE RATING SYSTEM

    • Itinerary and route
    • Paths or signposts showing the way
    • Effort needed
    • Over 3 and up to 6 hours (3+2+1) of effective walking
    • Severity of natural surroundings
    • More than one risk factor
    • Level of difficulty for walking
    • Walk on paths with rough surface

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