BADLANDS 2020  |  ROUTE

GRANADA

Granada is one of the most important cities in Andalusia, located at the foot of Sierra Nevada and close to the Mediterranean coast.

The Alhambra is the most renowned building of the Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the tourist cities of Spain.

HOYA DE GUADIX

It is a natural plain in the northern part of the province of Granada surrounded by Sierra Nevada and Sierra de Baza.

The erosion combined with the nature of its geology over millions of years give an amazing landscape plenty of gullies and badlands that leds to the largest concentration of cave houses in Europe.

GORAFE DESERT

The large gullies and colourful sandstone formations make the Gorafe Desert one of the most amazing landscapes in Europe.

The village of Gorafe is located on steep folds in the earth which culminate in a high cliff crowned by stone walls. The area is recognized also by the one of the highest concentration of dolmens in Europe.

TABERNAS DESERT

Located in the province of Almería, the Tabernas Desert is considered officially the only desert on the whole European continent.

The semiarid Mediterranean climate, a rainfall less than 250mm per year and an average temperature over 17°C form its landscape, a Mediterranean type sand covered gullies known as Badlands.

CABO DE GATA

The Cabo de Gata Natural Park is located in the southeast Mediterranean coast, and it is one of Europe’s most unusual landscape.

The place is characterised by volcanic rock formations, fossil beaches, abandoned villages and a windswept and barren landscape. The route follows the popular 10km-long gravel road ALP-822 along the coast.

VELETA PASS (3.212M)

Veleta Pass at an elevation of 3.212m is one of the hardest and most exciting climbs in the world.

Despite of the recent disappearance of the southernmost glacier in Europe, some snowfields can be found on the south face even on summer, giving a huge contrast and an challenging end to the route.