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Sabinas paragliding take-off Information page

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

It is prohibited and illegal to take off at Sabinas at the moment. The take-off is inside the national park, and negotiations to open it up again are ongoing. At the moment, however, you could experience problems with the national park agents if you try to take off.

 

Site Name Sabinas  
Site Coordinates 37.1°N 3.5°W
Type of flying Thermic
Orientation West->North
Good when? Nil wind; light W to N wind
Bad when? Strong wind; E wind; S wind  
Take-off altitude 2100m
Landing altitude 1300m
Height difference 800m
Pilot Level Expert in anything but NIL wind.
Observations This is just a couple of km east of the 'Cenes de la vega' take-off. It is also 900m higher! Usually it is not necessary to go here because on a descent day you can fly there in 10-15 minutes. It takes longer to get here than 'cenes' (on the same road). If there is a moderate W wind, you may not make the landing, and the 'emergency' landings are for expert pilots only. The benefit is that, in strongly inverted conditions, the take-off is often above the inversion.
 

General Information

This is a great expert site, but is used very seldom due to the proximity to the friendlier and closer 'Cenes de la Vega'. It has, however, played host to various world-cup tasks.

REMEMBER: IN ANYTHING BUT NIL WIND, YOU MAY NOT HAVE THE GLIDE TO REACH A GOOD LANDING FIELD. THE ALTERNATIVE IS AN EMERGENCY LANDING FOR EXPERTS ONLY (SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER DETAILS OF LANDING).

If you want to do a big cross-country site in mid-summer, then this could be your best bet. The fact that it is higher, above the inversion, and provides a quick and easy gateway to the highest peaks of Sierra Nevada, are all points in its favour. The take-off actually has several

Sabinas paragliding take-off, Sierra Nevada, Granada

different plaunch points, covering all directions from north to west. Due to the height of the take-off, it is often windier then others. The thermals here on a good day are very strong.

WARNING: BE CAREFUL WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AROUND THE TAKEOFF. THERE ARE CAVE ENTRANCES AMONGST THE SURROUNDING BUSHES. THE HOLES GO VERY DEEP, AND IT WOULDN'T BE PLEASANT TO FALL INSIDE!!

When top landing, it is better to land on the take-off itself. The parking area behind looks inviting, but is often turbulent. I have seen some big collapsed low to the ground there whilst people attempt to land.

The official landing is quite far away. They consist of the enormous fields (kilometres long) straight west of take-off. If you can't make these you are going to have a difficult landing. The best option is to land in the lay-by, next to the main Sierra Nevada road. It is small, and further complicated by a cutting just above it which gives off thermals and dynamic lift.

DON'T TRY AND LAND IN THE FOOTBALL PITCH!!! IT HAS A HIGH FENCE AROUND IT, IS VERY TURBULENT AND, THE LAST TIME I LOOKED, HAD A WIRE RUNNING ACROSS THE MIDDLE AT ABOUT 6m.

You could land in the spikey bushes further to the west, but watch out for the bee-hives and cable.

Having given all of these warnings I can say that, on a good day, the chances of going down here are very slim. For more information on the cross-country possibilities, look in the appropriate section of this web-site.

 

Getting There

Follow the signs for Sierra Nevada. You will pass the landing on the left before the road starts to climb. Carry on until you see a road on the right towards 'Camping El purche'. If you want to go to the official landing, follow this road. It will take you above a quarry. When you arrive at the junction, turn left. If you want to go the the take-off, carry on up the road towards Sierra-Nevada. You will pass another small road on the right, which again takes you to the official landing. Eventually, you will come to a strange road junction on a curve. There is a nice looking park information office here. Leave the Sierra-Nevada road, and take the smaller road towards Sabinas (left). After about 10 minutes you will see the take-off on the left - it is pretty obvious.