March 15 – 19
If you have seen Fallas before or aren’t a great fan this is a great alternative. It is a 4 night, 5 day trip – one night in Cartagena, Murcia and three nights in Granada.
March 15: Cartagena
Located on the coastline of the Region of Murcia, to the West of Cartagena, the Roldan hill is a cliff mountain range with high ecological, eomorphological and cultural interest. Its flora shows numerous species that are exclusive to the zone and some others that develop in the North of Africa too.
The Natural Area Sierra de la Muela, Cabo Tiñoso and Roldán has been designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) for species peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) and eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) and is a Site of Community Importance (SCI) of the Natura 2000 network. Roldán mountain, due to its proximity to the city of Cartagena and its attractive landscape, is very popular for hiking, biking, mountain races and all kinds of recreational activities.
Source: Turismo Cartagena
March 17-19: Granada
Granada is blessed with Moorish heritage dating back more than 700 years. The pinnacle of this is the Alhambra, a compound with palaces, courtyards and gardens where the Emirs of Granada would escape the summer heat.
You can work your way along the streets of the old Moorish city, laid out exactly as it was in Medieval times, or enter the cave dwellings of the historic gypsy neighbourhood famed for its flamenco shows. All the while the soaring peaks of the Sierra Nevada will draw you gaze in the distance to the east.
Pico del Veleta (weather vane or weather cock) is the third highest peak of the Iberian peninsula and the second highest in the Sierra Nevada. Its height is somewhere between 3,394m and 3,398m above sea level.
The mountain can be seen from the city of Granada. Veleta’s northern slopes are home to the Sierra Nevada Ski Station. The access road that takes one to approximately 10 metres below the summit is the highest paved road in Europe across the mountains from Granada to the western Alpujarras. It is closed to general traffic beyond Hoya de la Mora, however, the road is still used by ski station employees, national park rangers, observatory staff, cyclists and walkers, and a microbus service also takes hikers up to Posiciones del Veleta, a viewpoint 3,100 metres above sea level. It is a relatively easy walk up to the summit from there.