Walking in Nerja and Walking in the National Park
So, you’ve booked a villa, apartment or house in Nerja for your holidays, you are unpacked and are ready to enjoy yourself. There is plenty to do in Nerja and one of the most popular pastimes with young and old is walking.
Nerja is a beautiful town and is set on the coast with the high mountains as a backdrop, the new National Park of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. It is for this reason that Nerja and the surrounding areas lend themselves to walking holidays.
You don’t have to be a professional walker to enjoy the great outdoors along the Costa del Sol, you just pick a route that looks pleasant enough and off you go.
There are, however, companies in Nerja that offer guided walking tours around the areas. All through the week, companies such as John Keo Walking Tours offer a guided walk from 9 am through to 5 pm.
Their many interesting sights and the scenery are both beautiful and majestic.
Excursions to the Chillar River
One of the best days out for a family or a single person is a walk up the Rio Chillar. Pack a picnic hamper, wear some sturdy footwear and spend the day wandering up and down this beautiful riverbed. Along the way, you will come across many wild animals and insects of interest. Even in the height of the Andalucian summer, this is a very pleasant place to be.
Accessible on foot or by car, the Rio Chillar day out is a wonderful and beautiful experience and is highly recommended. This is a National Park so you do not need any permissions or licences to walk here and it is also free. Here is a link that provides all the information you need.
More Nerja Walks
Los Chorros – A walk on the wild side
I think most people, those who can love to roam around and discover new places whilst on holidays. From Nerja, you can take the Los Chorros trail.
This is not for the faint-hearted. The walk starts in the village of Monachil, following the river up through the gorge, then returning by a higher route, from which you get a good view of the whole valley.
This walk is possible all year round but, for sheer beauty and fantastic scenery, the springtime is best.
This walk is not suitable for everyone though; there are places where you will need to climb over and under rocks and other obstacles. Further information can be had from this link https://treksierranevada.com/cahorros.html
Pozo Batan in Frigiliana
Frigiliana is a neighbouring village close to Nerja. The town of Frigiliana itself is very pretty and has won awards from various bodies. It is a maze of cobbled streets, whitewashed houses, and colourful plant pots filled with geraniums and there are 12 ceramic plaques on the various walls telling the history of the town.
The Pozo Batan Alberca – Frigiliana’s natural beautiful swimming pool. Because this is actually a freshwater reservoir swimming is not officially allowed, although both locals and visitors do swim here. Sometimes it is hard, especially in the very hot weather, not to be tempted to take the plunge.
Fuente del Esparto Nerja
Another beautiful experience to be had walking around Nerja and outlying areas is the Fuente del Esparto route. (Esparto is a coarse grass that grows nearby, therefore ‘Fountain of the Course Grass’)
Its total length, including the extension, is 14 km, although you could make it significantly longer by getting to Maro on foot (either by simply walking out along the N340 or by taking our Cuevas de Nerja route described elsewhere). This would add a total of 6 km to the trip, there and back.
The scenery is stunningly beautiful and you could visit the Nerja caves on the same day. This is a wonderful day out for those who enjoy the great outdoors.
Cuesta del Cielo – High climbs and great views
If its views you are looking for along with vigorous exercise and bountiful fresh air, then this is definitely for you. If you are looking for the best and most unobstructed views of the entire coast of Andalucía, the hike up the Cuesta del Cielo is the one for you. On a clear day, the views are spectacular; the Moroccan coastline is clearly visible.
A sturdy pair of boots would be needed, this is a fantastic hike but well worth the effort.