Activities

GEOCACHING

The area is well served with geocaches, especially the Lecrin Valley, Lanjaron and the Sierra Nevada.

WALKING

Walking routes in and around Lanjaron – Spanish website with route information http://www.senderoslanjaron.blogspot.com.es/

Walking routes around the Lecrin Valley – Spanish website with route information and levels of difficulty  https://sites.google.com/site/sendelecrin/home

To download Lecrin Valleys rural routes visit Wikiloc – Lecrins Rural Routes.  For more information about the Lecrin Valley and the activities it offers visit Turismo Valle de Lecrin where you will find lots of useful information and links.

Guided Walking around the Lecrin Valley with Spanish Highs Lecrin Valley Walks

Mountaineering/Walking in the Sierra Nevada:

Spanish Highs Mountain Guides based in Lanjaron provide a wide range of activity holidays including walking & hiking, trekking, scrambling, mountaineering, snowshoeing & skiing in the Alpujarras & Sierra Nevada and other varied destinations in the remote sierras of Andalucia province.  Visit their website for more information:  http://www.spanishhighs.co.uk

Sierra Nevada Guides offer guided walking in the Alpujarras, Lecrin Valley & foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  Visit their website for more information:  http://sierranevadaguides.co.uk/

Walk the Boabdil route to extensively explore the Lecrin Valley – the route is 113.11 km which can be undertaken in stages of 7 to 12 km.  The route joins up the 18 villages which make up the Lecrin Valley – relax on your travels at a local bar with a drink and tapas and soak up the beauty of this historic area.

For self guided walking around the Lecrin Valley check out the many routes uploaded to Wikloc by people who have visited the area – find a route, download it and off you go!

BIRD WATCHING

There is an abundance of wildlife in the Lecrin Valley, Las Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada including the observation of many different species of birds from Eagles and Vultures to Wheatears, Redstarks, European Goldfinch, Serin, Dartford Warbler, Red-legged Partridge, Common Quail and Swifts with their breath taking aerobatic displays.  Discover more about birdwatching in the Granada region.

Birdwatching in the Alpujarra

CYCLING/MOUNTAIN BIKING

Whether you’re into road cycling or a hard core Mountain Biker there’s plenty to tackle in the surrounding areas. From lung burning hill climbs to breath-taking decents the area has it all – just get out there and discover it’s hidden treasures.  For bike rental visit Alpujarra Bikes.

Lecrin Valley Cycling provides road and mountain biking routes around the Lecrin Valley area.  Visit their website for more information:  http://www.lecrinvalleycycling.talktalk.net/

Lanjaron & Alpujarra offer great cycling and Spanish Highs have mountain bike guides available for exciting off road routes.  Contact them for more information: http://www.spanishhighs.co.uk/

Alpujarra Spanish mountain bike club blog & events:  http://ccalpujarramtb.blogspot.com.es/

Lanjaron’s Tourism Site with mountain biking events and information in Spanish: http://www.lanjanet.com/i-open-mtb-puerta-de-la-alujarra

Cycling activities in the Alpujarras:  http://www.vayanda.com/cycling/alpujarra

Ride Sierra Nevada based in Monachil offer single track holidays, trail riding, Trans Andalucia Enduro which is a 7 day singletrack road trip, and cycle hire for the serious mountain biker.  Check out their website for more information: http://ridesierranevada.com/

For self guided riding check out the many routes uploaded to Wikloc – find a route, download it and off you go!!  If you’re staying with us here at Casa Molino try out the Sendero del Jabali for some exciting single track and technical sections.  As it passes through wooded areas on the high part of the route it’s perfect to undertake during even the summer months as you are shaded from the fierce summer sun and there is often a cooling breeze.

TOURING ON  2 WHEELS

Based in Lanjaron Harley Davidson tours offer the chance to explore this beautiful area of Spain on 2 wheels with a choice of Harley Davidsons to ride and enjoy.  Visit their website for more information:  http://www.thunderroadtours.com/ or their Facebook page.

GOLF

Located in Otura, just 20 minutes drive from Pinos is Santa Clara Golf, a spectacular 18 hole golf course, par 73. 

If you fancy a round down by the sea then Los Moriscos in Motril is worth a visit –

If you think your game could do with a bit of improvement then contact Gordon James for some personal golf coaching. E-mail: golfguy@hotmail.com, Mobile: +34 635373200

SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

Visit the mountain resort above the city of Granada and enjoy spectacular views and great skiing, snowboarding and other snow based activitieshttp://sierranevada.es/

For some ski or snowboarding lessons contact the British Ski Centre based in the Sierra Nevada

WATER SPORTS

The waters of the Costa Tropical are ideal for water sports enthusiasts offering superb marine life for snorkelers and scuba divers. Buceo in La Herradura are scuba diving experts and offer diving courses all year round, daily dive trips, try dives/discover scuba diving and diving equipment sales.  Visit their website for more details (available in English & Spanish):  Buceo Scuba Diving Experts, La Herradura

Other popular water sports include sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking. There are many companies in Salobreña, Almuñécar and La Herradura that rent water sports equipment and small craft like canoes and kayaks. All are within a 30 – 45 minute drive from the Lecrin Valley.

HORSERIDING

A great way to see the countryside without all the effort of walking or cycling – let the horse do all the work whilst you soak up the views – click on the hyperlinks below for more information.

In the Lecrin Valley

In the Alpujarra

In Dilar

WORKSHOPS

Fancy doing something different – how about a Cheese making workshop.  Learn how to make hand-crafted goat’s cheese with Sue and Rosie. Contact Sue on 633 036 499, email suehalfyard@gmail.com for more details.   To see more visit their website: www.cheesemakingandalucia.com

Learn about Self-sufficiency, Organic Gardening & Herbal Courses – all this available in the Alpujarra and provided by Sue & Pete Rogers at their cortijo.  Currently known as Self-sufficiency4u they are soon to change their name to Nevadanaturales.com.  Check out their website:  Nevadanaturales.com

Artfelt in Polopos – create your own beautiful felt artwork.  Workshops available for up to a maximum of 4 people in a white Andalucian village, 10K up a winding mountain road from the coast 800 metres below.  Also available to purchase are homemade marmalades & chutneys and beautiful greeting cards.

RUM MONTERO DISTILLERY IN MOTRIL

From Tuesdays to Saturdays at 12pm there are FREE guided tours of the local rum distillery in Motril (also includes tasting of their new rums – designate a driver before you arrive!).  For other times or groups call 958 600 183/629 223 428 or email: visitas@ronmontero.com.

For more info visit their website:  Ron Montero Distillery, Motril – available in English, Spanish & Italian.

FLAMENCO

For a great Flamenco experience in the heart of Granada (Carrera del Darro, No.7 – just up from Plaza Nueva) reserve your place at Le Chien Andalou.  This is an intimate cave venue and you will be completely immersed in the show.  Performers change on a daily basis so you can go back and have a totally different experience over and over again.  The entry price is very reasonable at 10 & 12 euros per person (depending on which show you are booked to see) and show times are 20.00, 22.00 & Midnight.

To reserve your seat call +34 717 709 100 or 685 236 184 or 617 106 623.  Alternatively visit their website:  http://www.lechienandalou.com/ or find them on Facebook.

For more activities, places to eat and drink etc in the Lecrin Valley please visit Turismo Valle de Lecrin website where you will discover lots to keep you entertained during your time here in this beautiful part of Andalucia.

Whatever you decide to do when you are here just enjoy yourself and soak up the stunning views and warm, welcoming atmosphere of the area.