More than 40,000 hectares of Nature Park with several mountain peaks between 1,500 and 2,000 meters: that in a nutshell is the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. It’s actually located in the provinces of Granada and Malaga. As you can imagine, this is too much to explore in one day. But we can present you with a route that will keep you busy for at least a morning or an afternoon.
Our drive will take you to the eastern side of the park. We started in Churriana de la Vega, the town where we used to live, before finding our little corner of paradise in Iznalloz. But we are digressing… Program your GPS for Jayena first. After 45 minutes, you will pass a beautiful artificial lake at Pantano de los Bermejales. There you have two options. You can either stop at the local camping place and have a drink and/or snack. Or – and this is our favorite – you can drive around the lake, have a stop in one of the cute villages and then continue to Jayena.
We will discuss this lake and its surroundings soon in a separate post.
After Jayena, you keep on driving in the direction of Almuñecar or Otivar. In case you didn’t stop for a meal or drink at the lake or in Jayena, don’t worry. There are still some restaurants along the road before you enter the mountains.
Steak for Lars and venison stew for yours truly! Not bad.
And then you better get ready for a magnificent landscape with ravines, limestone peaks, steep slopes, and sharp ridges! On a clear day, you can see the coast.
But there is more to this Natural Park than stunning landscapes. It is also the home of some exceptional fauna and flora. Read about it here.
We have driven on this mountain road on various occasions. On one of them, we even made a video, although the weather conditions were not the best.
What to do once you have reached Otivar? Obviously, stop there and have something nice to eat and/or drink. Go for a stroll, because it’s quite picturesque. Afterward, you can follow the road and drive all the way to Almuñecar (at the coast). Or go east, in the direction of Molvizar. From there, you can easily access the motorway and head to Malaga, Granada or Almeria.