Botanical endemisms of Sierra Nevada

Biodiversity is the main ecological value of Sierra Nevada, its vascular flora, with more than 2.100 species, represents almost a third of those existing in the Iberian Peninsula. Here you can enjoy real botanical jewels.

We will ascend to the high peaks of the massif mountain in search of the most relevant and conspicuous species. We will visit traditional trails, alpine landscapes and glacial lakes. Three days watching exclusive flora ascending to the highest peak of the peninsula, Mulhacén, to study the alpine flora of its slopes, or approaching to Siete Lagunas to know the flora of flooded grasslands.

Location:

Sierra Nevada National and Natural Park
Hotel Rural de Mecina Fondales
La Fuente, s/n
18416 Mecina Fondales (Granada)

Duration: Three days and two nights

Price: From 225 € per person (full group)

Groupsize: 2 to 7 people

Period: From May to August

Type of accommodation: Rural Hotel, category 2 **

Detailed programme:

  • Day 1:

We arrived at the Alpujarra Granadina, we will make a path in the Valle de Poqueira by a traditional trail that descends among mountain vegetation, combining indigenous oak forest (Adenocarpus decorticans, Quercus pyrenaica, etc.) with the ancestral crops linked to the economy of the silk with the mulberry trees, and to the chestnut grove.

  • Day 2:

From Capileira we will climb to 2.500 meters above sea level, where our journey begins. We will carry out a gradual ascent to the environment of the highest peak of the peninsula, Mulhacén (3.379 meters).

There are endemic species such as Linaria glacialis, Chaenorrinum glareosum, Leontodon boryi, Ranunculus glacialis, Viola crassiuscula, Sempervivum minutum and species boreoalpinas as Papaver lapeyrousianum, Gentiana alpina.

  • Day 3:

We will go to one of the most beautiful places of this range, “La cañada de Siete Lagunas”. A set of small glacial lakes that pour their waters to the río Trevélez. We will see much of the endemic flora of this protected area.

In the borreguil we will detect among others, Pinguicola nevadenssis, Veronica turbicola, Gentiana sierrae, Antenaria dioica, Plantago Nivalis, etc.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Transfer with the Servicio de Interpretación de Altas Cumbres (SIAC)
  • Services of a guide biologist for three days, to observe and learn about the flora most representative of the natural area.

Price does not include:

  • Flights and displacements from Mecina Fondales to Capileira (10 km.)

Collaborating companies:

Contribution to biodiversity conservation

Initiatives developed by virtue of adherence to the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism of Sierra Nevada. Partners of Sierra Nevada National and Natural Park.

 
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