Walks Around Nerja

Nerja walks
Nerja walks

The Sierra Almijara is located in the east of the Axarquia, bordering the provinces of Malaga and Granada. This mountain range has a steep landscape with high mountains close to the Mediterranean Sea and has furrows with deep ravines perpendicular to the coastline.
Navachica is the highest peak at 1,808 metres. Some of the other locally known landmarks are Cuesta del Ciel (Hill of the Sky) at 1,505 metres, Tajo del Almendron (Almedron gorge) at 1,504 metres, Sol (Sun) at 583 metres, Cerro Romero (Romero Hill) at 616 metres, Penon de los Castillejos (Castillejos Rock) and Cerro Mangueno (Mangueno Rock).

The mountains are composed mainly of limestone, which gives them a characteristic white aspect, and extensive schists around the base of the mountains. With the limestone mass resting on the impermeable schists, any rain falling on the Sierras accumulates here and creates numerous mountain springs. Narixa, the Moorish name for Nerja, means abundant springs. Where the water has dissolved the limestone, spectacular formations such as the Nerja Caves have formed. Many other caves are scattered around these mountains. There are two permanent rivers, the Chillar to the west and the Rio de la Miel (Honey River) to the east.

Evidence of early occupants in the area can be seen in the palaeolithic remains at Nerja Caves. Roman and Arab civilisations have also left their mark as can be seen from the vestiges of a road and two bridges from the Roman era behind the San Joaquin factory and at the Rio de la Miel. Arab farmhouses and a fortress are found in this river´s valley.

Torre de Maro

Torre de Maro is one of many watchtowers along our coast. The one at Torre de Maro has a great vantage point for marvellous views. Access is signposted and can be found exactly at the...

Cuesta del Cielo Walk

This route is composed of two very different stretches. In the first, up to Los Cortijos de la Civila (The La Civila Farmhouses), the ascent is easy and can be made by car although...

Castillejos via the Rio de la Miel

This route commences along the west side of the valley of the Rio de la Miel (Honey River) where traditional crops such as vines, olives and almonds grow alongside subtropical crops. Take the exit K298...

Navachica via the Barranco de Cazadores

This route starts at the Fuente del Esparto, where our last one ended, and takes us to the peak of Navachica at 1,808 metres. The route is 18 kilometres in each direction so needs...
Esparto Fountain Walk

Walk to the Esparto Fountain

From the N-340 take the turn-off to the Nerja Caves. At the entrance to the car park take the track on the left which starts by a pine tree. The path ascends between low...