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Santa Barbara Summit - Sierra de Baza

Exploring the Area

Santa Barbara Summit
Sierra de Baza
Granada, Andalucía, Spain

This is an easy to moderate 1 - 1½ hr walk up to the summit of Santa Barbara (2,269m) and back in the heart of the beautiful Sierra de Baza Natural Park.

From tha A92 motorway, take the turn-off for Sierra de Baza (Junction 28) and drive the 5km to the Narvaez Visitor Centre and continue on along the good unmetalled road up the mountain.

On Road to Start of Walk
Cairn at Start of Walk

On Road to Start of Walk

Cairn at Start of Walk

Wind up the mountain, past the Area Recreativa and Refugio "La Canaleja" to the top of the pass. Shortly after a viewpoint with an information board, to the right, you will arrive at the Prados del Rey. Here you will see a turn-off to the right (near some littter bins), signposted to a Refugio. Ignore this turn-off and continue straight ahead for a few metres and look for a rough dirt track on the left.

Refugio Prados del Rey
Route to Santa Barbara Summit

Refugio Prados del Rey

Route to Santa Barbara Summit

You may wish to park here and start the walk as the road is narrow and rough, although most cars would have no difficulty in continuing for the next ½km. You will then come to a small cairn marking an old miners' road on the left which leads up the mountain. Park here.

Evidence of Mining Activity
Abandoned Mine

Evidence of Mining Activity

Abandoned Mine

This road leads to close to the summit, which is clearly marked by a white concrete post. Along this track you will see plenty of evidence of former mining activity (iron ore?). Continue on up to the summit over rough, rocky ground which you will note is covered in a variety of mountain plants.

Summit Marker
View from Santa Barbara

Summit Marker

View from Santa Barbara

At the summit there are fantastic views to be enjoyed over the Altiplano de Granada, including those of Cerro Jabalcon and the peak of La Sagra.

Return to the car by the same route.

Please note that, whereas all our recommended drives are normally perfectly safe for standard cars, special care should be taken after a period of bad weather. You are always advised to have plenty of drinking water with you as well as plenty of fuel in your tank. You may well find your mobile (cell) phone is out of network coverage.

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