Walks in the Sierras Almijara and Tejeda

For a contribution of £10 towards my costs, I will send you by email a comprehensive set of directions for 30 walks in this area along with sketch maps.

I will also try to give you tailor-made instructions to meet any specific requirements you may have.

To proceed, email me on info@spanishtrailsco.com and I will tell you how.

These are the walks:

 

No.

 

Walk

 

Grade

Distance (kms) Ascent (metres)
1 La Maroma from Canillas de Aceituno S 20 1500
2 La Maroma from Llanos de Sedella M 12 650
3 La Maroma circuit and down to Sedella VS 22 1500
4 Almanchares ravine E 8 140
5 Sedella to Canillas de Aceituno M 12 825
6 El Fuerte from Sedella M 12 700
7 Sedella to Los Picaricos M 11 700
8 Canillas de Albaida to Sedella M 13 640
9 Canillas de Albaida to Salares one-way walk

round trip

M

S

10

16

530

800

10 Canillas de Albaida to Cerro Gavilan via Cruz de Canillas M 12 650
11 Canillas de Albaida to Casa de la Mina M 15 710
12 Canillas de Albaida/Archez/Competa circuit M 12 650
13 Cerro Verde and Cerro Atalaya M to S 13 800
14 Malas Camas VS 20 1250
15 El Lucero from La Fábrica VS 22 1400
16 El Lucero circuit from Puerto Blanquillo VS 13 950
17 The Silk Route and La Fábrica M 14 570
18 Puerto Collado and the Silk Route circuit M 14 450
19 Puerto de Frigiliana S 18 1050
20 El Acebuchal and Cerro Verde M to S 17 660
21 El Daire and the southern Lucero ridge – short route

 long route

M

VS

9

19

800

1500

22 Summit of El Cisne (short and very steep) S 9 915
23 Acebuchal to Nerja via Puerto Umbrales S

VS

18 or

20

850 or

1200

24 Frigiliana to El Fuerte E 9 730
25 Nerja to Los Galgos via Rio Chillar M 17 950
26 Nerja Caves to Frigiliana or Nerja via el Pinarillo M

S

15

18

950

1000

27 Navachica summit from Fuente de Esparto VS 17 1350
28 Tajo El Almendron and La Puerta VS 15 1050
29 El Cielo VS 14 1250
30 La Lopera E 9 320

 

Notes:

Gradings are: VS – very strenuous; S – strenuous; M – moderate; E – easy. The gradings are subjective, as what one person finds easy another may find difficult.

The distances and ascents are approximate.

Although care has been taken in preparing this information, no guarantees are given as things can change. Walkers undertake these walks entirely at their own risk.

My Winter

I will be returning to the Picos de Europa and to the Sierra de Guadarrama in the autumn, and then I will go south, to lead some walking groups in the Sierra Almijara from the Hotel Finca el Cerrillo. You can see the Finca on www.hotelfinca.com.

In January I will be back at the Finca to lead a group over “Reyes”, the feast of the three kings (which is, in a manner of speaking, Spanish Christmas).

Normally, each year my wife and I take care of the Hotel Finca whilst the owners take a well-earned break. They organise walking holidays all year except in the heat of high summer and it is a special place to stay for walking or for anything else. We expect to be there sometime in the early part of 2019.

The Snow in Spain

This year saw a long and cold winter in Spain, and it went on in some parts until well into April and even later. In central and northern areas it is normal to have quite deep snow at high levels until well into June, and this year has been no exception.

On a trip to the Sierra de Guadarrama this April, I had to alter some of my walking programme because, even if winter skills are not really necessary, the deep snow can make some of the walks gruelling. Kicking steps into fresh snow can be great fun, but is not something I would want to do all day long!

But there is a lot of great walking below the snow levels, and where the snow is not quite so deep. So, for example, we were able to reach some of the tops in La Pedriza and the summit of La Maliciosa at over 2,000 metres, but did not go up Peñalara, the highest of the Guadarrama peaks. In any case we were warned of severe avalanche risk on Peñalara in April, so I saved it for later in the year.

Now we are into June the snow is no longer a problem, but for the rest of the high summer that problem is surpassed by heat! For me personally, the walking season in central and southern Spain is over until the autumn. I will be moving on to the north, to the Pyrenees, to the Picos de Europa, and/or to Somiedo, where the summer months are in many ways an ideal time. However, my personal choice is normally to go in September, when snow is not a problem, when temperatures remain warm but temperate, and then most Spanish walkers have gone home from their annual holidays.