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Berchules, Granada, Spain

24 February 2011

Senderos Locales Trevélez

In 2010 a number of local walks of Trevélez were newly waymarked and documented.
These are:
SL-A 78 ´Sendero del Peñabón´ a circular walk of 7.3 km 
SL-A 79 ´Sendero del Horcajo´ a linear walk of 8.7 km   
SL-A 80 ´Sendero del Puerto de Jérez´ a linear walk of 4 km   
SL-A 81 ´Sendero del Chorrillo´ a linear walk of 6.6 km 
Maps with (Spanish) description can be found in this PDF on the FEDAMON website

The small booklet ´Rutas por Trevélez´ is now available as well. In this publication information can be found on these four routes, but also on the ruta los tres barrios, Molino Altero, Siete Lagunas, GR-7 y Sulayr (GR-240), Mulhacén por el Chorrillo, Mulhacén por Siete Lagunas and Laguna de Vacares. This booklet can be obtained at the Ayuntamiento (958858501) or the Trevélez tourist information point (650039185).

Today we went up the Mulhacén using the route Sendero del Chorillo to reach the south ridge of the Mulhacén. The waymarking to find the start  of the SL-A81, the GR7 to Busquístar and the GR240 to Capileira has been improved. But from 2,200 metres to the Chorillo at 2,730 metres the waymarking is still poor. In the summer finding the track will not be a problem, but now only a few old posts can be seen above the snow. Without a GPS track we would not advise people that are not familiar with the route to go up with snow or limited visibility. Technically the route gave no problems today, but the route is steep and snowshoes or crampones were needed with the present amount of snow.
Going on to the Mulhacén summit over the ridge was a pure joy (apart from losing our wind :) with the fantastic weather we had today. On the photo we look back south to the Mulhacén II (3,361 m).
While walking  down from the Chorillo back to Trevélez, the soft melting snow required quite some concentration. To walk from Trevélez (1,500 m)  to the Mulhacén (3,482 m) and back, an average hiker should calculate 9 to 10 hours.

Related articles:
- El Paraje now has crampons available
- See all mulhacen related articles

Related links:
-Trevélez decide recuperar los caminos más representativos del Parque de Sierra Nevada, article written by Rafael Vílchez published in the Ideal 15-08-2010

Related key words: alpujarras, sierra nevada, wandelen, wandelingen, wanderung, B&B, hotel, bérchules, trektocht, hiking, trekking, standplaatsvakantie,wandelvakanties

23 February 2011

Inauguration Centro de Interpretación Minero in Tímar

Mining and the consequent transformation of metals form an important part of the history of the Alpujarra. Copper, bronze, iron, lead, zinc and mercury (cinnabar) are examples of the abundant mineral wealth of the area. A mining boom took place from 1910 to 1936. On our walk ´Tímar por los Riscos´ you pass the ruins of two mercury mines. Before reaching Tímar you see what is left of the Minas Rodríguez-Acosta (waypoints 06 and 07 on our map) and next to the cemetery you see the Minas de Retama known es ´La Fábrica de los Italianos´ as it was owned by Italians (waypoint 08 on our map) . Both sites were declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 2007. As mercury mining constitutes an important part of the industrial heritage of the village, the local authorities have strived for the realization of of a mining museum for many years. The first result is a mining interpretation centre in the former school building of Tímar. Thanks to the post ´Centro de Interpretación Minero´ of Rafatours we learned that it will be officially inaugurated this coming Saturday the 26th of February at 12.00 hours. The Centro de Interpretación Minero can be visited by appointment.

Related articles:
- Dutch painter leaves Tímar
- El Patrimonio Histórico de la Alpujarra y Río Nacimiento; a chapter of this book is dedicated to mining in the area

Related links:
- Fábricas y minas de mercurio, a lot of information on the mercury mines of Tímar from the website of Pilar Camas las Heras and Pedro Luis Fuentes Camas
- Propuesta de ´Museo del mercurio de la Alpujarra, a study of a mercury museum as presented in 2005
- Centro Etnográfico y del Mercurio, listo en septiembre, article by Rafael Víllchez pubished in the Ideal 23-10-2010
- El anejo de Tímar dedica un museo a las minas del mercurio, article by Rafael Vílchez published in the Ideal 27-02-2011
- Slide show Inauguración Centro Interpretativo Tímar of Rafatours

Related key words: interpretive centre, kwikmijnen, alpujarras, sierra nevada, wandelen, wandelingen, wanderung, B&B, hotel, bérchules, trektocht, hiking, trekking, standplaatsvakantie

18 February 2011

First Granada Sierra Nevada Triatlon 24th July 2011

The 24th of July 2011 the first Granada - Sierra Nevada 1/2 and 1/4 Triatlon will be organised. Different from most considering the scenery in which it is set.
All details are to be found on

8 February 2011

Ceramic artist Lars Pranger in Mecina Fondales

While visiting the Taha valley one of the things that will probably catch your atention are the beautiful blue and white tiles with the names of the streets, paths, springs and monuments. These ceramic tiles that enliven the seven Taha villages were made by Lars Pranger, a Swedish painter who moved to Spain in 1962. About twenty-five years ago he set up home in Mecina Fondales, where he found the inspiration and tranquility to develop his passion for ceramics. His clay artwork can be admired and bought in the Casa de Arte in Pitres or by appointment in his workshop at the bottom of the village. Lars can also be contacted for special orders.

Related articles:
- Alpujarran handcraft or artesanía
- Sendero de La Taha with photo of the Fuente de Fondales for which Lars Pranger made the tiles with the name

Related links:
- Lars Pranger in ´Viajeros por Andalucía´ (interview starts 17 minutes into the programme)

Related key words: cerámica tradicional española