Rural Grenada Villa
Valle de Lecrín - Rural Granada Villas View over Acequias
Valle de Lecrín - Rural Granada Villas Pinos del Valle

There are many gentle walks around Acequias, many following the routes of the old acequia, several of which are still used by the local residents to irrigate their gardens and allotments.  There are several footpaths leading to other villages in the area, as well as linking to the major footpath into the Sierra Nevada, the GR7. 


niguelas 3A delightful 25 minute walk through olive and almond groves from Acequias brings you to Nigüelas.  Like Acequias, it is an old community which still has some inhabited caves at the top of the town.  
There is a lovely church and the town hall is worth looking round, as is the adjacent 'Jardin Romantico'.  The Nigüelas fiesta is in September and is a late night party not to be missed. There is also an old olive mill museum and there is a daily fish market in the town. 

Although smaller than Dúrcal, Nigüelas still offers some interesting options for eating out. There are several bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of the village square. 

As mentioned above, there are some fascinating cave houses, many of which are still inhabited.  They are situated at the base of the sheer cliffs which rise above Nigüelas.

Typically, there is a conventional frontage which merges into the hillside behind.  The one shown in this photograph can be found by following an overgrown path leading from the end of town.

Pinos del Valle

Situated high on the south-eastern edge of the Embalse de Beznar (the reservoir), Pinos del Valle overlooks the Valle de Lecrin to the north.  Similar in size to Nigüelas it has several shops and bars - it is a great location for walking and is close to the reservoir, which offers fishing.

Perched behind the town, high on the eastern ridge of the Cerro del Cruzero de Pino, sits the ancient white monastery of Santo Cristo del Zapato - a very distinctive landmark which can be seen from almost everywhere in the valley.

The view from this point is awesome - to the left the valley curves away towards Granada, to the right it descends down to the sea.  All the towns in Valle de Lecrin can be seen from here.  It's a steady walk on a good, clear footpath - well worth it. 

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