Walking in a winter wonderland

When you consider that the province of Almería has the least amount of rainfall compared with any other Spanish province and that Europe’s only desert is situated right here in Almería, it’s hard to imagine that there could be snow. There are however a number of mountain ranges within the province of Almería including Sierra Alhamilla, Sierra de los Filabres, Sierra de Gádor and Sierra Nevada where at certain times of the year there is certainly no shortage of “the white stuff”. In fact, the Sierra Nevada is home to Europe’s southernmost ski station, although this is in the Granada province.

On Saturday, we went to Sierra de los Filabres, the largest mountain range in the Almería province and to Calar Alto, which at 2,168m it is the highest point in this mountain range.

Calar Alto

Calar Alto

Calar Alto

Calar Alto

Calar Alto

Calar Alto

On the way down, there were a few rocky outcrops that I thought looked really good contrasted against the snow.

Sierra de los Filabres

Sierra de los Filabres

…and where ever people can go, so can graffiti.

Sierra de los Filabres

Sierra de los Filabres

Unfortunately not all graffiti looks good, not that I think the graffiti above looks good but it made me smile in the middle of nowhere.

Fuente la Merendera

Fuente la Merendera

There were some truly amazing views across a snow-stained landscape towards Almería and the beaches and even towards the Sierra Nevada where it looked like there was even more snow!

Sierra de los Filabres

Sierra de los Filabres

But fear not potential visitors, although the snow is a only short distance from the city of Almería it is at a high altitude and unless you wanted to see it, you can remain in relative warmth… and it’s not all year round anyway🙂

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