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GR 249. Stage 04: Torrox - Nerja

Diputación de Málaga

GR 249. Stage 04: Torrox - Nerja


El trabajo personal que corresponde con la etapa de la mente, es la decisión y constituye una fase de especial importancia. Durante su recorrido se invita a la persona a abrigar un espacio donde se ofrezca la oportunidad de tomar partida y decidir lo adecuado en su vida.

El trabajo personal que aquí se propone consiste en ser conscientes del gran potencial y talento que albergamos, así como la cantidad de opciones que residen en cada uno de nosotros, pudiendo compatibilizar varios caminos, cuestionándonos acerca de qué decisiones hemos tomado, cuáles aún no, qué consecuencias hemos vivido cuando decidimos optar por el silencio, así como cuando decidimos no decidir, permitir, hacer o no hacer…

Esta etapa brinda la oportunidad de acompañarte a través de La Gran Senda con las reglas de la propia naturaleza, despertando un despliegue de todo lo mejor que ya hay en ti y la infinidad de opciones que aún no has ofrecido a tu vida, para que seas tú quien decida, sumado a un aprendizaje continuo en un ambiente cambiante.

Es un recorrido donde la toma de decisiones al cien por cien de compromiso te va a acompañar. Un sendero donde es necesario crear una diferencia, para decidir activamente hacia donde quiero caminar, con la intención firme de la finalidad que se pretende, siendo conscientes de las consecuencias. Para cambiar aquellos pensamientos que nos limitan, potenciar los que nos impulsan y encontrar la salida de aquella situación que aparentemente vemos como imposible.

Routes On foot On a bicycle On a horse
Access -

1. Initiation Stage:

Access Starting point: From the N-340 the best option is to use the A-7207 road which takes you to Torrox directly from the coast. However, the Autovía A-7S crosses the river next to Torrox and you can access the village there.

Starting point:  Calle Almedina in Torrox, in the north, on a turn. The starting point is south of the centre.

Enjoy the walk safely:  Crossing Río de Torrox, the stream that follows it and Río Seco, should pose no problems. Río Chillar is another story as it tends to have water all year round except for times of long droughts. Being so close to Nerja it is possible to try and find a nearby bridge if the water level is too high. In order to do so it is recommended to head south to find the N-340.

Sections of the path especially at the beginning can be quite steep and covered in loose gravel. Traffic along the tracks gets heavier as you get closer to Nerja, where farm vehicles add to people travelling between the villages and housing estates. Asphalted sections lack hard shoulders so you need to pay attention to the traffic. Service roads along the motorway follow the same pattern.

In the vicinity of the Góndola de Nerja roundabout you must use pedestrian crossings as the number of cars here and their average speed are much higher. There are no drinking water sources along Stage 4.

2. Completion of Stage:

Access to finish point: As mentioned above, crossing the N-340 is a good option, west of a sports complex Enrique López Cuenca.

Finish point:  Intersection of the Julio Romero and Picasso streets, close to the Avenida de la Constitución and the Avenida de Pescia, crossing the N-340. There is a car park just at the end of the walk. This is in the northern part of Nerja which looks over to Río Chíllar.

3. Alternatives:

Possible "escape  routes":   The fact that you are walking in the vicinity of a motorway, does not mean that there are many exit points for the walk. In reality this becomes possible around km 5 in the area where there are asphalted tracks. All of the housing estates have exits to the motorway and connections to Nerja, towards the south and then east No return point: It is understood that having climbed el Puerto (km 3.1) the smartest thing to do would be descending towards Nerja, not because it is closer to the starting point but because the possibilities to find and exit from the walk are greater.

Connections to other footpaths and trailsThe star public right of way road is the aforementioned Cañada Real de Motril a Málaga, which leads to Torrox from the Puente de las Animas. The Gran Senda de Málaga had to abandon the Cañada Real as the Autovía de Mediterráneo had been built on top of it in places.

In the Torrox area other traditional paths mainly head north to connect with Cómpeta or Periana and south to the coast. Frigiliana
has its own public paths heading for Málaga which cross the GR-249 at the entrance to Nerja. The GR-92 E-12 Senda del
Mediterráneo which coincides with our GR from the finish point of this stage pairs up with GR-242 Sierra Tejeda y Almijara (from Periana to Nerja) and both GR´s are way marked in the opposite direction to the GR-249.

Nerja is famous for the guided tour of its caves and also for its water itinerary through the Cahorros del Higuerón (in Frigiliana area) and, above all, Río Chíllar. Hundreds of people undertake a descent along these beautiful river canyons taking the adventure up to various points along the river apt for different ability levels, deeper and deeper into the Sierra de Almijara.La Puerta Verde de Torrox, Frigiliana and Sierra Almijara connects two villages and the sierra to the north of this Stage,creating a good alternative to design a circular walk of various days around the east part of Málaga province.

Two protected nature reserves nearby, very significant for the walker, are Parade Natural Acantilados de Maro y Cerro Gordo
(on the coast towards the east) and Parque Natural de las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama, to the north east. In the Nerja area the highlights are the ascent of Alto del Cielo and the footpaths which will be used in the 5th Stage of the Gran Senda de Málaga.

Nerja Town hall advertises and recommends five walks through Sierra de Almijara (to the Río Chíllar dam, to the Fuente del
esparto, to Nava Chica, to Almendrón and to the Cuesta del Cielo via la Civila) and one walk along Arroyo de la Miel (to Peñon
de los Castillejos). The town hall website offers descriptions of the itineraries and quite clear plans of each walk.


Duration - 3:15 horas
Length - 10500 Km