Route oo The Peoples of the Estancias

The route starts in Albox, considered the capital of the Almanzora Valley because it’s the population center with the most inhabitants and the most services in the region. We can do the tour by foot, following the Rambla de Albox, a path pilgrims make every year to the Shrine of the Virgen del Saliente. After enjoying the breathtaking views over the Almanzora Valley, we can continue on our way to Oria, where we will find rest in typical hotel facilities and we will be able to contemplate the magnificence of the Basilica de las Mercedes, with its wide Baroque facade. Following the well paved and signposted road, we will arrive in Partaloa, where we will surely be impressed by the almost unlikely landscape of numerous stone blocks of enormous size that seem to threaten the buildings of the town. It is the phenomenon of “Los Desplomes”, with immense stone conglomerates that seem to face the people hanging from the hillside.

From Partaloa we can return to Oria and continue towards Urrácal, go down to the A-334 and continue until the crossing of Somontín, hidden village between mountains that offers a landscape full of charm, with breathtaking views over the Almanzora Valley and the Sierra de los Filabres. From Somontín to Lúcar we can move by car or on foot, hiking through the ravine that unites both towns. In Lúcar, like in all the towns of the region, we will find comfortable accommodation, delicious cuisine, places of leisure and interesting monuments to visit, being the most peculiar are the Plaza Mayor, the old Venezuelan air mansions and the Campanario Clock, constant reference from all parts of the town.

For lovers of hiking and outdoor excursions, from Albox you can organize routes on foot or by bicycle. The most attractive are from Albox to Los Vélez for Saliente and from Velez Rubio to Oria. In this last route there are very suitable ways to travel them with your bike.

Another very interesting route that also leaves from Albox which is circular, therefore the route returns to Albox. We leave towards Taberno and once in the town we take the AL-7101 road that takes us to the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Saliente and from there we go up to Chirivel to take the detour to Oria, without a doubt it is a route with many curves but with a lot of charm, to enjoy the landscape.

The return from Oria to Albox is done by the AL-8101 road, another regional road that goes down the Oria boulevard, crossing on both sides of the boulevard.

This route is spectacular at the end of February and beginning of March when the ALMOND TREES are in bloom because in some sections you can see a sea of almond blossoms.

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