in Spain’s Sierra Nevada
in Spain’s Sierra Nevada
Your adventure starts here!
Pure Mountains offers boutique mountain bike, gravel bike and hiking tours in Andalucía, in the south of Spain.
Since 2005, we’ve been creating extraordinary wilderness experiences. From the lofty slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, to the vast expanses of the southern deserts, you’ll explore exhilarating routes, with mountain and Mediterranean views. And you’ll enjoy delicious local food and drink.
On our centre-based trips, you stay at our fully-staffed, rustic-luxe lodge. On point-to-point tours, you stay in charming, rural hotels.
Our team of dedicated guides, drivers, mechanics, chefs and housekeepers ensures that you are superbly looked after at all times.
We take care of everything, so that you can just enjoy the adventure.
Our holidays include:
- Small groups, with expert guides who tailor the riding/hiking to suit you. Our guest to guide ratio is a maximum of four to one.
- On mountain bike holidays: stunning, natural trail/enduro riding on the best mountain bike trails in southern Spain. On gravel tours: carefree riding on endless, deserted dirt roads which are becoming known for the best gravel riding in Europe. Hikers enjoy ancient routes traversing the mountains and valleys.
- Four wheel drive vehicle support throughout the day.
- Tasty, home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner, using local ingredients.
- Málaga airport transfers.
- Bike workshop, with an expert mechanic.
- Beer, wine, laundry service, WiFi and dog cuddling.
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Location & Weather
Pure Mountains is based above the village of Bérchules, in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park in Andalucía, southern Spain. We’re about two hours from Málaga and the Costa del Sol and 90 minutes from Granada and the Costa Tropical.
The area, which stretches south from peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the Mediterranean Sea, is called La Alpujarra. Mulhacén, the highest peak of the Sierra Nevada, reaches 3,482 metres in a lunar landscape. The coast is known as La Costa Tropical, for its balmy climate and exotic fruit plantations. Between these two extremes lies a paradise of south-facing meadows and terraces, irrigated by snowmelt and ancient water channels and dotted with authentic, flat-roofed, white villages. Bérchules is a traditional, working village. It’s off the tourist trail but it has a bank, pharmacy, shop and several bars.
On our centre-based bike holidays, you stay at Pure Mountains’ beautiful, off-grid lodge. The emphasis is on simple luxury, high quality, home-cooked food and local beer and wine. The lodge sits in its own grounds, at an altitude of 1,650 metres. There are panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the Mediterranean and the Rif Mountains of Morocco.
The lodge is registered with the regional tourist board as a casa rural, guaranteeing high standards of comfort and safety.
The south of Spain enjoys a generally dry and sunny climate. Having said that, we are in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the weather can change suddenly.
January to March is usually sunny, with snow on the tops. It can be chilly, but great for mountain biking, gravel riding and hiking. April to June are lovely months, with the mountains in flower and water gushing in the streams. July and August are too hot for riding bikes! September to December are cooler and a perfect season for mountain biking, gravel biking and hiking, with chillier nights gradually creeping in.
The air is incredibly clean and fresh and the night sky is a revelation.
Because of the huge range of altitude locally, we plan the mountain biking, gravel biking and hiking routes according to the weather. In the cooler months we tend to use lower routes and in the hot months we use the higher tracks and trails.
Hub, the Pure Mountains Magazine
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