Maximum 7 Walkers 7 Nights - 5 Walking Days
€849.00
Looking back on the Watchtowers Walk

Delightful Coastal Walks

Take a more extended look at the villages, towns, and mountains of the Axarquia region, east of the city of Malaga.

During this week, we will spend more time in the beautiful Sierra de Almijara Natural Park exploring the mountain ridges and rivers that run down to the coast, as well as visiting the Maro/Cerro Gordo Natural Park, and no visit to Axarquia is complete without the walk to the Moorish hilltop village of Comares.

How difficult?

If you are a regular walker, there should be nothing challenging on any of these walks. The walks are rated easy/moderate, with sections that may be steep and include some rough terrain underfoot.

When we set out each day, our walks are between 12 and 16 kilometres, with approximately 550 to 650 metres of ascent.

When to come

This holiday is available from January to May and then from September to December. The weather is generally consistent in those months, but both in May and September, the temperature can be near 30 degrees.

Are you unsure of when to come, or do you have dates that you prefer? Please look at our available dates; we have a wide range throughout the year.

Our photo album has great pictures from this walking week, and if you want to know more about what you will see on the walks, read our Blog article. 

 

Nearest Airport
Malaga (AGP) 40 min transfer time
Arrival
Saturday
Departure
Saturday
Hotel
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Breakfast
  • Packed Lunch (pre-order each day)
  • Welcome tapas and refreshments
  • Free airport transfer
Not Included
  • Flights
  • Airport Taxi (if not able to use our free service)
  • Evening Meal
Saturday - Arrival

We offer free collection from Malaga airport and run two journeys on the arrival day. We try to operate these with your flight times and generally have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon collection.

If you cannot join us on one of our collections, then there are taxis that operate from Malaga Airport to Nerja.

If possible then we do like to meet up for a tapas and drinks in the afternoon so that everyone can get to know each other, and we can run through the itinerary for the week.

This circular walk is in the beautiful Sierra de Almijara Natural Park, just a short distance from the coast.

Starting from Frigiliana, this walk is on the periphery of the Almijara mountains and follows a spur to the Cross of Pinto monument. We have impressive coast views from here and into the natural park.

Highlights of the walk include.

Frigiliana Town

Walk along the Rio Higueron

Ascent through the pine forest

Expansive views towards the coast and Natural Park

A short section through the natural gorge in the Rio Higueron

Tapas/refreshments in Frigiliana

Travel time: 15 mins each way

Distance: 12 kilometres

Ascent: 550 meters

Walk Duration: 4 to 5 hours

A rewarding circular walk high in the Sierra de Almijara Natural Park.

Starting in the mountain town of Competa, this walk takes us high up and into the Sierra de Almijara, with spectacular coast views and a visit to the Fabrica de la Luz natural area. 

Highlights of the walk include.

Competa Town

Sierra de Almijara Natural Park

Expansive views towards the coast

Fabrica de Luz Natural Area

Canillas de Abaida Town

Tapas/refreshments in Competa

Travel time: 40 mins each way

Distance: 16 kilometres

Ascent: 650 meters

Walk Duration: 6 to 7 hours

This circular walk takes us back to the Sierra de Almijara National Park, with an exciting trek to the Rio Chillar.

Ascending on the forestry track from the village of Maro, we gently gain height through the pine forest and, arriving at the Apretadero Col, make a steep descent to the Rio Chillar. We return along the path adjacent to the aqueduct in one of the most beautiful valley settings. 

Highlights of the walk include.

Forestry track through the pine forest

Rio Chillar

Exciting walk along the aqueduct

Descent along the forested ridge to Maro

Expansive views towards the coast and into the Natural Park

Travel time: 10 mins each way

Distance: 17 kilometres

Ascent: 970 meters

Walk Duration: 7 to 8 hours

You can use this day to spend time in the old town of Nerja or other local attractions, including -

A kayak tour from Burriana Beach.

The Nerja Caves.

The bus station is a short distance from the hotel, and catching a bus to Malaga City is possible, allowing you to spend the day in the old town to enjoy the history and shopping!

A circular walk to the Moorish hilltop town of Comares.

This peaceful and tranquil walk leads us from the riverbed in the valley below and then climbs up through the olive groves and into the historic town of Comares. 

Highlights of the walk include.

Tour of the town

Roman footpath

Moorish arches

Balcon de Axarquia

Moorish watchtower

Cemetary and Aljibe

Olive groves

Expansive views towards the coast

Tapas/refreshments in Comares

Travel time: 50 mins each way

Distance: 14 kilometres

Ascent: 650 meters

Walk Duration: 5 to 6 hours

A circular walk along this most attractive stretch of coastline through the Maro/Cerro Gordo Natural Park to the Cliffs of Cerro Gordo.

Walking between the beaches and secluded coves that make up most of this natural park, we visit the La Caleta Watchtower, and after stopping at Playa de Cantarrijan, we have our final climb out to the Cerro Gordo headland and the Torre Vigia Watchtower. 

Highlights of the walk include.

Maro/Cerro Gordo Natural Park

Cantarrijan and Canuelo beaches

Watchtowers

Extensive views from the Torre Vigia Watchtower

Refreshments at Playa de Cantarrijan

Travel time: 20 mins each way

Distance: 12 kilometres

Ascent: 430 meters

Walk Duration: 4 to 5 hours

We offer a free return to Malaga airport and run two journeys on your departure day. We try to operate these with your flight times and generally have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon return.

If you cannot join us on one of our return journeys, we can arrange for a taxi to collect you from the hotel and take you to Malaga Airport.