Last weekend we went hiking in the mountainous part of La Alpujarra, a region of Andalucía that’s about an hour and a half bus-ride away from Granada. La Alpujarra couldn’t be situated at a more stunning spot. Located between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean, containing five different types of ecosystems in less than 40 km, it has both the rugged, sublime beauty of the mountains along with the gentler beauty of the sea.
We started in the town of Capileira, a small white-washed town on the banked slopes leading up to the Sierra Nevada, and hiked several kilometers down to Pampaneira. It was beautiful and freezing and interesting, as our guides shared information about the natural habitat there and the history of the area.
The trip, after my weekend in Barcelona, was a nice reminder of all the wonderful things there are to do here that are just a bus-ride away.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Haley Stewart was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and is currently a Comparative Literature Major at Williams College in Massachusetts. She was lucky enough to be in a Spanish Immersion program from preschool thru high school, an experience which left her a fluent Spanish-speaker, a lover of Latin-American literature and an avid traveler. She's used her Spanish in many ways since, from teaching computer classes in Oaxaca, Mexico, to volunteering at an organization for low-paid farm workers in Oregon, to her classes on Spanish literature and history at Williams. Haley's most recent travel experience, a month and a half long trip to England on a travel fellowship from Williams, hiking alone through the beautiful Lake District in the footsteps of the Romantic poet Wordsworth, has left her even more excited to explore Granada. A lover of Federico Garcia Lorca for many years, Haley looks forward to not only walking, but living, in a city full of such poetry, music and magic.</span></p>