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Andalucia flower holiday advice
« on: November 01, 2010, 12:25 PM »
Hi,
I'm planning 2 or 3 months working holiday in Andalusia next spring. Top goal is to see lots of flowers in lovely scenery. Most Mediterranean flora is exotic to me, so sheer floriferousness is as important as the number of endemics. Does anyone have any advice on when and where to go? So far I have thought about the Apujarras, Axarquia, Grazalema and Aracena areas. Can you advise me on any other places that should be on this list - and on the best fortnight of spring to visit each one? I thought about arriving at the start of March - will I have missed almond blossom by then? Any places particularly good for a later blossom display, of cherry or peach for eg? I though Axarquia might be nice and warm and starting to be flowery in early March. Anywhere particularly good for early bulbs? I thought the dehesa around Aracena might be good for meadow flowers in early May - but I can't find out much about this area. All opinions very welcome - it makes me cry when I arrive and find all buds in the green or empty seedheads!
Thanks! Brigid

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Andalucia flower holiday advice
« on: November 01, 2010, 12:25 PM »

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Re: Andalucia flower holiday advice
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2010, 23:25 PM »
Hi Brigid and welcome to the  :sign:  forum

i'll happily help you with the Sierra de Grazalema stage of your tour!

Just as a taster here are a few of the flowers you could see in March, April and May
My favourite month for the sheer variety of species is April.

The almond blossom in our area is January/February.

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Re: Andalucia flower holiday advice
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 01:37 AM »
Sue, thanks for your message.
I have already got quite excited about you lovely articles and great photos - though they frustrate me, too, because I NEED to see ALL those flowers!
Do you often end up having to look at April's flowers in the rain? I was thinking of doing Grazalema in May for fear of British-style weather in April, but perhaps that would be a mistake?
I wonder whether you can tell me anything about a few other places near Grazalema? From a floral perspective, are the Guardiaro or the Genal valley worth a visit? And how about Sierra de las Nieves?
Is there a detailed book about Andalusian flora?
I feel very under-informed. But I think it will be the most exciting flower thing ever. My little girl who is five will love it even more than me.

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Re: Andalucia flower holiday advice
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 18:29 PM »
If you arrive in early March, best to start your jouney from Grazalema, especially if you like orchids. The weather might be less rainy in May, but even then it is very likely that you get some showers. There are nice walks starting from the camping site, close to the town of Grazalema, see http://www.topwalks.net/en/grazalema/puerto_presillas.htm. Another nice place, especially for a 5-years old is Torcal de Antequera. You can take a short walk, some 3 km, in a landscape full of exotic flowers and exciting rock formations, see http://www.topwalks.net/en/torcal/torcal.htm. In case you want to combine bathing and flowers, visit the Cabo de Gata-Nijar in Almeria, great variety of flowers growing in sand dunes, cliffs etc.
For April, I would recommend the park of Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, http://www.topwalks.net/en/sierras_cazorla_segura.htm, nice walks with many endemic plants like Viola cazorlensis, http://www.topwalks.net/plants/pink/viola_cazorlensis_more.htm and Pinguicula vallisneriifolia, http://www.topwalks.net/plants/blue/pinguicula_vallisneriifolia_more.htm
In May, you could tackle the summits of Alpujarra. In Sierra Nevada, you find so many endemic, absolutely charming flowers. The surroundings of seven lagoons is a great place for flower spotting, http://www.topwalks.net/en/trevelez/siete_lagunas.htm.

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Re: Andalucia flower holiday advice
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2010, 16:15 PM »
Hi Brigid,
looking at April's flowers in the rain? quite possibly yes!

are the Guardiaro or the Genal valley worth a visit? as the terrain differs, there will be another selection of plants to see

And how about Sierra de las Nieves? it has its own set of treasures!

Is there a detailed book about Andalusian flora?  http://www.bioveg.uma.es/varios/florandor/florandor.html
there is such a wide variety of plant life over this large area, that books might be prohibitively priced...alternatively it might be better to search the web for sites such as Flores de Almería by Andres

This web page gives some general information - but I've included it mainly for the list of botanical gardens, a good way to view the specialities of each area without climbing every peak!      http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora_de_Andaluc%C3%ADa

Our local Botanic Gardens “El Castillejo” are situated in El Bosque on the western side of the Sierra de Grazalema, well worth a visit as the plants are well marked.
hope this helps!
Sue
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Re: Andalucia flower holiday advice
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2010, 19:39 PM »
I hope you don't mind me highjacking this thread bt it seems it may be applicable.
Sue: When is the peak for spring blossom (flowering scrub such as Prunus or other super-abundance flowering species) in southern Spain?

Cheers

Andy
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2010, 18:08 PM »
Hi Andy, here are a few names of the shrubs in case it makes a difference to the species of insects you wish to see

March - Prunus spinosa, Rhamnus alaternus, Cytisus arborea, Calycotome villosa, Pistacia lentiscus, Viburnum tinus, Ulex
April - Pistacia lentiscus, Rhamnus lycioides Cistus albidus, Osyris alba
May - Cistus albidus, C. salvifolius, C. monspeliensis, C. ladanifer, Crataegus monogyna, Lygos sphaerocarpa
June - Nerium oleander, Phlomis purpurea, P. herba-venti, Ulex, Rosa, Halimium

Cistus, Ulex, Pistacia and Rhamnus are the most abundant scrub species in our area
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Re: Andalucia flower holiday advice
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2010, 18:51 PM »
brilliant. Thanks for that Sue, very useful.

Andy

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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2010, 23:33 PM »
Here is a link to waste magazine's list of flora at the bottom of the page is a list of books and also a list of links.

Another part of their site 'espacios' gives detailed pages of the different parks, national, natural etc with lists of the rarer plants as well as those more commonly found
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