THE LECRIN VALLEY
This is a fertile area where farming is still the principal occupation, much of it on ancient narrow terraces inaccessible to motorised transport. The local campesinos increasingly have their small white vans and trailers, but mules are still widely used and local village houses have cavernous storage rooms with stable space for mule and dog.
The seasons are clearly defined here; shops, bars and restaurants reflect the changing produce of the valley and the landscape changes colour and scent throughout the year. In January, the first wispy clouds of pink and white almond blossom appear, later on the orange blossom fills the valley with a heavy perfume and the oranges and lemons glow. Spring flowers are abundant, blues and purples compete with the astonishing red of the poppies. Later still, yellow broom dominates the hillsides and passing flocks of goats release the scent of wild lavender, thyme and rosemary. Pomegranates, the symbol of Granada, make their exotic appearance in late August and September, although the fiery red blossoms have provided colour from spring onwards.
Pinos del Valle
Pinos is a charming village spreading downwards in almost 2 separate levels (Upper and Lower Barrio) enclosing in its midst numerous orchards, lemon and orange groves. It has 2 churches, one from the XVI Century and the other from the early 19th. It is dominated by a tall pine covered hill topped by a shrine from which after a good ½ hour steep climb, the views are the best in the Valley.
The village is still very Spanish with mules and donkeys and is normally very quiet except during the Fiesta in Mid-August. There is one bar with Terrace and Palm trees that offers traditional food and tapas. After having ambled up and down the 2 barrios, there are further lovely walks and drives in the immediate vicinity.
To the best of her abilities, the owner will try to provide you with information regarding the area, all it has to offer and the local restaurants.
The coast is 20 minutes away down a spectacular main road which has been upgraded. There are marinas at Motril and Marina del Este (between Almunecar and La Herradura), wide beaches at Salobrena, Almunecar and La Herradura. The popular resort of Nerja with its shops, facilities and stunning caves is a little further. Water sports are available, jet skis, paragliding and diving and all ages will enjoy the water parks in Almunecar and Cenes de la Vega on the outskirts of Granada.
Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and only 20 minutes away. It's known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.
From the Alhambra you can walk or take the hop on - hop off bus into the city centre, where the numerous small squares have inviting terraces where you can stop for a glass of vino with some free tapas and watch the world go by. There is also the lovely Arabian quarter with its numerous little shops and Sacramento with its beautiful views over the Alhambra and the city. Maps and directions on where to park etc. are available in the B&B.
The resort of Sierra Nevada is one of the highest in Europe and provides a season beginning in early December and lasting until May. The journey up to the snow takes about
45 minutes on an excellent road; facilities are well organised and although the skiing is not as varied as in some French resorts, it is extensive.
Golf, Tennis and Riding
New golf courses and tennis courts are being added to the already existing ones in the region.
Excursions of various lengths are available in the Valley for another way of enjoying mountains and streams on the back of a horse.
Motocross and mountain biking
Mountain biking, cycling, walking, motor cross and 4x4 off-roading
Walking / Hiking
The Lecrin Valley is a central location to stay if you are a walker / hiker. From here you can go into the Alpujarres and discover the 7 white villages or discover the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada. Lots of walks have been posted out, for example a 4 hour walk to Los Cahorros with its hanging bridges and wild waters. At the B&B we have a nice selection of walks printed out for you ready to embark on your adventure, whether it is an easy walk of an hour or a hike of 8 hours. There are walks for everyone.