Sunday, 19 November 2017

Wednesday walk 22nd November hike

This week we are doing a brand new walk.
Starting at Pulgarin Bajo along undulating tracks to Guaro where we can have refreshments and then retrace our steps back to Pulgarin.
The route is about 12.5 k and should take between 2.5 to 3 hours.
Meet at 10 am at bar/restaurant El Cruce in Villanueva del Trabuco to share cars and drive to the start.
Please let us know if you will be joining us so that we are not waiting at El Cruce.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Atrekinthesun attempts autumn ascent of Alhama de Granada Gorge

On this cold crisp autumn morning, we decided to go for the ascent of the Gorge.
We arrived at the starting point the Presa del Rio Alhama just outside Alhama de Granada in Spain at about 10 am and it was only still only 3 degrees, we parked up opposite El Ventorro which was not yet open, so no hot coffee before we started.

Presa del Rio Alhama

Finally, we got started and it was very cold as the gorge was still in the shade and there was still some frost on the ground. After a couple of minutes, we were in the gorge so we could let Scoobie off so at least she could run around and get warmed up.
We didn't see any other hikers on the route it was obviously too cold for anyone else.
We did pass a couple of old cave houses and an Ermita along the route.

Crossing the Rio Alhama

Approaching the end of the gorge we had a great view of the town of Alhama de Granada

We also saw the famous rock containing the hoof prints of the horse that had been spooked by a snake on the cliffs high above the gorge whilst carrying a knight from Malaga. Unfortunately, the horse died, but the knight survived for a few days during which time he requested that the Ermita was built to honour the occasion, or so the legend goes.
Arriving safely at the top of the gorge in the beautiful town of Alhama de Granada we rewarded our efforts with a much-needed breakfast of coffee and tostada, aceite con tomato at Bar Andaluz, by which time the sun had arrived and we had to remove some layers of clothing.
The descent back down the gorge went well and this time it was much warmer and we met up with a few more people doing the ascent.
Finally arriving back at El Ventorro unscathed, we indulged ourselves in the Arab Baths for a couple of hours, we were so lucky that we had the place to ourselves and were fully recovered afterwards for our drive back home.

The reward at the end of the hike

On the way home, we got a great view of snow on the Sierra Nevada

View of snow in the Sierra Nevada

Monday, 6 November 2017

Wednesday hike 8th November

This week we will be hiking from Fuente Camacho to Cuesta La Palma and back. It should take about 3 hours. It is on mostly good tracks with a little road walking at the start and finish and contains a couple of climbs along the route. It is dog-friendly but they will have to be on leads during the road parts. Meet at Salinas at 10 am outside bar Mejias to pool cars to drive to the start in Fuente Camacho. Refreshments are available in Cuesta La Palma.

Hiking the same route last year

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Chilling out in Granada

After dog sitting for 3 weeks and not drinking for almost a week, we decided to let our hair down in Granada for a couple of days.
Watch out Granada here we come.

View over the city  of Granada from our car park

We stayed in a different part of the city than usual at Gala Placida Suites 1923, see review here, which was a beautiful place but it was difficult to park nearby, so we ended up parking about 1 kilometre away.
After settling in we went for a little sightseeing tour. Just a few hundred meters from the hotel we joined a path along the Rio Genil which we followed and it is a beautiful setting and it is hard to believe that you are in a city. There is a green area between the river and Paseo de la Bomba we eventually came across an exhibition of photographs of beautiful things from around the world highlighting the beauty of the environment and what we are doing to help keep it that way.

Beautiful path alongside Rio Genil
Photo boards showing shots of the environment, well worth spending a few minutes reading them.


Nighttime, think we prefer the nighttime photo best, what do you think?

By the time we had finished  looking at these we were ready for lunch and having decided where to go we made our way along the streets and arrived at Bar Casa Julio, which was famous for its tapas, what we didn't know was that we would have to stand in the street outside to consume our beer and tapas. It was really good and very popular. Having stood up to have our lunch we thought that we deserved another beer and tapas at somewhere that we had been to many times, Bar Minotauro, which is not far from where we were, just off Plaza Nueva. It is well known for the display of notes on the walls from previous customers, but this time they were gone, maybe they had redecorated and were going to put them back?
From there we burned off some of the calories that we had just consumed by walking up the road to the Alhambra, the small street is full of Moroccan shops selling what Moroccan shops do best. We also passed a busker, see photo.

Not seen this before, wonder if he made any money?

Chess board anyone?

Entering the Alhambra through the Puerta del Vino we made our way through the crowds to the Palacio de Carlos V, which was never completed and looks very much like a bullring, which it wasn't. Inside this building there are two museums, we were visiting the Museo de Bellas Artes which is a fine arts museum containing a lot of 17th-century religious art, this all has free entry.

Puerta del Vino our entry into the Alhambra

Inside the Palacio de Carlos V
Stairway up to the upper floor

On leaving the Alhambra we walked across the road to visit the gardens of the Carmen de Los Martires, which we have visited before and has free entry, the gardens are beautiful and well worth a visit.

On the trip, we spotted some street art that we hadn't seen before.

Our little sightseeing trip lasted about four hours.
After a rest we decided to have our evening meal at a Vegan restaurant called Hicuri Art Vegan, so we had another little walk there and realised that we had stayed in another hotel very close to this place. We arrived just in time as soon afterwards it filled up quickly. The meals were good but for us were lacking something (cheese).

More street art on the way to the restaurant

After breakfast, we took a short stroll down the Rio Genil, in the opposite direction and had coffee at a riverside bar before returning home.

View of Rio Genel on our way to morning coffee.

We managed to catch a glimpse of the first snow on the top of Sierra Nevada on the way home.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Wednesday Walk 1st November

This walk is around Archidona, it combines bits of other walks that we have done. It is mostly flat or downhill. There is one uphill from the Marin valley up into Archidona, but you will be rewarded with a chance to sample the best molletes in Andalucia in Bar Arcos before returning along tracks to the cars. It is mostly on good tracks with a little road walking so is dog-friendly but they must be on leads along the road.
Meet at 9:45 am at Mercadona in Archidona to drive to the start.

Nice turnout for hike, lots of people and dogs, beautiful day for a walk