Showing posts with label walks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label walks. Show all posts

Sunday, 16 April 2017

'Olives are us' in Villanueva del Trabuco, Andalucia

This week we are walking on good tracks around Villanueva del Trabuco. Some of the tracks are through olive groves but we also walk along the banks of the Rio Guadalhorce. This is a new walk and will take about 3 hours and is dog-friendly although there is a small amount of road walking where they must be on a lead. As the weather is getting warmer we will meet at the swimming pool car park in Trabuco at 9:30, to get to the car park take junction 7 off the A92M towards Trabuco past the petrol station and over the massive speed bump, then take the first right then turn right again up the hill and the car park is on the right-hand side just before the forest. The first half hour of the walk involves a gradual climb and the rest of the walk is fairly easy. We will be stopping two-thirds of the way around for refreshments. Click here for details of the walk thanks to Paul & Toni of Hike Spain

View from the olive groves

and another

Rio Guadalhorce crossing

Half way round the walk

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Wednesday Walk 12th April

This weeks walk is a new one which is made up using some tracks that we have used before combined with some new ones. It is a FLAT route, so we should easily manage 5k an hour (only joking), on tracks near to Salinas. It should take about 3 hours and is dog-friendly. Meet at Bar Mejias in Salinas at 10:30 to drive to the start. Refreshment about half way round at Hotel Carlos Astorga.

It was a nice flat walk as promised but it took 3.5 hours instead of 3 as it was about 16 kilometres.
We had 9 people and 7 dogs turned up for the walk. It turned out to be a very hot day and if the temperature stays the same we may have to start our walks earlier. We did not quite manage to do 5kph but near enough 4.56 kph.

We spotted some interesting caves near to Hotel Carlos Astorga?

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Wednesday Walk 5th April

This week's walk will be from Cuesta La Palma to Fuente Camacho and back with a stop In Camacho for refreshments. The walk is dog-friendly and will take about 3 hours plus stop in Camacho along undulating tracks, some road walking for which dogs should be on leads. Meet at bar Mejias in Salinas at 10:30 to drive to the start.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Wednesday Walk 29th March

Next week's walk is a new one. In fact, we don't know what it is yet. All the details that I can give you now are that it is FLAT and will be somewhere around Tarifa meeting 11 am. Please let me know if you will be joining us.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Wednesday Walk 22nd March

This week's walk is a new one on good tracks around Archidona. Incorporating parts of Pete & Karen's walk along the ridge overlooking the Marin Gorge. The walk should take around 3 hours with one big downhill part. Dog-friendly with refreshments at the end. Meet at bar El Encuentro in Archidona at 10:30.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Wednesday Walk 15th March

This week's walk will on tracks around Archidona and is an easy walk and should take about 2.5 hours and is dog-friendly. Meet outside Las Rejas in Archidona at 10:30. Refreshments in Archidona near end of the walk.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Wednesday walk 8th March

This week's walk will be from Villanueva del Rosario up past the Ermita de la Virgen del Rosario to the observatorio de aves (bird hide) then back to Rosario. This is a circular walk on good tracks and will take about 3 hours. The first hour to the observatorio is uphill where you can have a rest. It is dog-friendly. Refreshments available at the end of the walk. Meet at Venta El Cruce (was Edwardo's) in Villanueva del Trabuco at 10:30 am to drive to the start of the walk.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Atrekinthesun visit to Sierra Nevada

Visited the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada and stayed at Finca Aldabra in Pinos Genil. Checked in and got settled in our room then went to drive to the start of a little walk and found that I had left my lights on and the battery was flat.

View from our balcony at hotel Finca Aldabra

The owners kindly jumped the car for us, so off we went to Guejar Sierra for a nice 2-hour walk along the valley which used to be a tram line called El Tranvia de Sierra Nevada, stopping off at Restaurant Barranco San Juan for refreshments.

In the evening we went to Meson Casa Guillermo for a meal and did not really enjoy it.
Went on a road trip next day only to find that we had to change our route which was intended to go to the ski resort as it was full as it is half term this week in Spain. Didn't have a plan B so just made something up, went to a mirador then did a little walk in the snow along a ridge before descending on the road of death to Guejar Sierra.

View from ridge walk

Shot of part of the ski resort from the ridge. Not much snow about
El pico Trevenque from ridge

We did a lovely walk along the old tram line in the opposite direction to the day before taking us from Restaurant Maitena to the end of the walkway where there was another restaurant called La Fabriquilla where we had salad and coffee before returning back along the tram line to the car.

waterfall at the start of tram line walk

View along the old tram line
Remains of old tram line

Later that evening we went for a meal at another restaurant in Pinos Genil, La Bella Maria which was much better than the previous night. We had roasted vegetables and squid between us which were very good and a nice bottle of wine.
After breakfast, we decided to walk from the hotel to a campsite which didn't look too far on the map, but when we were following the tracks from the map we found that we had to make a big detour because the track had been blown away by a big quarry, so our little walk ended up taking us 4.5 hours.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Wednesday Walk 1st March

Meet at La Saucedilla just off the A-7202 (junction 11 A-92M) Villanueva del Trabuco to Archidona road just past the prison at 10:30am for a pleasant walk to Hotel Rosario for refreshments then back via a different route to La Saucedilla. This walk is mostly flat and is dog friendly. It will be about 3 hours walking in total. 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Wednesday walk 22nd February 2017

This week's walk will be up to the top of El Conjuro in Archidona. We will start near the old health centre and wind our way up near the Sanctuary then start going up to the top of El Conjuro.
From the top we make our way across the olive groves to a track that takes you down close to the swimming pool and back along a road to the start. The walk takes about 3 hours with the start being all uphill until you reach the summit of El Conjuro where you get magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Meet in the car park in front of Mercadona in Archidona at 10:30 am to drive to the start. Bring water and refreshments as no cafe on the route but plenty of bars in Archidona afterwards.  

Monday, 13 February 2017

Wednesday walk 15th February

This week we will be walking on good tracks due to all the rain that we have had. Starting at Las Vinas we will walk the road for a bit before joining a track which we will follow to Carlos Astorga for refreshments then walk back to Las Vinas. This walk is dog-friendly but there is some road walking involved. Meet at Las Vinas which is on the road from Salinas to Archidona and is the bar with white plastic palm trees outside at 10:30.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wednesday Walk 1st February

This week our walk will be up Pico Vilo, starting from the football ground in Alfarnate. It will take about 3 hours of which the first 1.5 hours will be uphill. It is dog-friendly but there will be sheep around. It is mostly on good tracks apart from the final ascent. Meet at 10:30 am in the car park opposite the Antigua Venta El Cortijuelo to pool cars and drive to the start.

I found this video to give you an idea of what to expect (hopefully no snow)

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Wednesday Walk 11th January, A farewell Wednesday Walk for Ian and Amanda

The next Wednesday Walk we are doing will be around Archidona combining some old favourites with a new part. It will take about 3.5 hours and contains one steepish downhill and one gradual uphill part. Walking poles would be advisable for the downhill part. It is dog-friendly but there is some road walking involved so they must be on leads during that time. Meet at bar El Encuentro in Archidona at 10:30. Please let us know if you will be coming.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Atrekinthesun's Instagram Top 10 Photos of 2016

We share a lot of our photos from our travels and hikes on Instagram. Here are some notable photos from our adventures during 2016.

Number 10

In April we travelled down to Torre del Mar in our Motorhome and stayed on at a very nice campsite there. It is a great base for some serious walking in the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. In this photo, we were on our way up to Pico Cielo (1508 metres) and looking down on Nerja. Read more about our adventures on this trip here.

Number 9

We had a belated Valentine's trip to Cabo de Gata (late because the hotel that we stayed in didn't open until just after Valentine's day). The hotel was Cortijo El Paraiso and was very nice if you like being in the middle of nowhere, within walking distance of the mountains and superb beaches. In this shot we were walking on a track high in the mountains and for some reason, someone had built this structure either side of the track and if you look closely you will see what looks like a golf ball waiting to be hit, but in fact, it is an observatory far away in the distance. More adventures here

Number 8

In September the weather where we live in Southern Spain was starting to cool down so we decided to make a trip to the coast to walk up Rio Chillar (you literally do have to walk in the river itself). So our walking group plus two dogs (one who hates water) made the journey and had a great time. In the photo, we are having a cooling dip in one of the pools along the river. More here.

Number 7

In April we took our walking group to the beautiful area of Dehesa de Hondonero just outside the village of Villanueva del Rosario. This is a beautiful area for walking with some fantastic views and high mountains with Pico Chamizo being the highest at 1640 metres. Today we were only walking up the valley to the cave of Toma y Bebe and back. In the photo, we are looking towards Pico Chamizo from the valley floor. More here.

Number 6

At the beginning of April, we went to Malaga and found some great street art very close to the Port of Malaga. This is well worth a visit if you ever make a trip to Malaga. In the photo is one of the many examples of Urban Street Art in Malaga. More photos here.

Number 5

In mid-September, we visited the Caminito del Rey for the second time with friends. This is a fantastic experience where you walk along a spectacular walkway high above the river at the bottom of the gorge. This used to be one of the most dangerous walkways in the world but has been refurbished recently and is now very safe. It is a must to visit if you are holidaying in this part of Southern Spain. In the photo is one of the many spectacular views on the walk. Full story here.

Number 4

In June we made our first trip to Northern Portugal in our Motorhome and had a wonderful time. The campsites were really good and the people so friendly. We did not get to Porto as the weather was not too good. So we will have to go again sometime. More here.

Number 3

October saw our first adventure to Lanzarote. We were not sure what to expect but had a great time exploring the island. The island is not too big and if you hire a car you can take in all the spectacular sites in one week. In the photo is part of the home once owned by Omar Sharif, who lost it in a card game. See our experiences here.

Number 2

In February we finally got it together to visit Madrid. We flew from Malaga to Madrid and spent 4 days touring the city. It is a beautiful city with many things to see and lots of great restaurants to eat. In the photo, this was guarding the entrance to one of the many magnificent buildings in the city. Madrid.

Number 1

The highlight of our year was our trip to Croatia. It nearly didn't happen as the day before we were due to fly out there I had an accident on my bike, but the hospital patched me up (not a pretty sight) and off we went. We flew into Venice and picked up a hire car from where we drove into Croatia via Slovenia. During the two weeks we spent there we had some really great experiences travelling from the North down South almost to Split. The people and accommodation were fantastic. Two weeks was not long enough to see everything so we are planning to return, this time in the motorhome starting in the South and driving North. In the photo, is one of the many lakes we saw on our journey. Croatia by car.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Wednesday Walk 4th January

We are back from our Christmas break, hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year.
This week's walk is one of Pete & Karen's and is from Villanueva de Algaidas up to the windmills and is a circular walk of 14km starting in the layby outside the Dia supermarket near the football pitch. It's dog friendly and has one steep uphill section. Come and join us to get rid of some of those festive calories. Meet at the layby at 10:30.
Please let us know if you will be joining us. 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Voyage of discovery

We decided to do a new walk today. Parking the car at a mystery place and started walking along a track, this soon disappeared and we were left walking through the olive groves.
It is that time of the year again and today was the final of Strictly Come Walking. The two finalists were Scoobie Deeming & Max Peers both seasoned walkers. The judges Cyril 'Revel' Deeming and Chris 'Darcy' Deeming also seasoned walkers. More of Strictly later.
Eventually, we joined a track that we had used before where we met up with three people with dogs, we thought that they were walkers, but they were collecting mushrooms. The dogs were quite big so we had to put Max on the lead, he still snapped at them though. Shortly afterwards we took a track off to the left which eventually ran out so we ended up skirting around the edge of a field upon a marked track, by which time we were in the high mountains.

One man and his friends dog
Spot the white walker

First siting of the Ibex 

They were on the move
Still keeping a close eye on us

Looking up at the top of the ridges we soon spotted two Ibex keeping an eye on us and the dogs, so we decided to put Scoobie on the lead as she had seen them too and she likes to chase them. After about two hours of walking, we decided to stop for lunch near a cave with great views.

I suddenly became very popular with the dogs over lunch, I wonder why?
View of La Maroma above the clouds


We then came across some sheep and goats luckily Scoobie was still on the lead or there would have been another chase but Max was really good and when we thought that he was going to chase them we just said no and he didn't, well done Max.

Later we walked through a campsite where some families where picnicking. Then we started the last five kilometres mostly downhill (apart from three hills) back to the car.

It is good to see some water in the streams

The weather was brilliant during the whole of the five hours on the voyage, a perfect day for walking. Unfortunately, although the walk was only about 14 kilometres, it would not be suitable for our walking group to do as it was too hard. When we got back to the car the Strictly judges decided that both dogs scored 9 points each, so it is now down to the public vote as to which one wins 2016 Strictly Come Walking.