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La Balsa is located at 1200 meters altitude in a beautiful hiking area at the foot of the Sierra Nevada between almond and olive groves. The Sierra Nevada National Park is an excellent place for hiking,  mountain biking (we have four ATB’s) or horseback riding. From our ground floor lounge you have a marvelous view on the Picón de Jeres and from our house you can walk right into the mountains. Two villages are within walking distance (approx. 1 km.). There is a supermarket, bank, vegetable shop  and several bars and restaurants. You will find silence and clean air, space and security.

Downstairs we have one apartment for rent, with a private bathroom, a master bedroom with double bed and sofa bed in the living room, a kitchenette and a woodstove.

Price € 40 p.n. 2 persons, 10 euro 1 person extra, cleaning costs 25 euro.

Upstairs we have 6 bedrooms, 2 small ones and 3 bigger ones that have warm and cold water. The 2 common bathrooms are downstairs. There is a shared spacious fully equipped livingroom/kitchen  with a fridge, an electric oven, a dishwasher and a woodstove that you can use.

Price € 15 p.p.p.n. cleaning costs 15 euro for the entire stay, heating in the room 10 euro extra.

Some information for our guests

Transportation

From Alquife you can take from Monday to Friday the ALSA bus to Guadix and toits final destination Granada at 07:30 en 15:40. On Saturdays and Sundays there is only one bus leaving from Alquife, at 08:15 and 17:00, respectively.

From the Granada bus station to Alquife you can take the ALSA bus at 11:30 and18:15.

From Monday to Friday you can take the bus to Alquife from the Guadix bus
station at 12:30 and 19:15. On Saturdays and Sundays there is only one bus
service from Guadix, at 12:30 and 20:30, respectively. You can consult the ALSA
timetables at www.alsa.es.
For € 50 we bring you with our own car from Alquife to Granada or from Granada to Alquife and for € 15 to or from Guadix.
During your stay we can drive you around for € 0,30 per km.
Shopping
In Alquife you will find a supermarket, Coviran, close to the church. It opens at
09:30, closes between 14:00-17:30 and closes again at 20:30. The A
TM-machine is around the corner.
The bakery is on the main road and opens at 09:30.
Next to the town hall there is a greengrocer which opens at 09:30 and closes at 13:30. (only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
There is an open air market on wednesdays in Lanteira and on saturdays in Guadix. There is a secondhand market on sundays in Guadix and Baza.
Eating and drinking
Tapas are free in our region. In Alquife you will find a bar on the village main street. It has good Wifi.
In nearby Lanteira you find Bar La Plaza at the central square (closed on Thursdays) and Bar Felix around the corner (closed on Mondays).
Lanteira has two restaurants: Altozano (three course menu € 15 or € 20 only open in the weekends and closed in July) and La Herredura (three course menu € 9).
The Swimming pool
Is open in July and august and it has a bar and restaurant.
In case of an emergency
The general phone number in case of emergencies is 112. For the Guardia Civil
call 062. The Centro de Salud Alquife is located at Calle Los Pozos. For emergencies call 902505061, 7/24.
Guided tours in the castle of la Calahorra and the mining village of Alquife.
The castle in La Calahorra you can visit on wednesday morning, in summer also in the afternoons (entrée 3 euro).
The mining village is open from 10.00 till 12.00 on wednesday morning.
Hiking in the high mountains, Postero Alto and Puerto de la Ragua
If you want to hiking high in the mountains you can drive to Puerto de la Ragua. Or you can drive to Jeres de Marquezado and go walking right after the aquaduct or ride to Postero Alto if you take the road at about 300 mtrs. (km. 13). after the aquaduct at you left to Refugio Porstero alto. (open in the weekends).

Hiking treks

Molenroute, van Lanteira naar Lanteira.

Ruta de los molinos

Length: about 4 miles.

Duration: about 1,5 h.     Difficulty: easy.

From your door, walk about 30 yard to the main road, turn left and follow the path on your right hand side. You pass the Molino de Raya, a yellowish dwelling, now in ruins. On the next intersection, walk straight ahead (you see a sign which reads ‘Ruta de los molinos’). After about 50 yards you will pass another cortijo. Walk on until the road descends towards a small river (Río del Barrio), which almost never has any water. Follow the riverbed to the left and climb the bank on your right. About 70 yards up the river you will see on your right a path that leads you to the village of Lanteira. Follow the road until you reach the Calle de los Mineros. Go straight on (in the direction of the Sierra) and follow the Calle Altozano until the end of the village. There you will find a notice board: the official start of the Ruta de los Molinos. Follow a road alongside a canyon (at your right) and pass the Molino de la Teresica (on your left). If you want to drink/eat, turn right at the end of the road, cross the stream and go up left to La Herradura, a mill turned into an albergue. If not, turn left and go uphill, and after about 150 yards turn right and head towards a playing field. Follow the road that runs parallel to field, and coming to a forked road take the one on your left. You reach the Molino de Tío Pepe en the ruins of the Molino de Tío Víctor. Take a narrow path to descend towards the plain (there ought to be a sign saying ’Ruta de Molinos’) and follow the path to the village cemetery. Walk alongside the cemetery, cross the Río del Barrio (the same you encountered on your way to Lanteira) and turn left towards our cortijo. After passing two other mills, at about 250 yards the sign ‘Ruta de los Molinos wants you to turn left. Keep walking straight ahead and after a few minutes you will see our cortijo on your right.

Ruta de los Arrieros (Peñón de Lanteira)imgres

Duration: back and forth approx. 2,5 hours (9 hours to the other side of the mountains).

Difficulty: average.

Take the route as described in the Ruta de los Molinos. At the information board at the other end of the village of Lanteira, take the road on your left instead of walking alongside the canyon. You will reach a soccer field and on your right you will see the first pole with a red arrow of the Ruta de los Arrieros. Leave the dust road and climb the hill. Follow the poles (every 50/60 yards you will find one) until you reach after about one hour a viewpoint with a board on which you will find the names of the surrounding mountains. Here you can return or continue to climb and follow the poles (sometimes hard to find) to a path that leads to an old cortijo. This path crosses the Sierra in the direction of Yegen, the village where in the 1920’s Gerald Brenan used to live.

Tajo de Torrilfoto van Marion Aerts.

Duration: back and forth about 5 hours

Difficulty: average

Take the route as described in the Ruta de los Molinos. At the information board at the other end of the village of Lanteira, take the road on your left instead of walking alongside the canyon. You will reach a soccer field and on your right you will see the first white-and-yellow pole of the Ruta de los Arrieros. Leave the dust road and climb the hill. Follow the poles (every 50/60 yards you will find one) until after about 15 minutes you reach a treehouse. Leave the Ruta de los Arrieros and turn left. Follow this path until you reach a wide forest road. Go uphill and after about 200 yardsu you see a pile of stones at your right, some tree roots and a small tree. Climb the narrow path and after about 50 yards you get back on the same wilde road. Cross the road and climb up on the other side (there is again a pile of stones as a marking). After around 30 minutes you pass a cattle corral. Not far from there you get to a crossroads, go straight ahead. When reaching a vorken road, take the path on your left. Descending, after about 30 minutes you reach a small river. Cross the river and keep left (climb over a tree trunk) and follow the river. You will see a large boulder. You will continue under the pine trees until the end, and then go uphill and follow the piles of stones (every 10 yards appr.)The soil is becoming rockier here and eventually you will see on your rijgt the river deel down under. Follow the track above the river until you find a cattle corral. You reached your goal, the Tajo de Torril.

Ruta Solidaria “El Avión” (PRA344, Chorreras Negras)

A beautiful track that leads you to the spot where on the 8th of March 1960 a US military plane coming from Naples made an emergency landing in the snow.Afbeeldingsresultaat voor chorreras negras sierra nevada

Duration: 5 - 6 hours.

Level: medium

Take the GR-5104 from La Calahorra-Alquife-Lanteira to Jérez del Marquesado. When entering the village you pass an aquaduct. About 100 yards further down the road turn left to Postero Alto (it is a hairpin curve and there is a sign that reads Postero Alto). Drive up to the refugio. Close to Postero Alto, as the road turns left, in front of you you will see a white concrete shed. Park your car, and follow a trail downward. You pass a little house on your left, a corral in front of you and a small path leads you further down to a wooden bridge over a small river. It is there where the PRA344 starts. Follow the PRA344 signs until you reach the spot where the plane went down. A small memorial reminds you of the misfortune of those US-marines.