Length: 9 km; Accumulated height difference: 320 m ascent; Duration: 4 hours (without transportation time)
Difficulty: Low; Meeting point: Avd. Capitán Moreno, Granada (see the map)
Departure time (Granada): 7:30 am
Arrival time (Granada): 8:30 pm (depends on the pace of the group)
Family trip?: Yes
Tabernas desert: a suggestive landscape is waiting for us: land scored with ravines and gullies, eroded slopes and small oases with palm trees. It is the only actual desert area in the whole of the European continent. It holds scarce and strange vegetation, similar to that of the North African deserts. Extremely rare species of birds live in the desert and for this reason the area is protected on a European level as a Special Protection Area for birds.
Many Italian filmmakers found tabernas desert to be the perfect backdrop for the making of “Westerns”. We will discover the remains of the sets and settlements typical of the American West, where famous “Spaghetti Western” films were made.
After lunch time, we will be able to visit another important geological monument, the Gypsum Karst of Sorbas. We make a tour of the interior cave whose walls and ceilings are made of gypsum crystals. The sensation is to be in a dark glass palace.
Landscape and heritage
- Geological features
- Desert landscape
- Endemics plants
- Old scenes of western films
- Gypsum caves in Sorbas
Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat. Snacks and food, water (minimum 1,5-2L). The weather in the desert is usually warm, but changeable. We recommend a base layer, a long arm shirt, lightweight fleece, wind stopper, long trousers and trekking shoes. Hiking sticks and your personal first aid kit.
Price “custom dates”: €75/pp. It does include the guiding trip, insurance and transportation. 2 people minimum. 20% off for more than 4 participants.
Purchasing Conditions: Excursions must be booked and paid for at least three days in advance. Participants must arrive at the meeting point on time. The group will wait for participants for five minutes, but then leave. In this situation, no money will be reimbursed. All participants should ensure that they know how to get to the meeting point and if you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us.