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Guidebook to the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama mountains in the Spanish region of Axarquía. The 24 day walks are accessible from the holiday towns of Nerja and Vélez-Málaga on the Costa del Sol. Routes range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs. The mountains are largely limestone, with some summits reaching over 2000m.
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The little town of Nerja, on Spain’s Costa del Sol, nestles under range of mighty mountains. These are the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama. Together they encompass 50 mountains over 1000m, with the highest, La Maroma over 2000m, and offer walkers some stunnning routes.
This naturally beautiful mountainous area is only about the size of Snowdonia National Park and combines stark geological features on high, rocky mountains with peaceful and remote valleys, where the wilderness is but a few minutes away.
Explore the white mountain villages of Frigiliana, Competa, Canillas de Albaida, Canilas de Aceituno and Salares, just a short distance from Nerja. Several others are also visited on the walks.
Any one of the routes in this guidebook can be walked in a day trip from Nerja, making this delightful coastal town a good place to base yourself. The wide selection of graded day walks are described ranging from strolls to strenuous climbs.
Since the publication of the first edition the park rangers have carried out works that affect the walks and severe flooding and erosion have also interfered with the paths.
GPX files for all routes are now available on the Cicerone website. There are a few maps where these differ from those in the book, such as the optional diversion in Walk 15 to Tacita de Plata, but any differences are minor.
The photograph in the Introduction of the Almijaras mountains is incorrectly labelled. Cisne is the first peak to the right of Lucero.
The optional extension of the walk back to Nerja via the Rio Higueron: Severe flooding in the river bed and erosion of the concrete steps has made this route more difficult. The steep concrete steps were closed in October 2015.
The gravel road to the right of the gates of No 61 was concreted in 2015.
The concrete covering to the river channel continues to deteriorate and care is required walking on it. There are sections of the channel where it is necessary to walk along a narrow, concrete path that is precipitous.
At Fogarate additional waymarkers for other walks have been placed which may cause confusion. After La Cruz del Muerto (and the highly perched new villa) maintain the direction west and do not descend on the road to the left.
The fence around the well at Rabita no longer has a lock and good water is available.
Peak 12 should read Piedra Sillada (not Piedra Silla).
Recently the Almunecar Town Hall took over the zoo at Pena Escrita and it is now closed to the general public. To follow Walk 16 it is necessary to arrange access through the zoo with the Town Hall. This route of this walk may now need to be changed.
|The town of Nerja|
|Geology and topography|
|A little history|
|Plants and flowers|
|Getting to Nerja|
|When to go|
|Walking in Andalucía|
|Spanish dialect in Andalucía|
|Recurring place names|
|Maps and GPS coordinates|
|Using this guide|
|Nerja and around|
|Walk 1 Frigiliana to the Cave of Nerja|
|Walk 2 El Fuerte|
|Walk 3 Cruz del Pinto|
|Walk 4 The Gorges of the Rio Chillar|
|Walk 5 The El Cielo Circuit|
|Walk 6 The tour of Almendrón|
|The Cómpeta Area|
|Walk 7 La Fabrica de la Luz|
|Walk 8 Lucero|
|Walk 9 Cerro de la Chapa|
|Walk 10 The oak forest of Salares|
|Walk 11 Cómpeta to Los Pradillos|
|Walk 12 La Maroma from Canillas de Aceituno|
|Walk 13 La Maroma from Alcaucín|
|Walk 14 La Maroma from Sedella|
|Walk 15 La Maroma from Alcaicería|
|The Valley of the Rio Verde|
|Walk 16 Navachica|
|Walk 17 The Petrified Waterfall|
|Walk 18 Lopera|
|Walks from the North|
|Walk 19 Ventas de Zafarraya|
|Walk 20 Malascamas|
|Walk 21 The Gorge of Alhama de Granada|
|Walk 22 La Resinera|
|Walk 23 Jayena to Haza de la Encina|
|Walk 24 Cisne from Acebuchal|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B List of peaks by altitude|
|Appendix C Useful Spanish words for map reading|
|Appendix D Further reading|
|Appendix E Maps of the region|