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We had great week of varied walks ranging from a stroll around the local village to tackling La Maroma, the highest mountain in the Axarquia at 2069m.  There are several walking guide books that at least partly cover the area (see below) but not much in the way of detailed/accurate walking maps or waymarking.  GPS is the most re-assuring way to go.  The house is at the western edge of the Axarquia but there are also nice hill walks west of Axarquia for a shorter drive.



Walk 1: Circular walk from Alcaucin.  Walking through fields from pretty village with refreshments. 11km, 3 hours, ascent/descent 500m, easy.

casa la negra1Walk 2: La Maroma from Robledad.  The easiest and prettiest route but we did do a bit extra taking a wrong turn at the start.  15km, 5 hours, ascent/descent 1000m, quite hard.

Walk 3: Vinuela – Olivos Milenarios.  A local stroll through the olive groves, to the lake, returning along a track waymarked with the miracles of St Isidro. 12km, 3 hours, ascent/descent 500m, easy.

Walk 4: Ventas de Zafarraya.  The old railway line from Periana up to the col and train station with option for short scramble at Taja de la Cueva. 24km, 5.5 hours, ascent/descent 800m, easy without scramble.

Walk 5: Sedella – Salares.  Lovely circular walk through pretty villages catching sections of GR249.  14km, 3.5 hours, ascent/descent 600m, medium.

Walk 6: Malascamas. Great, varied walk up river gorge to col with option for a scramble to the peak.  18km, 5 hours, ascent/descent 900m, medium without scramble.

casa la negraWalk 7: La Negra – Guaro.  Walk around the back of Casa La Negra, with refreshments at El Caseron then to the Moorish baths at Vilo. We made a mistake and took a private road after the restaurant but you should take the signposted road. 11km, 2.5 hours, ascent/descent 350m, easy.

Walking guide books:

  • Walk! The Axarquia with Charles Davis by Discovery plus super-durable map inc GPS
  • The Mountains of Nerja with Jim Ryan by Cicerone inc GPS
  • Wikiloc website for public posts
  • Pamphlet published by Ayuntamiento Periana
  • Pamphlets and books available from Visitor Centre/Museum at Sedella
  • The Great Malaga Path (GR249) is a long distance path.  You can do an exciting stage of what was previously the most dangerous path in the world, El Caminito del Rey.  In 2015 it was reformed and now is fully H&S compliant.  You need to book well in advance @ 10 euros.

Walk 1 Alcaucin – circular walk

Walk 2  La Maroma from Robledad

Route in blue circle looked OK but ran out at El Salto de Caballo.  Recommend simple out and back

Walk 3 Vinuela

Note that the low water levels in the lake mean that walking through the marshy edge is feasible.

Walk 5 Sedella – Salares

Walk 6 Malascamas

Walk 7 La Negra – Guaro – Banos de Vilo

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After El Caseron in Guaro there is an attractive trail through woodland but it ends in a private driveway.  Recommend using the signposted road instead.

Note that the southern loop on the Periana road can be cut out if you leave via the stile in the paddock at the back of the house