By Cathy Elelman • 27 November 2019 • 11:00
EASY GOING: It was uphill a fair bit of the way, but not too steep a climb.
CREDIT: Asociacion de Empresarios Turísticos del Valle del Almanzora
ALCONTAR was the location for the first Almanzora Valley Tourist Business Association and Montaña Meñas Club walk aimed at showing off the municipality’s attractions to hiking enthusiasts.
Some 80 walkers gathered on a chilly morning in the Plaza de Alcontar. After enjoying a light breakfast of locally produced sponge cake and coffee at the invitation of the local council at a nearby bar, Antonio Rodriguez from Montaña Menas, the federation’s hiking route specialist, issued everyone with instructions to ensure there were no mishaps along the way.
The group then set out on the 12-kilometre, low-difficulty walk with club members at the front and the back and an assistance vehicle on hand.
It was uphill at the start, although not too steep a climb. After a couple of kilometres it was more gentle ups and downs.
The route took the walkers through the outlying district of Amarguilla, by several dry river courses and the river Sauco, before going up the mountain to a height of 1,115 metres.
The walkers covered part of four authorised hikes which start from Alcontar and form an easy circular route which offers fantastic views.
Just before the end of the path the group arrived at a viewing point offering vistas of Alcontar and the narrow gorge of the river Sauco, and the impressive sight of the Estancias, Sagra and Castril mountains.
A helping of warming ‘migas’ was waiting for the group at the finishing point in the town square, courtesy of the Montaña Menas club.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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