Walks & Maps
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THE AXARQUIA - the southeast part of Malaga province in which Nerja lies - is one of the most beautiful walking areas in Europe, but is still relatively undiscovered. The three-interlinked ranges behind us – the Sierras Almijara, Tejeda, and Alhama - boast 50 mountains higher than 914.4 metres, or 3,000 feet as they would say in the United Kingdom or USA. The Parque Natural encompassing these sierras is as large as Snowdonia National Park in Wales, or the Isle of Skye, Scotland. It offers wonderfully varied scenery in a place where it is very easy to get away from the crowd.
Nerja is a great base for all these trips, though you can of course stay in the white pueblos of Frigiliana, Cómpeta, Canillas de Albaida, Canillas de Aceituno and Salares before or after individual walks or clusters of them. Memo: there is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre at Sedella for the Parque Natural, and also one at Fornes, Granada province, on the north side.
It is possible to walk for many hours in rugged mountain scenery, through pine forest and maquis, through gorges where clear waters rush to the sea, catching only a rare glimpse of other humans, usually goatherds and their flocks. This is the domain of eagles, gryphon vultures, wild ibex, a profusion of wild flowers in season, and other nature lovers' delights. White mountain villages with welcoming bars, restaurants, inns and hotels await the weary walker at the end of a long day in the hills, or simply head back to the coast for a dip in the sea.
We stock local walking guides and maps, and can order them if they happen to be out of stock when you visit.
October 2017 news: Walkers take note that The Discovery Walking Guides book on the mountains behind us is at last available in print again, but under a new title, Walk! Costa del Sol (Axarquía). A 1:40,000-scale tour and trail map covering both the east and west Costa Del Sol on separate sides, but with a generous overlap, can be bought separately. It is a ‘super-durable’ version intended to be more resistant than plain paper to splitting or falling apart. It folds to a pocketable 120 mm by 240 mm.
Come and see us as soon as you get to Nerja. Or email us in advance for more details and to be sure that we have what you want when you need it.