Sierra De Bedar

  • Distance: 82.9km

  • Elevation gain: 1,532m

  • Max elevation: 17.8%

Climbs

  • 12.1km in length, 392m elevation gain, 3.1% average gradient

  • 2.2km, 110m, 4.4%

  • 3.6km, 243km, 6.7%

Description

The Sierra de Bedar is our lovely local mountain range. The highest peaks are Maimón (1188 meters) and Mezquita (1009 meters). It lies at the eastern end of the vast and majestic Sierra de Los Filabres (Saw Teeth Mountains - so named because of the shape of some of them) which form the backbone of Almeria and whose highest point is over 2000 meters where the air is so clear that the largest telescope in Europe scans the skies from the Calar Alto Observatory.  

The two principal settlements are Bedar (pop about 900) and Lubrin (pop about  1500) which, as is normal for Almeria, are both sleepy little places. 

They date from the late period of the Al-Andalus Empire of The Moors (hence the name Andalucia) from North Africa which had faded from its heights of the 8th-10th centuries when it covered most of Spain and Portugal and even briefly extended into south-west France. 

The decline began with the fall of Toledo (just south of Madrid) in 1085, continued with the loss of Cordoba in 1236 and the defeat which finally caused the wheels to really begin to come off was by the army of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella  at Granada in 1492 greatly helped by lots of mercenaries for whom the battle was a good earner. 

So by the 1500's Lubrin and Bedar which had been settled not long before by retreating Moors (Bedar started as a Moorish farm) were no longer healthy places to be if you were a Muslim particularly as the  the Christian Kingdom of Murcia was just up the road so lots of fighting was enjoyed by all. 

By about 1570 the Moors were finally evicted from both places and in a wonderfully politically incorrect two-fingered salute to their beaten enemies the Christians turned the mosque in Bedar into an olive oil mill.

But back to the bikes, this route goes out east along the resort and then turns inland towards the small town of Palomares and off into the countryside past fields of water melons and orange trees . 

It turns off outside the next small town, Cuevas de Almanzora, and goes on through open country ascending into the Sierra de Bedar and past Lubrin and Bedar.

As you climb through the Sierra there are fabulous views inland and across the Almanzora plains to the sea.

The ride then descends past Los Gallardos, through Turre and climbs up to Mojacar Pueblo then down to the sea and back to the hotel. 

Not the longest of rides but the views from the mountains are spectacular.

Note: Any person following this route does so at their own risk. Doing so is deemed acceptance of this condition.

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