Before her visit to Spain, Kelly's favourite modes of transport were motorbike, helicopter and fast car. When she saw the beauty of the Sierra Nevada she added walking to her list. Mountains with white villages beside streams, farmlands, ancient vineyards, orchards, woodlands and rivers add up to breathtaking scenery. UTracks have walking tours with experienced guides who know Europe inside out, but the tour Kelly joined is an almost unknown treat.
The Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain range in Europe after The Alps. There are over twenty peaks taller than 3000 metres. At the confluence of the Beiro, Darro and Genil Rivers, it stretches 90 kilometres, and on a clear day can be seen from Africa. It's known to locals as Las Alpujarras.