Andalusia is a cyclists' and hikers' paradise with miles of mountain trails, olive grove tracks and quiet roads.
Moclín has two via ferrata climbs including Spain's first for children.
The circular Ruta del Gollizno hike passes through the village. The hike is around 7km, and includes narrow mountain trail and a swing bridge river crossing over the Rio Velillos. It takes around 2 hours to complete.
The Camino Mozarbe de Santiago passes within 150m of Casa la Cabra apartments. We welcome pilgrims undertaking the challenge of this route.
We ourselves are keen runners putting together guided running holidays for guests. You can find out more about these here: https://ultratrailspain.com/
The Sierra Nevada ski station is a 90 minute drive away from Moclín and a hive of winter activities. Over the summer months the slopes are converted into a web of mountain bike trails. For a small fee, riders can transport bikes up into the mountains in the cable cars before racing back down.
Moclín is famed for its ibex herds and it is not uncommon to see them close to the castle at dawn.
There are also wild boar, hares, genets, red squirrels, and polecats roaming in the countryside, particularly the pine clad mountain tops surrounding the village. Eagles nest on the rocks above the gorge. Hoopoes are a common sight in the olive groves.
Spring and summer sees many wildflowers burst into bloom, including sombre and bee orchids, pyramid orchids and even giant orchids.
There is much evidence of early settlement in and around Moclín, with dolmens and prehistoric cave paintings.
The castle dates from the 12th century when the Nasrid Kings built their defences in the area. The castle finally surrendered to the Catholic Kings in 1486.
Other historic monuments include the Santuario del Cristo del Paño (Sanctuary of Christ of the Cloth) which is the church in which the famous cloth painting is housed, the Ermita de San Antón, and the Atalayas which surround the village - the sites of which were originally used a watchtowers, allowing the Moors to track the movements of opposing troops in the area. There are also many trenches built and used during the Spanish Civil War close to the village.
Alhambra ticket information
Hammam Arab baths – Granada
Cristo del Paño
The fiesta of Cristo del Paño is celebrated in Moclín every 5 October with major festivities on and around this day Several thousand pilgrims and party-goers make their way to the village for the annual procession of the painting, believed to have miraculous properties, around the village.