Nestled in the Sierra Tejada in the Axarquia is the white-washed village of Canillas de Aceituno, at 645m altitude the village itself has far reaching views to coast and inland.  Eager to explore new routes to add to my walking memories, we parked in the village square and headed up into the mountains.  There is a well-worn walking trail following the natural and manmade water route from the mountains to the town.  The route takes in steep ravines, and narrow pathways, a linea walk of low to medium difficulty, as long as you watch your step and footing, it is dramatic and rewarding.

Canillas de aceituno

Nearing the end of the route, there are some amazing walkways that have been created hanging to the cliff face, to allow hikers to have an unforgettable experience, vertigo sufferers may find this part difficult, but there is a firm cable on the cliff side to cling onto if needed, it was for me 😉

You are rewarded with waterfalls and canyons at the end and great picnic spot.  I recommend going in the week if possible and not on bank holidays to enjoy a walk with solitude and without the crowds.


Hanging walking ways El Saltillo

On your return, do stop at the pretty village for drinks and tapas and rest your feet, there is also a fabulous restaurant ‘La Maroma‘ that I personally recommend, and you are guaranteed a friendly welcome.




If you’d like to experience some of these dramatic routes, please get in touch it would be lovely to share the beauty of the area and walk with others.





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