Route of Sierra Nevada

ITINERARY: Motril - Lanjarón - Orjiva - Trévelez - Alpujarra de la Sierra - Válor - Mairena - Puerto de la Ragua - Guadix - Granada - Pico Mulhacén.

Sierra Nevada provides the only alpine landscapes in Andalusia and indeed the highest altitudes of the Peninsula are to be found here. The presence of snow gives some indication of great altitude since the relief is not excessively sheer, particularly in its foothills. The route departs from the dale of Motril, to begin the climb up the mountain side; the contrast is well-known: the subtropical climate and crops are replaced by snow covered landscapes. Leaving the coast behind, the route take us on to Lanjarón, where a profusion of medicinal mineral water sources and fruit trees are to be found. From here, we further penetrate this area on the suthern side of Sierra Nevada, and we come across picturesque villages and mountain scenery, with almond trees and delicious trees, which after landscape as the seasons change.

Through the Ragua Pass, and on to the north side, a very different landscape may be viewed, looking over the dales of Guadix. The route continues through the Huétos mountains, where the Diezma view point provides an awe-inspiring view of Sierra Nevada; it is also in this beauty spot that sources of the rivers Darro and Fardes are situated.

From Granada, the route moves upwards again into Sierra Nevada as far as Mulhacén taking the highest asphalted road in all Europe. As the road climbs, the vegetation becomes more and more sparse until finally reaches the alpine tundra, which is home of a great variety of unique species.

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