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Hiking & Walking Trips around Alora, AndaluciaOn the way up to La Huma
 
Hike #1 - The Top of La Huma:
Total time:  4 hours 30 minutes
Driving Time, Return Trip 33.8 km. /1 hour  10 minutes
Hike:  3 hours 20 minutes
Level of difficulty:  Demanding
Description of the hike:
This is quite a demanding hike, but incredibly well worth it. After a short drive from Alora Valley View Accommodations, you will park your car and then begin your hike. The beginning is relatively a constant upwards climb with the occasional flat parts, it is the last part towards the top that is the most demanding for some people. Along the entire route are fantastic views of the valley and the surrounding areas. At the top you can see for miles in every direction. Make sure to bring  a lot of water and a good size lunch and make a day of it. The effort is totally worth it!
 
The Drive to the Start:
View from the top of La Huma1.  11.4 km: Take the El Chorro road.
 
2.  0.8 km: Take a right over the dam, then the first sharp swing to the right towards the train station.
 
3. 2.9 km: Continue past the train station and a hotel on your right hand side. The road will come to a split at the first steep hill, it is here that you will turn left, signed ”Valle de Abdalajis”. Continue to drive until you come to an intersection marked ”Sendero Sierra de Huma”.
 
4.  1.8 km: Continue on a gravel road and after 1.5 km the road will split again, here you will turn right and continue for another 300 meters. Stop when you come to a small sign that says Abdalajis to the right and El Chorro to the left and park the car.
 
The Hike:
1.   20 min: Follow the gravel road to the right towards Abdalajis. Walk until you come to an old cabin/house where there is just the foundation left.
2.   15 min: Walk 20 meters past the foundation and take a left on to a small path. You will follow this path until it The top of La Humasplits.

3.   10 min: Walk to the left and follow this path/gravel road until you come almost to the base of the mountain. When the path/gravel road swings to the left and a bit downwards, it is here you must go right onto a small path. 
4.   1 hour 20 min: You will now walk up the hill with La Huma on your left hand side. It is here that you will most likely not be able to keep to the path all the time, but don´t despair. Try to keep to the left closest to the mountain side, until you come to the top of the hill. Walk until you come to a fence that has many planted trees on the other side. Go to the left on the path which goes along the fence and follow the natural upwards increase to the mountain. It is very steep here. At the top take a right to get to the highest point where you will see a small cement “block”.
5.   1 hour 15 min: Go the same way back.
 
Walk #2 - The top of El Hacho:
Total time: 2 hours 20 minutesView of the valley
Driving time: Starts from Alora Valley View Accommodations
Hike: 2 hours 20 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy
Description of the walk:
This is an easy hike/walk. The walk starts at Alora Valley View Accommodations and takes you up to the top of El Hacho. The walk has a relatively constant upwards climb on a good gravel road with the occasional flat parts. The views are amazing throughout the whole trip. From the top you can see our beautiful little “pueblo” of Alora, which is fantastically situated between the two hills.

Point 1 – 3 below is the same as the walk ”Over El Hacho to Alora”.

The Drive to the Start:
No driving as the hike starts at Alora Valley View Accommodations.
Walk:
1.  10 min: Take the road from Alora Valley View Accommodations up to El Convento.View of Alora village
2.  2 min: Take left at El Convento and walk until you come to the first intersection to the right.
3.  30 min: At the intersection you take a sharp right turn and continue on this road until you come to a crossroad where you take a left turn signed Monte Hacho. ATTN: Remember this crossroad for your way back down, as it is easy to walk straight ahead instead of taking it to the right .
4.  10 min: Continue. You will now come to another crossroad. Here you will take a left where it is signed Cima del Monte Hacho.
5.  23 min: Follow the signs to Cima del Monte Hacho and you will reach the top.
6. 1 hour 5 min: Take the same road back. ATTN: Remember the comments unders point 3.
 
Hike #3 - The top of Monte Pizarra:
Total time: 2 hours 40 minutesView of Pizarra from the hike
Driving time: Return Trip 23.8 km/50 minutes
Hike: 1 hour 50 minutes
Level of difficulty: Medium
Description of the hike:
This is a hike with medium difficulty. After a short drive from Alora Valley View Accommodations you park your car in Pizarra and the hike can start. The hike has a relatively constant upwards climb on a good path with occasional steeper parts. Along the entire route are fantastic views of Alora and the surrounding areas such as Malaga City and the Mediterranean See. At the top you can see for miles in every direction. At the top there is a monument called “The monument of the heart of Jesus” also called “El Santo”. Remember to bring plenty of water and some lunch that you can enjoy on the top. Have a nice hike.
The Drive to the Start:
1.  2.3 km: Take the lower road towards Alora until you reach the roundabout with the arch in the middle.View from the top of Monte de Pizarra
2.  2.6 km: Turn left in this roundabout and drive to the next roundabout down in the valley.
3.  1.1 km: In this roundabout take right signed Pizarra/Malaga. Drive to the next intersection (at restaurant Los Caballos). This is road no. A343 which you should now follow to Pizarra.
4.  5.5 km: At ”Los Caballos” you drive straight ahead (not turning right towards Malaga). Drive to the first roundabout in Pizarra.
5.  0.4 km: Take the exit to Malaga in the roundabout and drive until you reach the Tourist Information Centre. You will also have a gas station some meters further. Find somewhere to park here.
Hike:
1. 5 min: Walk up the street between the Tourist Information Centre and the gas station all the way upwards until the street bends to the right. Here you can see a sigh saying ”Area Recreativa 40m”.View from the top of Monte de Pizarra
2. 30 min: Walk into this recreational area and begin to go upwards with the creek to your left. When the fence on your left side comes to an end you walk over the chain and over the creek and continue to the right up the creek on the other side. You will now reach a big rock right in front of you. Here you take left (not right). Continue on the main path until you come to a view point marked with an X on a pole.  
3. 10 min: Continue. You will now come to a sign saying ”El Santo 1,1 km”. This is a shortcut to the top which you also can take. If not, take a hard right and continue.
4.  5 min: Continue. You will now pass a cave with a small rest stop. Continue until you reach an intersection where you take a right turn on a good road. Continue.
5.  20 min: In the next intersection you will continue straight ahead.
6.  15 min: You are now at the top and you can enjoy the view next to the statue of Jesus.
7.  25 min: The descend starts at the end of the picnic area. There is also a sign there saying “Pizarra 2 km”. Continue all the way until you come to the same place as under point 3 above. Then continue the same way you came up.
 
Walk #4 - Pico del convento:
Total time: 2 hours 25 minutes.View over the El Chorro gorge
Driving time: Return Trip 39 km/1hour 10 minutes.
Walk: 1 hour 15 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy
Description of the walk:
This is a relatively easy walk on a good road/track. It is just the last part of 5 minutes where the track turns into a smaller rocky path. The first part of the hike is relatively flat and the last part has a  smooth steady ascend. The top has a gorgeous view of the Ardales lakes and the interior of the El Chorro gorge. Take a lunch and make it a nice morning trip. 

The Drive to the Start (the same as Sendero Gaitanejo):
1.   11.4 km: Take the El Chorro road until you come to the dam.

2.   6.0 km: Drive straight ahead past the dam (not over the dam), and drive until you reach a junction.

3.   1.9 km: Take to the right at the junction and continue until you come to a road to the right just before the tunnel.

4.   0.2 km: Take right and drive until you come to a parking place just after Restaurante Mirador. Park here.   

Walk:
1.   3 min: Follow the road straight ahead until you come to a gated track where you take right over the gate onto a nice track.  View of the Ardales lakes

2.   7 min: Follow the track until you come to a smaller track to the right.   

3.   25 min: Continue on this smaller track until the track turns into a smaller rocky path.

4.   5 min: Follow this rocky track and you reach the view point over the interior of the gorge and the lakes.

5.   35 min: Return the same way back down.
 
 
 
 
Walk #5 - Sendero Gaitanejo:
Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes.View along the river bank
Driving time: Return Trip 39 km/1hour 15 minutes.
Walk: 1 hour 15 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy
Description of the walk:
This is a comfortable and easy walk on a very nice path almost all the way. The path is mostly flat except for on a couple of occasion where it is a little steep, such as near the end. The whole route is signed “Sendero Gaitanejo”. On this walk you will see the dam and the river coming from the dam running thought the El Chorro gorge.

The Drive to the Start (the same as Pico del convento):
1.   11.4 km: Take the El Chorro road until you come to the dam.

2.   6.0 km: Drive straight ahead past the dam (not over the dam), and drive until you reach a junction.

3.   1.9 km: Take a right at the junction and continue until you come to a road on the right just before the tunnel.

4.   0.2 km: Take a right and drive until you come to a parking place just after Restaurante Mirador. Park here.   

Walk:View of the river along the path
1.   3 min: Follow the road straight ahead until you come to a gated track where you take a right over the gate onto a nice track. At the gate you will see a description of the hike. The whole hike is signed “Sendero Gaitanejo”.

2.   22 min: You follow the track until you reach a small power station. Here you will turn around and follow the smaller track back alongside the river.    

3.   30 min: You will now come to a smaller path on your left signed “Sendero Gaitanejo”. Take this smaller track up the hill.

4.   10 min: Walk up this steep hill until you reach the road where you take right.

5.   10 min: You are now at your car.
 
 
Walk #6 - Over El Hacho to Alora:
Total time: 1 hour 58 minutesView over Alora
Driving time: Starts from Alora Valley View
Walk: 1 hour 58 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy

Description of the walk:
This is an easy hike/walk. The walk starts at Alora Valley View and takes you on a hike over and around El Hacho to Alora and then back to Alora Valley View. The walk has a relatively constant upwards climb on a good gravel road with the occasional flat part until you come to the other side of El Hacho where the hike continues on a smaller path down to Alora. Great views along the entire walk. You can see Alora from above. It is also nice to see the fortress from this angle.

Point 1 – 3 below is the same as the hike ”Top of El Hacho”.

The Drive to the Start:
No driving as the walk starts at Alora Valley View.

Walk:
1.   10 min: Take the road from Alora Valley View up to El Convento. View of Alora and the fortress

2.   2 min: Take left at El Convento and walk until you come to the first intersection to the right.

3.   30 min: At the intersection you take a sharp right turn and continue on this road until you come to a crossroad where you take a left turn signed Monte Hacho.

4.   10 min: Now you come to another intersection. You walk straight ahead about five meters (not to the left signed “Cima del monte Hacho”) and take the path on the left.

5.   12 min: Take the first smaller path to the left and continue downwards.  

6.   8 min: The path turns into a gravel road.

7.   4 min: Continue until you come to the next intersection. At this intersection there is one path that is almost straight ahead and one path that is another sharp right downwards. Take the path that is almost straight ahead.  

8.   4 min: The road divides again. Here you need to take a left.

9.   5 min: You are now entering the town. Continue straight ahead on the street you come in on.

10. 3 min: Turn left at Calle Omar.

11. 2 min: You now come to an intersection. One street to the right (down), another left (up) and one straight ahead. Take the street straight ahead.

12. 2 min: Take to the right at the football stadium and continue around it and continue on this road.  

13. 14 min: Now you have come to the main road where you can see ”Restaurante Fuente Higuera”. Turn left here and continue back to Alora Valley View.  

14. 3 min: Remember to take right at ”El Convento” and down the hill to us.

15. 9 min: You have now safely returned to Alora Valley View.