13' 60'' N,3° 34' 0'' W
|Type of flying
||Light S wind;
light W wind; Nil wind; Summer evenings
|| E wind; N wind
is a very scenic site with great view of Sierra Nevada, Granada
and the surrounding villages. It is on the boundary of a national
park. It is particularly good on summer evenings. The restitution
is excellent, and in summer you can often fly until sunset.
The landing is a little tricky for beginners.
This is a nice,
but very infrequently used site. The best conditions here
are usually found on summer evenings when the legendary thermal
matress keeps you aloft until sundown. When the conditions
are good, you can fly along the long ridge (several km)that
borders the national park. You can also fly to here from 'Cenes
de la Vega' and vice versa. Generally, it is a thermo-dynamic
soaring site. That is to say mainly soaring, with the odd
thermal thrown in. Sometimes you can find thermals and fly
high above the natural park 'Sierra de Huetor'. It is usually
not an excellent choice in the middle of the day.
The site is situated just above the village
of 'Alfacar', to the north of Granada city, and is quite evident.
|It is split into
2 parts separated by a small valley through which the road into
the park runs. You can take off on either part.
The sector to
the west of the road that leads up to the park has 2 take-offs:
one that faces north, and one that faces west. The one that
faces west is smaller and trickier. There is a landing directly
below this take-off, just watch out for the high voltage cables.
I wouldn't bother coming here in a west wind, however, because
the west facing part is very small and you'll probably have
a better flight in 'Cenes de la Vega'. The south take-off
is quite good. The landing is in a field to the west of the
village of Alfacar. Usually pilots just gain a little height,
and then glide across to the other sector (to the east of
the road), as this is a long, south facing, rocky ridge where
the flying is usually better. There is some joker from the
coast who claims this site (the western sector) is his....it's
The sector to the east of the road is probably
a better bet, since almost everyone comes across here immediately
if they get sufficient height anyway (that way you don't have
to lose height gliding across). This sector only really has
a feasible take-off to the south.
|From Granada, follow
the signs towards Almeria. Within about 10km you see a turn-off
signposted to 'Alfacar'. Follow this road to the village. You
will see the ridge and natural park behind. When you get to
a roundabout, go straight across (up the quite steep hill).
Follow this road up, up, up towards the park. You will come
to a car-park and viewpoint just below the ridge. Take the right
hand fork of the road, and head upwards into the park. To go
to the sector to the east of the road, park your car where a