Walks in Axarquia

Axarquia hillsAndalucia is a wonderful area to visit for a walking holiday. However, as with all walking holidays, first of all you need to select an area which will give excellent access to a good number of walks. The area east of Malaga offers just that within the Sierras of Tejeda and Almijara national parks.

Head east from Malaga on your map and draw a line north from Velez Malaga and then the same from Almunecar which lies further east just inside the Granada province. The distance between both locations is approximately 60 kilometres - an easy 1 hour drive on the motorway. Try to select a base where you can stay midway between these points, either on the coast or just inland a few kilometres, as this will give you the best access to the largest number of walks in the region.

You will find a selection of twenty or so spectacular walks here on Walkingworld. However, should you wish to research further you can discover even more. Walks vary from easy to difficult with the highest point being La Maroma at a height of 2069 metres, so therefore the region can easily cater for all tastes and abilities.

The landscape is spectacular from the coast to the mountains.  The area is blessed with a beautiful coastline, high summits, dramatic crags, wonderfully deep ravines, delightful rivers and all this in one region! The walking is truly wonderful. You can access the majority of mountain walks near to the following villages: Periana, Alcaucin, Canillas de Acetuno, Sedella, Salares, Cannillas de Albaida, Competa, Frigiliana, Maro and Otivar (running from east to west).

Axarquia hill walkersWhen is the best time to visit? Well, it is very difficult to say, as each season produces something new to see and everyone's expectations of the weather is different. We can however dismiss July and August as it is really too hot to enjoy any type of inland walking. From mid September we can start to walk again, taking us all the way through to mid June. A great deal of the time we are blessed with blue skies, abundant sunshine and wonderfully shaped clouds, but it does rain in Spain. During the months from mid November to mid February you are more likely to need your waterproof jacket but hopefully only for the odd day.

Rural tourism comprises a large part of the local economy. However, the area is still breathtakingly beautiful and has not been taken over by tourism. Move away from the coast line and the main attractions are the dramatic hills and mountains with the wonderful scenery they offer and also the unspoilt, white villages which are a pleasure to visit and stroll through whilst soaking up the local atmosphere.

John Tucker (Qualified Mountain Leader UK)
Walking Holidays in Spain



You can use these pages to browse for walks in specific regions, counties and areas. It is a good idea to narrow down your search to the most local area possible, as the list of walks for larger areas can be very long. An alternative way of searching is to use the Find a Walk tool.

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