The little town of Nerja, on Spain's Costa del Sol, nestles under a range of mighty mountains. Less than an hour's drive from Malaga airport, these are the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama. This guidebook describes 24 graded day walks suitable for all abilities, and range from gentle strolls to serious challenges up to high summits. The routes are described step by step and illustrated with extracts from the official IGN mapping with lots of extra information about the natural environment and local history. Any one of the routes in this guidebook could be done in a single day trip from Nerja, making the town a good base for the area. With a season that lasts all year, it's no wonder that this area of southern Spain is a popular destination for walkers.
Jim Ryan is a chartered civil engineer with a passion for the outdoors, who has had several successful guidebooks and one work of fiction published. He has been climbing the mountains of Nerja for over 15 years. This guide is his way of repaying Nerja and Andalucia for many years of pleasure; his share of the proceeds go to Cudeca, a cancer hospice charity in the province of Malaga.
Introduction Geographical context The town of Nerja Geology and Topography A little history Wildlife Plants and flowers Getting to Nerja Accommodation When to go Walking in Andalucia Spanish dialect in Andalucia Recurring place names Maps and GPS coordinates Using this guide Nerja and around Walk 1 Frigiliana to the Cave of Nerja Walk 2 El Fuerte Walk 3 Cruz del Pinto Walk 4 The Gorges of the Rio Chillar Walk 5 The El Cielo Circuit Walk 6 A tour of Almendron The Competa Area Walk 7 Fabrica de la Luz Walk 8 Lucero Walk 9 Cerro la Chapa Walk 10 The Oak Forest of Salares Walk 11 Competa to Los Pradillos La Maroma Walk 12 La Maroma from Canillas de Aceituno Walk 13 La Maroma from Alcaucin Walk 14 La Maroma from Sedella Walk 15 La Maroma from Alcaiceria The Valley of the Rio Verde Walk 16 Navachica Walk 17 The Petrified Waterfall Walk 18 Lopera Walks from the North Walk 19 Ventas de Zafarraya Walk 20 Malascamas Walk 21 The Alhama Gorge Walk 22 La Resinera Walk 23 Jayena to Haza de la Encina Cisne Walk 24 Cisne from Acebuchal Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B List of peaks by altitude Appendix C Useful Spanish words for map reading Appendix D Further reading Appendix E Maps of the region