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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.



14 comments:

  1. Looks a lovely trip Cyril. Envy... :-)

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    1. Yes it was a nice little break......back to life now. What are you guys up too?

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  2. I was too late in the season to visit the Sierra Nevada but your images look lovely. I wish I could go back and see for myself.

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    1. We go there winter & summer great for walking at any time. You definitely should try to get there

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  3. Loved the ski resort although there's not much snow :-) Lovely trip you had :-)

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    1. Yes the snow was not good this year for skiing but it was great for walking.

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  4. We went once to Sierra NEvada and it was very nice. We went to los cahorros and did a cool hiking trip.

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  5. what was the meal you had at Meson Casa Guillermo? And did I see cherry blossoms in one of your pictures?

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    1. I think that they are almond blossoms in the photo. Click the link http://atrekinthesun-reviews.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/meson-casa-guillerma-pinos-genil-spain.html to see the review

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    2. Looks like you had fun! I would love to go to that restaurant ! And love the almond blossoms 😍😍😍

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  6. Fantastic blog. Pictures look awesome. Doesn't look too dissimilar to the Canary Islands, where I spent the last two months walking. Would like to get to Sierra Nevada at some point - maybe later in the year.

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  7. Thanks. We went to Lanzarote last year and it was really great, Not quite as mountainous as the Sierra Nevada but some lovely art and volcanos. You may want to check this out too http://atrekinthesun.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/exploring-lanzarote.html . Definitely worth a visit, we go quite often as we only live about an hour away from it.

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  8. I thought it was so funny that your "little walk" took 4.5 hours. When it comes to hiking be prepared for the worst! The scenery is fantastic, will have to add Sierra Nevada to my ever growing list.

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    1. Yes a lot of our "little walks" end up going on a long time, good job we love walking. It is definitely worth adding to your list

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