Cave House Country - exploring the Altiplano de Granada

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Natural Environment

Mountains of the Altiplano
de Granada
Granada, Andalucía, Spain

The Altiplano de Granada is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic mountain ranges. The snow-capped peaks of the magnificent Sierra Nevada are visible from many points of the region, as are the Sierras de Cazorla, María and Los Filabres. Within the Altiplano itself the Sierra de Baza and Sierra de Castril are to be found and these are both Natural Parks. There are also two peaks which seem to dominate the area, La Sagra and Jabalcón.

La Sagra

At 2,381m above sea level, this is the highest peak in the Altiplano and the second highest in the province of Granada. Often snow-capped in winter, it can be seen from much of the region and dominates the view from the pretty village of Puebla de Don Fadrique.

The area is of great natural beauty, changing throughout the year. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. Amongst the many trees which grow on the sides of the mountain are some impressive sequoias which were imported from America.

On the north side of the mountain there is an astronomical observatory from which, in 2007, was discovered a small asteroid which was allocated the name 164589 La Sagra.

This is a wonderful area to explore at all times of the year, whether by car, cycle or foot.

La Sagra

La Sagra

Cerro de Jabalcon


The Cerro de Jabalcón, literally the Hill of Jabalcón, is, at 1492m above sea level, more of a mountain than a hill. It dominates the view from the historic village of Zújar and can easily be seen from much of the Altiplano de Granada. There are conflicting opinions as to whether or not the mount is an extinct volcano. The thermal springs of Lake Negratín, at Los Banos de Zújar, are often cited as evidence of volcanic activity.

It is possible to walk, cycle or drive, not only to the very top of
Jabalcón, but also all the way round its flanks on good unmetalled roads through beautiful wooded landscapes. There are many stunning views over Negratín and the Altiplano. A drive to the summit is not recommended for the faint-hearted but is easy enough to achieve. The Hermitage of the Virgen de la Cabeza, situated at the top of the hill, is the object of the annual pilgrimage which is undertaken by much of the population of Zújar during their patron saint fiestas.

The Cerro de Jabalcón is the focus of many sporting activities throughout the year. On the national holiday of August 15th, the province's mountain bike competition takes place here. There are a couple of well-known rock faces for climbing, "Piedra de Sol" (Rock of the Sun) and "Piedra de Los Halcones" (Rock of the Falcons). There are also take-off points for hang-gliding and paragliding.

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