almeria & sorbas ...
located in the southeast corner of spain, almeria is one of the eight provinces of andalucia. mountains, desert, beaches, plains, almeria has it all and holds the title of being the spanish region with the most sunshine per year, over 320 sunny days a year and an average total of well over 3,000 hours. the region has an average annual air temperature of 19 ° - and i have ridden with my bike computer showing 28° in february! in the high summer it can be over 40° but up in our hills at between 400-2000m above sea level it is a good few degrees lower! much of almeria is classified as europe's only desert region and it is here that bici-almeria is based. you can look forward to warm, sunny days riding under some of the clearest blue skies and cleanest air on the continent. with a population density of less than 70 per sq. km (south east england is over 450!) there is little traffic and what there is tends to keep to the coastal resorts, main roads and the motorway
bici-almeria bases itself around the small town of sorbas which is 414 metres above sea level. sorbas is situated in an arid semi-desert valley between two large chains of mountains - sierra alhamilla and sierra de los filabres - both of which provide challenging climbing and spectacular descending. calar alto in los filabres, at 2168m, is the highest point in almeria and is reached by a gruelling 25km ascent. the town is also in a designated natural park - karst en yesos de sorbas - a mecca for geologists and cavers. the nearby desierto de tabernas was used by sergio leone as the filming location for his spaghetti westerns as well as epics such as lawrence of arabia, many of the original sets still remain as visitor attractions. more recently almeria has doubled up for north africa in indian jones and pakistan in four lions
the accommodation we use is in the local villages of cariatiz only 5 minutes drive from sorbas and less than an hour drive from almeria city centre and airport
the province of almeria, spain's south eastern most corner
sorbas - an hour from almeria airport, the coast but in the heart of andalucia's mountains