This really is the last in the series of Spring guided walks
This time it really is the last in the spring series of guided walking tours in Moratalla, the success of the routes meaning that just one more walk has been squeezed in before it becomes too hot through the summer months to undertake walks of this nature. The program will resume in the autumn.
Those wishing to take part should register either at the Tourist Office (tel. 968 730208, email email@example.com) or the Informajoven office (tel. 968 730001 ext. 135, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
At both offices they will also be happy to give more information on where to stay, where to eat, etc if you´d like to come up and either stay overnight or for the weekend.
These are real walks, so are only designed for those with a good level of fitness.
Route 11: Fotuya-Cueva Roberto- Abrigo de Pedro
Start: 8.00 at the Oficina de Turismo or 8.45 at the Ermita de San Juan.
The walk begins in Fotuya, at the foot of the impressive Cenajos del Lanchar de la Cruz, and passes by a group of massive holm oaks where there is the chance we might see vultures. Pretty soon the route takes us to the Cortijo de la Cueva Roberto, a natural viewing point overlooking the upper part of the river Alhárabe, the Somogil Fault and the western part of the Sierra de los Álamos.
Next we go on to the Abrigo de Pedro, which contains the cave paintings that inspired the design of the badge of Moratalla, and on the way back there will be a chance to admire a geologically curious collection of caves and shelters. The path also passes by the site of a typical old Argaric settlement, located on a slope which enjoys natural protection on almost all sides. We will also see the effects of disease on an old elm grove, and there is always the chance that we will be accompanied along the route by golden eagles.
The route takes four hours in total and covers a distance of 7 km, with a climb of 110 m. This is a circular route and requires a reasonable level of fitness due to the amount of climb involved. The route costs €10 and optional lunch is €15 including local specialities.
Departure is at 8 AM from the tourist office or at 8:45 AM from the Ermita at Campo de San Juan
Those taking part should make sure to bring the following:
Long trousers and fleece or cagoul
Old clothes (and change of clothes)
Rucksack (for carrying surplus clothes)
Snacks and liquids
Cap or hat, sunglasses, gloves, suncream
Walking sticks or Nordic walking poles, for those who are used to using them
DOGS MAY NOT BE BROUGHT ON THE WALK
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