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The Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalusia

The Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalusia is a section of the Betic Cordillera and runs parallel to the Mediterranean sea for around 100km.

The temperature range is dramatic with the summits under snow for many months, followed by a hot Mediterranean style summer. This creates special microclimates across the exposed rocky summits, glacial lakes, sheer sided gorges, mixed oak woods, pine woods and fast rivers with wooded banks.

Declared a National Park in 1998 and encompassing an area of 86,208 hectares it is a popular destination throughout the year. It holds an exceptional variety of animal and plant life due to the combination of altitude and its proximity to the Mediterranean sea.


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These mountains were formed during the Tertiary Period (65 to 1.8 million years ago), at the same point as the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the European Alps. This mountain building event is called the Alpine Orogeny. The uplift happened as the African plate moved northwards colliding with the Eurasian plate. The Sierra Nevada mountains consist of mainly metamorphic rocks such as Gneiss and Mica schist. Many of the rocks are juxtaposed and mixed up due to intense faulting and folding during the compression of the two tectonic plates.

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Latest articles from Hike Pyrenees

Fantastic latest articles and photos from Hike Pyrenees on their blog.

“Last weekend I headed out to Pico Bacias, a wild rocky 2760 metre peak. I hadn’t done this hike for ages and I’d forgotten how great it is. The views over Vignemale and across to the three thousand metre peaks of the Ordesa National Park are just exceptional.

Joining me were Gustavo and Florencia and we had a brilliant day with blue skies and sunshine throughout. There was still a fair amount of snow higher up which was fun to cross and there’s some great easy scrambling to be found on the summit ridges.

Of course Ruby came along and this was her highest peak yet! She scampered over the rocks and snow with no problem, and I’m sure did at least three times the distance we did running around everywhere.

The hike starts from the Balneario (or Baños) de Panticosa, a beautiful spot in its own right. From there you follow the GR11 east, towards Refugio Bujaruelo and the Ordesa NP.”

Read the whole article and see the stunning images over at Hike Pyrenees here

Looking for walking holidays in the Spanish Pyrenees? Hike pyrenees offer guided and self guided walking holidays in the stunning mountain scenery of Northern Spain.

Based in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees surrounded by some of the best walking in Spain. Hike Pyrenees specialise in small group guided walking holidays and self guided walking holidays


Wildside Holidays – Spain

The top wildlife, activity and walking holiday companies in Spain. Small family companies living and working in Spain. Local guides are the best!

http://wildsideholidays.co.uk/

Fly-away Birding Breaks in association with Huerta Grande Rural Eco-lodge

I think that this incentive from Simon and Niki running their Fly-away Birding Breaks from Inglorious Bustards is amazing… 3 days of nature with people who “know their patch”!

Over an introductory afternoon and two full days of birding, we’ll use our local knowledge of weather conditions, up-to-the-minute wildlife information – and of course your personal pace requirements and wishlist! – to bring you the very best of the area’s summer birding. The itinerary will vary accordingly, but whatever your preferred birding level, with the Inglorious Bustards you can expect passion, knowledge, patience, laughs, outstanding birding and wildlife spectacles, and legendary picnics!

Dates are available until 31 August 2020

If you enjoy amazing wildlife spectacles where adventure meets relaxation and fun, then you have found the right place at Inglorious Bustards. 🙂

Click the link to go straight to their website to find out more about the Fly-away Birding Breaks

Support local guides! 🙂

https://ingloriousbustards.com/flyawaybirding/


Wildside Holidays – Spain

The top wildlife, activity and walking holiday companies in Spain. Small family companies living and working in Spain. Local guides are the best!

http://wildsideholidays.co.uk/

Hike and bike in Ronda

Hike and bike in Ronda are up and running… Or is that hiking and biking? 🙂 I am so happy to see these guys dusting themselves off and getting going after these last tough couple of months. Facing the future with a positive attitude….. Good job guys!

Hike + Bike Day Trips in and around Ronda

After our period of enforced lockdown, isn’t it wonderful to be able to get back out into the countryside? Right now, Spring is in full bloom, and we have some great day tours to help everyone enjoy the fresh air and freedom of the mountains.

Biking day trips for all levels of rider, whether you are looking for an easy ride for just an hour or two or for something more adventurous. We cycle on quiet country roads or on farm tracks and trails. We can also arrange a ride out to a local bodega, where you will finish with a tasting of their organic wines and tapas or lunch.

Hike and Bike in Ronda have mountain bikes, hybrid bikes and e-bikes, which will make light work of even the most challenging hill climbs. Choose a guided ride with a British Cycling qualified guide or we can provide a route pre-loaded onto a Garmin GPS for you to ride at your own pace.

For walkers, our guides can take you on quiet pathways into the hills near Ronda or we can head out to a local white village or visit the Cueva del Gato waterfall and natural pool. There are so many lovely spots within just a short distance of the town.

See our website for more details on our day trips: https://hikeandbikeholidays.com/holidays-spain/things-to-do-in-ronda


Hike and Bike can be found at Wildside Holidays here…

Hike and bike, based in Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

Wildside Holidays – Spain

The top wildlife, activity and walking holiday companies in Spain. Small family companies living and working in Spain. Local guides are the best!

http://wildsideholidays.co.uk/

Sur walks taking reservations.

More great news from Sur Walks after so much time in lockdown due to the coronavirus here in Spain…. Walking and nature companies are restarting all over the country. Many in a limited way, with restrictions but starting up they are… Fantastic!

Johanna from Sur Walks, based on the Costa del Sol is back up and running as well. You can check out her facebook page or the website to find upcoming day tours and week long walking/hiking holidays in the Costa del Sol area of Andalucia.

Birding and wildlife holidays in Andalucia

Nice to see Ingloriuos Bustards ( I love the name of this company!) working hard on their blog and facebook pages whilst we are stuck in this awfull lockdown due to the coronavirus. I am sure that these guys are chomping at the bit having been forced to cancel some of the best birding holidays in Andalucia and missing a lot of the return migration to Spain….

A small company, with a philosophy based in sustainability rather than huge profits, taking the comfort of your holiday and the smooth operation of our tours very seriously.

Check out the info page here… http://wildsideholidays.co.uk/inglorious-bustards/

Check out the Inglorious Bustards excellent blog detailing past trips and thoughts on wildlife experiences.
https://ingloriousbustards.com/blog/