Nerja to Alcaucin
four days above the Costa del Sol

Wanting to get away from an English winter, we did this from March 30th to April 2nd 2023, and it was already hot, with no rain and lots of flowers; all our meals were outside. We took a day at the end to climb La Maroma but didn't get around to it, and a day either side for travel - out to Málaga airport, then bus to the town bus station and on to Nerja (photo 1). At the end we took a taxi back to the airport. B&Bs are fairly plentiful and, by UK standards, cheap.

The inspiration for this walk was the wonderful 'Tour and Trail' map of the Costa del Sol from Discovery Walking Guides, and we also had 'Walk! Costa del Sol' by Charles Davis. I navigated with the map, along with Google maps on my phone. The Vodaphone signal was good except beyond Sedella, though when we walked under a phone mast I rebooted the phone and it reappeared.

Day 1: Nerja to Acebuchal (about 4 hours)
We walked up a dry stream bed (Charles Davis' walk number 2 and photo 2) to Frigiliana (photo 3) for lunch. this path gets steeper at the end, and we met a couple who had found it difficult, so we took a road on the left up to La Molineta and on roadside paths to Frigiliana. In the afternoon we took the GR249 (sometimes called the GR242 on maps) to Acebuchal (photo 4). We were not acclimatised, and found the day quite hot and tiring. There are good walks from here, and one could spend an extra day exploring the hills.
Day 2: Acebuchal to Cómpeta (about 4 hours)
This was an easier day, first on a forest path (photo 5), then on small roads by the A7207 (Charles Davis' walk number 8, and photo 6). We did it in one go, arriving in the lovely village of Cómpeta (photo 7) for a late lunch. An extra day here would work, too; there are many local walks.
Day 3: Cómpeta to Sedella (about 5 hours)
We followed the GR to Canillas de Albaida (a lovely path, photo 8) and then on towards Salares, with obvious climbs (photo 9) plus uphill roads. At the pass at Casa Gante the GR goes off to the right, so we went left down a delightful path (photo 10) to Salares, marked with a white arrow. In the afternoon we walked up the MA127 (photo 11).

This area is less touristy, and we couldn't find lodging in Sedella, so walked through town and up the GR to an Airbnb at Pozanca, with a beautiful view over the valley. This would be another place to take an extra day - there are many paths to the north.
Day 4: Sedella to Alcaucin (about 5 hours)
We rejoined the GR and followed it above our lodging (photos 12 and 13), then down on to the MA126, using the version on our map. This was a lovely walk, and so was the road - winding easily through the countryside with little traffic. There is a spectacular descent to a bridge over the Rio Almanchares, but we missed it - just as well, maybe, as our balance these days isn't so good. Once we got to a roundabout, navigation into Canillas de Aceituno for lunch was easy. Afterwards, the GR leaves town at another roundabout (Charles Davis' walk 6), and here we found the most challenging path at the Cueva de la Fajara, down one side of a gorge (photo 14 - there are two people on that path), 10 metres upstream, and up the other side. After that the path was well signed all the way, though we were tired by the time we trudged down into Alcaucin (photo 15).
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