Journey to Badlands

Granada - La Calahorra - Baza - Gorafe - Guadix - Granada

Setting out from Granada to the northeast, you will soon reach the foothills of Sierra Nevada. Now moving east, you enter the "Senet", a broad plain flanked by the mountains of Sierra de Baza on the other, to arrive at the village of La Calahorra with its impressive castle. Now in a northerly direction, you cross the plain and the Baza mountains... Once passed Baza, you find yourself in a semi-desert landscape, almost lunar in its rock formations, the socalled "badlands", home to labyrinths of sandy canyonn riverbeds and hill-tops laden with aromatic plants... Arriving at Gorafe you encounter a landscape of huge holm-oaks and megalithic dolmens, silent witnesses to the customs and beliefs of one the first areas of Europe to be settled by man. Then on to Guadix (known as "Acci" in Roman times), and from there you return to Granada across the Huétor Mountains Nature Reserve. Granada awaits you with a sunset over the plain as you enter through the old gypsy neighbourhood and home of Flamenco: Sacromonte.

Duration: 8 days.

Distance: 288 km.

Groups: 8 to 16 people.

Includes: 7 nigths accommodation in country hotels and cave-hotels, 5 dinners. Picnics en route. Guides. Luggage transfer. Route-information. Support vehicle. Visitis to La Calahorra Castle and Alhambra in Granada. Insurance.

Difficulty: Intermediate.

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