By / 24th April, 2015 / Hiking / No Comments

The Marquess of Zenete is the area of ​​the region of Guadix which has a strong geographical and historical identity.

The natural resources of the area are not only varied, but abundant, which has ensured the development of their populations and a wide variety of activities

The ten municipalities that comprise it, all located above 1,100 m. They occupy a large area of ​​the north face of Sierra Nevada and sedimentation plain that opens up between this sierra and that of Baza.

The Marquess has been since prehistory a mining area par excellence and some farms still remain open. In fact, one of the most striking features of the landscape are the huge slag heaps (the “empty your”) of the iron mines of Alquife, now closed. The natural resources of the area are not only varied, but abundant, which has ensured the development of their populations and a wide range of activities, mining, agriculture and livestock and now, rural tourism, which benefits from its environmental and its historical and artistic heritage wealth.

Calahorra houses the artistic jewel of the area, the first Renaissance castle in Spain, built by the first Marquis of Zenete, Rodrigo de Vivar and Mendoza, in 1513. But the importance of this monument does not obscure the remains of the medieval (bathrooms, towers and castles) and the Mudejar churches of the sixteenth century scattered all peoples.

Path: linear

Difficulty: Low

Duration approx. 1 hour 30 minutes (one way)

Hiking distance: 4,7 km.

Maximum height: 1345 m. (Area The Rosandra)

Minimum height: 1,193 m. (Calahorra)

Route
This tour of the municipality of La Calahorra from the road towards the mining town of Alquife. The route runs between labor camp can observe different traditional irrigation systems and passing several pools of water. Once near the village of Aldeire the route continues through the Rosandra Recreation Area, where we enjoy a beautiful landscape along the river surrounded by ancient chestnut trees. The return can be made along the paved road Aldeire-La Calahorra.