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A short drive inland from Malaga Airport takes you to the Axarquia region. Here you will find the Parque Natural nature reserves of Sierra de Almijara and Sierra de Tejeda where the 10 suggested circular walks and the one A – B route up to the Pic Lucero can be experienced. The landscape is spectacular from the coast to the mountains. The area is blessed with a beautiful coastline, high summits, dramatic crags, wonderfully deep ravines, delightful rivers, historic white villages and a kind climate in which grape vines, mango trees and kiwi fruits thrive alongside ancient olive and almond groves. The walking is truly wonderful. You can access the majority of mountain walks near to the following villages: Canillas de Albaida, Cómpeta Salares, Sayalonga, Frigiliana, Nerja , Maro, Algorrobo or Torrox. Crucial for the walks is the map;Super-Durable edition ISBN 978-1904946-748 40k 'Tour & Trail' map buy at Amazon

Recommended places to stay:, Casa Los Dos in Cómpeta and Hotel Posada la Plaza in Canillas de Albaida. For longer stays visit Nerja Villas for Rent

Some sites include trails that are not necessarily bound to remain well maintained. Therefore conditions may change on the trail and access may vary. The suggested walks are intended for competent walkers who accept the inherent and sometimes unpredictable risks associated with outdoor activities such as trekking. The user assumes all risks.

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THE WALKS in Axarquia (A), Granada(G) and almeria(AL)

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Canillas-Cortijo Parrilla

Canillas de Albaida – Cortijo Llands/Parrilla, return, 10K/3H Suggested starting point: The central Square in Canillas de Albaida where there is a bus stop and parking. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Casa La Mina

Puerto de Colado - Casa Mina – 2 ventas-Cruz de Canillas (return) 14K/4H Suggested starting point: Puerto de Colado; a windling road from Cómpeta takes you to this grand view point where you can park easily. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Fabrica de la Luz 8alt

Fábrica de la Luz return, 15K/4H (8, 8alt,7a on map) Suggested starting point: Fábrica de la Luz a short distance from Canillas de Albaida where there is a spacious parking area. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Fábrica de La Luz

Fábrica de la Luz, 11K/3H (7a, 7b on map) Suggested starting point: Fábrica de la Luz a short distance from Canillas de Albaida where there is a spacious parking area. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Casa Mia - Cerro Verde - Acebuchal

Helicopter platform – Casa Mina – Cerro Verde – Acebuchal – helicopter platform 19K/6H The suggested starting point is a Helicopter platform alongside the road between Cómpeta and Torrox located approximately 7K from Cómpeta. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Cueva de Nerja

Cuevas de Nerja - Cortíjo de Almácan, return, 13K/4H (22 on map) The suggested starting point is the parking area at Cuevas de Nerja. An adjacent visit to the caves can be recommended. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Frigiliana

Frigiliana, 17K/6H (16 on map) Starting point: Frigiliana village center; Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Salares

Salares – Ruta de Puente Árabe, 7K/2,5H Starting point; Salares; Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Sayalonga return

Canillas de Albaida – Archez – Corumbela – Sayalonga (16K) - Cómpeta – Canillas de Albaida, 22K/5,5H) Suggested starting point: The central Square in Canillas de Albaida where there is a bus stop and parking, but the walk could also start from any of the villages along the route. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Canillas-Algarobbo-Torrox Costa return

Canillas de Albaida – Archez – Corumbela – Sayalonga – Algarrobo – Torrox – Rio Torrox - Cómpeta – Canillas de Albaida, 55K/2 days. Suggested starting point: The central Square in Canillas de Albaida where there is a bus stop and parking, but the walk could also start from any of the villages along the route. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Pico de Lucero

Puerto Blanquillo – Puerto Cómpeta – Puerto Llano – Lucero, return, 10K/3,5H Suggested starting point: Puerto Blanquillo; a windling road from Cómpeta takes you to this grand mountain gate where you can park along the road. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Four ventas and Cerro Verde

Four ventas-Cerro Verde, 9,5K/3H Suggested starting point: Continue pass Puerto de Colado (walk A2 parking) towards Cruz de Canillas along the windling and narrow road from Cómpeta where you can park along the road (check waypoint). The trip gives you wonderful views over the valleys and mountain tops. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Sayalonga-Corumbela-Arenas

Sayalonga-Corumbela-Arenas, 19K/5H Suggested starting point: Sayalonga parking place by the main road. The trip takes you up and down the valleys between the three villages passing beautiful views and small idyllic farms along mostly dirt roads. The last part of the return takes you along the river bed of Rio Algarrobo and through an avocado farm before joining the outbound road. If there is too much water in the river or you want to avoid the avocado farm (no fences or houses there) continue along the main road back to Sayalonga. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Lake Vinuela

Lake Vinuela, 21K/4H Suggested starting point: Parking next to hotel La Vinuela. The lake is man-made reservoir with several picnic areas and has a magnificent backdrop, La Maroma (2068m), the highest mountain in Axarquia. It is an easy and flat walk with beautiful views over the lake and the surrounding mountain tops. The only drawback is that 3K in the end is along the main road (A-356) which unfortunately can't be avoided. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Comares La Teja

Comares, La Teja, 12K/3H Suggested starting point: Parking place just outside Comares. Comares (Arabic Castle in the height) is an old beautiful white washed town on 700 m above sea level. It is situated 24K from Velez Malaga. It has been an important defensive bastion due to its strategic position. The walk La Teja is part of the balcony walks around Comares and the background is of course the fantastic views over the surrounding area. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Alcaucin

Alcaucin, 10K/3½H Suggested starting point: Parking place in Alcaucin close to the main square. The first 3K through the pine forest is shaded and also steep but the climb is worthwhile coming up to the fantastic views. The path is old and solid partly overgrown but you can’t miss it. To the west, north of La Vinuela lake you can see the valley between two hilltops called Lomos de las Monjas (backside of the nuns). Once reaching the top it is an easy way back partly on an old path and partly dirt road and in the end through an old olive grove with a nice view of the reservoir (Lake Vinuela) before reaching Alcaucin. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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La Isleta del Moro

La Isleta del Moro, 17K/6H Suggested starting point: Parking place in Isleta del Moro. The walk starts in Isleta del Moro and take the route straight up to the peak of Penones and Caldera Majada redonda back to the coast and Los Escullos and then to La Isleta. After the Cerro Penones (488m) and the radar mast, the path is unmarked, narrow and follow the ridge. At the end of the ridge there is a very steep and hazardous unmarked trail down to the valley. After a couple of 100 meters there is a clear path that takes you to a dry riverbed and after that it will be a smooth and easy walk down to Los Escullos. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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San José beaches

San José beaches, 13K/6H Suggested starting point: Parking place along the road towards Playa de Los Genoveses. The walk starts in the outskirts of San José the “capital” of Cabo de Gata. The large and famous playa de Los Genoveses (2K long) is soon to be seen and almost directly the route turns off to the inland and a walk around the hills to be seen in the distance. This part of the walk is completely flat until you reach Playa De La Media Luna a small beach. Climb the hill ahead of you and see the spectacular view of the cliffs below. Now the walk return but along the hilly coastline and the beaches Play de La Media Luna, Playa del Mónsul, Playa del Baronal etc. The walk is quite steep and if you have problems with heights it is not for you. The hills are not very high max 100m but there are several of them along the coast. The path is partly marked (blue/white) but mostly not, so it is a little bit tricky from time to time to find the most convenient track. The views are spectacular and remember to bring your swim suite. There are several caves to explore along the track. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Melegis

Melegis, 14K/5H Suggested starting point: Parking place outside Hostal Los Naranjos. The walk starts from the Hostal Los Naranjos, which is a perfect place to stay for a couple of nights. It is also a very convenient starting point for several of the walks in the Lacrin Valley. The Hostal has a good restaurant and half pension is a price worthy alternative for the stay. The walk starts in the town Restobal 700m along the main road and follows Río Dúrcal o Ízbor up to Cónchal. The views are magnificent and the path is mostly in good condition however not very well marked. In Cónchal there is only one restaurant La Huertecilla suitable for lunch or refreshments. Click on the photo to see more pics from this walk.

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Frigiliana

Extremely well preserved Moorish village

Frigiliana, 17K/6H (16 on map) Starting point: Frigiliana village center. Frigiliana is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. The municipality is situated approximately 71 kilometers east of Málaga, the provincial capital, and approximately 6 kilometers north of Nerja. It is located in the comarca of La Axarquía, the easternmost region of the province, and integrated into the judicial district of Torrox. This is the old district inhabited by the Moors before and after the Reconquista. Its name Mudéjar is used to describe the architectural style used by Arab craftsmen working in Christian territory. The quarter is made up of steep cobbled alleyways winding past white houses resplendent with flowers.

Axarquia

 

Axarquia map

Axarquia region in Andalucia

Perfect area for fantastic walks. Starting point: Canillas de Albaida and Cómpeta. The area known as the Axarquia lies in Andalucia, an autonomous region of Spain. It stretches just east of Malaga to the border of the province of Granada just beyond Nerja. The coastline is known as the Costa del Sol, and the sea forms the border on the south and offers beaches, idyllic coves and spectacular cliffs. Inland fertile plains, hillsides with olive, orange and almond groves and in more recent times avocado and mango plantations give way to mountain ranges with some significant peaks. To the north the sierras Tejada, Almijara and Alhama are the main ranges, which are accessible from points all along the coast. The climate in Andalucia, Spain offers good walking conditions from late September to end of May but remember that temperatures are much higher here so take plenty of water, sunscreens and suitable headgear. Again take heed of weather warnings in the winter months as conditions can change quickly. Over recent years heavy rainfall has had an impact on the state of many paths.

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