Albuferas de Adra

The Albuferas de Adra, located within the municipality of Adra, are maritime lagoons that have been sealed off from the sea due to sediment accumulation. This has resulted in a wetland of significant ecological importance, teeming with a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Regrettably, this natural haven is encircled by intensive cultivation, a sight that may dishearten nature enthusiasts. However, the Albuferas de Adra, situated near the town of Adra in Almeria, offers more than just its natural beauty. This town has been a crossroads of various cultures throughout history, remnants of which can still be seen today.

The port of Adra, in particular, has a rich history. It was from this port that the last Arab king of Granada departed. In the 20th century, it was used to ship mined ore, playing a pivotal role in the region's economy.

As an introduction to the hiking trails in and around the Albuferas de Adra, visitors can expect a blend of natural beauty, historical intrigue, and a touch of modern agricultural practices. The trails offer varying levels of difficulty, catering to both novice hikers and seasoned trekkers. Along the way, hikers can enjoy the diverse landscapes, from the serene lagoons and wetlands to the bustling port and surrounding farmlands.

Hiking Trails in Adra

Let's highlight some of the most popular hiking trails in the area:

PR-A 340 Route from Bolaños to Calar

This trail follows an old road that was once used by the inhabitants of both villages for trade. It offers a glimpse into the past, allowing hikers to walk the same path that traders did years ago. The trail is well-marked and suitable for hikers of all levels.

PR-A 341 Route from Guainos – Hermitage Ermita de la Sierra

This route recovers an old cattle route and offers beautiful sea views from the mountain chapel. Hikers will traverse narrow corridors carved into the rock by the action of water over time, adding a touch of adventure to the hike. The 14.1-kilometer route is recommended to start in Guainos Altos where you can park your car. From there, simply follow the path which marks the direction 'Ermita de la Sierra'.

More hiking routes in Adra

How to Get to Adra from Malaga

Adra, a charming municipality located in the province of Almeria, is accessible from Malaga by road. Here's how to get there:

To reach Adra from Malaga, you should take the A-7 motorway towards Nerja and Motril. This coastal motorway offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, making the journey as breathtaking as the destination itself.

Continue on the A-7 passing through several coastal towns such as Torrox, Almuñécar, and Salobreña. After passing Motril, continue in the direction of Almeria.

About 30 kilometres after passing Motril, you'll find the exit to Adra. Take this exit and follow the signs until you reach the centre of Adra.

The drive from Malaga to Adra typically takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on traffic. Always remember to drive safely and enjoy the journey.

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