A series of local walking routes in & around Almuñécar for those who wish to explore on foot. Enjoy delightful coves & bays, Moorish castles & ancient towers patiently watching for any sign of invasion from the sea. Or, slightly further inland, you can hike along the adjacent hills through almond and avocado groves with exquisite views of the white villages typical of Andalucia in the valleys below.
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The Torre de Diablo (Devils Tower) walk starts from Almuñécar and takes you along the coast side along the sea front paseos, passing the chiringuitos (beach side bars) with their "Bar-B-Boats". Lots of opportunities to stop and savour local delicacies such as espetos (fresh caught sardines grilled on bamboo skewers over olive wood).
At the far east of the paseo you visit a further three small bays and then cross a short causeway before climbing slightly up towards the tower, with it's spectacular views back over the bay.
Take along our complementary snorkels and masks and explore under the waves as you go - the snorkelling along the rocks by the causeway is superb! Approx. 9km "there and back" but can be cut short anywhere! Snack pack / light picnic lunch included, as well as rucksacks if needed for your swimming gear and cameras, etc.
Our Coastal Paths walk follows a coastal trail to the neighbouring town of Salobreña with its spectacular cliff top castle. The walk takes you along cliff top paths past ancient look out towers perched on headlands, where you can stop overlooking the bright blue sea to enjoy your inclusive picnic lunch. Sections of the path overlook bays where often dolphins can be seen close to the shore, before descending to cross the old sugar cane plantations, with the last remaining sugar factory in Europe at La Caleta.
The walk then takes in the old Moorish castle overlooking the town, with plenty of free time to explore Salobreña with its Boveda and labyrinth of narrow streets - or alternatively you can simply head for its beach and relax in a chiringuito. Return is via a causeway alongside the sea thence back to the rendezvous at a cliff top hotel, where you can relax by the pool before we collect you and bring you back home. All necessary maps, route notes, points of interest details as well as street plans of Salobreña supplied. Approx 14km. The Salobreña Coastal Paths walk includes a picnic lunch.
The Ridge Route is more strenuous as it starts from town, then rises to around 280m alt to follow a natural ridge extending back along the hills. A well defined trail takes you past avocado & mango groves, then almonds as you rise slightly with spectacular views over the white villages. At the end of the ridge (approx 5km) you have various choices such as exploring Aerial Hill with its views from around 600m altitude over the sparkling blue sea and coastal watchtowers, or walking down to neighbouring villages to sight see. Picnic lunch included. Circuits of approx. 9km, 15km or 24km, depending on your choice of return route.
Another popular short walking route is a 5km circular walk to the Roman Bridge at Cotobro, which starts along a beautiful palm tree lined paseo (sea front) with beach bars, before heading inland to cross a bamboo, wild rhododendron and olive lined valley via a small Roman bridge. The bridge has been excavated recently and is fully visible, with its cobbled surface & drainage system mostly intact. Other short trips chosen to make the best of your holiday include walks to view the extensive Roman aqueducts that this part of Andalucia is famed for - or you can simply stroll along some 6km of palm lined promenades (or Paseos) alongside the glittering blue sea.
A great route down through the Sierra Almijara natural park. Starting at just over 1100m altitude we descend through the park, passing old mills and cortijos, olive & almond groves before passing through a couple of white villages, where we can stop for tapas & refreshments. Often on this walk we see mountain goats, ibex and occasionally eagles.
Collection in mid afternoon is from a restaurant in a lower village - where we usually relax and finish our walk with a late lunch of their divine chicken in garlic ! 11.5km in total.
Or we can offer, for the more energetic, day walks in the hills overlooking Almuñécar where you climb to around 600m to enjoy truly spectacular views to the Sierra Nevada foothills, as well as along the coast for miles. On these walks through avocado, olive and almond groves you will see the best of Andalucía's renowned natural wildlife, often glimpsing Bonelli's eagles, as well as a variety of other smaller predatory birds, as well as mountain goat. Equally spectacular are the bright yellow wagtails, but you need very sharp eyes to spot the chameleons which live there too! Our ridge route takes you to neighbouring Itrabo, in which case transport to the start location (if rqd) is given, plus a picnic lunch to enjoy en route, as well as collection later that day.
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