Malaga is a land better known for its coast than its mountains, although both are equally impressive. It’s a place that enjoys good weather all year round, boasts white-washed villages and has gastronomy that’s the envy of many. Although it’s not the largest of the Andalusian provinces, it has the most natural parks and reserved spaces.
This Collection includes seven of the 35 stages of the Gran Senda de Málaga (GR 249). I’ve selected this section because it’s where, in my opinion, you can find the most impressive places, which are well worth a visit for mountain lovers.
This compilation is aimed at people in very good physical shape who want to maintain or improve their endurance. It’s a challenge of around 140 kilometres (87 mi), with a cumulative elevation gain of 6,000 metres (19,685 ft). Of course, you’re free to complete the route at your own pace, customising it using the template below.
To begin with, you can get to Campillos by train, bus or car: the choice is yours. It’s very easy to find parking and this gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to the return journey. At the end of the route, from Jimera de Líbar, there are two trains a day to Campillos. As for accommodation, I’ve indicated several recommendations for each stage. However, I recommend you book in advance to be on the safe side.
The best time to do this route is from early autumn to late spring: you don't want to tempt the hot sun in summer.
To complete this Collection, you’ll need plenty of water, food for the trail, sun protection, trekking poles, lots of motivation and even more energy. The rewards include discovering great natural wonders, enjoying local culture and, of course, enormous personal satisfaction.
Ready to get going? Create and customize your own version of this adventure using the full Tour below as a template.
Last updated: September 14, 2022
Plan your own version of this adventure in the multi-day planner based on the stages suggested in this Collection.
Start this great adventure from Campillos, a small town known for its Lagunas nature reserve. In addition, it is a strategic point to access incredible landscapes of the Andalusian geography.
This first stage starts strong: you have just over 26 kilometers ahead of you. The good news? There is almost…
It dawns very early in the land of reservoirs, gorges and endless limestone walls. Today you have a great physical challenge ahead of you: this 22-kilometre stage with a drop of just over 700 meters takes you through one of the most amazing and unique landscapes in the Sierra de Málaga.
On the one hand…
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Wondering if the itinerary includes more lakes? The answer is yes. The stage begins with a spectacular panoramic view of the Tajo de la Encantada reservoir, framed in the background by giant plates of limestone rock and by the Gaitanes gorge.
And they are not the only ones, since after the first stretch…
It is possible that at this point you are wondering if there is something more interesting to see. Well, today's itinerary takes you through the Ardales, Burgo and Serrato triangle, which is backed by the Ortegícar mountain range to the north and bathed by the Turón river to the south.
Today's stage takes you through very changing landscapes. Pools of blue waters sheltered by pine forests, a large cornicabral guarded by a medieval watchtower and a mountain pass with spectacular views, are the great protagonists of today.
Today's objective is to reach Ronda, an emblematic point not only…
You almost have it! You have completed the hardest stages of the Collection. From now on, it's sewing and singing. You only have 13 kilometers ahead of you and just 160 meters of positive elevation gain, so relax and enjoy the scenery.
To begin with, you can appreciate the views of the Serranía de Ronda…
In this latest adventure, water is, once again, the great protagonist. Only 10 kilometers separate Benaoján and Jimera de Líbar, two municipalities that, although they are from Malaga, are part of the Grazalema Natural Park. The route follows the course of the Guadiaro river at all times, which joins…
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