Things To Do

Granada Wildlife

Granada Wildlife offer guided tours in this wonderful and diverse area of Spain. Day tours are centered on the area to the West of the city of Granada, around the province's second town, Loja.

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Built on the slopes of the Sierra de Loja, as well as shops there is a walled old town with churches and a Moorish alcazar (fort). A number of walks e.g. El Hacho, Los Infiernos, Sierra de Loja and others in and around the town and the surrounding hills are described in leaflets (in Spanish) with maps, available on Loja Tourism website at: http://www.lojaturismo.com/ES/apartado.php?apartado=Rutas

Alhama de Granada

A very pleasant old town. There is a way-marked trail through the gorge and you can visit the baths (balneario) in the hotel in the bottom of the gorge on the road to Bermajales (lake)


Iznajar is a picture-postcard village perched above an extensive reservoir http://www.andalucia.com/province/cordoba/iznajar/home.htm


Antequera was old when the Romans came here! Attractive town for shopping and sightseeing. Park near the bull ring (right) to visit the shops or the Tuesday market.. Make your way up the main shopping street to a plaza at the foot of the old town (above) where cobbled streets host a museum, churches, restaurants and Alcazaba .

El Torcal de Antequera

El Torcal is a landscape shaped by millennia of weathering of the Jurassic limestone into fantastic shapes. There is a visitor center (currently - autumn 2004 - being refurbished) and a waymarked 1hr trail (right)

Fuente de Piedra

Watch the famous breeding colony of flamingos and their chicks on this enormous salt lake. There is a Visitor center and there are a number of other salt lakes, notable Agua Amarga (which means "bitter lake"), in this area. http://www.fuentedepiedra.es/es/Naturaleza/La_Laguna/Centro_de_Visitantes/

Ronda and the Sierra de Grazelema

The "white town" beloved of coach parties from the Costa del Sol, but still well worth a visit. The birthplace of bull fighting and the setting for a harrowing scene in Hemingway's "For whom the bell tolls" it is a very attractive town set on the edge of a precipitous gorge. Grazalema the "wettest town in Spain" is famous for its blanket industry and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.


The Alhambra and Generalife need a day to explore thoroughly and you would be well advised to purchase tickets before you go. To explore the rest of the city it is recommended to park in the large underground car park on the Avenida de la Constitucion as you approach the city from the west. From here you can walk or take an inexpensive taxi and explore the city center, cathedral and the Albaicin quarter at your leisure. Alternatively why not take the train from Loja (San Francisco station)

Sierra Nevada

The "Ronda Sur", the motorway that takes you round to the Alhambra also leads towards the Sierra Nevada. A good road winds up the mountainside past a number of restaurants to El Dornajo where there is a visitor center worth a look. Further up you reach the ski resort and up again past this come to an area used for childrens' tobogganing, for walking etc. There is a barrier across the road here, although a rough road used by walkers goes over the top of the mountains and down into the Alpujarras.


Various routes across the hills north of La Paz lead to Montefrio with its church perched on a crag above the town and the fascinating archaeological remains of the early medieval village of Castellon at Pe√Īa de los Gitanes close by (ask for directions at the Tourist office in town center). These remains date from the 7th-8th century, between the Visigoth period and the Moorish invasion and have an orderly layout reminiscent of Roman times.


Another 55km (half-an-hour) along the motorway east of Granada is Guadix, famous for its cave-dwellings. Until recently these were mainly the homes of gitanos but they are now newly fashionable. There are also plenty of stalls selling traditional, and very reasonably priced Spanish pottery both here and at Purrullena just to the west.

Costa del Sol

If you fancy a day at the seaside then you could go to Malaga and 1) go west to the hot-spots of Torremolinos (right) and the like where you will find a quieter beach at the eastern end of this town, near the Parador and airport, or 2) east to the quieter resorts used by the Malaguenos. Alternatively drive south from Loja to Velez Malaga where you have a choice of smaller resorts (right) to west and east (including Nerja with its famous caves).


Drive to nearby Riofrio, wander around the trout farms and by the fast flowing river to spot the fish. Then go to one of the many restaurants to eat them!

El Chorro Gorge

The stunning gorge at El Chorro where the Guadalhorce river cuts through a vertical cliff of limestone.