Hiking in the Sierra Tejeda
Updated: May 18
The Sierra Tejeda is a massive mountain ridge of about 60km long. It is part of the even bigger Sierra Nevada on the whole east side of Spain. Part of the Sierra Tejeda is the mountain called La Maroma and on his slopes are several small villages under which Sedella with our house Casa Maria.
Casa Maria (see circle) is really the starting point of many hiking tours. At our location start several routes into the mountain. The Marone itself is 2067m above sea level. Sedella is about 700m above sea level. The tours are very different, from 1 hour to 8 hours with different degrees of difficulty.
You can find many hiking websites, but one good website from the area is of the Dutchman Bob Kraanen. He is also a tour guide and lives in the area. Visit his site: www.bobwalks.com
Recently we made a tour to Salares, south-east of Sedella. Salares is close to Sedella, but even smaller. It is a nice little village on the road to Competa and the Mediterranean Sea. The village, as all other villages on the slopes of the Maroma, was part of the early trading route to Granada by mula's (cross between a horse and donkey).
The route passes a very old bridge, called the Roman Bridge. From there the path goes over rough terrain to Salares. The views are beautiful and you need a good pair of hiking shoes to climb the slopes.
The tour takes about of 1,5 hours if you walk slowly and enjoys the views. At the end you will find the beautiful village of Salares. In the middle of the village there is a simple cafe with a nice terrace. The village is typical Spanish and not many foreigners live there. On the path you will meet, besides other hikers, also several locals, who maintain their olive grove.
A warning we should make. During summer time, the weather is to hot to walk, so be careful. We suggest, stay at home due to the burning sun. In Winter, Spring and Fall, don't forget to take a rain jacket in your backpack. The weather might quickly change in the mountains. Always take some extra water and food with you.