Walking & Climbing
Our part of Andalucia is perfect for walking, running and cycling, whether on the road and on the thousands of tracks through the olive groves and farming country. Several 1:25000 scale maps are available at Casa Antonio which cover our recommended local walks below. For further afield, you could either use your own GPS or follow the link below for an interactive map of Spain. Use the on-screen controls to centre the map and zoom in or out to get the level of detail you need. The controls can be fairly clunky, so be patient…
These maps show the main olive grove tracks which are well maintained and are excellent way to access the more remote areas of the countryside.
Planned walks are available:
One hour circular walk from Casa Antonio on olive grove tracks with views back to the village of Mures and beyond to the castle at Alcala La Real
Two hour circular walk from Casa Antonio on olive grove tracks giving views to surrounding villages and the Sierra Nevada.
Two hour circular walk from Casa Antonio taking you into the countryside giving you the opportunity of discovering the many cortijos and pueblos surrounding Mures.
A two hour circular walk from a nearby beautiful pueblo, famous for its 14th century Moorish castle with views to nearby Atalayas (Watchtowers) and dramatic landscape.
Four hour circular walk from Casa Antonio on olive grove tracks leading to other small pueblos where refreshment is available and spectacular views to surrounding mountains and the Sierra Nevada.
Four hour circular walk starting and finishing at nearby pueblo, through a spectacular gorge leading to a reservoir with stunning views to the snow capped (November – June) Sierra Nevada mountains..
Six hour walk from Casa Antonio on olive grove tracks through spectacular scenery with sheer escarpments, passing through an abandoned village with ruined hermitage and a small monastery.
An easy, but varied, beautiful walk following narrow valleys of native woodland. Set at over 1100m the views are far reaching, over the tops of one mountain range to the next and beyond…..amazing, with spectacular views to Lake Colomera and the snow covered Sierra Nevada beyond, passing stunning escarpments along the way.
A lovely circular walk from Casa Antonio taking you into the countryside with sweeping views to the south to the mountains north of Granada and Moclin and to the west to La Mota at Alcala La Real.
The garden at Casa Antonio and the surrounding area abound with birdlife, many of which will be unfamiliar to most British townies.
Depending on the time of year, you may well hear and/or see some of the following, which have all been spotted in the surrounding area by previous visitors to Casa Antonio.
Sue Bryan, an RSPB member, conducted a survey of the local and migratory bird population during a visit a few years ago and a list of her sightings is given below. This has been updated to include sightings by another enthusiast a couple of years later.
|12.||Western Yellow-legged Gull||Salobrena||23/10/2006|
|16.||Alpine Swift||Mures||August 2008|
|17.||Pallid Swift||Mures||August 2008|
|23.||Red-rumped Swallow||Mures||August 2008|
|26.||Alpine Accentor||Sierra Nevada||24/10/2006|
|37.||Reed Warbler||Mures||August 2008|
|38.||Melodious Warbler||Mures||August 2008|
|47.||Woodchat Shrike||Mures||August 2008|
|48.||Great Grey Shrike||Mures||August 2008|
|49.||Golden Oriole||Mures||August 2008|
|53.||Red-billed Chough||Sierra Nevada||24/10/2006|
Spain is a cycling-mad country and you will typically see cyclists out training throughout the year. Click here for a website with details of Mountain Biking routes around Alcala La Real.
Beaches & Water Sports
Fresh water reservoirs in Spain are widely used by locals for swimming and water sports, picnicking and relaxing during the summer months. There are several within an hour’s drive, notably at Colomera, Cubillas and Iznajar. Most offer equipment rental for pedalos and kayaking, and some have windsurfing classes available. All of those mentioned have “chiringuito” (open air) bar and restaurant facilities.
The Costa Tropical runs from Motril, south of Granada to Malaga. There are several good beaches, including those at Almuñecar, Salobreña and La Herradura. Some have pebbles rather than sand, so good rubber slip-ons are a good idea to keep your feet protected.