Silleta del Padul and Piedra Ventana

Silleta del Padul and Piedra Ventana

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The route starts at an altitude of 945 meters in Ermita Nueva and reaches 1500 metres in Silleta del Padul, crossing different landscapes. It runs through several forest tracks and trails where you can enjoy the stunning rock formation of Piedra Ventana, the Vega de Granada, the peaks del Corazón de la Sandía and el Trevenque, as well as the Alayos de Dílar and el Valle de Lecrín.

 

DEPARTURE FROM ERMITA DE LA VIRGEN DE LAS NIEVES
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The route starts near Dílar, in in the eastern part of the village, just by the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, by an almond grove. You can take water for your journey from the spring, and then set off southwards from the back of the Ermita (chapel) along a track that climbs gently among almond and olive groves. After 1.5 km, you will reach a pond. Leave the farmed areas behind and follow a path that takes you up to a pinewood. The terrain soon changes to dolomite sandstone and the surrounding vegetation adapts itself to the different type of soil. You will soon reach the Cabreros pass where, next to the ruins of an old farmhouse, you will see some wide fields that were once used to grow cereal crops. 

WAYPOINT 1 > SILLETA DEL PADUL
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Follow the steep track through the gorse scrub, until reaching the last hill that leads up to the Cerro de la Silleta (1520 metres). To reach this point you have climbed 560 metres, so do take a well-deserved rest and enjoy the splendid views. From here you can see several peaks over 3000 metres high; the Veleta (3396 metres), Tajos de la Virgen (3342–3179 metres), Cartujo (3150 metres) and the Caballo (3011 metres, extending out to the Alpujarra district). 

WAYPOINT 2 > PIEDRA VENTANA
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At this point leave the circular track to take a look at the rock formation Piedra Ventana. It is a naturally-formed stone arch that has been carved out by erosion.

WAYPOINT 3 > PUERTO DE MALA MUJER
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Walk eastwards along the Sierra del Manar. At various points along the way you will come across lookout points where you can enjoy the beautiful mountain landscapes. You will be able to see the peaks of Corazón de la Sandía (1872 metres) and the Trevenque (2083 metres), the Alayos de Dílar, Vega de Granada and the Valle de Lecrín. Up until now you have been following the line of the Valle de Lecrín, which leads to the Puerto de Mala Mujer. Once you have passed this point, you return to the slopes of the Río Dílar.  

WAYPOINT 4 > ERMITA VIEJA
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Leave the path temporarily to follow a broad forest track. After 700 metres you will come across the Ermita Vieja (literally the Old Chapel). Its name comes from the fact that until 1796 it housed the image of the Virgin of the Snows, which is now kept in the Ermita Nueva (New Chapel). You can refill your water supplies here at the fountain. Returning back to the path, head down in a north easterly direction among scrubland and reforested pines, along a track that leads to a broad dry river. Cross the sandy bed and get ready for the final challenge of this route, which is to climb up to the Poca Leña hill. From here again you can see wide crop fields, the Ermita Nueva in the background, and the clay path back to where you started.

ROUTE INFORMATION

Regions: Sierra Nevada

Towns: Dílar

Route length: 14.5 km

Estimated duration: 5 hours

Altitude on departure:  945 metres

Maximum altitude reached: 1487 metres

Gradient: 539 metres

Ecosystem: Mid-level mountain

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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