The Sierra Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas – Revisited. A Family-Pack this time round.

Feb – 2020 – A few words and lot of pictures…

The endless 2019-2020 UK winter, prompted a change of plan. The Scottish Highlands had been hoped for, but not to spend a week there in poor conditions. With Europe being so accessible and relatively cheap ‘we’ – that being my eldest son ‘Henry’ and my youngest brother ‘Ben’ had a re-think and headed to southern Spain.

The sunlight, warmth and mountain solitude revitalised us all very nicely. The trip was a mix of activities and was made all the more fun by meeting a long-time-no-see cousin ‘Dan’, who was road tripping and kitesurfing around Europe …aka Living the Dream!

The Sierra Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas mountains are a deep and forested range, with an ever-changing landscape around every corner.

Their beauty is eye-searing and not expected for southern Spain!

Here are a few pictures and they don’t show everything, like all the wonderful wildlife, the sharp cold night skies, the snow-capped Sierra Nevada and all the wonderful scents in the air. The riding and the trekking in this region is second to none as well, there is a lovely network of old ‘pilgrims routes’.

IMG_3393The end of the Levardas and the start of the Barossa GorgeIMG_3374Barrosa Gorge Upper.IMG_3350Beautifully shaped rocks – reminding me of a SeahorseIMG_3355Soaring eagles and limestone trailsIMG_3338The Long and Winding Road.IMG_3329Typical ‘Plateau Refugio’ Rambla Seca   (not a place of worship)

IMG_3296Viva La Spania!IMG_3294Apple Blossom, dusty trails and a lovely bike!IMG_3288Snow capped Sierra Nevada just ‘hanging there’ in the far distance.IMG_3281Stream side cook spot.IMG_3251The cliffs and castles of La IrunaIMG_3255Casa Bicicleta – didn’t stay there, but a fascinating sight.IMG_3274Closure of a good day with the sun setting over the Sierra Nevada

IMG_3248Refugio La Tinada del Serval

IMG_3250Refugio Azzaro

IMG_3243Special Refugio!IMG_3344The endless road – 40km of high altitude dirt road. No trees, just Wildness.IMG_3322The mighty Spanish Fir – there is nothing wrong in having a tree as a friend!IMG_3270Edge of the mountains camp spot (Nr El Chorro)IMG_3265Walking – the most ancient and still the best modern exercise!

IMG_3419Three Amigos a day off in Cazorla town – quite easy to spend a day here exploring.

IMG_3399Barrosa Gorge – biking extreme – surprisingly rideable and well worth visiting!IMG_3388Levarda tunnels – fascinating exploring!IMG_3380IMG_3370Curious / cheeky bothy fox

There is much more to discover in the Sierra Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas National Park and I am sure I will visit again very soon. I recommend it to you. More info for bike-packing is available on http://www.bikepacking.com. Or feel free to contact me for any help or advice.

 

3 thoughts on “The Sierra Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas – Revisited. A Family-Pack this time round.

  1. Morning Al
    thanks for the post some amazing pictures and yet another very inspiring trip. You lot don’t half look alike and handsome! See you Friday 😘

    Sent from my iPhone

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