Walking - Spain Away View of Acebuchal
Walking - Spain Away Acebuchal
Walking - Spain Away El Fuerte
Walking - Spain Away Sierra de Almijara
Walking - Spain Away Sierra de Almijara

With its unique position between the Sierra Almijara mountains and the Mediterranean, Nerja makes an ideal place to stay for those who like to mix more active pursuits in with their sunbathing! 

Nerja lies at the foot of the Sierra Almijara, and the most eastern part of this mountain range is known locally as the Sierra of Nerja. The landscape is quite unique for the Malaga coast in that here there are high mountains very close to the sea; in fact it seems that they plunge straight into the Mediterranean! This has the effect of creating sheltered sandy coves and a spectacular rugged coastline.

mountain walkingNerja is an ideal choice for your base, as you are right by the mountains but at the same time you are not staying 'in the middle of nowhere'. You have all the amenities of a thriving town, such as supermarkets & chemists and a wide range of restaurants and bars to visit. 

In the evening Nerja is ideal for sampling the local cuisine and you can join the locals and tourists who gather on the "Balcon de Europa" which juts out into The Mediterranean Sea and has a colourful atmosphere with street entertainers and stalls from local artists.

The best time to walk in Andalucia is in the late spring early summer when the flowers are in bloom, and in early autumn to catch the migration of birds. The region lies on the most important migration route for birds from northern Europe to Africa and many exotic species pass through, or are permanently resident (such as griffon vultures and flamingos). However the generally sunny climate of Nerja makes walking attractive even in the winter months, and in the hot summer we offer river walks - to take advantage of the cooler temperatures by the water and, of course, giving you the opportunity to cool off in the water en route.

Guided Walks during your stay in Nerja

We can arrange guided walks for you during your stay with qualified, professional walking guides. They are Spanish and experts in the local area, but also speak English. Routes start in Nerja, from the supermarket car park just by the entrance to Capistrano Village, so if you are staying in that area you can walk to the meeting point, otherwise there is plenty of parking. Choose between longer (5-7 hour) hikes, tackling some of the peaks around the area or exploring the local villages, or less demanding routes in and around the local area.

Here are some examples of the routes that we offer:

El Fuerte (1,005m/3,300ft).

There is a waymarked route winding its way up onto the shoulders of this mighty mountain. On the way up we find remains of lime kilns and stone buildings where limestone was baked to extract the lime, which was then used to paint the houses in Frigiliana.

This famous mountain is crowned by the remains of an old Moorish fortification and in 1569 a battle took place here between the Christians and the some of the last remaining Moors. At 1000 meters high, this gives us incredible views of the coast and the Sierra Almijara Natural Park. 

el fuerte

Distance: 7.5 km (5 miles)
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 5 hours

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