PLANS are afoot to turn the Axarquia into the place for hiking. This is through the SGR 242, a brand new 80km walking route which connects Periana and Nerja.
It was developed by local businesses as a way to boost tourism and attract foreign visitors to the area. “We are now ready to start marketing this product, and hope to attract many foreign customers, as well as Spanish ones,” said Almudena Martin from Las Monjas guesthouse in Periana who has helped design a guide for the route.
The path falls entirely within the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama natural park. It ascends to 2,068m at the Pico de La Maroma and can be carried out in four to six phases.
This fully-signposted track, which takes in Canillas de Aceituno, Sedella, Salares, Canillas de Albaida, Competa and Frigiliana, has been approved by Malaga county council and Andalucia’s mountaineering institute (FAM).
SGRs (Senderos de Gran Recorrido) are recognised trails covering 50km or more.
See gr242.wordpress.com for more information