How to get from Granada to Monachil Waterfalls

Journey added: 09/05/2013
Location: Granada
Destination: Monachil
Travelling by: Bus
Journey time: 20 minutes
Journey cost: 1.65 euros

Waterfall bathing

Getting to the bus stop

Make your way out of the center of Granada passing Plaza Humilladero and crossing the bridge on it’s left side over the river. Turn left onto Paseo de los Basilios and you should see two bus stops just up the road on the right. Wait at the first bus stop for the bus destined for “Cajar – Monachil” – it’s number 183.

Important to know

On Sunday, buses don’t go directly into Monachil. I’m not sure if it’s the same bus you have to take, but I know the bus drops you a mile outside of Monachil so you have to walk.

Bus times from Granada to Monachil (excluding Sundays)

20 minutes past each hour.

Bus times to Monachil to Granada (excluding Sundays)

40 minutes past each hour.
8:40pm is the last bus.

Taking the bus to Monachil

Getting to the Monachil waterfalls

The bus will drop you off on a bridge in the center of Monachil. This will be the same stop you will need to wait at to catch the bus back into Granada. Follow the river upstream on it’s left side. If you come across the following signs you will know you´re going the right way

Turn right here and cross the bridge

Continue up the road and around the hairpin where you will see a stop sign. Just before the stop sign, there is a steep, grey pathway which ascends up past some residences. If you follow this, you will eventually come to a pinkish cafe with a car park. There is a small dirt path to the right of the car park that leads to the bridges, gorge etc.

Perfect place for a swim

If there are any mistakes, or anything you would like to add, please leave a comment. Apart from that, explore, have fun, and let me know how you get on.

Peace and love,

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10 Responses

  1. Andrew says:

    That path is now blocked off as private property about two hundred metres past the water station.When you get to the road signs do not cross the bridge but walk up the road and around the hairpin. There will be a stop sign round the other side of the hairpin and just before that a steep, ascending grey pathway. Follow this up past the residences and you will eventually come apon a pinkish cafe with a car park. There is a small dirt path to the right of the car park that leads to the bridges, gorge etc.

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks for the update Andrew, I will change the information with your updated advice. Happy travels!

  2. Gustaaf SMETS says:

    In September I stay in Granada en want to visite the hanging bridge of Los Cahorros.
    I start in Monachil at the restaurant with the carpark.
    Can you tell what is the distance from there to the bridge and is it a difficult walk?
    I am a person over 65+
    Thank you.
    Kind regards,


    • Jonathan says:

      Hi Gustaaf,

      I can see you are planning well in advance your trip to Granada. There is a restaurant very close to the bridge with a car park. If you are talking about that then the walk should not be difficult, it requires an short uphill walk and is about 5 minutes away. If you are starting from the town where the bridge crosses the river then the walk is a bit more difficult and will take you longer but I think it should be perfectly achievable if you take your time. Walk slowly and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

      Kind regards,

  3. Gustaaf SMETS says:

    Hello again,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I mean the restaurant El Puntarron.
    Away there is a second restaurant on a”dirt road”downhill.
    Is this place to reach by car?
    I saw on the internet multiple bridges.
    Do you have an idea how far it is to the longest bridge?
    I want to go back from there to the car park over the same way.
    What is your advice?
    Kind regards,


    • Jonathan says:

      If you look on Google Maps, just up the road from the restaurant to the right is a dirt road. If you take the car up that you will come to another restaurant. Park the car there and to the right of the entrance to the restaurant there is a dirt track, follow it around to the right and then you climb up a small dirt hill and you will see arrive at a nice viewpoint, you can then follow the path slightly to the left and it will take you to the bridge in a few minutes. Good luck and stop worrying too much! Happy travels!

  4. Thanks for sharing this. My partner and I used your instructions to get the bus from Granada and do the walk. The walk is lovely and varied. The swing bridges were fun. The path along the river is a little narrow and high in places and requires crawling to get under rock overhangs if you are, like me, and too nervous to lean out to step round them. The beautiful waterfalls and clear cold water are a little spoilt in one or two places by litter, graffiti and piles of used toilet roll. Also, don’t help yourself to the odd cherry off the trees – the signs warning you they are sprayed with insecticide are in Spanish (seem to have got away with eating four!) Love the wild flowers and herbs, sightings of hillside beehives and views of the Sierra Nevada and Granada. The “pinkish” cafe is good to visit at the end for drinks and tapas and has a lovely terrace with two resident cats.

  5. George Rettig says:

    Hi Jonathon (if that even is your name). If you are indeed (quote) backpacking solo (unquote) then it really does beg the question of who took the photo of you frolicking (there really is no other word for it) in the lagoon by the waterfall. I recently visited this waterfall and was unable to see a place to prop ones camera whilst on a timer. This has regretfully led me to conclude that the solo travellerimage you present to the outside world is a ruse and a con.
    Yours sincerely,
    A dissapointed former fan.

    • Jonathan says:

      It’s a shame to lose one of my dearest fans to my frolicking antics but I guess I can’t win them all. Hope you’re enjoying Oxford 🙂

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