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Route Gollizno, Moclin, Granada, Andalucia

Moclín Ruta del Gollizno

  • Distance: 8 km
  • Elevation gain: 464 m
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Ruta del Gollizno y Tozar

  • Distance: 24 km
  • Elevation gain: 1,283 m
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Casa la Cabra is located just 200m from the start of the Gollizno Route. This stunning hiking route of around 7km is a hidden gem of Andalucia. It takes around 3 hours to complete.

Descending on Esperanza Street toward the village of Olivares, the road becomes a wide track, passing almond trees, olive groves, picnic areas and a former hermitage. There are panoramic views of Granada, the Vega de Granada, and the distant Sierra Nevada. This section of the route traces the Camino Mozárabe de Santiago, which winds its way up from Olivares in the opposite direction. There is little shade on this section of the walk, so it is best negotiated this way around.

On reaching the outskirts of Olivares the route turns immediately left, under an old mill arch and alongside the Rio Velillos. You may however, choose to take a detour into the village and visit one of the bars for refreshments before continuing.

Walking alongside the tree-lined Rio Velillos, the route takes you over a small bridge and across the river. You will then start a gradual rocky ascent through the Tajos de la Hoz, and past the Fuente de la Buena Ventura. With amazing views of the gorge, there is an option to take a longer route to Tózar, or carry on over the swing bridge and back towards Moclín .
Crossing the bridge, you will continue on the shady riverbank, before starting the climb to the Fuente de Corcuela. The path here is steep as it zig-zags up the rock face, but it has roped guide-rails and is shaded for much of the day. This is also a common place to see ibex.
After passing the Fuente de Corcuela, you will turn left back toward Moclín. You will just be able to see the castle ramparts on top of the hill.
You can take a short diversion to your right here, through an olive grove to see the Neolithic cave paintings of Corcuela.
Back on the main path, the climb is continuous as you wind your way up through ancient pine forest and back toward the village and the chapel of San Anton. On reaching here, you can continue uphill toward the castle and the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation and the sanctuary of Cristo del Paño.