OPTION:TAILOR MADE DEPARTURES:27th June, 25th July, 29th August, 19th September.
DIFFICULTY: PRICE:78,50€ / Person / VAT Included
Pradollano Ski Resort - Veleta - Trevélez mountain bike vacations
From Sierra Nevada to the heart of the Alpujarra. More than sixty kilometres of pure off road MTB downhill, ascending to the Carihuela del Veleta pass (3228 m) and with the option of ascending to the peak of Veleta (3398 m) and then in descent going through the spectacular and formerly glacial high mountains of Sierra Nevada National Park until arriving to the Alpujarras to enjoy the peculiar architecture and gastronomy in the highest village in Spain, Trévelez
Route: Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain resort - Borreguiles junction - Pto. La Carihuela - Río Seco - La Caldera - Alto del Chorrillo - Piedras Blancas - Hoya del Portillo - Tajo Cortés - Pista Portugos junction - Bco. La Bina - Morron de la Vieja - Trevelez.
Route Technical Specifications:
Total Distance: 60 Km Duration (approx.): 6 hours Technical difficulty: Medium Type of land: 80% land (track) 20% asphalt Cyclic quality: 100% Technical level recommended: Medium Physical difficulty: Medium / Low Accummulated ascent: 800 m
Optional services: Medical service, Digital photography, Bike renting
Cultural and gastronomic interest TREVELEZ. 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.