Explore Weekend

Explore Weekend

This three-day holiday offers a glimpse of some of the great walking areas in our part of Andalucía. We’ll explore the geological history from where our mountains were born, then a walk amongst these relative young mountains linking several of the small working villages, and finally we’ll visit what was once an impressive Moorish hill fort. A series of walks that take us from 22 million years ago right up to today!

 

Friday - UNESCO World Heritage Site of El Torcal de Antequera

walkweekend10El Torcal Natural Park has undoubtedly the most impressive Limestone Karst landscape in the whole of Europe and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Around 200 million years ago in what was once the sea of Tethys, massive deposits of skeletons and shells of marine animals sank to the sea floor, and over a period of 175 million years created a horizontal strata thousands of metres thick. With the coming together of the Iberian and African plates, approximately 20 million years ago, the layers of rock were compressed and deformed, and eventually pushed up from the seabed to form, on the Iberian plate, the Gibraltar Arc.

 

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The lifting of the once submerged strata helped to form a broadly flat plateau (which sits south of Antequera) and over the next 20 million years the process of rain, ice and wind acted to corrode the limestone to shape this spectacular karst landscape that we’ll discover in El Torcal de Antequera.

Our walk includes not just the main area of the natural park but also a less frequented path that includes an area called the ‘Seven Tables’. On this walk we’ll follow small tracks that take us beneath these impressive sculpted rock formations, and to the northern edge of the park with views to the northern slopes of the Central Limestone Arch and into the Antequera depression.

With the walk completed we have the option to enjoy some refreshments in one of the small plazas in Antequera, and to enjoy the view over this historic city.

 

flickrlogo copyAt only 14 kilometres long this makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out. We do have to start by walking up in to the park, with around 550 mtrs of ascent, but once on the plateau it is an undulating path. Although an easy walk the path is often on broken rocks and does involve many small rock steps, so care is needed which extends this walk to around 6 to 7 hours.

 

Saturday - Andalucian Villages

walkweekend05On this walk we’ll explore several of the small villages that lie on the southern flank of the Central Limestone Arch and discover how the narrow strips of land between the mountains have been cultivated for the growing of olives. The Central Limestone Arch (a range of mountains that act as a natural barrier between the great depression of Antequera and the valleys that run towards the coast) is prominent throughout this walk and we’ll be walking beneath these dramatic and spectacular ridges with their craggy cliffs.

 

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We start in the small village of Alfarnate, leaving to the west alongside the Rio Sabar, and then eventually climbing up to make our way towards the neighbouring village of Alfarnatejo. Continuing west we follow part of the GR249 towards a natural break in the mountains, and then turn south as we slowly descend to our final village of Riogordo.

 

 

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This walk is set in spectacular surroundings. During the first part of walk we’re flanked to the north by the Sierra del Jobo (1641 mtrs) and the Sierra de Camarolos (1489 mtrs) which together form a ridge of mountains that in places seem impenetrable to summit. And as we descend to the village of Riogordo we pass to the side of the Tajo de Gomer (1175 mtrs); three summits grouped together and separated by impressive gorges.

 

 

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During the walk we may be lucky to catch sight of some of the large migrating raptors, a striped-neck terrapin, or the Spanish Ibex clinging to the side of the mountain. In places where it is too difficult to cultivate the land we'll get to see the mix of Holm Oak and Olive trees in a natural environment. You'll also start to see the familiar karstic limestone formations that abound throughout this area. 

 

 

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This is a gentle walk of 17 Kilometres, often on flat surfaces and with gentle sections of ascent. Overall there is around 200 mtrs of ascent although generally we’ll be descending towards the village of Riogordo. Walk time around 5 to 6 hours.

 

Sunday - Comares Moorish Hillfort

walkweekend12Sitting on the top of a narrow rocky crag at a height of 740 metres it is difficult not to notice Comares when you are travelling around Axarquia. While traces of the Roman occupation can still be found here, for example the Calzada Romana, it is undoubtedly the Moorish occupation that makes this village so unique and from where the name Comares originates. It was also the principal fortress of the 9th century rebel Omar Ben Hafsun whose main residence was Bobastro Castle, near to El Chorro. 

 

 

walkweekend13Our walk starts from Las Cuevas, a small collection of houses that occupy the banks of the mostly dry riverbed, and almost immediately we glimpse Comares dominating the skyline high above us on the edge of the vertical limestone outcrops. We leave the riverbed after a short while and start our near continuous climb up to the village.

As we ascend through the olive and almond groves the view begins to open to the north, and now we start to see the ridge of mountains that include Chamizo, Tajos de Gomer and across to the Pass of Zafarraya. As we near the final part of the ascent we’ll stop at the spring beneath the outcrops and take in the magnificent views. From here it is just the final climb up the Roman road into Comares. 

 

walkweekend14In Comares we’ll grab some refreshments, after which we’ll take a tour of the village, including the Balcony de Axarquia, Cemetery, Church and Plaza de Verdiales.

We leave the village from the south, cutting back to the northern slopes, and then follow a narrow path below one of the ridges that drops back to the riverbed. When we finish the walk there is the chance to have a drink in Bar Ortega, and celebrate the completion of this fantastic walk!

 

flickrlogo copyThis is a circular walk that starts in Las Cuevas, a small village beneath the northern slopes of Comares. The route is around 14 kms with 675 mtrs of ascent and including stops this should take us around 6-7 hours. Highest point is 720 metres.

 

Weekend of walking - 4 nights/3 days. Includes airport transfers, single or double/twin room, full board and 3 days of guided walking. Only €329 per person. Arrival Thursday, departure Monday.

 

2019 Dates*

Weekend Holidays - March 21st, April 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, May 2nd & 9th. September 26th. October 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th. November 14th, 21st & 28th. December 5th & 12th.

*It may be possible for you to select different dates, please contact us to check availability.

 

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