Type of Tour
8 days/ 7 nights
Departure - Destination
Granada - Granada
Number of participants
minimum 2 travellers
Way back in prehistory, the first European men lived next to a huge lake surrounded by lofty mountains. What was the lake-bed is now the altiplano (high plateau) of Granada. We propose a route into this unspoilt, surprising, welcoming land.
We set out from Granada and make for the mountains, following the Aguas Blancas River to the east, past the villages of La Peza and Lugros to the Marquesado del Cenete. This is a broad plain flanked by Sierra Nevada and the Baza mountains, the natural pass to Almería in the east. Our first stage finishes in La Calahorra (a small village at the foot of a romantic castle). Then the Baza mountains await, with high limestone peaks known as “calares”, and beyond them the town of Baza.
After Baza and the huge Negratín reservoir you then ride a strange semi-desert lunar landscape with unique light, known as the “badlands”. Here you will find a plethora of sandy riverbeds (mainly dry apart from during the heavy rains) that form a labyrinth, home to aromatic plants. Beyond this you come to an immense high plateau, dotted with large holm-oaks trees and fields of cereals. Here you begin to come across megalithic dolmens, the silent witnesses to the beliefs and customs of our prehistoric ancestors -this was one of the first parts of Europe to be settled by man- and you soon arrive in the village of Gorafe.
From there to Guadix (or Acci as its was known in Roman times), and then to Granada once more, crossing the beautiful Huetor Mountains Nature Reserve. You arrive riding through the famous gypsy neighbourhood of Sacromonte, as the sun sets over Granada.
Enjoy the comfort of cave-houses, unique and varied cuisine, surprising landscapes with stunning contrasts, a magical hotel mid-journey, where mint tea, Arab baths and the scent of jasmine will ease your body and mind.