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.
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.
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'.
On the right, there will be some arches and some more water sources.
Keep to the left going up and follow the sign to 'La Maroma'.
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).
You go up wide, concrete steps until you see a big fig tree on the right.
After passing the tree seen below, you will see a small path on the right-hand side- that is where you have to go.
From this point a beautiful rural path along the irrigation ditch will lead the way.
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.
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.
Following the pipes you will find a small shed and later first and second metal platform with stunning mountain views.
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 ;).
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.
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.