It is impossible to describe the landscape of Los Vélez in one single catch-phrase.
It is impossible to describe the landscape of Los Vélez in one single catch-phrase. Around every corner or behind each mountain you'll find a completely different landscape.
From the pine forests near María to the dry desert-like mountains around Vélez Blanco. The plains, the mountains and the valleys all support different ecosystems and habitats that in turn have preserved a wide and varied fauna.
There are marked walking routes within the Natural Park for walkers of all abilities.At their best in Spring and Autumn when the weather is cooler.
There are also routes directly from Cortijo la Estrella of varying lengths and dificulty.
The Seasons in Los Vélez
Spring arrives with the almond blossoms, white or pink - with a strong sweet scent and soft beauty. Nights may be cold and days are almost always sunny and mild. Later in spring some rain fall may occur and the fields will turn into fields of red, yellow, blue and pink wild flowers.
This is an ideal time in which to enjoy walking in the region an enjoying some of the longer more challenging routes.
Summer most often arrives by late May and is warm and dry. Also because of the altitude you will find the temperature “muy agradable” - very pleasant, this is due to the low humidity.
In summer you will find the grasses turning golden, the contrast between the (almost) ever blue skies and the golden fields is beautiful, and the sense of space comes to full expression. The evenings and nights are warm allowing you to stay outside until the early hours.
Although warm, the nights are never heavy and never feel clammy like they do in coastal regions.
By the end of summer the almonds are ready to be picked. Sometimes with big “tree shakers” sometimes by hand.
Walking at this time of year requires an early morning start to avoid the midday sun which can be a real challenge especially in areas with little vegetation or trees for shade.
Autumn does not come until late October as the temperature slowly drops, the days being nice and warm and the nights turning cooler. The vine leaves turning beautiful autumn colours - yellow, brown and red. An occasional rainfall may bring to life the rich fragrances of the plants and herbs that have lain dormant all through the summer.
This is another perfect time of year to enjoy the walks in the region.
The searing temperatures of the summer sun have subsided and walking is a pleasant and enjoyable experience.
Winter - although on the calender it starts on the 21st of December, it really does not set in until after Christmas. At midday the temperture may still be around 18C or even higher but it drops early in the afternoon and may fall below zero at nighttime.
Snow may fall making for beautiful landscapes, unexpected so far south.
Walking at this time of year requires suitable clothing, warm layers as the contrasts in temperature in open spaces and the dense forest can be quite dramatic. It is still a beautiful time of year as the atmosphere is at its clearest making for beautiful views and perfect photo opportunities.