Walks in the Axarquia
Situated in southern Spain and boasting stunning scenery, landscapes and mountains, the Axarquia region attracts walkers and hikers from all over the world.
The capital of the Axarquia, Velez-Malaga is situated in a beautiful valley with breath-taking scenery on its doorstep. Steep mountains surround the town and the Mediterranean Sea stretches as far as the eye can see.
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If you are looking for a walking holiday in the Axarquia you will find plenty of routes available from easy to challenging, in and around Velez-Malaga.
There are some lovely walks to be done in the immediate vicinity of the town with some more moderate walks out into the rest of the Axarquia and more challenging climbs up into the mountains themselves.
Gran Senda de Malaga
The Great Path of Malaga links the main towns and villages of the Axarquia. It passes through four natural parks, two nature reserves and three natural beauty spots. The route is circular and 650km in length. For ease, the route has been split into smaller sections which can be accomplished in stages. An informative site has been set up with good instructions in Spanish, English, French and German detailing the routes, difficulty, elevation and length of the walks.
Velez-Malaga to Torre del Mar
This easy walk of 5km takes around 1 hour to complete and is ideal for families. From the historical centre of Velez it’s a gentle downhill stroll to the seafront promenades of Torre del Mar. The route is paved the whole way, with a cycle path running parallel and well-marked out pedestrian crossings on the larger roads.
Rincon de la Victoria to Velez-Malaga
This walk is stage two of the Gran Senda de Malaga and is medium difficulty. Covering 24km, the walk usually takes around 5-6 hours.
This beautiful walk takes in the stunning views of sea and mountains that typify the Axarquia region. Starting on the outer limits of Rincon de la Victoria the walk follows a a linear route, along the coastal road of the N340 until you break off and head north into the chalk hills and orchards of the Rio Velez.
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Rio Chillar, Nerja
This easy walk takes around six hours with stops included. Taking you up to the Rio Chillar with plenty of shade, the walk is great fun for all the family. As the Rio Chillar walk is not circular, you can always turn around and head back if you want to cover a shorter distance.
If you manage the full walk you’re rewarded with a series of pools at the end beneath a waterfall where you can rest and cool off.
Caminito del Rey
An hour’s drive from Velez-Malaga, but well worth a mention is the Caminito del Rey. Not for the faint-hearted this medium difficulty walk of 7.7km includes lots of steps and vertigo-inducing heights.
The walk normally takes around 4 hours and before recent renovation was known as the most dangerous walk in the world.
Much of the walk is very high up and the walkway clings onto the walls of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Gorge. The walk is split into 4.8km of long access ways and 2.9km board walks. The route links the towns of Ardales and Alora, and a bus runs between the two towns to take you back to your car.
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