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

Ermita de San Isidro

The Ermita is a small chapel, or shrine, located on top of a decent-sized ridge, giving some excellent views of Nerja and the surrounding countryside. San Isidro is the patron saint of farm workers, and celebrations in his honour take place throughout Spain on the 15th of May each year. This route takes you across the River Chillar and along paths and tracks until you reach the ridge where the chapel is situated. The return route brings you back a different way, crossing another riverbed (the Rio Seco, or Dry River) and then through avocado and lemon plantations until you reach the main road through Nerja again. 

The Old Drover Route

 

In addition, the Nerja Tourist Office produces a leaflet “The Sierra of Nerja and the Cliffs of Maro” and you can pick up a copy from the Tourist Information office in the town hall, near the Balcón de Europa. The sketched maps may not always be easy to follow and there are a few translation issues, but it does give you a wide range of routes to choose from in the area.

El Pinarillo

El Pinarillo is a picnic and barbeque area in the heart of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park and a popular base for ramblers and walkers.It is situated about 5kms inland from the Nerja Caves and to get there, just follow the track which starts to the left of the main entrance to the Nerja Caves.

Normally, although the route up to El Pinarillo is an unmade road and a little rough in places, a 4×4 is not essential. However heavy rains this winter have made the road very uneven and not suitable for passing unless in a 4x4. The situation may change if the road is repaired. Access by bicycle or on foot is still possible. Once at the picnic area, there is ample parking. There are purpose-built barbeque areas and play areas for the kids.

nerja viewFrom El Pinarillo, the world is your oyster as far as walking and exploring the countryside is concerned. Long walks, short walks, whatever you want, and the views are fabulous.

Or just spend a leisurely day having a picnic or barbecue and enjoying the fresh air! There is plenty of flora and fauna – masses of butterflies, especially in the Spring, wild mountain goats, lizards, snakes, wild orchids and a host of other colourful wildflowers.

Please note, however, that vehicular access to the National Park, including up to El Pinarillo, is restricted between June and October and barbecues are not permitted during this period. This is due to strict fire regulations now in place to prevent forest fires during at a time when the countryside tends to be tinder dry. You can still enter on foot, bicycle or horseback. El Pinarillo is the starting point for several of the Tourist Office walking routes.

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