The Guadalhorce Valley is a region in the province of Malaga made up of 8 municipalities: Pizarra, Coín, Alhaurín el Grande, Cártama, Almogía, Valle de Abdalajís and Álora.
In this region there is a great pottery tradition, so we’ll find top quality traditional ceramics that we’ll be able to buy as a souvenir of our stay in the area.
There are plenty of routes that we’ll be able to explore by foot, the ones that we have enlisted below are only just a small example:
Beautiful landscapes of citruses accompany our journey from Pizarra. We’ll pass by La Jara, a memory of the past where there are country houses in an area where the urbanisations, nor cables or roads have not yet reached. Our arrival at Rio Grande, with a crystal clear water flow that descends from the Sierra de las Nieves right down to the Mediterranean.
This stage of the route offers us a visual and historical richness of great importance between Coin and Alhaurin El Grande, passing by various natural springs that have sustained the first stable settlements in the area. It’s a journey that will take us back in time while we explore the two cattle routes in Coin and other paths of remote origins known as “The Fishermen” which was used in the past to transport the fish from the coast of Mijas and Fuengirola up to the interior villages.
This route that runs between huertas and sierra crosses the Lemon Valley, it’s a route that passes by spots with a great archaeological richness until reaching the city of Cartama.
This route introduces us into the Malaga mountains where there are abundant olive groves and irrigation areas at the bottom of the valley. This route is tough with steep hills that will lead us to Almogia. We recommend to double-check that we are well-equipped, with water and patience for this tough trekking route.
This route uses part of the old Royal Path of Malaga to Antequera that will offer us views of a not so far away past of country houses and inns that seem to have remained the same. A route where we’ll enjoy the scenery, the history and the culture of the area.
Numerous archaeological sites in the Abdalajis Valley municipal limits, a history that dates back in time and that we can explore by foot passing between the hillsides to the Alora farms and where beautiful views await in places such as the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes in El Chorro.
While we explore this trekking route in Alora we can admire the city from far away, witnessing the strategic location it had in the past, reason why a castle was built upon the stony Phoenician foundations. We’ll walk along this path alongside the Guadalhorce irrigation channels, being most of the path downhill.