Área Recreativa de Bastidas is one of a handful of recreation areas in Baza natural park, a fantastic spot hidden away in the depths of the woodland.
Baza natural park in the Autumn is one those places that you could spend a significant amount of time in just taking in the colours and the change in season. This particular park has quite a lot of water by way of streams and there are are quite a few, albeit small waterfalls if you look carefully enough.
Área Recreativa de Bastidas is one of three recreation areas we stopped by during our trip through the park and probably one the best we have found to date. The area is easy to find and is a few kilometers into the depths of park, right at the bottom.
One thing to consider during the Autumn/Winter season is that the park is very popular with hunters.
What you are met by is a shallow river crossing [cars no problem] and a large parking area surrounded by tall trees and wooded hillside surrounding the entire area. The standard ‘recreation area’ concrete barbeques and seating are present over a two tiers and there are a lot of them.
What makes this place a bit special, besides from the stunning location is the quirkiness it has. You can find hiking trails that snake upwards through the hillside, water crossings with stepping stones, a variety of colours through a large presence of trees and flowers [not just the usual pine] and feeling of seclusion.
Arrive early and you can have the peace and tranquility of nature in a very special way indeed.
I was suprised that Área Recreativa de Bastidas only had 8 reviews on Google maps, it’s one of those places that appears to be used but perhaps not extensively given it’s location.
One thing to consider during the Autumn/Winter season is that the park is very popular with hunters. While we were there some hunters pulled up and started cooking just as we were leaving, they said that the surrounding hills were spread with hunters and that it was dangerous- stay on the road was the advice.
Have you been here or have you driven through the Baza natural park?