Apologies for no elevation information today – I accidentally deleted it – very annoying!
Today’s distance 18.5 km
Total distance from Almería 208 km
This morning dawned quite mild, no harsh breeze. After a quick stop at Bar Los Angeles we set off along an extremely pleasant track alongside a fast running river, winding past beautifully maintained allotments, young trees with fresh bright new foliage, and mini orchards with beautiful white blossom
This is the sort of walk I really love. The wide open views are very very spectacular and obviously I love those too but these little tracks that wind through every day life with so much detail and so many things to look at give me great joy.
After passing through the village of Dudar our ascent for the day commences on a concrete track. Up and up and then up again until we reach the top of the ridge that separates two green and fertile valleys. There seems to be no shortage of water in this area. En route we pass by a ruined aqueduct.
It being Sunday there are lots of cyclists and trail runners on the track whizzing by at various speeds and proximities.
Whilst walking the top of the ridge I receive a FaceTime call from my grandson and I am delighted that he is so interested in what I am doing, asking lots of questions about my gear that I am able to answer by showing him all my equipment. And then I turn the camera around and show him the stunning scenery and snow topped mountains, and the yellow arrows that mark our way.
Then the steep descent begins, and down we go through ever greener scenery until we are alongside a river again, and pass another once impressive building, now a ruin and find a small herd of horses asleep in the shade of some olive trees.
Then we are entering the suburbs of Granada and pass through Sacromonte and catch my first glimpse of the Alhambra. I am lucky enough to have visited Granada on many occasions, but have never seen the Alhambra from this angle before. We stop at a bar for a drink before entering the bustling Sunday lunchtime city. What a joy it is to be here. Granada is a beautiful, vibrant city. And an added bonus of staying in a large city is a choice of vegan restaurants. My camiga chums were all happy to join me at ‘Wild Food’ and none were disappointed.
We are staying in Hostal Al Andaluz in a six bed dorm (three sturdy bunks) although there are only five of us we paid for the sixth bed so that we didn’t have to share with a stranger. Total cost 66 euros including sheets, but no blankets, and with a very nice modern bathroom. Booked via Hostelworld.