The Gollizno routeAdd to My Granada
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regions: Poniente Granadino
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
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