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The Mountains Around Nerja

Scenic walks in southern Andalucia – Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama

Guidebook to 32 day walks in the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountains of southern Spain. Easily accessible from Nerja and Velez-Malaga, the routes range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs, including the peaks of La Maroma, El Cielo and Cisne. The mountains are largely limestone, with some summits reaching over 2000m.


The best months are March to May and September to November. Conditions are also suitable for walking between December and February, although rain – and snow on La Maroma and Navachica – is more likely.


Nerja, Vélez-Málaga, Frigiliana, Cómpeta, Canillas de Albaida, Canillas de Aceituno, Ventas de Zafarraya, Alhama de Granada


Walks are graded from 1 to 10, with the low grade suitable for all and the high grade for the experienced and fit. The majority of the routes are in the middle range.

Must See

Outstanding natural beauty; more than 50 mountains over 915m (3000ft) in a relatively small area; stark geological features; peaceful and remote valleys where the wilderness is but a few minutes away
12 Feb 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to 32 day walks in and around the coastal town of Nerja, Spain. Exploring the mountains, gorges and white mountain villages of the Sierras Tejeda and Almijara and Alhama Natural Park in southern Andalucia, there are routes for walkers of all levels of fitness and experience. 

The walks are graded by difficulty and range from 3–22km (2–14 miles) in length, covering 110–1420m of ascent and taking between 1hr 30min and 7hr 30min to complete. 

  • Clear description of the route alongside 1:50,000 or 1:25,000 maps
  • Highlights include ascents of La Maroma, Cisne and Navachica
  • Packed with information on local history, geology and wildlife
  • Each walk features detailed instructions on getting to the start, plus where to find refreshments and water sources
  • Some routes visit sections of the 700km (430 mile) Gran Senda de Malaga (Great Path of Malaga)
  • Easy access from Nerja, Velez-Malaga and Cómpeta
  • GPX files available to download

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Jim Ryan Cicerone author RYAN

By Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan is a chartered civil engineer with a passion for the outdoors, who has had several successful guidebooks and two works of fiction published. He has a particular interest in geology and a love of mountains. Aconcagua made a significant impression on him on his first journey there, with an expedition in 1999, and he returned on two further expeditions. Jim has been climbing the mountains of Andalucía for over 20 years. This guidebook is his way of repaying Nerja and Andalucía for many years of pleasure; his share of the proceeds from its sales go to local charities in Nerja.

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