Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

Sierra Nevada Early June

Mountain Mania – snowy peaks in June, Sierra Nevada

The highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada range are still capped with snow! The Mulhacén and Pico del Veleta at almost 3, 500, and 3,400 metres respectively, (shown above in the iphone snap) don’t really make a typical June scene in Southern Spain.

At over 2000 metres, the Trevenque peak, also within the Sierra Nevada range makes for an impressive sight and is now bursting with springtime life.

Trevenque, Sierra Nevada

(Trevenque peak, to the right, in the snap above)

Its stony slopes are home to some of Europe’s rarest plants, and in the valley is the Botanic Garden, La Cortijuela, part of the network of gardens working to catalogue, research and protect these threatened species.

La Cortijuela botanic garden, Trevenque

Rare plants in the Sierra Nevada, andalucia

The small garden makes for a good place to stop off on the way to hike up the trails. There are bunch of rural guest houses where you can rent rooms, including the Cortijo Balzain.

Cortijo Balzain, Sierra Nevada

It’s a simply place, ideal for walkers, and there we stopped off for lunch, a hearty and classic dish of meat and rice served in a deep dish with rustic bread. Just what we needed, after being up in the highest peaks of the Sierra, amongst the snow.

Thank you Andalusian Wilderness for a wonderful trip!


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  1. Shara
    SharaDec 13, 2013

    Very good article and pictures Andrew, I love Granada, La Alhambra y sierra nevada are wonderful, i was last summer visiting south of Spain and Granada was what I liked more, i recomend everybody visit Spain and Granada in special.

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