Natural Park Sierra Nevada - Valle Lecrin

On the side of Valle Lecrín are some very interesting aspects to see. First the wetlands of Padul, which are listed as a natural reserved area inside the Natural Park Sierra Nevada. This area has a lot of different species of waterbirds, that live here or are on migration. Next to the park is a educational center situated. Secondly there is a large rock accumulation called Natural Monument Falla de Nigüelas. It is situated on the border of the Natura Park Sierra Nevada. The Valley of the Dúrcal River is also worth a visit. There is a picnic area next to the Dúrcal river and more upstream are some lovely waterfalls. Also the less know Los Cahorros de Nigüelas are spectacular with is small waterfalls and steep rock walls.

Los Cahorros de Nigüelas

Beside the Cahorros of Monachil are the Cahorros of Nigüelas which are generally unknown, so less touristic. This can also be caused by the fact, that the hiking trail next to the river is not that well maintained. Nevertheless you can find your way through the bushes and enjoy the beauty and rest of this canyon.  A part of the rock wall of this canyon is prepared for practicing rock climbing. The trail is going along several small waterfalls. At the end is spectacular slot canyon with a hudge rock in it, forcing the water to run over it. This spot is a little bit hidden, outside the trail and you need to cross the stream by feet. This narrow canyon is continuing for 500 meters until it is blocked by a hudge "dam" that has the same hight as the canyon., it is recommended not to follow this last part.

The Valley of the Dúrcal River

The Valley of the Dúrcal River is also worth a visit. There is a picnic area at the end of the road that goes along the river Dúrcal, where you can park your car. From this point you can take the 1,5 km trail on the left bank from the river that brings you to the first waterfall. The other trail is located at the other site of the river. First you have to cross the river Dúrcal by an improvised bridge and follow the dry river bed, which is connected with the river Dúrcal in an almost right angle. After a few hundred meters there is a small trail going up to the left. The trail is going over the edge of a waterchannel. You will pass the waterfall that you have seen on the other side. At the end of the channel is a small waterfall, at this point you follow the path up and after a few hundred meters is the big waterfall located.

The Wetlands of Padul

The wetlands of Padul are listed as a natural reserved area in Natural Park Sierra Nevada, as it is located on the southwestern foothills of this mountain range, next to the municipality Padul, 25 kilometers from the city of Granada. It is surrounded by dozens of farms and crossed by numerous roads. The set of ponds and peatlands covers an area of 327.398 hectares. It is the only existing wetland of endorheic origin in the province of Granada and the largest peatland in southern Europe. In the park they have constructed nice "wooden" paths and even some bird watcher houses. Next to the road El Padul to is an educational center "Aula de la Naturaleza El Aguadero" situated.

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