Walking

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.

Sierra Maria Natural Park
Los Vélez
Cueva las Colmenas track
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Almond Blossom
Local Scenery
Sierra Maria Natural Park
Sierra Maria Natural Park
Sierra Maria Natural Park
Sierra Maria
Albar Juniper Natural Monument
Sierra Maria
Local Scenery
National Park Sierra Maria Los Vélez
Albar Juniper Natural Monument
Sierra Maria
Albar Juniper Natural Monument
Albar Juniper Natural Monument
Poppy Fields
Poppies
Almond Blossom
Local Scenery
Sierra Maria
Albar Juniper Natural Monument
Sierra Maria
Sierra Maria
Sierra Maria
Sierra Maria
Sierra Maria
Sierra Maria
Albar Juniper National Monument
Poppies
Poppy Fields
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Wild Flowers
Poppies
Poppies
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Poppies
Harvest Time
Poppies
Harvest Time
Local Scenery
Wild Flowers
Poppies
Local Scenery
Almond Blossom
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Almond Blossom
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Local Scenery
Sierra Maria
Local Scenery
Winter Scenery
Sierra Maria in Winter
Velez Blanco and La Muela
View towards La Muela & the castle
Mirador Collado de las Arenas
Sierra Maria in Winter
Sierra Maria in Winter
Fuente del Peral
View towards La Muela & the castle
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Vélez Blanco Castle
La Muela Mountain
Natural Park
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Mirador del Puerto del Peral
Sierra Maria
Umbria de la virgin Track
Sierra Maria
Sierra Maria
Sierra Maria
Sierra Maria
Sierra Maria
Umbria del Maimon Track
Umbria del Maimon Track
Sierra Maria in winter
Almond Blossoms
Poppies
Poppies
Poppy Fields
Sierra de las Estancias
View towards Vélez Blanco
Sierra Maria Los Velez National Park
Local Scenery
Sierra de las Estancias
Local Scenery
Poppy Fields
Almond Blossom
Almond Blossom
Almond Blossom
Almond Blossom
Almond Blossom
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park
Local Scenery
Local Scenery

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. 

 
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Email: cortijolaestrella@gmail.com
Mobile: (+ 34) 678 55 32 63 (English/ Spanish)
Whatsapp: (+34) 678 55 32 63 (English/Spanish)

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