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Sieras to the Sea

Canillas de Albaida to Maro

Two centre self-guided walking holiday - Self Drive


This seven night Two Centre self guided walking holiday combinesthe best of two worlds with four nights hotel accommodation in the sierras and three nights at the coast. The holiday will suit guests seeking peace and tranquility in two very pretty white villages and walks individually prepared to suit walking preferences. A self-drive hire car is provided from Malaga for are airport transfers and recreational travel. The holiday begins wth a four nights in the hotel HR Mirador in Canillas de Albaida. Located just an hour's drive from Malaga airport, this small rural hotel and village perfectly complement this unique walking holiday. The last three night are spent in the tiny coastal village of Maro close to the popular holiday tresort of Nerja.

Accommodation is provided in two comfortable hotels with double en-suite rooms, balconies with views and small swimming pools (in season). The first four nights are spent in the pretty mountain village of Canillas de Albaida, just an hour by road from Malaga airport. The remaing thee nights are spent in the pretty coastal village of Maro close to the popular resort of Nerja. This tiny pueblo is famous for it's spectacular caves, Roman aquaduct and 'picture postcard' beach. 

The walk  descriptions are in individullay prepared to match the walking preferences of our guests. The walks are varied with great scenery, views and full of interest. Some of the walks are circular but we also offer some linear walks between villages and provide the necesary transfers the start or end of the day.   

A self-drive hire car is provided from Malaga airport for are airport transfers, transfer between locations and for any other recreational travel. (see notes on hire cars below)


Day 1 - Arrival day
It is best to arrive at Malaga airport with plenty of daylight to spare. The drive up to Canillas de Albaida takes about an hour. The Hotel Mirador is located ion the edge of the village. All the rooms are doubles with en-suite facilities and balconies with great views across the pueblo and down to the sea. In evening a welcome meal at one of our favourite local restaurants in the village. The village, although small, has good restaurants, shops and is a great base for walks straight into the sierras.

Day 2 -  Los Llanos
This in an ideal first walk. It is circular and includes various loops and extensions to suit all walking standards. This can then used as a  bench mark for the remaining walks throughout the week. Starting from the village the route descends andcrosses the river valleys of the Cajula and Llenada and into the Sierra Tejeda. You are never far from the village but the area feels remote with some fine views of the mountains. You may choose to return to Canillas in time for a late tapas lunch, or take the longer options and finish with some cool drinks back in the village. Walking time up to 5 Hours

Day 3 - White villages
The walk starts in Salares one of the oldest and prettiest of our pueblos blancos. The route leaves the village over a Roman bridge and takes a gentle river path up and around the base of La Maroma, at over 2000 metres the highest peak in our sierras. The white villages constantly appear and disappear before we drop down to Sedella for drinks and a traditional traveller's lunch  Walking time up to 5 Hours

Day 4 - Into the mountains
This walk provides the first spectacular views of the Sierras Almijara. We can provide various walk option dependingThere are two walk options. Both involve a steady climb to the east from Canillas into the hills and the saddle of Cerro Gavilan. The longer walk continues with a stiff climb up and around Cerro Atalaya, a picnic stop and circular return to Canillas.The shorter walk returns from Gavilan by an easy descending track to Cómpeta, leaving ample time for a tapas lunch in the Plaza. The pretty, level walk back to Canillas then takes about 30 minutes. Walking time up to 4 or 6 Hours

Day 5 - To the Sea
The drive from Canillas to Maro takes about 45 minutes. Some may chose a morning transfer and a relax around the pool at the new hotel or a visit a beach or the famous caves in Maro. Others may wish to explore before moving on. Those who have opted for self-drive have the flexibility to travel farther afield and perhaps take one of the recommended excursions described in the holiday notes.

Day 6 - Frigiliana to Maro or Nerja
Another classic walk with spectacular sea and mountain views. All the walk options start from the hotel down the steep sided valley of the Rio Higueron. Shorter options include a ridge or valley walk ending in Nerja and then stroll or taxi on to Maro. The longest option is a spectacular and challenging walk into the sierras then crossing the remote valley of the Rio Chillar before a gentle but long descent to the caves at Maro. The final two nights are spent in a small hotel in the centre of this tiny unspolit coastal village. Walking time up to 3 to 5 Hours

Day 7 - Maro beach and caves
The Maro caves, below the Sierra Almijara, are some of the largest and finest in Europe and too good to miss. For the last walk we offer a short coastal walk linking the Martello towers along the coast or a circular walk around the Tajo de los Bueys, This more strenuous option provides exceptional views back along the length of the sierras and down to sea. With both options there is time for a visit to the caves or an afternoon swim from Maro beach. A truly fitting end to this unique walking adventure. Walking Time up to 2 to 5 Hours

Day 8 - Departure Day
Self drive back to Malaga airport although many of our guests choose to stay on for a few days to extend the holiday and relax on beach or maybe visit Granada. This is an easy 60 minute drive from Maro and we do offer the option to extend the rental car period at cost (subject to availability).

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What we include-
- Four nights hotel accommodation in hotel HR MIrador Canillas de Albaida in double/twin en-suite rooms.
- Three nights accommodation in the Hotel PlayaMaro in Maro in double/twin en-suite rooms.
* Both hotels have balconies with views to the coast and sunny roof terraces with smal pools (in season)
- Breakfasts
- First night welcome three course meal with wine.
- Five individually prepared walk desciptions to match walking preferences
- Maps, local information and telephone numbers for local support.
- Taxi transfer from Maro to Frigiliana for Day 6 linear walk.
- Seven day car rental (See notes on Travel).

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