Subtropical Crops
Walking Time: 
1 hour 5 minutes (out and back)
5.20 km
Route file: 

Here you can find an amazing orchard due to the gradual disappearance of the sugar cane harvest and the possibility of irrigation thanks to the natural channel made by the hills which form the landscapes of Minasierra, Bates and Pataura. In these hills there are plantations in terrace of custard apple trees (Anona cherimola) and avocados trees (Persea americana). It is also possible to observe, to a lesser extent, another tropical fruit trees, such as banana, mango and khaki (Diospyros kaki) trees.
From the 70s, custard apples and avocados began to be grown on the slopes with the purpose to make them the new “green gold”. As these types of plants had always been grown in gardens, especially avocados which were considered ornamental plants, their cooking and cosmetic properties were unknown.
The landscape of this area is mainly full of subtropical fruits, harsh chimneys and the ruins of the sugar factories. There you can also find cottages and gardens built by the local bourgeoisie at the beginning of the 20th century. Among them, we must highlight the garden found in the Cortijo de Santa Eulalia, commonly well-known as “Los Bates”.
The Cortijo de los Bates is one of the most singular and unique gardens which was created at the end of the 19th century in the coast of Granada. It preserves its original design and its amazing tree-shaped reflects the greatest of the local gardening. The building of Los Bates is located in a small hill over the agricultural plain of the river Guadalfeo whose delta is at the foot of the hill and covered by thick vegetation, where the sugar cane harvest and the tropical fruits crops predominate.



The path starts at the entrance of the Nuestra Señora de La Almudena Factory and it connects to the path called “Fábrica Azucareras” (Sugar Factories). The whole path goes along this way until the Cortijo de Los Bates.


Ntra. Sra. De la Almudena factory.
Cortijo de los Bates.
The viewpoint called “Mirador-Panel de las Jareas” is located 5 kilometres (3,11 miles) before the end of the route. It is probably one of the last remains from the village of Pataura that disappeared because of the flood of the Guadalfeo River.


Ntra. Sra. De la Almudena factory.


Cortijo de los Bates.

Alternative Route: 

The start of this path connects to the trail of the “Fábricas azucareras” (Sugar Factories) where the Ntra. Sra. De la Almudena factory is located.
The pathway “Azud de los Vados” (Weir of Vados) is found around 6 km (3.73 miles) before the end of the route, leaving behind the viewpoint called Mirador-Panel de las Jareas.

Minimum height: 
26 m
Maximum height: 
48 m