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THE LECRIN VALLEY

This is a fertile area where farming is still the principal occupation, much of it on ancient narrow terraces inaccessible to motorised transport. The local campesinos increasingly have their small white vans and trailers, but mules are still widely used and local village houses have cavernous storage rooms with stable space for mule and dog. Pinos del Valle

The seasons are clearly defined here; shops, bars and restaurants reflect the changing produce of the valley and the landscape changes colour and scent throughout the year. In January, the first whispy clouds of pink and white almond blossom appear, later on the orange blossom fills the valley with a heavy perfume and the oranges and lemons glow. Spring flowers are abundant, blues and purples compete with the astonishing red of the poppies. Later still, yellow broom dominates the hillsides and passing flocks of goats release the scent of wild lavender, thyme and rosemary. Pomegranates, the symbol of Granada, make their exotic appearance in late August and September, although the fiery red blossoms have provided colour from spring onwards.

Pinos del Valle

Pinos del Valle

Pinos is a charming village spreading downwards in almost 2 separate levels (Upper and Lower Barrio) enclosing in its midst numerous orchards, lemon and orange groves. It has 2 churches one from the XVI century and the other from the early 19 th. It is dominated by a tall pine covered hill topped by a shrine from which after a good ½ hour steep climb, the views are the best in the Valley.

The village is still very Spanish with mules and donkeys and is normally very quiet except during the Fiesta in Mid-August. There is one bar with Terrace and Palm trees that offers traditional food and tapas. After having ambled up and down the 2 barrios, there are further lovely walks and drives in the immediate vicinity.

To the best of her abilities, the owner will try to provide you with information regarding the area, all it has to offer and the local restaurants.

Granada

La Alhambra and all the wonders of Granada, its old streets and monuments are only half an hour away

Skiing
The resort of Sierra Nevada is one of the highest in Europe and provides a season beginning in early December and lasting until May.
The journey up to the snow takes about 45 minutes on an excellent road; facilities are well organised and
although the skiing is not as varied as in some French resorts, it is extensive.

Golf, Tennis and Riding

New golf courses and tennis courts are being added to the already existing ones in the region.

Excursions of various lengths are available in the Valley for another way of enjoying mountains and streams on the back of a horse.

The Beaches

The coast is 20 minutes away down a spectacular main road which has been upgraded. There are marinas at Motril and Marina del Este (between Almunecar and La Herradura), wide beaches at Salobrena, Almunecar and La Herradura. The popular resort of Nerja with its shops, facilities and stunning caves is a little further. Water sports are available, jetskis, paragliding and diving and all ages will enjoy the water parks in Almunecar and Cenes de la Vega on the outskirts of Granada.