Algar Water Falls
We had a trip to Algar Falls, heard a lot about them but in our nine years in Spain never visited them. The journey was less than one and a half hours to the falls and the weather was very hot and sunny. We never took any swim wear as we did not know what to expect when we got there. Perhaps on hind-site we should have taken swim gear.
The Algar Falls locally known as the Les Fonts de L’Algar or Fuentes Algar are located on the Algar River near Callosa on the Costa Blanca in Spain. If you are a tourist staying in the sea side resorts of Benidorm, Altea, Calpe and Villajoyosa then The Algar Falls make for a good day out as they are only a short thirty minute drive away. The Algar Falls Benidorm have been featured on an episode of the popular television series Bendidorm.
When we arrived at the Algar Falls we had to pay to park the car as well as a small fee of €4 to enter the park which is used to maintain the bridges and trails throughout the natural reserve. It is quite a hike up some steep steps so sturdy foot wear instead of flip flops are more suitable. Once we had reached the falls and the pools you can relax and just enjoy the scenery. The whole Algar Falls area is protected and there is a large amount of plants, herbs and trees in this natural park.
You can take a picnic or a barbeque in the designated areas in the park and swim in the pools of the Algar Falls too which remain refreshingly cool even in the heat of the summer.
You can even set up camp at the Algar Falls. Restaurants at the Algar Falls offer a full range of menus. The nearest of the restaurants is the Font del Moro Restaurants which is located at the first lot of waterfalls. Additionally there are the Algar de Don Juan Casa Marces, La Cascada and Casa Marcos which are located along the road side with car parks for cars and coach tours which frequently visit the area.
Even though we did not swim in the Falls, we had a good time, I asked some adult swimmers how was the water and they said fresh to cold, but they were all enjoying themselves.It’s worth the small entrance fee and as long as your reasonably fit the walk and the stairs are easy to climb.
This part of the trip to Granada was the part I was most looking forward to. I have never been to the top of a large mountain in my life, even though I come from Scotland which has many high mountain tops. We left the Guadalupe hotel after thanking the staff for their kindness and help. We more than enjoyed our stay there as it was out of the city centre but still easily accessible by a short 10 minute bus ride to the centre and of course a short walk to the magnificant La Alhambra Palace.
The journey by car to the bottom of the mountain was colourful and the views of the approaching mountain without snow was fantastic. Once we started on the road up the mountain the scenery changed and so did the fear factor. Huge drops with cliffs at the side of the road and at times I found it difficult to look down. Maurice had to stay focused on the road ahead and could not afford to take in the scenery. Maurice and Ann have made the journey before by bus and commented how sitting higher up in a bus made the journey frightening.
The Sierra Nevada (meaning “snowy range” in Spanish) is a mountain range in the region of Andalusia, provinces of Granada and Almería in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén at 3478 m (11,411 ft.) above sea level.
It is a popular tourist destination, as its high peaks make skiing possible in one of Europe’s most southerly ski resorts, in an area along the Mediterranean Sea predominantly known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. At its foothills is found the city of Granada and, a little further, Almería and Málaga.
Yes it was a very enjoyable few days break and I must thank Maurice who did all the driving, as with me seeing double just now it’s not safe to drive. Oh and another thing I should mention. If you are recovering from a stroke it is not recomended you go to the top of a mountain. I am glad no one told me as I would have missed a fantastic day to the top of the Sierra Nevada. Bring on more adventures but I will check with my doctor first. Aye that will be right. As the Scottish say.
One thing we must visit whilst in Granada we were told was Al Alhambra Palace.
I am not a fan of museums and things like that so I went with a bit of intimidation
Well I was wrong Al Alhambra Palace is a magnificent place to visit, although you could be there all day going around the palace and the gardens, it is huge and make sure you take plenty to drink and eat as there is not many shops and no restaurants.
La Alhambra is the only medieval Muslim palace to be seen practically intact. The Alhambra’s fortress aspect which is surrounded by a 1,400 meter wall is typical of the architectural tendencies in use at that time. It was built on an impregnable site and enjoys privileged views over the city and surrounding countryside. The Alhambra represents the peak of Nasrid art, which developed in the previous era and can be seen in such buildings as the Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo and Casa de los Girones.
Initially of a defensive character, this would later acquire other uses and become an architectural model in itself. The Alhambra was so called because of its reddish walls (in Arabic, («qa’lat al-Hamra’» means Red Castle). It is located on top of the hill al-Sabika, on the left bank of the river Darro, to the west of the city of Granada and in front of the neighbourhoods of the Albaicin and of the Alcazaba
The whole palace is a a remarkable achievement built by the Muslims..