Sierra Crestellina

Distance: 5.6 miles
Duration: 3.5 hours
Min.Height: 1.065 feets
Max.Height: 2.274 feets
Level: Difficult
Conditions: Medium distance, 1.200 ft ascent/descent, uneven surfaces, steep descent from Refugio with uneven path, difficult in places.

This circular route begins and ends near the Restaurante Laura. The road leaves the main road at 1, climbing along a well surfaced track until arriving at the Puerto de las Viñas. At 2 go straight on, taking the left fork at 3 (unless wishing to visit the Cerro de las Chapas en route). Soon after the route turns southwards, towards the Refugio (mountain hut). Before passing the Refugio, take a path to the right, signposted to the Mirador at 4, from where there are fine views. From the Refugio at 5, which is situated on the east facing side of the valley, the descent is via a steep and uneven path, leading down to the road. A walkway takes us along the road back to the starting point.

The route offers magnificent views of the Sierra Crestellina and the Monte del Duque. At the beginning of the route we pass by the 18th century Fountain of La Arquita.

The route is surrounded by the typical vegetation of Mediterranean forest gall and holm oaks, pines, carob trees, mastic trees, etc. We also get the opportunity to observe the flight of the griffon vulture, which has an important colony in this sierra.