The best time to walk in Andalucia is in the late spring early summer when the flowers
are in bloom, and in early autumn to catch the migration of birds. The region lies
on the most important migration route for birds from northern Europe to Africa and
many exotic species pass through, or are permanently resident, such as griffon vultures,
short toed eagles, hoopoes etc. (See Bird Life).
November and February are the wettest months and remember some of the Sierras are
above the snow line for much of the winter. July and August are really too hot for
all but the high level routes and shorter walks close to the sea, between beach bars
and cold beers!
In spring, autumn and winter wet weather is a distinct possibility and in the summer
months it is advisable to carry plenty of water and sun protection.
The villa is well equipped with information on walking including maps, guides and
specific local walks, which guests are welcome to borrow.
There are many local walks from the very easy to the more challenging for the seasoned
In the immediate vicinity there is a beautiful walk to Sayalonga through the avocado,
orange and lemon groves down to the river, then through the village up La Rabita
(608 metres) to appreciate the stunning views of the mountains, white villages and
the Mediterranean coast.
The Axarquia is only a few minutes drive from the Costa del Sol but represents a
rugged contrast to the ‘easy strolling’ promenades of the resorts so prospective
walkers should come prepared.
Spain is one of the best walking countries in Europe and Andalucia in the south has
it all. It has a great climate, one of the highest mountains in Europe, and wild
unfrequented areas filled with dramatic scenery and some of the most interesting
flora and fauna to be found anywhere in the world. Rambling is a relatively new pastime
in many parts of Spain and as yet the south and Andalucia in particular have been
largely overlooked by all but a few of Europe’s most enthusiastic walkers.
Until recently way-marked routes were rare, maps difficult to come by, and walking
guides cryptic in the extreme. However there two notable publications now available;
Walking in Andalucia by Guy Hunter-Watts and more specific to our locality Walk!
the Axarquia with Charles Davies.