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Taha Valley Loop Walk

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  • Dinner on the Streets in Mecina
    / Dinner on the Streets in Mecina
    Foto: Josiah Skeats, Macs Adventure
  • / Descending to Ferreirola
    Foto: Josiah Skeats, Macs Adventure
  • / Colourful Lanes of Mecinilla
    Foto: Josiah Skeats, Macs Adventure
  • / Beautiful, Narrow Lanes into Pitres
    Foto: Josiah Skeats, Macs Adventure
  • / View to Ferreirola
    Foto: Josiah Skeats, Macs Adventure
  • / Road to Busquistar
    Foto: Josiah Skeats, Macs Adventure
  • / Footpath through National Park
    Foto: Josiah Skeats, Macs Adventure
  • / El Chorreón de Pitres Waterfall
    Foto: Josiah Skeats, Macs Adventure
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This loop walk is a whirlwind which passes through nine villages - each overflowing with character, followed by a swathe of untouched nature and stunning panoramas through the National Park.

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15,4 km
5:15 h
822 hm
822 hm

This loop walk is only 15 kilometres but passes through 9 villages and provides a real taste of life in this region. The villages all feel strangely familiar, with their labyrinth of narrow and car-less lanes, the centrally located church, the nearby plaza where the locals congregate, and the whitewashed houses that overflow with plants and flowers – an act of rebellion against nature in this dry landscape.

And yet, each village also has its distinctive characteristics. Mecina is the village to go to if you want a pizza. Life pulses to an even slower rhythm in Capilerilla and Fondales, which are further from the beaten track. Pitres is arty, with stylish decorations and flower arrangements adorning much of the village.

To provide perspective, the middle section of the walk between Busquistar and Portugos, heads away from the village and climbs into the National Park. Here, native woodland and bush replace the fruit trees and terraced fields found in the villages. With every footstep, lizards scamper into rocky crevices and crickets dart away. Best of all, a spectacular panorama of the valley and mountains unfurls before you. You might want to stay and admire the view, but there’s always a quaint village inviting you to come and visit.

Autorentipp

For those looking to extend your walk slightly today - when leaving Ferreirola there is an alternative route that heads east following the GR142 path to Fuente de Fanjuila - This trail will take you to an amazing viewpoint and also to one of the iron fountains. You can get back on track by following the trail back up to Altabetiar.

We also recommended filling your bottles from the fountains in each village to enjoy the fresh water that tumbles from the mountains. Some, such as Fuenta Agria, are naturally high in Iron and can benefit anaemics, while others are naturally carbonated and may taste fizzy! 

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Berta Ramos
Aktualisierung: 12.12.2019

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Landschaft
Höchster Punkt
1555 m
Tiefster Punkt
930 m

Sicherheitshinweise

There are some exposed and unfenced edges throughout the walk; be careful and remain on the path.

There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement. Walk on the left side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a sharp left bend, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum time to see you.

Some of the paths are around rocky steps; be careful as these may be slippery, especially when wet.

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Points of Interest

Waterfalls

There are two waterfalls a short detour away; El Chorreón de Pitres (just after Portugos) and Fuenta Agria (just before Portugos). The Fuenta Agria is particularly interesting as it is high in iron-content and leaves a red scar wherever it flows. Drinking from the waterfall can be beneficial for sufferers of anaemia – feel free to take a sip, though be warned it tastes like putting a handful of pennies in your mouth!

 

Threshing Floor ‘Era’

Many villages have a communal threshing floor where they would previously have separated their grain. You will normally find these flat, wide areas just outside the village in an area exposed to the wind. Today you will pass Era de la Cruz de Piedra just outside Portugos, and another just outside Mecina.

 

Busquistar

The exact history remains unknown, but Busquistar is thought to have existed since at least the 13th century. Resultantly, wandering the streets is to travel through history, and you may even discover the remains of an old Arabic mosque or an oil mill.

 

La Tahá

In Moorish times a Tahá was an administrative district. There were 14 in the Alpjuharras, each demarcated by natural geographical boundaries. The valley through which you walk today was the Tahá de Ferreira and Pitres was the capital.

 

Food and Drink

Only the larger villages have somewhere to buy food. You will pass Busquistar, Portugos and Pitres after 3, 9 and 12 kilometres respectively. These villages have a mixture of stores, cafes and restaurants.

Each village has a fountain – Fuenta -where you can refill your water bottle. These are safe to drink from unless there is a sign ‘non-potable’.

Start

Fountain and Church, Ferreirola Centre (1004 m)
Koordinaten:
DG
36.929619, -3.313275
GMS
36°55'46.6"N 3°18'47.8"W
UTM
30S 472100 4087110
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Ziel

Fountain and Church, Ferreirola Centre

Wegbeschreibung

**PLEASE NOTE** - These route notes begin from Ferreirola, but if you are staying in Mecina (the other village we use for accommodation), you can begin from there – Just skip to 13.5 kilometres in the route notes, and then return to the start upon reaching Ferreirola.

 

0.00km - Start at the crossroads in Ferreirola, facing the village fountain and with the church on your left. BEAR RIGHT of the fountain to walk along Camino Atalbeitar, then after another 50 metres BEAR LEFT onto the rocky footpath that heads above the village.

0.60km – As the path forks just below a white building, BEAR LEFT. As you reach the paved road, TURN RIGHT sharply.

0.70km – As the road forks with a yellow post box and community notice board on your right, BEAR LEFT onto Calle Real de Atalbeitar. After 100 metres, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to pass through the plaza, following the sign to Camino de Portugos. 

0.90km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as you reach a second fountain to walk along the mud track, following the sign to Camino de Busquistar and Portugos.

0.90km – Shortly after passing a small bridge with wooden handrails, BEAR RIGHT along the flat path. Ignore the wooden post directing you to turn left.

1.20km – The trail passes a charming house with the remains of a water wheel still visible. After 100 metres, BEAR LEFT as the path forks, to head uphill.

1.80km – As you reach a gravel road, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to walk along with it. At the paved road after 300 metres, enjoy the beautiful view to Busquistar, and then TURN LEFT. 

2.40km – TURN RIGHT from the paved road onto a dusty uphill track that immediately crosses an irrigation ditch (which may/may not have water in it). Don’t be confused by a right turn 100 metres before, which is flat and does not cross an irrigation ditch.

2.50km – As the path forks beside a reservoir and brick building, BEAR RIGHT. After 20 metres, as the main track enters a field of tomatoes, BEAR RIGHT to continue along the flat, narrow path.

2.70km – BEAR RIGHT as the path forks to head downhill towards a breezeblock building.

2.90km – BEAR LEFT as you reach the paved road.

3.30km – As a road splits right signposted to ‘Centro Ciudad’, feel free to take a detour to explore Busquistar. Otherwise, TURN LEFT onto the footpath, then immediately TURN RIGHT following the signs for Trevelez.

3.40km – TURN RIGHT as you reach a gravel road. At the football and basketball pitch after 100 metres, TURN LEFT to head uphill.

3.50km – As the road forks after passing the cemetery CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the left turn. Both directions have a GR7 wooden post, so don’t use this as a guide.

3.70km – Just after making a 90° left turn, the path splits. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the left fork, to walk with a stone wall on your left. There is a wooden post with red and white markings to guide you, though this is overgrown by bushes. Continue along this path for 1.7 kilometres heading steadily uphill and ignoring all side paths.

5.40km – As you reach a wide gravel track, BEAR LEFT to continue heading uphill. After 50 metres CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the vehicle tracks on your right.

5.80km – BEAR LEFT as the road forks beside a farmhouse and gardens. There is a red and white post to guide you.

6.40km – As you reach a wide clearing, TURN RIGHT to head uphill into the woods, and ignore the vehicle tracks that continue ahead. As you reach a T-junction with a flat footpath after 100 metres, TURN LEFT, and ignore the GR7 wooden post which directs you right.

8.10km – As you reach a wide gravel road, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to cross over and take the footpath on the far side. You will cross over this gravel road a further two times, after 100 metres and then again after 200 metres.

8.60km – As you reach the gravel road a fourth time, TURN RIGHT to walk along with it. As the road becomes paved after 100 metres, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON heading downhill. Ignore the arrows that direct you right.

8.80km – As the road makes a sharp left turn just after passing the cemetery, BEAR RIGHT onto the downhill rocky footpath, heading directly towards the village of Portugos. After 200 metres, TURN RIGHT to walk along the paved road. After 100 metres BEAR RIGHT as the road forks on the outskirts of Portugos.

9.30km – As the road becomes cobbled, BEAR LEFT to head into the village.

9.35km – At the crossroads with a pharmacy on your right, TURN LEFT and then TURN RIGHT to follow the main street through Portugos.

9.40km – After passing the church and plaza on your left, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON down the narrow cobbled street following the sign to Supermercado, and ignoring the right turn for Sendero. After 30 metres, TURN RIGHT.

9.50km – BEAR LEFT down the set of steps, and then from the steps BEAR RIGHT onto the cobbled road, and then immediately TURN LEFT to walk along Calle Rosario. As this road forks around an old whitewashed building, BEAR RIGHT.

9.70km – As the road forks with a metal gate ahead, TURN RIGHT following the sign to ‘Era de la Cruz de Piedra’ to walk towards a Catholic shrine. After 100 metres, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, ignoring the right fork to Camino Molino Sol.

9.90km – With Mirador Era de la Cruz de Piedra (a threshing floor) on your left, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the gravel road which heads downhill towards the paved road.

10.30km – At the house with lion statues bordering either side of a gate, TURN RIGHT to walk along a narrow footpath, with a chain-link fence and garden on your left. At the paved road after 50 metres, TURN RIGHT.

10.50km – You can take a detour right, following the sign to Chorrerón de Pitres, to visit a waterfall. Approximately 15 minutes one-way. See the ‘photos’ section to view the waterfall.

10.80km – Just after passing the Pitres sign, TURN RIGHT to head uphill along the paved road, following the sign to Capilerilla. As the road forks after 100 metres, BEAR LEFT to continue heading uphill.

11.40km – BEAR LEFT to pass through the Capilerilla signpost, remaining on the well-established road.

11.70km – Just after passing a ‘No Through Road’ sign, and with a reservoir on your left, TURN LEFT, following the sign for Camino de Pitres. This road will immediately pass under a house and then become a footpath.

12.10km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as the path becomes paved. Remain on this charming lane, ignoring all side roads. You will pass the church on your left, and then emerge into a wide plaza with a fountain in the middle.

12.30km – Upon reaching the wide plaza, TURN RIGHT to follow the road downhill. At the ‘Stop’ junction after 100 metres, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, heading down the slope on the far side of the road just to the right of a restaurant. This downhill slope is signposted to Camino de Mecina. Continue downhill ignoring vague side paths and following the wooden posts for ‘Sendero Pitres-Ferreirola’.

13.20km – As the path forks around a rock with green paint, BEAR RIGHT to head downhill with an orchard on your right.

13.40km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as the footpath becomes paved. The large, flat, cobbled area on your left was a communal area for the village to thresh their wheat. As the road becomes cobbled after 20 metres, TURN RIGHT. At a T-junction opposite house number 16, TURN RIGHT again, and continue heading downhill towards the main road.

13.50km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads. If you are staying tonight at Hotel Mecina de Fondales, it is immediately on your left. If you are continuing to Ferreirola, remain on this road for 300 metres.

13.80km – Shortly after passing the welcome sign for Mecinilla, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to pass the bus stop on your right and ignore the road which bends left.

14.00km – TURN LEFT opposite the fountain to head down a narrow lane. After 100 metres, just before the road bends right around a house, and after passing a small railing which protrudes into the lane, TURN LEFT. This path will pass under a house and become a footpath. Note that it appears you can’t get through here, but you can, as the road bends left.

14.20km – As you reach a paved road TURN RIGHT then immediately TURN LEFT. This footpath heads downhill just to the right of the row of garages.

14.30km – As you emerge onto a paved road in Fondales with the chapel directly ahead, TURN LEFT. This road will pass through a No Entry sign. After 100 metres this road forks just after passing a fountain; BEAR LEFT, choosing the flatter path signposted ‘Camino de Ferreirola’.

14.40km – As you reach the edge of the village with allotments and orchards ahead, BEAR LEFT to pass under the terrace of a house. After passing under the terrace the path will become a rocky footpath and then fork; BEAR LEFT to cross a small bridge with wooden handrails. After 50 metres, TURN LEFT. At each junction follow the sign for ‘Sendero Pitres-Ferreirola’

15.00km – As the rocky path forks with a dry stone wall on your left, BEAR LEFT to head uphill. Ignore the right fork which heads steeply downhill towards the river. After 200 metres you will cross a small bridge with wooden handrails.

15.30km – As the path splits in front of a concrete wall, TURN RIGHT. A footpath sign guides your right for ‘Sendero Pitres-Ferreirola’. After 20 metres, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as the road becomes paved, and ignore all side roads.

15.40km – At a large house on your right with wide metal gates and railings, TURN LEFT to head uphill. After 50 metres, finish beside the fountain in Ferreirola.

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Koordinaten

DG
36.929619, -3.313275
GMS
36°55'46.6"N 3°18'47.8"W
UTM
30S 472100 4087110
w3w 
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Sturdy hiking boots and a waterproof/wind-break layer are required. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of the steep ascents and descents.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

Make sure you bring enough water. It is recommended to drink 0.75 litres per 1 hour of hiking in hot weather.

Be sure to bring plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.


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