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The best hiking trails near Fuengirola

One of the most wonderful aspects of finding the perfect property for sale on the Costa del Sol, Spain is gaining access to the coveted Southern Spanish healthy outdoor lifestyle. Living in close proximity to so many Blue Flag beaches and the Mediterranean Sea, we often forget that there is also a beautiful backdrop of mountains, undulating hills, valleys, lakes, rivers and parks… just waiting to be explored. Fuengirola), offers the opportunity for you to discover the ‘real’ Spanish countryside.

The Costa del Sol is a vast swathe of land, so let’s focus on one area. Imagine if you buy one of the ​​luxury properties for sale in Fuengirola, for example in Reserva el Higueron, you will gain access to superb resort style amenities. Yet, if you look beyond the resort, you’ll realise that Reserva el Higueron’s elevated inland location (above Benalmadena and Fuengirola), offers the opportunity for you to discover the ‘real’ Spanish countryside.

Whether you enjoy hiking, trekking, taking a leisurely walk or ramping up the energy on a running trail, Nordic walking, cycling or Alpine climbing trails, there are many different hiking trails offerings something for everyone, of all capabilities. Here is a selection of some of the best hiking and trekking routes within the local vicinity, of varying levels of difficulty, elevation and length.

Lomas del Majano

This is a circular route which requires an intermediate level of fitness and will take around 2.20 hours. Starting in a carpark, the trail follows easily assessable and traversable paths. The highlights are the historic Sohail Castle in Fuengirola and the small group of hills called Las Lomas de Majano where you get a wonderful panoramic view. See details of tours by Komoot.

Reserva el Higueron to Benalmadena Pueblo

According to the Outdooractive.com route planner and travel guide, this is one of the most beautiful walks in the area. It is moderately difficult but worth it, starting at El Higueron, then on to Playa de la Torre, Torremuelle and finally finishing at Benalmadena Pueblo. The circuit should take around 1.5 hours and cover 9.1kms. For more information visit the website at Outdooractive.com.

Sierra de Mijas Nature Park

If you love nature and the great outdoors, this is the perfect route for you. You can take a guided or self-guided tour following the Network of Trails provided by Mijas Town Hall. Around 30 minutes’ drive from Fuengirola, this mountain range runs along the Costa del Sol and is renowned for its beautiful flowers, including orchids and native species of wildlife. There are three fantastic trails ranging from 221 to 2,004 meters:

Pico Mijas – La Adelfa – Puerto Colorado

This is a circular route covers 135km, reaching an elevation of 933 metres. It is considered a hard route, so it is only suitable for those who are fit and experienced. It’s extremely popular, so it can get a little busy depending on the time of day. The circuit should take around 5.5 hours. For more information visit alltrails.com.

Alhaurín de la Torre – Monte Calamorro – Pico Mijas

This is the mother of all treks covering an impressive 47km loop which reaches an elevation of 2,005 metres, and is considered to be extremely challenging. Needless to say, this route is not for the fainthearted or beginners. It takes around 15 hours to complete, but it is worth it for the flora and fauna. It is great route for birdwatching. It is also suitable for mountain biking.

Ruta de Los Duendes de la Sierra de Mijas

Out of the three routes, this moderate route is much shorter at 5.3kms and is considered more suitable for beginners. The circular route starts at the Los Arenales Quarry, taking in Puerto de las Grajas and Puerto de la Cantaras, and should take around 1.40 hours.

La Sierra de las Nieves

Not exactly close to Fuengirola, but these mountains are only 1.5 hours away by car. The rugged terrain includes cliffs and canyons and there are many indigenous species of plants and animals in the park, including the golden eagle. The area is perfect for natural lovers and there are several trails, of varying levels of difficulty. A great family trip out.

Gran Parque de la Costa del Sol, Mijas

And closer to home… the Gran Parque de la Costa del Sol was first proposed back in 2017, work has started and it is expected to be completed by February 2025. The regional government has allocated over 22€ million for the project, it will cover 36-hectares of land stretching between La Venta de la Morena and Cerros de Aguila.

When the park opens, It will be the largest green space (featuring 2,000 trees and 20,000 plants), sports and leisure area in Málaga, offering incredible amenities for walking, cycling, skating and climbing. There will also be games areas with game tables, an enormous children’s playground, an amphitheatre and much more. The perfect destination for sports, relaxing and socialising… whilst enjoying the wonderful outdoors.

Of course, walking and hiking are just a couple of ways that you can get out and about to explore your local surroundings, the Costa del Sol and indeed the whole of Andalucia…but it’s a good start!

If you would like more information about property for sale on the Costa del Sol, whether your preference is for a luxury holiday home or investment property in Reserva el Higueron or a charming traditional property in Fuengirola, contact Birgitte at birgitte@weberestates.com or call +34 683 391 512 .