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The Silk Trail

Canillas de Albaida to Maro

Self-guided walking holiday - Non Drive

Silk Trail =From the Sieras to the Sea

Andalucia, the most southerly region in Europe has spectacular scenery and climate. It has been the jewel of civilisations for thousands of years.

By the 10th Century the Moors had established the warm south facing sierras of the Axarquia as the major silk-producing region in the western world. Mulberry trees were cultivated in great numbers and villages sprang into life. The mulberry trees have gone but the pretty white villages still cling to the hillsides. Many of the ancient paths still exist and are the theme for this unique 8 day self guided non-drive walking adventure.


The Silk Trail walks the length of the south facing slopes of the Sierras Tejeda y Almijara, staying in three pretty white villages on the route. Starting in the west at an altitude of 2,000ft, the trail ends to the east where the mountains dramatically drop to the sea. Most of the walks are linear with the routes individually prepared to suit the walking preferences of our guests. Transfers to and from trail heads and the transfer of bags between locations are provided within the holiday costs


Acommodation on the trail is in three comfortable hotels with double en-suite rooms, balconies with views and small swimming pools (in season). The first three nights are spent in the pretty mountain village of Canillas de Albaida, just an hour by road from Malaga airport. The following two nights are spent in Frigiliana, famous for the last Christan Moorish battle over 500 years ago and now very popular with visitors to Andalucia. The last two 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. 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival day
Transfer from Malaga airport to Canillas de Albaida take an hour. The Hotel Mirador is located on 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 Mediterranean. In the 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. Cómpeta, a short walk away has more restaurants and shops.

Day 2 -  Sedella and Salares to Canillas
After breakfast, road transfer to the west to start the first section of the trail. Longer options start in Sedella and may include higher level paths on route to Salares. Shorter options start in Salares but all options end back in Canillas de Albaida. It is an ideal first walk as you are never far from villages but the area feels remote with some fine views of the mountains and down to the sea. You may choose to return to Canillas in time for a late tapas lunch, or a longer walk and finish with some cool drinks in the plazaWalking time 4 to 6 Hours

Day 3 - Canillas de Albaida to  Cómpeta via the sierras
All options for the second section of the trail start in Canillas and end in Cómpeta. The higher level routes climb up to Cerro Gavilan and the ancient 'silk' path through the sierras to Granada. The higher you choose to go, the more spectalular are the views of the mountains down to the sea. Shorter options get to Cómpeta in time time for lunch in the Plaza. Longer options descend from Gavilan to Puerto Collado on route to Cómpeta. The pliasant and level walk back to Canillas then takes about 30 minutes. 
Walking time 2 to 5 Hours

Day 4 - Cómpeta to Frigiliana via El Acebuchal
This section of the trail connects the higher level villages in sierras to the lower, once abandoned village of El Acebuchal. It now hosts an excellent taverna and is a great location to end a truly memorable walk which ever walk option you choose. All these start with 4x4 transfers to Puerto Collado above Cómpeta and end with transfers from El Acebuchal to Frigiliana where you meet up with you bags and stay for two nights .
Walking time 2 to 6 hours


Day 5 - Rest day in Frigiliana
Frigiliana is one of the best known of all the white villages in Andalucia. The famous battle just outside the town marked the end of the 700 year Moorish occupation of Spain. This resulted in the total collapse of the silk industry and the region went into decline. How things have changed. Frigiliana is very pretty and it's proximity to the coast have put the town very much on the tourist map. It is a perfect location for a rest day with lots to do, places to eat and the opportunity to easily get to the resort of Nerja and beaches should you choose.

Day 6 - Frigiliana to Maro 
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 2 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 2 to 5 Hours

Day 8 - Departure Day
Many guests choose to extend their stay in Spain, either at the coast or visiting the historical cites and towns in Andalucia  (See notes on Travel below)

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What we include-
Seven nights hotel accommodation in double en=suite rooms
*  3 nights hotel accommodation in Canillas de Albaida.
*  2 nights hotel accommodation in Frigiliana
*  2 nights hotel accommodation in the Maro
*  Breakfasts
*  First night welcome three course meal with wine.
* Holiday pack including individually prepared walk desciptions, maps, local information and telephone numbers for local support.
* Transfers to and from trail heads.
* PIck up from Malaga airport on arrival
* On departure transfers from Maro to Nerja. (See Notes on Travel)

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