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Walking Tours in Nerja

Walking Tours in Nerja

Nerja is one of the few attractive towns that you can walk in and within its municipal territory and still have a lot to enjoy. You can even walk all the way to the hills and explore its vast open spaces.

If you are new to this resort town, that might be one way you will get to really treasure its breathtaking scenery. And for that reason, you might want to check out some of these places that we found to be really attractive, unique and enjoyable to take walks in while in Nerja.

A Walk to Fuente Del Esparto (El Pinarillo)

Widely considered one of the best walking routes in Andalucía, you can access the route when you take the turn off to Cueva de Nerja (Nerja caves) from the N-340 coast road. Once at the car park entrance, take the lane to your left marked with a small pine tree. As you walk, the path begins to rise between low hills where you will find yourself in the Barranco de la Coladilla de losCazadores (Ravine of the hunter).

Two kilometres into your walk you will come to a fork in the path. The right side leads to the Cortijo de La Civila (La CivilaFarmhouse) through de Cuesta de Romero  (Romero Hill) while the left side will take you to the Esparto Fountain. As you continue through the Barranco de la Coladilla valley, you will encounter the beauty of pine trees, box woods and the amazing fragrance of rosemary and juniper bushes.

Walk on for two more kilometres after the La Civila fork and you will encounter the recreational area known as the little pine (El Pinarillo). Here you have access to drinking water and barbeques. The path to your left will lead you the Fuente del Esparto.

An alternative route can be found at the base of the Barranco de la Coladilla. Find the old Fabrica de San Joaquin (San Joaquin Factory) on the N-340 and follow the lane behind the factory. After a short wall, you will come across the Acueducto del Aguila (Eagle’s Aqueduct) which was used to carry water to the old factory. Turn right through atunnel that runs under the N-340 and left through a second tunnel.

You will find a ramp 100m on your right which will lead you into the natural park. Keep on the path until you enter the ravine where you may be lucky enough to see wild deer and ablack squirrel. Continue walking until you come to a steep hill with the forked lane at the top. The left lane will lead you to El Pinarillo and further left to the Fuente del Esparto.

A Walk to the Nerja Dam

Accessible from the mouth of river Chillar at El Playazo Beach or via Calle Picasso (a street above the Municipal Sports Center), getting to the Nerja Dam is a scenic walk with water that rises to your knees at some points if you should choose to wade into river Chillar.

Stick to the lane that hugs the crops of the Rio Chillar river until you emerge at the confluence of the river Higueron. Look out for the dry quarry on the hill which separates the two waterways. Behind this landmark, the river bed narrows into two lanes:  one to La TerceraFabrica (the Third Factory) and the other to a small hydroelectric station known as the Salto Grande (Great Jump).

The path here alternates between the river banks and will bring you to the Ford of the Ducks, locally known as El Vado de losPatos, after a considerable walk. This is a great spot for a dip. Further out, after approximately 2 kilometres of walking, the river will begin to widen and you can clearly see La Pressa (The Dam).

Situated on the right side of the river, the dam is accessible via the irrigation channels that run through the side of the Chillar Valley. These irrigation channels will take you to the Cueva de lasPalomas (Cave of the Doves) and finally to the TerceraFabrica, an approximate 8-kilometer walk. This route shows off the entire valley through which the river flows.

A walk Up the Hills: Cuesta del Cielo

This walk is for the fitter walking enthusiast. First up on this route is the Los Cortijos de la Civila (The farmhouses of La Civila). This is easy and can be cleared by car. Onwards to the Cuesta del Cielo (Hill of the Sky) you have to be on foot. The peak is 1505m with a steep ascent.

Once at the Camping de Nerja( TheNerja camping site) follow the lane through the pine grove until the ruins of the old house in a clearing to the left. Begin to ascend the olive grove keeping the stone wall on your right. This area is locally known as the Vina de Mario( Mario’s vineyard).

When you reach the last olive tree, you will notice a large pine with a path bordering the hill. Walking on the path you will find yourself winding halfway up the slope before climbing upwards towards the Cortijo de Juan El Molinero  (the farmhouse of John Miller). From up here, you have fantastic views of Nerja, Maro and the Torrox Lighthouse.

The path continues to La Civila from the Nerja Caves. La Civila is a group of houses clustered at the base of the hill. The trek from here to the Cuesta del Cielo is two hours long, peppered with magnificent views of the coast as you follow the path up the hillside. You will also see the Cerro Gordo, Punta de la Mona, the fertile valley of the Rio de la Miel as well as the peak known as La Cabeza del Caballo (the horses head).

The path continues on until it forks next to a dried tree. Follow the left fork to the mountain side. At this point, there is really no clear path so you will have to continue cross country until you reach the summit which is crowned with a mirrored cross. You will have been walking for approximately 9km at this point.