Walking in the Sierras de Almijara

Guided walking holiday in Spain

From € 462.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • winter or snowshoeing walking holiday
  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
  • Person walking towards a group of ibex on a mountainside
  • View towards Nerja Beach in Southern Spain
  • Shepherds with goats in Spain's Sierras de Almijara

A fantastic guided walking holiday in mountainous Andalucia. Many of the walks start right from your doorstep, while some require a short transfer with a 4x4 deeper into the national park. Transfers are all taken care of by your host.

You'll be walking in the Sierras de Almijara y de Tejeda, a mountain chain designated as a nature park in Andalucia, southern Spain. These mountains form a natural separation between the provinces of Málaga and Granada with impressive mountains Maroma (2068 m) and El Lucero (1779 m).

You will find unspoilt nature here in an area with an ideal walking climate. Spring and autumn have excellent walking weather here, and even a winter walking holiday is possible in this part of Spain.

This walking holiday combines the region's best spots and most scenic and interesting routes.

Accommodation in Cómpeta

During this walking holiday your base is the village Cómpeta. This white mountain village lies a bit hidden in the hills at the end of a long scenic valley at an altitude of just over 600 metres (2000 feet).

You'll be staying in Hotel Balcón de Cómpeta, the only 3-star hotel in the area. Double rooms have en-suite full bathrooms, telephone, satellite TV, air-conditioning, heating and safety deposit boxes.

Bedroom with double bed Hotel garden with swimming pool View onto Hotel Balcon de Competa

Guests park for free in the hotel's parking area, and after walks you can relax in the hotel's 2 swimming pools, pool bar and hotel gardens.

The first and last night we will have our dinner in the hotel's restaurant. The other nights we will enjoy our dinner in varying good restaurants in the village.

Walking in the Sierras de Almijara

Walker on path in the Sierras de Almijara Competa mountain village with church

The walks during this walking holiday in the Sierra de Almijara are moderately difficult and range between 4 and 6 hours daily with differences in altitude up to 500 metres. On walking days, your English speaking guide will meet with you at the hotel at 9AM. All local transfers to and from walks where necessary are included.

Sierras de Almijara walking holiday itinerary


This itinerary around Competa in Andalucia offers you the very best walking in the area.

Day 1 - Arrival at your hotel in Competa in Andalucia.

Day 2 - Circular walk from the hotel along the nature reserve to Canillas de Albaida, downstream Rio Cájula to Archez and through the wine-fields back to Cómpeta. Approximate;y 7.5 miles/4 hours, difference in altitude 410 metres.

Day 3 - Circular walk from the hotel along the irrigation channel to Canillas de Albaida, upstream rio Cájula through a gorge into the nature reserve up to Cueva de Agua and back to Canillas de Albaida and Cómpeta via a different route. About 9.5 miles/4.5 hours, difference in altitude 420 metres.

Day 4 - Circular walk from the hotel into the nature reserve, climb of Cerro Gavilán and fire-hut. About 9 miles/4.5 hours, difference in altitude 500 metres.

Day 5 - A free day. On this day you could walk to the coast and the beach (back by bus) or enjoy a city-walk in Málaga.

Day 6 - Transfer by 4x4 to Rio Torrox, circular walk Acebuchal, about 7 miles/4 hours, difference in altitude 350 metres (possibility to walk back to Cómpeta in another 2 hours)

Day 7 - Transfer by 4x4 to Fabrica de la Luz, linear walk along the Arroyo de la Cueva del Melero to Puerto Blanquillo and via the mule trail back to Cómpeta, about 10.5 miles/5 hours, difference in altitude 500 metres (possibility to extend the walk to the peak of El Lucero in another 2 hours).

Day 8 - Departure day.

Dates and availability

Walkers coming down a hill Walking guide in Spain's Sierras de Almijara mountains

Starting dates for 2018:

20 February 2018 - 8 days/7 nights

27 March 2018 - 8 days/7 nights

15 May 2018 - 8 days/7 nights

25 September 2018 - 8 days/7 nights

23 October 2018 - 8 days/7 nights

20 November 2018 - 8 days/7 nights

The price for 2017 is €462,- (euro) in twin room sharing.
Single supplement €120,- (euro).

Cómpeta is about 70 km (roughly an hour's drive) east from Málaga Airport. A public bus runs three times a day between Cómpeta and the city of Málaga.

Please contact the holiday provider, through the form below, or the contact form, with any questions and for more information.

Map with location of Sierras de Almijara in Southern Spain

Holiday type

winter or snowshoeing walking holiday One accommodation Guided walking holiday
Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Half board


From € 462.- / 8 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing


7xAccommodation, 7xBreakfast, 7xDinner, 5 guided walking days, transfers to and from walks where necessary.

Not included

All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

Walking holiday reference


Walking grade

Walking holiday in low to high mountains
  • Low to high mountains
  • Moderate walking

Best time of the year

January - June
September - November

Walking Holiday by:

Walking Tours in Spain

Joost and Moira Schepel


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Languages spoken

English, Spanish, Dutch

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