Wonderful Hiking In Dinosaur Country, 150 Million Years Old.

Last Update: August 27, 2019

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View from El Torcal seen from the outside

A special hiking trip to El Torcal

This month, I would like to tell you about a lovely hiking trip we made recently. We picked a wonderful day with nice weather. You never know what you get here because high up in the mountains, it can be quite chilly at this time of the year. El Torcal is only about 80 minutes away from where I live and looking through the window of my workroom I can see this mountain ridge to the North.

2 Andalusian Mountain Goats

150 Million Years back in time

El Torcal is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe and when visiting you really have the impression you go back in time. It is no wonder because the limestone formations have been dated to about 150 million years ago to the middle of the Jurassic period. There are caves in El Torcal and one of them, Cueva del Toro ( Cave of the Bull) is important as Neolithic artifacts have been found there.

The Antequera Dolmens Site, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list on 15 July 2016, includes the mountains El Torcal de Antequera.

Amazing how trees can grow on these rocks

Unusual plants and animals

El Torcal is heaven for Fauna and Flora. There are many wildflowers like red peonies, wild rose trees, and thirty varieties of orchid. There are nocturnal mammals like badgers, weasels, and rodents. Then you might encounter the Spanish ibex ( Andalusian mountain goat ) snakes and lizards and of course birds like the Golden Eagle.

Lonely tree in El Torcal

Hiking trails for all ages

There are 3 different routes. These are clearly marked color-coded hiking trails and you can choose 1.5 km, 2.5 km, and the longest one of 4.5 km. We took the medium one of 2.5 km, which does not seem much but it took more than 3 hours to complete. You have to climb up and then again down several times. You have several opportunities to take a rest to enjoy the view, take photos and yet have a bigger rest halfway through the hike to have something to drink and eat.

The valley of the Dinosaurs

Take enough water and some food

While sitting down for the little lunch, we looked up and eagles circling above us, slowly letting themselves be guided by the wind current. It was amazing to watch.

The end of our hike

The Astronomical Observatory

I have included some private photos which convey the atmosphere of this special place. You can clearly see the erosion patterns that over millions of years, created these unusual forms. Some special places have curious names like the Sphinx, the Jug, the Camel, and the Screw. As El Torcal is far away from big towns and is at an elevation of more than 1.200 meters above sea level, it is the ideal place for having an Astronomical Observatory. The starlit skies are amazing up here.

I hope you have enjoyed our hike in El Torcal. To tell you the truth my legs did hurt a bit the next day but it was worthwhile for sure to make this trip

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

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Wdcope Premium
Love to hike. Fortunate that we have a park system within 4 miles of our home. It has been a very cold winter and only a few times have we been out in 3 months, but within the next few weeks, it will be dry enough and warm enough so we can see spring starting, and will probably be out hiking each evening.
One of our long distance places is Zion National park in Utah, USA. Very close to Bryce and the Grand Canyon and many others. These are our favorites. If there is anyone with a nice hiking blog let me know.

Never been to Europe, yet Spain is on our list of first places to visit. Thanks for the information on El Torcal.
Take care,
Bill
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Bill,

The climate is not what it used to be. Here in the south, we are having warm winters. It has been around 20C during day time most of the months and we are lacking rain.
Sept, Oct, and till 23 Nov. there was a lot of rain. From that moment on only 1 rain each month. I am watering the garden as if it were summer. The orange field has been plowed and now the drip system has to be put back.
In 2016 I was 3 weeks on holiday in the U.S. 3000km and 5 states, it was beautiful but also tiring as the distances are so big. I visited the National Dinosaur park and many other special places.
If you should come to Spain do let me know.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Bill,

Some time ago I left a comment through Site Comment. You might like to have a look at her site, it is on hiking etc.
https://livepawsitivelywild.com/best-natural-energy-supplements

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Wdcope Premium
When you were here did you get to see the Grand Canyon?
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Wdcope Premium
Thanks for the site information, and yes someday make it there. It is on my list.
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laparra1 Premium
No, I did not see the Grand Canyon but I did see the Rocky Mountains, Flaming Gorge, and many more exciting places.
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Wdcope Premium
Yes hard to choose for sure with a certain amount of time. That was a nice site you suggested also. Thanks
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JerryMcCoy Premium
Great post. I am envious of your day of hiking.
Jerry
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Jerry,

Well, why not come one day and go for a hike in El Torcal. I will take you there, promise.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Barney44 Premium
Thank you for taking me to places I will probably never have the opportunity to visit in person. Interesting, enjoyable and informative reading. Pictures are amazing.

Thanks so much for taking me along on this short little trip.

Barry
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Barry,

Thank you for stopping by.
Nice to hear you enjoyed your hike in El Torcal. Michael, who saw it for the first time was also impressed. What I personally like is that you can forget the modern world for some hours. I call it a healthy experience.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Twack Premium
Hi Taetske,
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful snapshot. The rock formations are quite baffling. The pictures are stunning.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Twack,

Thank you for your comment.
El Torcal is an unusual place and really worthwhile a visit. Walking around there you completely forget the modern world which is really nice.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Twack Premium
A beautiful place.
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baritonetom Premium
Very nice. Just one question, How do you know it is 150 million years old?
Some great scenery. Thanks for sharing.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Thomas,

Thank you for stopping by.
As we have a computer at our fingertips ask Google about
El Torcal and you will get the information.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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baritonetom Premium
The reason I asked was because there is no scientific proof whatsoever that the earth is more than several thousand years old. I know a lot of "scientists" say it is billions of years old, but they are not founded on good science.
Thought I might get your thought processes churning.
Thanks for the reply and for your article.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Thomas,

Thank you for your comment.
I know there are people who believe the earth is only some thousands of years old and there are people who believe the earth is flat. Well, I do not belong to these groups. The nice thing is we are all entitled to our believes as we happen to live in countries where that freedom exists, thank God.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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