The Silk Trail
Guided walking holiday
From the mountains to the Mediterranean
“Thank you for another wonderful holiday. It was a fantastic week and the walks were truly spectacular”
By the 10th Century the Moors had established al-Andalus as the major silk-producing region in the western world. The warm south facing slopes of the sierras of the Axarquia perfectly suited the silk moth. Mulberry trees were cultivated in great numbers and villages sprang into life. The mulberry trees have gone but the pretty pueblos blancos still cling to the hillsides. Many of the ancient paths still exist and are the theme for this unique 8 day walking adventure.
Accommodation for the first three nights is in our own Casa Rurale in the heart of Cómpeta or the delightful Posada del Cani close by. We stay for the next two nights at the hotel Villa Frigiliana and the last two nights in the Playa Maro close to one of the prettiest beaches in Spain. Both hotels have en-suite rooms and swimming pools (in season). Breakfasts are provided and main meals enjoyed at excellent local restaurants (except for the rest day).
The Silk Trail walks the length of the south facing slopes of the Sierras Tejeda y Almijara, connecting villages on the way. This guided walk starts in the west at an altitude of 2,000ft and climbs up and around the south facing foothills of La Maroma, the 5th highest mountain in Spain. Each of the five sections of the linear trail are ‘classic’ walks’ in their own right with great scenery, views and interest. The terrain varies from steep mountain paths to gently descending tracks. The walks are rated as Level 2 but, for those that choose, there are longer and shorter options on some days. It is possible to opt out of any of the walks but few choose to do so. The trail ends in Maro to the east where the mountains dramatically drop to the Mediterranean sea. For guests who would like to extend their holiday, this tiny village is close to the popular resort of Nerja with easy bus connections back to Malaga and to Granada.
The starting point for the holiday is Malaga and we provide transfers at specified times from Malaga airport to Cómpeta. Transfers from Maro are back to Malaga airport. If you are tempted to stay on in Spain for a few days, Nerja, close to Maro is a popular holday resort. There is also a direct coach service from Nerja to Granada and back to Malaga airport.
Itinerary & Walks*
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 Posada del Cani close by. 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
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
Dates and Prices
Sunday April 11 – 18
Sunday May 16 – 23
Sunday October 10 – 17
*Single Supplement £95
What is included
- Three nights in Cómpeta Spanish Steps house or Posada del Cani.
- Breakfasts in the the Plaza Almijara
- Two nights in Hotel Frigiliana with breakfasts
- Two nights in Hotel Playa Maro with breakfast
- Evening meals with wine in excellent local restaurants (except on the rest day)
- Transfer of bags between locations
- Transport to and from trail heads
- Airport transfers from and return to Malaga airport at specified times
Reviews & Visitors Book
“It was a splendid week walking the Silk Trail. Thank you for your skilful organization
in arranging such a great holiday. The magic of Spanish Steps continues! I thoroughly
enjoyed being back in the sierras of Andalucia with the profusion of wild flowers and
the wonderful views. We were as always well rewarded at the end of the day with
delicious meals and wine which was much appreciated.” Margaret (Berks)
“Thank you for a fabulous week on The Silk Trail, as memorable as ever , tough, challenging but thoroughly enjoyed. As always the meals and wine flowed and we had fun evenings! Always love the house in Competa and felt very much at home. Sallie (Surrey)
“Many thanks for a wonderful holiday. Walking was amazing. Challenging but in a
good way ?. Wild flowers and scents were beautiful.” Emily (Edingburgh)