The site faces W/NW, but is also great in
a light easterly (as long as there is no northerly component,
10 knots or more can be okay), when it is protected my the
Sierra Nevada range. The take-off is huge, and so is the landing.
There is a motorway beside the landing, but don't let this
put you off. It really is gigantic.
In winter you can walk up the ridge behind
the take-off and launch towards the south. This side heats
up better in the winter months, and so works better. This
take-off is steep, and not for beginners. There are landings
below in the village of Monachil if you need them. A road
takes you straight back up to take-off. This shouldn't be
necessary, however, as the ridge falls away to the west and
allows you to turn the corner and either land on the take-off,
or carry on down to the ordinary landing field in 'Cenes de
There is a valley to the right of take-off
with cables in it. Don't go in there low - it is turbulent.
Likewise, heading back from the take-off is fine: just make
sure you have enough height to get back.
- Follow the signs for Sierra Nevada. You will pass the landing
on the left before the road starts to climb. Carry on until
you see a road on the right towards 'Camping El purche' (8.6
km). This will take you above a quarry. When you arrive at
the junction (1.2 km), turn right. You will descend steeply
before encountering the entrance to a track on the right (1
km). Follow this track 'Camino de los Neveros'. You will pass
a (probably dry) fountain. Park beside some ugly concrete
benches (1.5 km) and a bike stand that they seem to have erected
for no good reason. Climb up 2 minutes to the take-off.
- You can get to the landing field by bus. Normally you should
be able to find someone to go up with. Take the number 33
bus from 'Paseo de Salon' (near the big supermarket 'El Corte
Ingles' in the centre of town). Get off the bus at the last
stop (where it turns round and returns to Granada). Return
along the same road a couple of hundred metres and turn left
towards Sierra Nevada. Continue along this road for another
couple of hundren metres, and you will come to the landing
field (raised up) on the right.