Walks start on our doorstep
Nature park Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama
Mountains beside of the village, Canillas de Albaida are part of 12 municipalities, all belonging to the province of Granada and Malaga (Alhama de Granada, Arenas del Rey, Jayena, Otivar, Alcaucin, Canillas de Aceituno, Canillas de Albaida, Competa, Frigiliana, Nerja, Salares and Sedella), and are characterised by the beauty of the scenery.
In these mountains, the predominant colours are white and grey, due to the abundant marble in the area. Although several different cultures converged in this area, the three mountain ranges have a clear Muslim influence with white villages spread out all around the valleys and mountains of difficult access. You’ll also find many ruins from the 19th and 20th century spread out along the paths and roads of the mountain passes.
Tejeda Peak reaches 2,065 above sea level and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast and adjacent mountain ranges. You’ll find flowing rivers and streams come down the mountainsides with spectacular waterfalls such as Los Árboles Petrificados. In other cases, the waters have carved out impressive canyons, locally known as "cahorros". Other outstanding geological elements are Nerja Cave as well as La Maroma Cave.
The name of these mountains comes from the Yew tree, which was very common many years ago in this area, and of which there are very few specimens left up in the higher areas. The presence of pine forests also stands out. The most well-known animal in these mountains is the Spanish Ibex, although you’ll be able to spot many other species, like different species of eagles and mountain birds, squirrels and even deer.
The landscape is spectacular from the coast to the mountains. The area is blessed with a beautiful coastline, high summits, dramatic crags, wonderfully deep ravines, delightful rivers, historic white villages and a kind climate in which grape vines, mango trees and kiwi fruits thrive alongside ancient olive and almond groves.
Nature walks are some of the most popular things to do when visiting the region. The National Park, the Sierras Almijara and the Tejeda all rise directly behind the village and offer a huge variety of walking routes. The summer weather in Canillas is very hot, so an active walking holiday during summer is not recommended as the best time to chose for a walking holiday. During autumn, winter and spring the weather is the best for a walking holiday in this area.
The walking here is truly wonderful! You can access the majority of mountain walks near to the following villages: Salares, Sayalonga, Frigiliana, Nerja, Maro, Algarrobo or Torrox.
Principal Peaks: La Maroma (2,069 m), Tajo del Sol (2,000 m), Cerro del Mojón (1,909 m), Navachica (1,831 m), Malas Camas (1,792 m), El Lucero (1,774 m), La Cadena (1,645 m), Cielo (1,508 m).
Please find pictures of our walks: Photo Albums (click)
Videos: end of this page.
What you need:
Wikiloc app is a recommended application for all hikers (and bikers)! https://www.wikiloc.com/
You can find the walking map in the house:
Order your own (5.99 GBP): Link
We have Copy/Printer (via USB) at the house and you are welcome to print out guidances or maps.
Examples of places you can start your walk:
Canillas de Albaida/roman bridge or cemetery
Canillas de Albaida/Chapel
Fabrica de la Luz
Competa urbanization, Cruz del Monte
Puerto Del Collado
Casa de la Mina (driving distance - 4 wheel drive car preferable)
Puerto Blanquillo (driving distance - 4 wheel car must)
Canillas de Aceituno
Walking groups in the area:
Joost & Moira Schepel, Creative and Walking Holidays based in Competa: http://www.walkspain.co.uk/
Competa Hikes http://www.competahikes.com/
Routes to and from Frigiliana:
You can download the booklet in PDF format from here.
Salamandra Multiaventura in Competa is arranging tours in Rio Verde:
Fabrica de la Luz
Fuente del Esparto
Ermita de San Isidro
Puente de Piedra