Mulhacen is the highest mountain in mainland Spain and this challenge will see me fly out to Las Alpujarras in the province of Granada in Andalucia, in southern Spain and with around 20 others, climb over a weekend to the summit at 3,842m which at approximately 12,500 feet is pretty high! However, I am reassured that I will be treated to the most stunning scenery making it all worth while.
Las Alpujarras are popularly characterised by their picturesque whitewashed mountain villages and are steeped in the traditions and culture of earlier generations. Until the late 15th century, Las Alpujarras were the last Moorish stronghold in Spain and evidence of this still stands today with the remains of Moorish castles and palaces dominating the hillsides and villages.
To the north of Las Alpujarras lie the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, to the southwest lie the dramatic Dolomite Mountains of the Sierras de Los Gua'jares and to the south lie the wild landscapes of the Sierras Lujar and Contraviesa running all the way to the Mediterranean coast. So albeit an enormous challenge, it is certainly one which will be hugely rewarding
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