Above white roofs.
It’s just before Christmas. The temperature was far above > 0 °C and we had continuous rain. Fantastic prospects for a wet Christmas eve, but luckily, we have books months ago and were traveling to Andalusia. So, on 22nd we stood at the Memmingen Airport and were looking forward to comfy 20 °C in Spain, where people laugh at you after being asked for veggie food.
After the first night spent in Malága we took our rental car and drove towards Almuñécar. Spending Christmas at the beach seemed like a pretty good idea. On the first day we were just arriving and organizing ourselves and exploring the surrounding area. On Christmas Eve itself the wind was supposed to take up. So, we decided to not waste another day parawaiting for less wind and took off to the Parque natural del Cabo de Gata-Níjar and the wild wild west of the desert of Tabernas. The next day the weather window opened up to paragliding at the Cerro de Itrabo. We used that opportunity before stronger winds and rainy conditions stopped the show in the evening again.
While wind and rain spread over Andalusia we hit the road again and explored the caves of Nerja, searched for ibex in the Torcal de Antequera and decelerated in the Sierra de Huma with good food and wine. Unfortunately, the Caminito del Rey was rebuilt lately so that it is now feasible for young and old from 2 to 99 years and only10 Euro per capita – and has thus lost all its charm. In the crisp wind, the ferrata was also closed.
After relaxing three days and wandering around El Chorro, we made our way to the Sierra de Grazalema to immediately get up in the air at the NW-Lijar. There, we made up for the relaxing days by hike and flying and detoured to El Bosque after again the wind took its toll on us. On New Year an east wind set in, so that Montellano was on the plan. The next day we had west again, so we tried our luck in Teba. However, the instability of the weather let us pack our bags and we wanted to spend our last days and the sea again. Guess what, Andalusia has much more to offer than paragliding in Algodonales.
In the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, we arrived in Tarifa, enjoyed the views to Marocco and were dragged along the Strait of Gibraltar in high waves during our kitesurfing course.
We certainly will escape the wet winters in southern Bavaria and visit Andalusia someday again. The country has much to offer and is almost forcing you to take along kitesurfing stuff, your paragliding backpack, the road bike and some climbing gear. Whose priority is paragliding should probably plan the trip for the beginning of December, because weather conditions turn instable around New Year.
Teba nearby Algodonales.
One afternoon while being nearby El Chorro we took a quick ride to Teba. More than 40 kph wind. The next time we started from Algodonales and did not really know what wind conditions to expect. In the morning, it was still drizzling and the wind turbines around Teba suggested some conditions themselves. To get to the lauching you have to follow a steep road starting from the central roundabout – the road is not to find on google maps, so use the satellite mode. At first, we mistakenly ended at the castle.
The site itself is nicely prepared and fine graveled. The possibility of toplanding is slightly blocked by a pagoda, but the space is still sufficient for retrials. The wind, however, was not quite weak. Constant 15 kph with gusts over 20 kph. Torn between waiting and flying, Alex took off from the bottom of the launching paddock and immediately leveled up. I watched him a bit and decided to try my luck. I was struggling with more than 20 kph while having a slightly oversized wing. But within seconds I got in the air and we both got warned by our vario that we were too close to the TMA Sevilla.
In the beginning, we were simmering from one end to the other of the ridge. Logically, it got boring, so we took our chances and aimed at the hump in northeastern direction of Teba. At first, the spreading power lines are a bit daunting, but keeping height is not an issue. On the other side of Teba, Alex had to make a quick stop and landed top, while I work my way back up the hill. The way back was also pretty easy, but the wind was picking up by the minute.
At some point, we got bored and cold so we attempted to top land, even though it was not an easy task due to strong wind. After a couple of attempts, we happily made it!
To pack the wings, we hid behind the car and observed an arriving pilot, who tried his best launching while defiling his wing. Around 30 kph you should not force a launch, those things usually don’t end well.
Super cool soaring over the white rooftops of Teba. Beware of a lot of wind, as it seems that strong wind is topographically favored here. Also, you can launch almost in any direction and use the plateau as a playground as well.
|Group||Sierra de la Camorra|
|Wind||N, NW, W|
|GPS (Launching)||36.980201, -4.925615|
|GPS (Landing)||36.983272, -4.930283|
|Height launching site [amsl]||600|
|Ascent||Follow the street back to the launching site. There is a big possibility to get picked up by local pilots.|
|Launching site||Fine graveled launching site with a moderate slope.|
|Flying cues||Max. flight height 1000ft AGL before entering Sevilla TMA bis FL145.|
|If the wind is strong enough (NW) you could fly towards NE to the bigger hill behind Teba.|
|Landing site||The official landing site is very big. Be reminded that the street has to be overflown.|
|Wind at landing site||Depending on regional wind.|