Chirivel

Chirivel

Designated a natural park in 1987, the Sierra María-Los Vélez occupies the eastern end of the Cordillera Subbética in the north of Almeria province. It covers 22,670ha, a landscape of impressive contrasts, with its arid, moon-like plains overlooked by the Sierra's rocky summits, which are white with snow in winter, and the dry, barren south-facing slopes compared to its densely wooded north-facing ones.

Near Chirivel in the Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park is an example of a species of juniper, juniper thunifera, or sabina albar in Spanish. It has an impressive age, estimated to be between 600 and 1,000 years old. It is the oldest and largest one of its kind in Almeria province.

Chirivel is the fourth town of the comarca of Los Velez in the north of the province of Almeria. It is located to the south of the Sierra de Maria. The old N-432 crosses the village from east to west and the A-92N motorway bypasses the village just to the north. Junction km 89 and km 94 are the west and east entrances respectively. It has a population of around 500.

Situated in Chirivel, 34 km from María, B&B Cortijo El Ciruelo features a bar and free WiFi. The bed and breakfast offers a TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries and bidet. Guests at B&B Cortijo El Ciruelo can enjoy a continental breakfast. A terrace can be found at the accommodation, along with a garden.