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The Parque Natural de las Sierras Almijara y Tejeda is little known to walkers from outside the region. It is a mountainous area on the south coast of Spain, often confused with the Alpujarras due to the similarity of the name, but the topography is very different. Although the peaks of the Almijara and Tejeda are somewhat lower than the Sierra Nevada, there are several which reach between 1,500 and 2,000 metres, separated by spectacular ravines and streams. The north-western extreme of the range is near the Zafarraya pass, which connects the towns of Velez-Malaga and Alhama de Granada. The south-eastern extreme is where the hills reach the coast at the cliffs to the east of Nerja.

The walks in this region range from easy to very strenuous. Walking is mainly on ancient mule trails, many of which can be overgrown from lack of use. Some paths have been cleared in recent years by working parties from the local town halls, and to some extent by walkers, (sometimes by me personally - I have been known to explore old trails armed with secateurs and shears!) Until the late 1990s, hiking was scarcely done in this area, but walking groups have gradually come into the area, and are now helping to keep some of the paths clear. However, some of the more remote peaks are difficult, due to their steepness and remoteness, and the fact that some of the paths can involve scrambling through prickly undergrowth.

The walking can be accessed from Nerja on the coast; but the small town of Competa and the village of Canillas de Albaida farther inland offer direct access to a wider variety of walks, and since they are at 600 metres above sea level they provide easier access to the highest peaks.

RECOMMENDED MAPS: There are two 25,000/1 maps covering the area, one for the Sierra Tejeda and the other for the Sierra Almijara. They are hard to find outside the local area. The topography is excellent, but they are not user-friendly like British OS maps, and most of the footpaths are not marked. You will find it much easier to use the sketch maps I provide with each walk.

Sierra de Almijara Mapa Topographico
Editor: Miguel Angel Torres Delgado
ISBN: 978-6-99-000430-3

Car hire is very easy from Malaga airport. From Malaga take the N340/A7 to the east. For Canillas and Competa, leave the motorway at Algarrobo and take the road uphill for 20 kilometres to reach the villages. For Nerja and Maro, continue along the motorway until you get there.

Car There is a bus service from Malaga central bus station to Nerja (Alsina Graells - approximately hourly) and to Competa and Canillas de Albaida (Loymerbus - three times daily; twice at weekends). The trip to Nerja takes an hour, and to Canillas 2 hours.


There are many hotels and B&Bs in Nerja, Maro and Cómpeta. A web search will reveal many. In Canillas de Albaida there are three main choices. In the village centre Posada la Plaza provides reasonably priced accommodation in the heart of the action, in a small, rustic but comfortable hotel with 9 bedrooms. Hotel Mirador de Canillas offers a modern environment on the perimeter of the village, and the wonderful Hotel Finca del Cerrillo offers something really special. See their website at www.hotelfinca.com

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Above : Cortijo del Camacho

Below: Mosquetero and El Lucero

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