Sierra Nevada Guided Tour Holidays for MTB's in Spain
DURATION:6 Days. 370 km. GUIDED:from 7 to 21 people
INCLUDES:5 nights HB. Specialized guide, supportive car, provisioning en route, 5 Picnics, insurance, meal at finish.
OPTION:TAILOR MADE. DEPARTURES: From 15th to 20th June. From 14th to 19th September
DIFFICULTY: PRICE: 6 Days: 605€ / Person / VAT Included
Pradollado - Jeres Del Marquesado - Puerto De La Ragua Pass - Trevélez - Lanjarón - La Zubia - Pradollano
Go mountain biking through Sierra Nevada massif to discover a great diversity of landscapes, people, customs and gastronomy.
In this mountain bike six-day holiday rounded route, you will scour the entire perimeter of the Sierra Nevada National Park through land tracks and trails. Setting out from the Ski Resort, you will head down to the Genil River and skirt around the highest peaks of the range. One by one, you will gradually discover every ancient region: To the North, Güejar Sierra and Marquesado del Zenete (La Peza, Lugros, Jeres del Marquesado); to the South, the enchanting Alpujarra (Jubiles, Trevélez, Capileira, Bubión, Pampaneira, Lanjarón); to the West, the Lecrín Valley (Nigüelas, Dúrcal) and the Granada meadow (Gójar, Ogíjares and La Zubia). All the while you will be crossing the area's most emblematic rivers and streams (Genil, Aguas Blancas, Alhorí, Laroles, Nechite, Mecina, Grande, Torrente, Dúrcal, Dílar, Monachil…), and riding along its most ancient trails. All of them surround this amazing mountain range, which constitutes a representative treasure of the Mediterranean High Mountain.
FIRST DAY: Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort -El Dornajo Information Center - Haza Llanas - Las Veguetas - Genil River - Güejar Sierra - Collado de la Trinchera - Pantano de Quentar - Aguas Blancas River source - Pto. Blancares- Cortijo Navogal - La Peza - Cjo. Narvaez - Lugros - Jeres del Marquesado.
SECOND DAY: Jeres del Marquesado - Alhorí River - Loma del Medio - La Tizná - Río del Pueblo - Mirador del Peñón - Río del Barrio - Collado del Tomillo - Gallego River - Malpica Ravine - Carretera de la Ragua - Puerto de la Ragua.
THIRD DAY: Puerto. de la Ragua - Laroles River - Mirador de la Llanada - Nechite River - Peñón de la Loma - Río de Valor - Fte. Guijarro - Río Mecina - Cerro Gordo - Río Grande - Juviles - Trevelez.
FOURTH DAY: Trevelez - La Bina ravine - Tajo Córtes - Capileira - Bubión - Pampaneira - Ermita del Padre Eterno - Parque de Soportujar - Vivero de la Sombra - Pte. Palo - Camino de Lanjarón - Torná de Cañar - Lanjarón.
FIFTH DAY: Lanjarón - Arroyo Salado - Camino de Tello - Cruce de Lecrin - Tablate River - Torrente river - Nigüelas - Durcal - Durcal River - Los Lobos ravine - Canteras del Padul - Ermita Vieja - Dilar River - Gojar - Ogijares - La Zubia.
SIXTH DAY: La Zubia - Cumbres Verdes - Los 7 Ojos Bridge - Cortichuela - Collado Ruquino - Los Poyos - Monachil River - Convento de San Jerónimo - El Dornajo Information Center - Collado de las Sabinas - Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort.
Duration (approx.): 6 hours/day Technical difficulty: Low - Physical difficulty: High Type of land: 85% land (track), 15% asphalt Cyclic quality: 100% Accummulated ascent: First day: 1046 m Second day: 1010 m Third day: 450 m Fouth day: 1457 m Fifth day: 1155 m Sixth day: 1774 m
Cultural and gastronomic interest SIERRA NEVADA TOUR. We will depart from the Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort, at an alt¡tude of 2100 m, which has become one of the best European ski resorts after playing the host of the 1996 World Alpine Ski Championship, not only for its wide surface to ski but also for its important touristic intrastructure. Throughout several days, we will go around and contemplate, in the distance, the second highest mountain tops of Europe after the Alpes (approximately 20 mountain tops in the world have al altitude above the 3000 m). In these mountain peaks, we can find more than simple naked rocks, there is also an incredible and great natural diversity. We will have the opportunity to contemplate the soft and extensive hills in the Mediterranean slopes as well as the deep and sheer ravines in the northern slopes.
Sierra Nevada is the highest and one of the most extensive National Parks in Spain. It stands out for its vegetation and endemic flora which is considered the most important of Europe (practically the 40% of the flora species found here are exclusive in Sierra Nevada) and this is mainly caused by the altitude and the low latitude. Thanks to this diversity, together with the landscapes and fauna, Sierra Nevada was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1986, three years later was also declared Nature Reserve and early in 1999, half of the Park was definetively granted with the highest protection category of National Park.
In the last stages of the trip, we will visit Jeres del Marquesado (1229 m), one of the most pictoresque villages in the Marquesado region. This is an Andalusian typical interior village with an impeccable architecture and sinuous streets, small squares accessed by steep stairs where we perceive its Arabic origin. It was a privileged city, residence of Nasirid Monarchs due to the abundance of water and fertile lands. Thanks to this abundance, during the 17th century this province provided with water to Guadix. It is also characterized by its numerous public baths, which were forbidden in 1566. The parochial church dates from the 16th century and has a rectangular ground plan and Mudejar coffering. This church is characterized for being the synthesis of the Muslim art and the new Christian Renaissance art. Likewise, some remains of the rampart and the Arabic castle towers have remained until our days.
The most traditional festivities in Jeres del Marquesado are the ones of the "Candelaria" or the "Día del Chicharro", the 2nd of February, the "Romería de San Marcos", the 25th of April as well as the patron saint's day in honor of the Blessed Virgin of Purificación, the first fortnight of September. It is well worth to taste the broad bean or the chitterlings with garlic. In Puerto de la Ragua you will also have time for a restful break. This is situated at an altitude of 2000 m (it is considered the highest mountain pass in the peninsula) and it has been fitted out for the practice of cross-country skiing. All the vehicles accessing Sierra Nevada have to go through this mountain pass as this is the only access road between both Sierra Nevada slopes.
TREVÉLEZ. This is the highest village of Spain (1476 m), located in the Mulhacén hill and surrounded by an extraordinary landscape. Thanks to its location, it is cosidered the gate to a great number of trips to Sierra Nevada. Trevélez maintains the appearance it had in the Muslim period as it is still divided into three quarters (high, medium and low) which are joined by winding, narrow and steep streets, with an average vertical drop of approximately 200 m. The origin of its name may be derived from the word "Vélex", which means "valley" as a reference to the names of "Río Grande", "Chico" and "Trevélez". The most ancient Mozarabic inscription was found here, which dates from the 9th century. Trevélez has a modest and beautiful church built in the 16th century which is characterized by its churrigueresque style retable in the high altar. In this area we can find the highest crops in Europe, specially in the "Campichuela" where the cultivations are at an altitude of 2500 m. Trevélez is famous for its "jamón" (cured ham) which great quality is due to the exceptional climatological conditions of the area. Experts affirm that the climate of this mountainside at the south of Sierra Nevada allows the development of microbial flora required to obtain a perfect cured ham. Among the main dishes prepared in Trevélez, we can taste the migas (breadcrumbs fried in garlic), gachas (hasty pudding made with flour and milk), plato alpujarreño (Alpujarras typical dish made up of ham, eggs, black pudding, etc.), baked trout with ham, chitterlings with garlic or the delicious Andalusian gazpacho (cold soup made from tomatoes, peppers, etc). The most outstanding popular festivity is the patron Saint Antonio day, which is celebrated the 13th of June and that originates two deeply rooted festivities in the popular tradition: the "Moros y Cristianos" (Moors and Christians) performance and afterwards the "Entierro de la zorra" (Vixen burial). Other popular festivities are also the "Romería de la Virgen de las Nieves", this is a procession that goes up to the Mulhacén in the early hours of the morning every 5th of August in order to see the dawn breaking from the top of Sierra Nevada. It is also remarkable the "Día del jamón" (ham's day) festivity, the 15th of August.
We will stay for a night in Trevélez and then we will go to Lanjarón. This village is at an altitude of 659 m. This touristic center is located in a very uneven area surrounded by ravines and watercourses and it is considered to be the entrance gate to the Alpujarra if we are coming from Granada. One of the main economical activities of this province is linked to the most important mineral and medicinal water spa in Andalusia since the 17th century. It was already known among the arabs thanks to its water, and for that reason, this spa was formerly called "Lanchar" (which means "place with numerous puddles"). Narrow streets, viewpoints and houses accessed by stairs can be found along the hillside of the "Cerro de la Bordaila", where this village is located.
One of the most interesting places to visit is the Almoravid castle remainings; this castle was built on a hill where all the paths to the Alpujarra and those coming from Granada to Almuñecar could be seen. This castle still preserves a great part of its structure, specially the rampart and some of the towers. Another important touristic place to visit is the 16th century parochial church of la Encarnación. It was built in the same location of the ancient mosque and it preserves Mudejar architectural elements, the baroque retable and interesting images.
Here we will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious gastronomy, with typical and, sometimes, unknown dishes for the visitors. Some of the most appetizing specialties are the "revuelto de ajetes" (young garlics sautéed with eggs), "remojón" (a sort of salad with boiled potatoes or oranges), "fritaílla" (fried onions and tomatoes and baked peppers), "puchero de hinojos" (fennel stew), "calabaza frita con longaniza" (fried pumpkin with spicy pork sausage), "migas de sémola" (semolina fried in garlic), etc.
Some of the most popular festivities are the patron Saint Sebastián day, the 20th of January as well as the Virgen del Rosario festivity, the first Sunday of October."Las cruces" festivity is celebrated the 3th of May with a "romería" (procession) to the Santa Cruz chapel located at the top of a mountain close to the town. The 15st day of May, there is another "romería" in honor to Saint Isidro. But the most outstanding festivity since 1980 is the one of San Juan, around the 24th of June, with plenty of ludic activities and specially characterized by the San Juan vespers which, in contrast to other places in Spain where all the people join around a bonfire, here it is celebrated de "fiesta del Agua y del Jamón", this is a traditional party where the ham and the water are the main features. And finally, before coming back to Sierra Nevada, we will visit La Zubia, which is located at the western of Sierra Nevada, at an altitude of 740 m. Although this village has a Roman origin, it is mostly known by its Arabic past. It received the name of Al-Zawiya after the Arabs settlement but it was given the name of "La Zubia" by the Christians. According to an ancient legend, the Catholic Queen Isabella hid behind some laurels when she was persecuted by the Arabs in this zone. She prayed to Saint Luis that everything turned all right and when she was victorious, she ordered to build the Saint Luis convent.
The main monuments we can visit are the San Luis el Real convent church, which was built by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century and was destroyed in the 19th century, and also the Mudejar parochial church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, which was built between the years 1526 and 1573. We can also visit the Al-Andalus monuments located in the Casa del Miedo, where some remains of the 12th century baths still survive, and just as a curiosity, we can go and contemplate the old holm oak which is 7 centuries old and belongs to the Andalusian natural patrimony. Since this is one of the main entrance gates to the Sierra Nevada National Park, we cannot forget that we will find incomparable landscapes such as the amusement area of "Cumbres Verdes", "Prados del Abuelo", the "Cueva del moro" cave and "Cerro de la Pipas" or "Barranco de Corvales" among others, and we will have the opportunity to practive innumerable activities close to nature.
The patron Saint Juan de Nepomuceno festivity is celebrated the 16th of May. Other remarkable festivities are those in honor of Saint Antonio, which are celebrated in the Saint Antonio quarter the 13th day of June, or also the Saint Pedro festivity, the 29th day of June. Any of these festivities is a good occasion to taste the Olla de Col (cabbage stew), "cordero lechal al horno" (roast young lamb), and "arroz caldoso" (soggy rice) or the conejo al ajillo (rabbit sautéed in garlic) with "papas a lo pobre" (which literally means poor potatoes and it is prepared with potatoes and green peppers).