Saturday, 21 November 2020

The Pico del Almendron - one of Nerja's many impressive walking trails

Nerja is a beautiful tourist town well known for its beaches and the natural setting of the Maro cliffs, perfect for multiple water sports. However, it also offers a beautiful natural park (known as the Sierra) where you can go hiking, running or cycling during your holiday in Nerja.

Among the many hiking routes that the Sierra Almijara has to offer is the Pico del Almendron loop, a 10.3 km moderately trafficked loop trail rising to a height of 1,510 meters above sea level, accessed from the recreational area of Los Pinarillos behind Maro and which takes between 3 or 4 hours to climb. 

The ascent has a steep climb from the esparto fountain of about 1,000 meters. The peak is above 600-meter cliffs and offers spectacular views of the entire Sierra Almijara and Sierra Tejeda, and on clear days the African continent. 

It is recommended to go with a GPS and study the area beforehand - or go with a local guide or someone who knows the area well since it has a certain level of difficulty. Reaching the peak is not suitable for all people due to the cliffs and narrow ridges.

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