Rio Cajula/Cajula Valley route.
Start/stop: Canillas de Albaida
Distance: 11 km, 2.5 hours
Level: Mostly easy, some parts moderate.
Elevation: 500 m
Starting in the centre of Canillas de Albaida, the route drops down a mule track to the old Roman bridge (do not cross over it). One walk is going over the bridge, this one is going down to the river Cajula. It's a beautiful walk going up and soon you'll see the "Natural Park" signs. It's an easy walk with nice views and beautiful nature.
Follow the river Rio Cajula, you will cross the river around 5 times. There are bridges built recently and therefore the route is much easier nowadays.
Near the end of the route, there is a steep path into a valley. This track, with loose stones, can be a little slippery but there is no danger of falling down because it's not steep enough.
A great day out for the whole family, and something different than the beach! This route through the river or Río Chillar in the wonderful holiday destination of Nerja is one of the few walks that is particularly pleasant in the heart of the summer. The walk offers plenty of shade and wonderful moments for a refreshing swim in crystal clear water! There is no better way to cool off on a hot summer day. Also great to do with children. Children love this walk! They can splash around in the water, and if you’re lucky, see all kinds of insects and animals. Higher up there are several pools where they can swim.
Medium level of fitness: requires good physical condition.
Fuente del Esparto
This tour begins in the beautiful village of Frigiliana. Once you reach the village, it is easy to spot the location of the building called “El Ingenio”, a landmark of the town thanks to its industrial past. Near here you find the barracks of the Civil Guard. The tour begins at the building’s right side. It has a length of 5 km and the path’s difficulty is medium.
Ermita de San Isidro
The route takes you out west of Nerja, parallel to the coast road, taking in the Ermita de San Isidro along the way. The Ermita is a small chapel, or shrine, located on top of a decent-sized ridge, giving some excellent views of Nerja and the surrounding countryside. San Isidro is the patron saint of farmworkers, and celebrations in his honour take place throughout Spain on the 15th of May each year.
From here you can see the Playa de Maro in the mid-distance, and Nerja’s Balcon de Europa in the far distance. Looking the other way, you will see an equally dramatic view of the coast towards La Herradura. Then looking inland you can see part of the striking mountain range that graces this stretch of the coast.