Sierra Bermeja - the Red Range. When the sun is on it at a certain angle, you can see why it's called that.
Occasionally, very occasionally - once or twice every decade - the Esteponeros wake to see the peak covered in snow. It doesn't last more than breakfast time usually, although if you venture up to the top, from there you can usually see a tipping of snow on further - and higher - peaks.
In winter it can be 18 degrees down in Estepona, and minus 3 up on Sierra Bermeja. Wrap up!
To get there you drive up the MA-557 road towards Genalguacil. Probably best not to try to pronounce that, bit of a tongue-twister! You get to it by going along the Avenida de Andalucia (inner ring road), and then turning uphill at the traffic lights near the very big Mercadona supermarket.
The road is steep and windy; on the way back, it is a fabulous drive with wonderful views down along the coast. At one point on the way up you get to a crossroad with a big tourist sign (Peñas Blancas), and to the left is the sign to Los Reales, straight ahead it is signposted to Jubrique. You turn left.
This is the fairly scary bit, as the road is very narrow and hugs the edge of the mountain. Wonderful views down to the left, but the driver is advised not to look - keep your eyes on the road! At one point you may see cars parked by the side of the road, and a sign saying "paseo de los pinsapos". If you wish, you can stop here and take that walk through the forest.
If you continue along the road, after a while you come to some sort of summer camp building, drive past that for another bit to the end of the road and the large carpark there.
Ahead of you is a narrow stony path that winds round and up the mountain to several excellent viewpoints.
The Pinsapos mentioned earlier are a rather rare type of pine tree, which are found only here and in the mountains of Ronda. It is a very attractive tree, with very bushy branches. Once you've seen it, you'll easily recognise it again. Great fun spotting it!
The drive back down to Estepona is very good indeed. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can, when you get back to the Peñas Blancas crossroad, continue left to Jubrique and Algatocin.
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