Autumn is one of the best times to connect with nature. The leaves falling from the trees, the changing colours and landscapes and the comfortable temperatures provide the perfect environment for enjoyable hiking.
For this reason, over the next few months Malaga Provincial Council has organised a series of guided environmental activities along the Great Malaga Path. The routes provide unique opportunities to get to know these landscapes in detail, as they will be guided by specialized staff from the Andalusian Mountaineering Federation. We’re going to start the tour, are you coming with us?
When to take part in walks along the Great Malaga Path
The walks along the Great Path will take place during several Sundays in October and November. The first walk will be held on 8 October and will go from Frigiliana to Nerja, the next will be on 22 October from Villanueva de Tapia to Cuevas de San Marcos, the third on 12 November between Algatocín - Benarrabá and Genalguacil and the final walk will be on 26 November from Puerto de los Pescadores to Mijas. Each of these routes offers a unique opportunity to learn about the varied attractions and landscapes that exist on the Costa del Sol.
Distance and difficulty of each route
During the first route, you’ll discover the Axarquía and the wide variety of contrasts due to the proximity of the sea and the mountains. It’s a 14 km linear walk with a medium-high level of difficulty and an estimated duration of 5.5 hours.
The path between Villanueva de Tapia and Cuevas de San Marcos, in the region of Nororma, allows you to contemplate views of the impressive Iznájar reservoir. This walk extends for 19.5 kilometres, is of an average level of difficulty and has a duration of about 6 hours.
November is the ideal month to walk the path which joins Algatocín, Benarrabá and Genalguacil and lose yourself in the colours of the chestnut leaves that cover the Genal Valley in the autumn. This walk is 10 kilometres long, has an estimated duration of 4 hours and a medium level of technical difficulty.
Finally, the route between Puerto de los Pescadores and Mijas also allows you to enjoy the combination of mountains and sea which is so characteristic of the province of Malaga. It is 13 kilometres long and of medium difficulty.
Registration and recommendations
To join any of these walks prior reservation is required. Registration will be open from 10 p.m. on the Sunday before each activity and you will need to have the “Gran senderista” code.
Departure will be from the headquarters of the Diputación de Málaga (Calle Pacífico, 54) at 8 a.m. and walkers are asked to be there 15 minutes in advance, with appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking. Anyone over the age of 14 can register. Pets are not allowed.