Hiking in the Costa Tropical
There are many gorgeous natural reserves in the Costa Tropical that offer superb walking and trekking experiences. Try the Río Verde Valley, Sierra Tejeda Mountain Range (behind Nerja), or the historical “Ruta del Pescado” (fish route), a historical walk that goes from Almunecar to Granada. Some local companies have guided walks that will take you into the mountains behind Almunecar.
In La Herradura, you can explore the Parque Natural Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo that wraps around behind the Cerro Gordo point. There are also great walking paths that take you along the coast with breathtaking views of the cliffs, beaches, and rocky shoreline.
The Río Verde Valley Walk - Junta de los Rios
Ruta del PescadoThe Costa Tropical section of the Ruta del Pescado is relatively short. It will take you about 35 minutes each way, but the views are stunning.
This hike runs along the cliffs above the Marina del Este and then curves around and heads down to the Playa Muerto in Almunecar where it ends. If you want to continue the walk you can follow the lovely promenade that runs the length of Almunecar's coastline, all the way to Playa Tesorillo. The full one-way walk to the end will take you about two hours.
Parque Natural Acantilados de Maro Cerro GordoThere are two great hikes you can do in the Cerro Gordo Nature park. One is the "Playa Cantarriján Walk" and the other is the "Maro Tower Walk". Both walks are described further on the following page.
Sierra Tejeda Mountain RangeBehind Nerja, you can't miss the soaring Sierra de Tejeda Mountain Range with the picturesque village of Frigiliana nestled within its rolling hills. Between these two charming towns lies a network of winding paths and dry river beds that are an absolute delight to explore.
The three most popular routes are:
- The Rio Chillar Walk
- El Cielo Hike
- And, the hike that connects Nerja with Frigiliana
You can find more detail about these hikes at the bottom of the Nerja page.
Walking in the AlpujarrasOne of the most wonderful areas for walking in Spain is in the Alpujarras, just 45-minutes north of the Costa Tropical. There you will find quaint historic villages and long winding paths that run through mountains, valleys, and streams.
The best time to enjoy these hikes is in spring and fall when the weather isn't too extreme, but they can be done all year round. The scenery and nature you will experience in these parts are unforgettable.
Each of the Alpujarra villages has wonderful walks you can do. For more detail visit the following pages...
Hiking in Lanjaron: The Acequia Aceituno ➜ Cecarta Trail.
** Lanjarón Hike - Acequia Aceituno - Cecarta Trail
El Torcal de Antequera National ParkIf you are looking for a little adventure or a weekend getaway... you can't beat the beauty and uniqueness of El Torcal National Park.
El Torcal is in the Province of Malaga about 1-hour north of the capital city. It's also 25 minutes south of another popular destination, the town of Antequera (from which it derives its name).
There are three hikes you can do once inside the park of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty...
Guided Walks - Walks with GuidesMany of the local walks are available with guides... These hikes are seasonal and done in the spring and summer months.
Recommended Guided Walks:
- Hiking the Hanging Bridges and Canyons in Los Cahorros ➜ Monachil Sierra Nevada
- Trekking the Chillar River with a Guide ➜ Nerja
- Hiking to El Cielo with a Guide ➜ Nerja
- Three Hour Hiking Tour to Frigiliana ➜ Nerja
The Most Famous Hike in SpainThe Camino del Rey is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain, after the Alhambra in Granada.
The walk takes about 2-hours and is located in the center of the beautiful El Chorro lake district which has become quite famous too in recent years. It's the perfect area to cool off and spend the day after a long hike. The Camino del Rey is just 1 hour and 30 minutes from Almuñécar.