Route of Arid Lands

ITINERARY: Gérgal - Turilla - Sorbas - Río Aguas.

This area of Almeria receives very little rainfall (300 mm per year), and even that is very unpredictable. The vegetation is very well adapted to the arid climate, for example the esparto formations, exploited from time immemorial, in which species unique in Europe can be found. The beginning of the routes take us across the Tabernas desert, through impressive landscapes, the most striking of which are the Mediterranean type gulleys of waterless rivers. It continues on to Sierra Alamilla, a middle mountain area qhich contains the peak of Codavil, 1,387 metres high. Worth mentioning here is holm oak wood, a millennial relic with a great abundance of protected birds of prey.

The route draws to an end with the crossing of Los Yesos of Sorbas, with very characteristic relief and with many underground formations; the River Aguas produces a striking effect as it stands out in sharp contrst against the steppe landscape. This area is the home of substantial number of birds of prey and steppe species.

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