Top natural pools and rivers to visit in Malaga

Previously I wrote a post about free thermal waters in Andalusia, this time it’s the turn of the crystal clear natural pools in Malaga. All for fighting the high temperatures for free during the summer. Do you want a refreshing bath? Continue reading…

Do you prefer beach or mountain holidays? What about if you don’t have to decide? Hiking trails don’t use to be recommended during the summer, except in the cases where there are natural pools or rivers you can walk through.

Recommended gear when hiking through rivers

I recommend you to get ready, even more if you want to walk through any of the recommended rivers. It is a good idea to bring a waterproof backpack and the most important, shoes you can use inside the water.

There are special shoes for walking on rocks through rivers but many people prefer to use just old shoes. I guess it depends in how many times you want to practice this activity.

Natural pool in El Chorro

This natural pool is made of the water from Guadalhorce river. Amazing natural views and many water activities to practice.

Activities in El Chorro

This place is located near Desfiladero de los Gaitanes and Caminito del Rey, both known because the amazing sightpoints.

For getting to El Chorro from Malaga by car you must take the road  MA-5403.

Exact map location: https://goo.gl/maps/qguqW2dry5t

Hiking through Chillar river

The walking trail of Chillar river is very popular, that’s why it could not be as quiet as years ago. Being a popular place is not a reason for not including it into this list as it has a great beauty and a few natural pools where you can bath.

Río Chillar

This route is in the Natural Park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. For getting there you must take the coastal road N-340 heading to Nerja and continue until you find the road signal Parque de la Naturaleza.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/FPC8gUSZ3oz

Natural slides of Río Verde (Green River)

Between the municipalities of Nerja and Almuñecar in Granada, it is the Barranco de Chorreras in Rio Verde.

For getting to the natural pool and slides you must follow the hiking trail starting at the foot of the gorge.

There are Canyoning activities you can join online. Some of the webs offering activities in Rio Verde for all ages are:  Activitiesmarbella.es (English) or barranquismorioverde.com (Spanish)

barranquismo en Río Verde

For getting there you must take the road a-4050, a mountain road with amazing views. You can get to that road from Almuñecar if you take the N-340 or from the highroad A-92 when heading to Granada from Malaga.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/9A6DL8dtFFL2

El Charco Frio in Benaojan (Cold Pond)

In the mountain range of Sierra de Grazalema is the municipality with a great natural environment and hiking routes. At the beginning of the route you will find a signal post, you must head to the left for reaching the Cueva del Gato, where is the natural pool with crystal clear waters. The right path will lead you to the train station of the next municipality by following the riverbed, also very recommended.

Cueva del Gato

The name of Cold Pond is because the low temperature of the water as it comes from an underground channel.

If you like speleology, there are  nice routes with underground waterfalls. It is only recommended for trained people, there are important currents that make it a dangerous place for neophytes. If you are interested there are websites that offer their services for doing these activities.

For getting there you must take the road A-343 and A-367 heading ro Ronda.

Activities in Cueva del Gato (*):  Alijibe.com (Spanish)

(*) Entering the interior either as a person or as a guided group requires official permission and it is not always available.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/PRWkeM3YNGw

Natural pools in Barranco Blanco, Coin

Two great natural pools you should visit are in Coin, a municipality in Sierra de Mijas mountain range.

It is not possible to get direct access to to this place by car, you have to go by foot or using a bicycle. The easy way for getting there is driving to Alhaurin el Grande and then take the road A-387 to Coin. Before getting there you will see a signal post indicating the direction to Barranco Blanco. You can park the car near the bridge crossing the river.

Piscinas naturales en Barranco Blanco, Coín

The short hiking trail follows the riverbed of Alaminos river and will show you waterfalls and natural pools where having a good bath.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZgYTYsQsXPP2

Natural pool of Viñas in Ojen

Ojen is a municipality close to Marbella, there you can get to the natural pool of Viñas.

I haven’t visited this pool personally but I read that is a quiet place.

For getting there from Malaga you must head to Marbella and take the exit to Ojen. The natural pool is on the foot of the municipal cemetery after descending the stairs.

Charco de las Viñas en el Río Ojén

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/i38FvCSjWk32

Charca de las Nutrias in Estepona

This natural pool (Pond of Otters) has enough depth so that even some swimmers dare to jump from the top of a rock that is at high altitude.

There are some small waterfalls and different areas where you can bath.

For getting there you must walk a rising dirt trail next to the river.

Charca de las nutrias en Estepona

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/5LgdcyomNxJ2

Pozas del Padrón in Estepona

Also known as Charca de las Extranjeras (Foreigners Pond). A cool hiking route  by a river is always fancy, even more if there are natural pools where you can have some fun.

Charca de las Extranjeras en Estepona

For getting there by car you have to take the highway A-7 and the exit to ‘Escuela de Arte Ecuestre de la Costa del Sol’. After 6 kilometers you will find a place where parking the car, the first natural pool is around 300 metres far from there.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/Bf9BsvjmjtF2

Charca de las Mozas in Benahavis

The main pool is more than 4 metres depth, that’s why some visitors dare to jump from the higher rocks into the water. There are other 2 smaller ponds where swiming next to the main one.

The river itself is part of a nice hiking route you can try.

Charca de las Mozas en Benahavis

It is close to the urban area and a busy road so it might not be a quiet place.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/G55wdofshWG2

Charco del Canalón en Istán

This natural pond is in the Rio Verde Valley. Visitors can enjoy also a refreshing hiking route though the river.

There are several pounds, some of them with small currents while others are quiet, ideal for relaxing. No doubt this is a good place to enjoy with friends or family.

For getting there you must take the exit to Istan from the highway A-7. You can park near the hotel Altos de Istan.

Location in map:  https://goo.gl/maps/mTEQu41YZ7x

Charco Redondo (Round Pond)

Between Algatocin and Jubrique municipalities you will find a bridge crossing the Genal river, very near there is a natural pond with a shore that feel like a beach.

They have made a small dam for making the pond larger and keeping the water inside. Very near of this place there is a camping area and a typical restaurant where you can eat.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/p4jLkCEY9tw

Higuerón River Trail

In Frigiliana (near Nerja) you will find several hiking trails. One of them is the recommended Higueron River Trail.

A 8 kilometres trail where you will find waterfalls and crystal clear waters.

You will need shoes and a waterproof back-pack or similar where storing the electronic devices.

Infierno and Paloma ponds

Infierno Pond is a very singular place with great natural beauty. There are a few small waterfalls and it is surrounded by rock formations.

Charca del Infierno en Manilva

The hiking trail is in most areas through the river, because a great part of the route is within canyons It could be dangerous if the forecast says it might rain. Very close of this location you will find the Hedionda termal baths and the Paloma pond.

I recommend you visiting the three natural pools in the area, including the Hedionda Baths, a termal water pool. Find the area in this map:  https://goo.gl/maps/5fMJqQNN8ET2

If you want to know everything about free termal water pools in Andalucia, check my other post in the blog.

Historical cemeteries in Malaga, alternative tourism

Malaga has an enormous amount of places to visit, but surely a visit to a cemetery wouldn’t even cross our minds during our stay…a cemetery isn’t exactly a touristy place, and we generally wish not to have to visit one while we’re alive…however, we’ll find not one, but several cemeteries in Malaga that are well worth a visit as they’re declared cultural value.

Cementerio Inglés (English Cemetery)

It’s the oldest protestant cemetery in Spain and also known as the ‘cementerio de San Jorge’ (St. George’s cemetery), built as from the year 1821 for the British merchants that arrived at Malaga willing to make a fortune, and the truth is that Malaga had great commercial importance in the 19th century.

English cemetery Malaga

Many of the English merchants that arrived to the province were protestants, and back then, most of those burials as they weren’t catholic, were done on the beach at night. This situation remained until 1824, with the arrival of William Mark, the new British consul, when they began the construction by the sea of what we now know as the English Cemetery (Cementerio Inglés).

In first place, we must highlight the cemetery’s first patio that has a great monument dedicated to the family of the British consul. If we continue walking and we reach the second terrace, we will come to a funerary monument in honour to the marines of the Gneisenau Frigate, a ship that sank just off the Malaga coasts around the year 1900 and the remains of the poet Jorge Guillen.

In the area of the primitive cemetery we’ll find the oldest graves covered with shells. One of the first graves there belonged to Robert Boyd, a young man who was executed on the beaches of Malaga in 1831 for defending and participating economically in the defence of freedom. In that same area of the cemetery we’ll also find the remains of the British writer Gerald Brennan and his wife.

Visiting this cemetery

The entrance is free, but we do recommend you leave a donation to support the cemetery’s maintenance. There are guided visits during the day and at night that began to be offered not long ago.

Today, this cemetery is also a botanical garden, although the thing that most draws our attention is the amount of old and artistic graves that we’ll find there, with different styles from the neo-gothic to the modernist.

There use to be Halloween activities or special events during the White Night in Malaga.

To know more about the English cemetery: http://www.cementerioinglesmalaga.org/ (Spanish)

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/TgERpv9cxNo

Casabermeja’s Cemetery

Casabermeja cementeryPlanned as a small typical Andalusian town, the cemetery of Casabermeja is built with its streets and squares.

Declared as cultural interest and built during the 18th century, it’s undoubtedly worth a visit to explore its white narrow streets.

This is yet another aspect of Malaga and its history that not everybody knows about.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/aX9PMXsGAuN2

Sayalonga Cemetery

The particularity of this cemetery is the circular disposition and the mason symbols in the construction. One of the most important symbols is the octagonal plant which gives the place a unique identity, but there are many more symbols yet you can find out.

The possible construction date is from 1840 by the same architect of Malaga Cathedral. The constructor was probably mason, which could be the reason behind leaving the mark in the cemetery.

Will there be more hidden secrets inside?

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1umupqtdyq12

Sayalonga cemetery

San Miguel Cemetery in Malaga

This cemetery, close to Malaga city centre, is one of the main monumental cemeteries in Spain. It has been the main burial-place since the 19th Century.

San Miguel cemetery

The construction of this cemetery as well as many others was result of the prohibition at the end of the 18th century of using the churches and convents as burial-place for the most wealthy class. Since then they worry about giving a more monumental look to the place where they will rest for the eternity.

If you like architecture and sculpture, this cemetery is a recommended visit.

Among the most featured pantheons from this cemetery

  • Heredia family pantheon: Built in 1852 with a neo-Gothic style and where the Heredia family rest in peace.
  • Larios family pantheon: Built in 1877 is where the Larios family rest in peace, one of the most influencing in Malaga.
  • Felix Saenz pantheon: Build in 1933 with a great architectonic value.
  • Salvador Barroso pantheon: Built in 1844 is the first pantheon built in this cemetery.

Where to find the San Miguel Cemetery: https://goo.gl/maps/7p35Qv3tif12

Casares Cemetery

This is a small white village of Moorish origin that you should not miss when visiting the province. It is here where you will find the Hediondo Roman Baths and remains from a past that have survived until today.

Casares Cemetery

The Casares Cemetery is within the walls of an ancient Andalusian fortress. The main characteristic of this cemetery are the white graves in a rounded distribution surrounded by the typical town villas.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7xD5Yy4Jxf82

Alora Cemetery

This cemetery is located within the walls of an ancient fortress. The Andalusian fortress was built over the remains of a roman one that was also built over a Phoenician one. Without any doubt this was a very defensive location that everyone wanted to take advantage from. This advanced defensive power made very complicated its conquest by Christian armies.

Alora Cemetery

On the own fortress entrance did happen a success that became a legend, it is known as the Romance of Alora and can be read on a plaque placed next to the entry.

Without any doubt Alora Cemetery  has a great historical weight that you can breathe in the air.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/18jjDbdQbRE2

Benadalid Cemetery

This cemetery is mixed with the history and environment of this municipality. It is located within the walls of a roman fortress. The surrounding walls have been witness of the passage of time from a privileged place.

Benadalid Cemetery

The castle was built during the 2nd Century because of the need of a defensive fortress due the growing commerce with Seville and Algeciras. Visigoths, Arabs and Catholics occupied it contributing with different reformations. Finally it was adquired by the hometown in the year 1821. It would end becoming the municipal cemetery until today with around 300 graves.

The castle area is also used for the celebration of the popular festivity ‘Moors and Christians’ celebrated the 26th of August for 2 days. A theatre representation of a warlike legend happened in 1501.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9j6kPNZpTbA2

Something from Malaga’s history not everyone knows.

Limited tickets for sale for the Caminito del Rey from March

Since 28th of March are available 100,000 tickets for Caminito del Rey (King’s Path). There is a limit of 300.000 yearly visitors. Do you want to know more?

Caminito del Rey

100,000 tickets for the summer have been put up for sale since the 28th of March . These tickets can be purchased at points of sale, travel agencies or from the official website.

Remember that the maximum visitors allowed are 300,000 per year and 1100 visitors per day. If you want to do the tour, it is advisable to buy the ticket in advance.

More than 15000 tickets have been sold already just after a few days for the summer season (June, July, August and September). During the first 15 minutes more than 4000 people reserved their visit. I can guess than the first tickets to be sold out are those corresponding to the weekend for the available months.

 In the first two years of activity the Caminito del Rey (King’s Path) has reached 600,000 visitors. English, Dutch, German and French are the top tourists heading the list.

Who visit the King’s Path?

The Caminito del Rey (King’s Path) is a great tourist attraction in the province of Malaga that you should not miss.

The first two years this place attracted 600.000 visitors. English, Dutch, German and French are the main visitors but they are coming from everywhere. Nevertheless it is not uncommon to find visitors from China, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, the United States and even Costa Rica or Kuwait.

Among the Spaniards the King’s Path  is quite popular among visitors from Madrid. Closely are the residents of Malaga, Cordoba and Seville.

This attraction of Malaga will have a guided tour adapted for people with reduced vision.

Caminito del Rey and people with reduced vision

This tourist attraction will have a guided tour for people with reduced vision. Test is underway to offer this service soon so more people will be able to enjoy the height feeling through other senses as hearing and touch.

A scale model will provide the touch characteristics of the route.

Interpretation Centre of Caminito del Rey in August

From August onwards the Interpretation Centre of the Caminito del Rey will be available. You will find it in the access from Ardales.

It has a large capacity car park for up to 200 cars and 17 buses.

In this place tourists can buy souvenirs, useful stuff for the tour as well as get all the information you might need to enjoy to the most the experience of walking the King’s Path.

More information and ticket buy

For more information you can visit our section dedicated to Caminito del Rey and Gaitanes Gorge.

We also have a blog entry with a virtual tour of Caminito del Rey.

The price of the basic ticket is € 10, if you want a guided tour then the price is € 18 and the ticket for a bus returning to the starting point is € 1.55 (the walking route is one-way)

To buy tickets you can do it online from the official website: https://reservas.caminitodelrey.info

This weekend: Excursion to Ardales!

By now, probably most of the readers will be wondering where is Ardales (foto) and why is it worth an excursion. Questions I will answer in the following lines.

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Visiting Ardales in February

Ardales is a small white village of 2,600 inhabitants, winding streets and whitewashed houses located about 450 m above sea level in the North-west of the province of Málaga, about 50 km from the capital of the Costa del Sol and 63 km from Marbella.

I will tell you what activities are on Sunday February 5th, but continue reading to find out why this is a place that worth a visit all year round, and a lot!

Ardales is a beautiful town with some of the most important natural and archaeological sites in the province. The town lies at the foot of a steep hill on which are still preserved the ruins of an ancient fortress.

Just 5 km from the village is situated the Trinidad Grund Cave, with Paleolithic cave paintings, which can be visited by appointment. Also located nearby are the ruins of the Moorish castle Bobastro.

But Ardales is probably best known for its spectacular nature: The Gaitanes Gorge, very popular among nature lovers, hikers and climbers; and the Natural Park of the Guadalhorce reservoirs.

Sounds good enough? Let’s see what you will find if you decide to go the next Sunday.

Ardales festivity fair

typical gastronomy in ArdalesThis Sunday, February 5th, takes place one of the most traditional festivals in the village, the Feast of the pig slaughter, one of the gastronomic events in the province of Malaga. Visitors can enjoy for free all kinds of locally produced pork products such as sausage, salami, chorizo, meat portions and pork stew.

Also there are musical performances, a traditional product market and a craft market. This Souk in Ardales, with completely handmade products, takes place from 10 am until 5 pm.

Apart from enjoying the party, stroll around the lovely and well maintained old town.

ardales-vistas

Getting to Ardales:

This wonder is less than an hour from the main municipalities of the Costa del Sol. It is worth a day trip to discover the enormous beauty and variety of the province, a few kilometres from the hustle and bustle of the coast.

Ardales is 50 kilometres from Malaga on the A-357 and 63 km from Marbella on the A-355 and A-357.

Assuming you are getting there from the Costa del Sol, take the A-7 road until the exit towards A-357 (Cártama and Parque Tecnológico). Follow the A-357 until the exit sign of Ardales.

In the following map you can see the route that you must take to go by car.

February – The month of the Almond Blossom and Springtime in Malaga

The cold season is gone, now we can see the increase in temperatures as February approaches. It is late January and early February when we find the first signs of spring in Malaga.

almond-blossom-ronda

One of the first signs that let us know of the imminent arrival of spring is the Almond Blossom.

Spring weather in Malaga

The cold season experienced in mid-January is uncommon on the Costa del Sol. In the province of Malaga, whose shores are caressed by the Mediterranean Sea and a benevolent climate all year round, winter is practically non-existent and at worst  usually lasts a few days.

While even a good part of the peninsula is covered with a white blanket, autumn changes almost imperceptibly into spring; a spring that begins to take shape at the beginning of February.

One of the first signs that let us know of the imminent arrival of spring is the Almond Blossom.

A hiking trail can show the walker landscapes where the colour that stands out is the soft pinks and whites of the almond trees. A true delight for your senses.

Spring hikes while visiting Malaga in February

If you visit Málaga in February, whether it is during Valentine’s Day, the Carnival, or just to escape for a few days from the firm grip of the winter in your place of origin, I recommend to visit some of the white villages to enjoy the Almond Blossom.

Especially recommended are the regions of the Axarquia, the Guadalhorce Valley, Sierra de las Nieves and Montes de Malaga in February, all only a few kilometres from the coast.

The so-called Ruta de los Almendros (Almond route) runs along some picturesque places and villages of the Guadalhorce Valley, also known as the Orchard of Malaga. Towns along this route are Almogía, Alora (Natural Area Desfiladero de los Gaitanes) and Cartama, where you can also enjoy products made of almonds.

Almond route in Malaga

Another route takes us through the beautiful valley and the mountains of Guadalteba, to the municipalities of Carratraca or Ardales; or Sierra de las Nieves (north of Marbella) and the villages of Tolox and Guaro.

Also the easternmost Costa del Sol, with its highest mountains in the province offers at this time of year beautiful countryside in white and pink. In the so-called Axarquia, we can see fields of almond trees in the villages of Arenas and Daimalos (northeast of Velez-Malaga) or Totalan (east of Malaga capital).

Other towns in the Axarquia, where you can enjoy beautiful views of almond blossoms are Moclinejo, Macharaviaya, Comares, Riogordo, Periana, Alfarnate, Colmenar (to the north between Malaga city and Velez-Malaga ) and Algarrobo or Sayalonga (east of Velez-Malaga).

Activities during February in Malaga

Those who come to Malaga in February can find interesting activities:

Soup of the 7 branches in El Burgo on February 28

On the 28th, February, an event scheduled for the Day of Andalusia takes place in the municipality of El Burgo. The traditional event ‘Sopa de los 7 ramales’, is very interesting for all of you who want to enjoy the most typical gastronomy of this white village. This festivity has been declared Tourist Singularity of the province of Malaga.

This typical dish of El Burgo served in the past as food for the peasants, is made with the following products of the municipality: traditional bread, garlic, potato, tomato, asparagus, egg and pepper.

The name of this soup comes from the 7 fresh ingredients used in the cooking.

In addition to the tasting of this soup there will be various activities scheduled for all audiences. Guided tours or musical activities as well as a craft market, everything you need to spend a day in this picturesque town of Malaga with family and children or with friends.

The village, in the Sierra de las Nieves, is an ideal place for practicing hiking. Some of the highlights that I recommend you to visit if you like nature is the waterfall of the river Turon and the recreational area of ​​La Fuensanta.

Day of Andalusia on February 28

In addition to El Burgo festival there are many events and activities that you can do on February 28, Andalucia day and holiday in this autonomous community.

Torremolinos, Marbella, Malaga and many other municipalities celebrating the Andalucia day with food and handcrafted stands as well as live music and traditional dancing.

The Benalmadena Cable Car offers a hiking trail 800 meters above sea level

Benalmadena Cable car opens again in 2017 on Friday, February 17th. The opening time will be from 11am to 6pm and it will open every day of the week*.

Cable car ticket also gives you access to a birds show, some of the birds are griffon vulture, white head eagle or owls among others.

The journey time of the cabins is 15 minutes.

cable-car-benalmadena

*The schedule is valid until April 1st. For details about the opening times in later months you can check the official page here.

Hiking in Monte Calamorro

From the summit of Calamorro Mountain you can walk a hiking path with a guide. The path crosses a part of this Malaga mountain at around 800 meters above the sea level.

The hiking route features a comfortable walk among pines and typical Mediterranean vegetation where enjoying a natural environment and pure air.

family-friendly-hikes

If you decide to walk this route without guide person, there are marked paths which will head you to different viewpoints. I recommend bringing a camera with you to immortalize the beautiful views of the Costa del Sol, Sierra Nevada and even the African coast on clear days.

  • This hiking route is 3 km. long and will take approximately 1 hour and a half.
  • Route difficulty is low so it is recommended for everyone.

For getting to this hiking route at Calamorro Mountain you can take the cable car for getting to the summit or use any of the trails from Benalmadena or Torremolinos, although this option is not for everyone because of the distance and the steepness of the terrain.

One of the most popular routes you can do from any direction is from Calamorro Mountain summit to Cañada del Lobo (Wolf’s Gorge), just 2.5 kilometers large.

canada-del-lobo-torremolinos

Calamorro Mountain services

The cable car joining Arroyo de la Miel with Calamorro Mountain summit has leads to the appearance of services and activities aimed to everyone:

  • Guided walks with a monitor
  • Rest areas
  • Viewpoints
  • Paragliding area
  • Bird’s shows included in the cable car price.
  • Restaurant and fast food.
  • In summer there is also an astronomical observation area.

Cable car prices

Buying a ticket online is cheaper than if you buy in person however website does not sell single trip tickets, you must buy it in person.

  • Adult round trip
    Price online 11,90€ – Price at desk: 14,50€
    Adult single trip: 8,50€
  • Round trip for children between 3 and 10 years old
    Price online 9,50€ – Price at desk: 11,00€
    Children single trip: 6,50€
  • Disabled round trip
    Price online: 8,90€ – Price at desk: 9,50€
    Single trip for disabled: 5,50€

In some special events there are promotional discounts or free tickets for some family members. I recommend you to follow this blog to be updated!

Restaurants and where to eat

There are eating places at both the cable car area in Arroyo de la Miel and the summit at Monte Calamorro:

  • Cafetería at the entrance of cable car
    In Arroyo de la Miel inside the cable car area there is a restaurant.
  • Cafetería at Calamorro Mountain summit
    In the arrival area of the cable car there is a café with beautiful views of the coast.
  • Fast food at the summit
    Small kiosk with hot dogs, pizzas, ice cream and drinks.

How to get to Calamorro Mountain and the Cable car in Benalmadena

There are two options, one of them is using the cable car in Benalmadena, another is using your own vehicle or walking directly to the summit.

If you are going to use the cable car there is a free parking area close to Tivoli World, from there you can go by foot.

Do not own a vehicle? Then you can go by train to Arroyo de la Miel (use the commuter train), the cable car is at 5 minutes by foot heading to Tivoli World.

Aditionally if you prefer going to the Calamorro Mountain by foot the approximate distance is 6 kilometres from the train station. The terrain is quite steep so be advised. It is only recommended if you know what you are doing and you are in good shape.

For visitors reviews and map location visit: https://goo.gl/maps/7DecSpLgoY62

For more information please visit the Cable Car Benalmadena web site at http://telefericobenalmadena.com/?lang=en

This is part of our family friendly hikes in Malaga.

5 Easy hiking trails in Malaga for family trips

Malaga is surrounded by mountains, all kind of hiking trails ideal for nature lovers. In this article I will recommend some easy hiking trails that can be made all year round and even with children, perfect routes for going with family or spend a nice day with friends.

family-friendly-hikes

Winter, autumn or summer activities, a chance to teach your children the beauty of this province by practicing any of the trails below. Those trails have a common characteristic, they are not difficult nor too long, perfect hiking trails for all ages.

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Hiking trail in Sierra Bermeja

There is an easy path on this mountain range where you can enjoy a beautiful Pinsapo forest; a Pinsapo is a tree specie that has managed to survive millions of years.

The hiking path ‘Paseo de los Pinsapos’ (Pinsapos walk). It is well signed and starts with a descent; pay attention, you might be able to spot any of the species that live in this area: mountain goat, chameleon or Andalusian lizard among others.

  • Collection of plants is not allowed.
  • One way distance is 4.1 km.
  • The best way for getting there is from Estepona heading to Jubrique. La mejor ruta para llegar es desde Estepona tomando dirección a Jubrique). At the road cross at the mountain port ‘Puerto de Peñas Blancas’ you must take the road signed to Pico de los Reales, the hiking trail begins from one of the curves of this road.

Sierra Bermeja

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/dhQSFfjiJpv

Hiking path in Marbella

In the Dunes of Artola begins this hiking trail, exactly at the parking where you must leave the car.

Along the route you will be able to see some fossils dunes, others are the moving dunes that can change their place depending on weather factors.

  •  Surface is tough and without unevenness, it is a path recommended for everyone.
  • Because being close to the beach you can take a bath if it is too hot.
  • For getting there you must take the road exit to Cabopino from the highway between Mijas and Marbella.

Dunas de Artola en Marbella

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/LtVbKgU1tkF2

Visiting the Guadalhorce river mouth

In the past it was a Phoenician port and actually it’s a natural place with its own flora and fauna.

It is a perfect place for going with family and walk enjoying the day.

  • The route has bird spotting stands.
  • For getting there you must head to Guadalmar, between Torremolinos and Málaga.

Desembocadura del río Guadalhorce

Map and how to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/2VZF3EbbPcr

Fuente de Piedra Lagoon

The perfect season for visiting Fuente de Piedra Lagoon is between autumn and spring, a place where enjoying this natural reserve and finding an important population of aquatic birds.

This lagoon has been an important salt resource since Roman times until the middle of the 20th century. Actually it is a wetland where you will find one of the most important flamenco colonies in Europe.

For getting to this lagoon you must head to Casabermeja from Malaga, drive surrounding Antequera by the North driving through the A-47 and the A-92 roads until you get to the Fuente de Piedra exit.

Foto de flamencos en Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/LNBVxwpq73t

Hiking in Malaga Mountains

Lagar de Torrijos place is at the North of the Natural Park of Malaga Mountains. It is an area from where you can have a nice walk by a dense pines forest.

It is a nice family route, you can make a round day if you try the typical ‘Plato de los Montes’ dish.

Montes de Malaga

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/CPsG3pzERV92

More hiking trails

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Those are just some of the easy hiking trails in Malaga for going with family or friends, there are many more. If you want to know more about Natural Parks and hiking routes in Malaga and Andalucia check our guides.

Activities in Malaga in October and November

While this month temperatures are around 13ºC in cities like London or 9ºC in Munich, on the Costa del Sol you can enjoy a warm 20ºC today. A pleasant temperature that helps doing many activities in Malaga during the months of October and November.

According to statistics from the major airlines operating at Malaga airport there is expected significant growth in both domestic and international flights. I thought it would be a good idea to do a review of interesting activities you can do during these months.

autumn-trees

The first rains of the autumn and the pleasant temperature invite us to meet with the natural and rural environment of the province, feel like trying?

Autumn activities in Malaga

While for an European going to the beach in October or November still a good choice, the Spanish might want to try the sunny days with some rural or monumental tourism.

My older blog post about some of the best places you can visit in Malaga during the year is a clear example of the wide variety of choices in the province, but there are many more.

Nature lovers can enjoy the magnificent Natural Parks of the province. The temperature is perfect for walking outdoors and the few raining during these months will help for vegetation to take a showy colour.

Sierra de las Cabras and Torcal de Antequera

In this environment you can appreciate the colourful landscape I wrote about in the paragraph above. The autumn raining paints the mountain with beautiful colours for the enjoyment of those who fancy walking on any of its paths.

Don’t know how to get there? https://goo.gl/maps/zv6s17MyMuP2

El Torcal is one of those places which will amaze you, but there are many other places to visit in Antequera.torcal-antequera

Ronda

Ronda in my opinion is a must visit, the landscape view from there is simply amazing and you need to see it in person.

Recently I meet a French couple walking back to the airport for a departure check-in. It was their first visit to Malaga and they were lost so asked me for helping. We had a little conversation about their visit feelings while walking to the airport, they indeed loved Malaga and visited many places…but they missed Ronda!

Don’t make the same mistake as them and do not forget to visit the ‘Puente Nuevo’ for taking some of the representative images of this municipality, from there and from the viewpoint near the park you will enjoy amazing views.

Caminito del Rey (King’s Path)

I think the best season to enjoy visiting and walking Caminito del Rey is during the Autumn or Spring. You must book online and it’s worth your time, but take in consideration that those who fear the heights may have to think twice about visiting it.

Hiking and rural tourism

Autumn is without any doubt the perfect season to discover the interior of the province and enjoy all it has to offer. Unique places to visit and recommended also to the own locals who can do it on any weekend.

You can go to visit the ‘Cueva del Gato’, ‘Treasure Cave’, ‘Nerja Caves’…each of those caves have their own story and legends, including hidden treasures.

If what you like is walking and exercising, some paths like the one from Benaojan to Jimera de Libar will gift you a little of magic for your memories.

In Facebook some groups organize hiking routes from many of the white villages in Malaga, if you don’t have someone to go with it might be a good choice.

One active group I found is:

https://es-es.facebook.com/senderismopormalaga/

Sierra de las Nieves

What is better than a video to show you what Sierra de las Nieves has to offer during the year.

Autumn festivals and celebrations

There is a festival every month in Malaga at any of its villages, you want to know them?

Beginning of October is the Fuengirola Fair, a festivity week.

Middle of October is the San Pedro de Alcantara fair, next to Marbella.

First of November is the popular festivity ‘Dia del Toston’ in Marbella

Halloween is celebrated in Malaga province with many events, you can check further about this festivity in my other post.

Do you have any recommendation?

Hiking routes, strolling the city centre, visiting the white villages and enjoying the gastronomy…what is your favourite choice during autumn in Malaga?

10 recommended locations to visit in Malaga

10-locations-not-to-missIf you visit the province there are 10 tourist attractions in Malaga you cannot miss; whether spring, summer, autumn or winter, these are feasible locations throughout the year and where it is mandatory to bring your camera and enjoy the experience.

Many web visitors ask me what they can do during the winter in Malaga and here I present 10 locations which can be visited during winter and summer but there are many more so it is recommendable to follow us and be attentive to our upcoming posts.

Top 10 locations to visit in Malaga

You can click on each map to see it larger.

mapa casco-antiguo1. Historical city centre of Malaga
Stroll and visit shops, monuments or any of the museums situated in the historical district.

A breakfast or a coffee in one of the terraces is another good option and is something you can do throughout the year.

Calle Larios and Calle Granada are two of the main streets of the city centre.

Mapa Castillo Gibralfaro2. Gibralfaro Castle and Alcazaba
Symbol of Malaga and place where you can take some of the best pictures of the city; in fact the most representative photo of Malaga where you can see the port and the Bullring of La Malagueta has been taken from this place.

Inside there is also a museum with remains found in the area.

mapa teatro-romano3. Roman Theatre
Built in the first century BC and discovered by accident during construction work next to the Alcazaba, it is currently refurbished and in perfect condition to be visited.

Ideal to sit on the steps before or after visiting the Alcazaba and feel like you’re in another time.


mapa muelle-uno4. Pier One (Muelle Uno)
A good place to find restaurants and regain strength. Not far from Pier One at the Port it is located a giant Ferris wheel from which to take some spectacular pics of the city.


mapa cueva-nerja5. Cueva de Nerja
The cave is at some distance from Malaga city but very close to the Balcon de Europa so if you visit one of the two, you can visit the other at one go.
If you go during the summer it is a good idea to plan the day in Nerja and enjoy some of its beaches.


mapa torcal-antequera6. Torcal and Dolmens of Antequera
Nature can provide beautiful landscapes; there is available an easy route if you like natural spaces and walking.

If you are in the area you cannot miss the opportunity to discover the Archaeological compound Dolmens of Antequera built approximately during the Copper Age (2500 BC); you can also visit the Wolf Park, a guided tour in a natural park in Andalusia to watch the wolves and take pretty pictures.


mapa desfiladero-gaitanes7. Gaitanes Gorge and Caminito del Rey
If you decide to visit Ronda (you should not miss it), along the way you will pass by the Gaitanes Gorge.

To visit the Caminito del Rey you need to have a reservation.

Do not forget your camera or you’ll regret it.


mapa ardales8. Ardales
Before getting to Ronda you can make a stop in this beautiful white village for lunch.

Very recommended visit if you like good food and situated midway of El Chorro and Ronda.


mapa puente-nuevo-ronda9. New Bridge in Ronda
What to say about this representative monument of Ronda, a place to take pictures and where to take them.

Take the opportunity to stroll through the city, walk the streets and have a coffee in the square.

If you have time you can visit the Museo del Bandolero (Bandit Museum).


mapa puerto-banus10. Puerto Banus
Place of luxury and exclusivity in the Costa del Sol par excellence; if you come to Malaga don´t hesitate to visit Puerto Banus, maybe even you come across someone famous.


Are you missing something here in our list? Share it with us!

Caminito del Rey in Google Street View

Caminito del Rey, a trail now known worldwide for its beautiful views and past danger, has caught the attention of the giant Google which has digitized the path for its popular application Google Street View.

caminito del rey map

The application of Google allows the user a panoramic view and horizontal movement along a path of preset images, something that has already been used in such sights as the pyramids of Egypt or the world’s major cities and which allow the curious observer the feeling of somehow visiting the place.

Without doubt this is good news for those among the lucky ones who have already visited and want to remember the path or those who are expecting their turn to do so.

Caminito del Rey is a popular tourist attraction which has recently been refurbished and for which you have to book the visit from their website (http://www.caminitodelrey.info), although it has been very successful and currently there is no availability for the tour.

The tour takes between 4 and 5 hours depending on the pace, it is a linear path so when you reach the end, you have to take a bus to take you to the starting point or walk back which will take you in total 6 hours return trip.

If you choose to start from Alora keep in mind that a large part of the route is uphill, however if you decide to start in Ardales it is downhill, so it will take less time to walk it.

If you still haven´t got your ticket do not worry, the Caminito del Rey is located in a beautiful natural area which you can enjoy without reservation and free of charge and enjoy the cuisine of the villages.

How to get to Caminito del Rey

You can take a regional train from Malaga train stopping at El Chorro. Another option is by road to Ardales.

Opening time is 10 am to 2 pm during November to March and until 5 pm between April and October.