ITINERARY*Day 1 - Arrival day
The transfer from Malaga airport to the sierras takes an hour by road. Depending on availablilty, we will stay for the first three nights in the Spanish Steps house in Cómpeta or the Mirador hotel in Canillas de Albaida nearby. Depending on arrival time we will offer an afternoon stroll, a great way to get the legs moving and the journey out of the system. In the evening, welcome drinks on our roof terrace with time to discuss the program and walks for the week ahead. This is followed by dinner in one of the excellent restaurants in the Plaza Almijara in Cómpeta which is also the venue for our breakfasts.
Day 2 - Canillas de Aceituno to Sedella
We transfer to Canillas de Aceituno by road. The walk starts at the Casa Reina, the house where dues for the silk trade were collected so many years ago. We climb out of the village into the parque natual and the foothills of La Maroma. We stop for a break at La Rabita, pass by the 'cave of the holy man' and continue climbing. We then take a spectacular path below the sheer white limestone southerly face of this impressive mountain. After a picnic lunch we start the gentle descent to Sedella. We have time for a drink in the plaza and then transfer back to Cómpeta.
Walking Time 5 Hours (or less strenuous option)
Day 3 - Sedella to Canillas de Albaida
After breakfast we take a vehicle tranfer back to Sedella to pick up the trail. After leaving the village, we cross a Roman bridge and climb again into the foothills of La Maroma but not nearly so high as the previous day. We have two choices from here,we can first drop down to the pretty village of Salares or maintain our height to reach the unfortunately named Puerto de la Cruz del Muerto. From here we start the descent to the valley of the Rio Cajula where we criss-cross the stream a few time before the short but sharp climb up to Canillas de Albaida.
Walking Time 4 or 5 Hours
Day 4 - Canillas de Albaida to Frigiliana
From the hotel we climb up into the hills to a ridge with spectacular views of the Sierras sweeping down to the Mediterranean. The walk then follows part of the ancient Cómpeta to Granada trading route. We are likely to have our picnic at one of the old 'ventas' before descending to El Acebuchal. This once abandoned village has recently been broughtt back to life and the charming taverna is a great place to stop for drinks. For those who choose, we provide the option a vehicle transfer for the final 4km stretch into Frigiliana. We stay here for two nights in the Villa Frigiliana in the centre of the pueblo.
Walking Time 5 Hours or less strenous option
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. That said, it is a perfect location for a rest day with lots of things 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. The walk starts from our hotel and we soon drop down into the steep sided valley of the Rio Higueron. After 15 minutes gentle walk up the valley the path climbs steeply up into the sierras. snd continues to the rim of the Rio Chillar, surely one of the most beautiful and seemingly remote valleys in Andalucia. The path drops steeply to the river where we are likely to have our picnic. After lunch we climb out of the valley and start the long but gentle descent to Maro. We stay for two nights in a small hotel in the centre of this tiny unspolit coastal village.
Walking Time 5 Hours (or less strenous options)
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 more strenuous circular walk around the Tajo de los Bueys. With both options there is the chance for an afternoon swim from one of the nearby beaches and visit to the caves. A truly fitting end to the Spanish Steps Silk Trail.
Walking Time 2 to 4 Hours
*Program may be changed to suit prevailing conditions or walking preferences of the group.