In July 2020 Helle Hollis produced an interesting blog entitled "The best hiking trails in the Sierra Nevada". It included quotes from our founder Richard Hartley about what makes the mountains and area so special.
You will find the full article at the following link: Best Hiking Trails in the Sierra Nevada
Here is a short excerpt from the blog (photo courtesy of Helle Hollis)
PRAISE FOR THE SIERRA NEVADA
Richard Hartley from Spanish Highs, a company that arranges hiking and walking tours of the Sierra Nevada, spoke to us about what makes this such a special location:
“The Sierra Nevada is a world of soaring, snow-clad peaks and deep valleys far removed, yet so close, to the crowded beaches of the Costa del Sol. Relatively few foreign visitors venture into the Sierra Nevada, especially in winter when snow normally lies over the mountains from December until May. The Sierra Nevada contains the highest peaks in western Europe outside of the Alps. It is a relatively small range of mountains but what it lacks in size it makes up for in altitude with over 25 peaks above 3000m. These include Mulhacén at 3,482m.
“From these mountains, on clear days it is possible to view the coasts of North Africa some 200km away across the Mediterranean Sea. There is tremendous scope here for those hikers who prefer their mountains wild and dramatic. It has its trade routes, especially around the easily accessible peaks of Mulhacén (highest) and Veleta (easiest access) but, once the decision has been made to venture away from these and especially during the week, the area has much to commend it for the hiker seeking solitude or multi-day wild camping.”
Richard from Spanish Highs spoke to us about the benefits of their tours: “We do our best to protect this breath-taking, unspoiled but fragile wilderness. Hikers can benefit from the knowledge and experience we have gained from over 20 years of guiding here in the Sierra Nevada. Our locally based, qualified guides share a deep love of these mountains. Local guides using local people with local knowledge. Experience you can trust!”