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Berchules, Granada, Spain

27 November 2008

Ruta literaria por el sendero de Gerald Brenan

Saturday the 6th of December a ´literary walk´ on Gerald Brenan is organised during which texts from his book ´South from Granada´ will be read. This route starts at 11.15 hours from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in Yegen. It will take people through the countryside where Don Geraldo often used to walk during the years he lived in this village. Between 1920 and 1934, there were regular and prolonged visits to Yegen, and adding all these periods up, he spent seven years in this village. Before the walk the film ´La Mirada de Brenan´ will be shown in the Salón parroquial de Yegen.

10 November 2008

Walking in the Río Dílar valley

Our friends of Casa Albayzín in Otura near Granada guided us on one of their walks in the Río Dílar valley. We set off near the Aula de la Naturaleza of Dílar where we started climbing up el Cerro de la Pescá. Once up the views were fabulous, to the right the snow-capped mountains and to the left the city of Granada. Near Cortijo Sevilla we started descending on the beautiful Vereda del Canal de la Espartera towards the river. Crossing the river was quite an adventure with the amount of water running through it at the moment. This is the GPS track of the walk of about 16 kilometres that we can definitely recommend. Other walks in this area can be found in Spanish guidebooks like Excursiones por Sierra Nevada (Desnivel Ediciones). Vereda del Canal de la Espartera - foto: casa rural El Paraje

8 November 2008

Media maratón in Cádiar - April 5th 2009

The half marathon that will take place the 5th of April 2009 and that starts and ends in Cádiar, is the first one that is organised in the Alpujarras. The run will be along country tracks and paths with a small section on tarmac roads. You can run or walk it, inscribe indivually or as a group (maximum of four people). Adults pay 15€ and children 10€. A part of the revenues will be donated to the Red Cross in Granada. More information can be found on the website on the media maraton.

6 November 2008

The first snowfall

Quite a lof of snow fell on many parts of Spain last week. In Sierra Nevada there is now such an amount that they are talking about opening the Granada ski station the 22nd of November. On this picture taken today you can see how close the snow is to the village of Bérchules. The snow line is close to 2,000 metres. In the meantime the weather has stabilized and when you look at the forecast, you can see that it will be perfect for hiking, horse riding or mountain biking the whole coming week. The maximum temperatures mentioned, around 13 degrees, are as measured in the shade. In the sun the temperatures easily reach 10 degrees more. On television the proverb “año de nieves, año de bienes”, was repeated quite a few times the last couple of days. Let´s hope that this saying “year of snows, year of riches” holds true. It´s already quite a joy to see that there´s now more water flowing from the fountains in the village since the first precipitations.
Village of Bérchules with snow-capped sierra - foto: casa rural El Paraje
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5 November 2008

Fa Re tetería in Ferreirola

A visit of La Taha valley with its pretty villages we quite often recommend to people, because there are many fantastic hiking possibilities. In this area it is easy to ´devise´ your own route with copies out of one of our books. As Ferreirola is in the centre of this valley, it´s likely that you pass through this village. If you do, we can highly recommend having a break at Fa Re Tetería-Cafetería. Fátima and Rebecca, the two ladies that opened their Morrocan style tetería at the end of July, gave the place a lot of character. Apart from a wide choice of teas with lovely home-made pies, a good glass of wine with some cheese can also be enjoyed at Fa Re. When the weather is good it´s possible to sit outside and enjoy the views down into the valley. You can find this coffee and tea house at the bottom of the village in Calle Soledad, and it is open from Thursday to Sunday from 10.00 to 23.00 hours. (FaRe)Fa Re Tetería Cafetería in Ferreirola - foto: casa rural El Paraje