Pinos Genil: Situated under 30 minutes away from Granada lies the tranquil town of Pinos Genil. The town has a small river running through the middle of it which splits it into two halves. There are footpaths that run along the river up towards the hills for hikers to follow. If you like fishing, there are also very popular spots situated near the town for you to get involved in. There are also camping sites just outside the town that overlook the large reservoir (Embalse de Canales) which is a perfect place to relax for a picnic and take in the natural beauty of this place.
Travel time: 30 minutes car. No direct bus available.
Negratín Reservoir: If you look at a satellite picture of this place on Google Earth, it looks amazing. Go to the place in real life and it looks just as impressive. This is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Andalusia and is a great place for a picnic or a relaxing break away from Granada city. There is also a small beach-like area where you can take in the sun and there is also canoeing and sailing activities available at the local nautical club. The backdrop of this beautiful lake is stunning with rugged mountains which are reflected into the cobalt blue water of the lake. Something not to be missed.
Travel time: 1 hour and 20 minutes by car. You can get a bus to Baza, the closest major town to the reservoir, then get a taxi but it is probably better to rent a car and drive.
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