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Unusual Andalusia- hidden gems of the Axarquia

In today's post, I would like to share one of the lesser-known hikes in the Axarquia region that may be of interest for people who spend their holidays in this region.

Starting in Árchez, it is a nice 30-minute drive down the MA-4108 road to the village of Canillas de Aceituno. On the way, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama National Park and the typical winding roads of the region.


A road to Canillas de Aceituno

From the parking, you have to find a way to the main square - Plaza de la Constitucion. It is a short walk and if you enter 'Ayuntamiento de Canillas de Aceituno' into google maps you should be able to find it easily.. to the first roundabout you take the second exit ( do not turn to Canillas de Aceituno!) - after a few minutes you will reach the second roundabout where you need to take the first exit to your right. Keep driving until you see the terrace on the right hand side - that's where the parking is located.


How to reach the underground parking.

From parking up your vehicle, you have to find your way to the main square on foot - Plaza de la Constitucion. It is a short walk and if you enter the term 'Ayuntamiento de Canillas de Aceituno' into google maps you should be able to find it quite easily.

On the right, there will be some arches and more water sources, if you've got a moment you can go to a nearby bar or head straight up the hill. From the square, you have to go up the stairs where you will find free drinking fountains (Agua Potable) on the left and the sign 'Mercado Municipal'.


A water fountain in Canillas de Aceituno

On the right, there will be some arches and some more water sources.


Non-drinking water.

Keep to the left going up and follow the sign to 'La Maroma'.


A street-sign for La Maroma.

Going up from the square

Enjoying the village views

It will take you approximately 10 minutes to get to the wooden fence. On the way, there will be one more arrow sprayed on the wall (photo below).


White arrow leading the way

You go up wide, concrete steps until you see a big fig tree on the right.


Steps with a wooden balustrade

After passing the tree seen below, you will see a small path on the right-hand side- that is where you have to go.


The hidden path

From this point a beautiful rural path along the irrigation ditch will lead the way.


The path along an irrigation ditch

Continuing the journey along the ditch

Keep walking ;)

Mind your head ;)

At one point the irrigation ditch goes steep up the hill into the pipes which you cannot follow and from this point you must follow the dirt path- it will take you to the olive grove.


Crossing some pipes

An olive grove

Walking through the olive grove

We keep on this path which turns slightly left and then steep up the hill where you the irrigation pipes will resume- keep following the pipes and you won't get lost.


Leaving the olive grove

A steep hill on the way out of the olive grove

A water pipe leading the way.

Water pipe on the way

Following the pipes you will find a small shed and later first and second metal platform with stunning mountain views.


A shed on the way

First platform

Second platform

Walking off the second platform

The very last section, again along the pipe takes you to the end of the path where you will find two natural pools -we do recommend you take a dip in the freezing cold mountain water - you will feel like ten years younger ;).

Almost there!

Waterfalls

From there you can also climb to the second level with more pools and a beautiful waterfall.

If you are feeling adventurous and are fit enough you can climb even higher from level two to level 3 and even higher where you can find an even bigger waterfall- our friends and I climbed it barefoot so most people should be able to do it as well.



Our final destination after climbing

It is an amazing place that not many people visit and it is only about 4 km one way from the main square of the village. After the walk, you can have a swim in the amazing refreshing waters and have lunch and sunbathe on the rocks. If you feel hot you can have a swim again. It is a great place to spend a nice afternoon. We really recommend it.


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