Walking and trekking in the Sierra Nevada.

Mulhacen summit from Refugio Caldera, Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada mountains are Europe’s second biggest mountain massif after the Alps. The range stretches for about 100km forming a broad ridge of 3,000m+ summits running east from Granada toward Almeria. Not as rugged as other mountain ranges the ‘’Sierras’’ offer ideal terrain for walkers and trekkers at all levels.

Not to be underestimated however as the ‘’alta montana’’ covers about a dozen peaks over 3,000m including mainland Spain’s highest peak, Mulhacen 3482m. The higher peaks are surrounded by remote mountain valleys and corries bounded by narrow rocky ridges. Most of the high range is designated as a Parque Nacional because of its unique habitat which is a result of the proximaty of these mountains to the Mediterranean.

The lower ‘’baja montana’’ which reach a mere 2,000m surround the higher peaks. Amongst these lower peaks are some gems such as the magnificent summit of Travenque and the lush valley of the Rio Dilar .


St Juan valley, walking in the Sierra Nevada

Activities here include;-

An ascent of Mulhacen, 3482m with a possible overnight stay in the Poqueira mountain refuge.

Ascent of Valetta, 3394m the dramatic peak overlooking Granada.

High level walking into Siete Lagunas a remote mountain corrie between Mulhacen and Alcazaba..

Scrambling the high ridges of the range such as Tajos del Navaro.

Walk the regions own '''Cullin ridge '' with an ascent of Corazon de Sandia.

Multi day treks staying overnight at the Poqueira mountain refuge.


Alcazaba from above Siete Lagunas

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Address: Aptd 88, Lanjaron
18420 Granada, Spain

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Martin Riley who runs The Life of Riley is a qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and the first British guide to become a member of the Spanish Mountain Guides Associacion. Martin holds public liability insurance with Axa Winterthur.

Martin has long experience of working and playing in the hills and mountains. Walking and climbing in the UK and Europe for over 30 years and having lived and worked in Lanjaron since 2005 he has an extensive knowledge of the region’s mountains and wildlife. Prior to living in Spain he managed a Countryside Ranger service and an activity centre in the north of England.