Silk Trail Guided Walk
From the Sierras to the Sea
“Thank you for another wonderful holiday. It was a fantastic week and the walks were truly spectacular”
The Silk Trail
By the 10th Century the Moors had established al-Andalus as the major silk-producing region in the western world. The warm south facing slopes of the sierras of the Axarquia perfectly suited the silk moth. Mulberry trees were cultivated in great numbers and villages sprang into life. The mulberry trees have gone but the pretty pueblos blancos still cling to the hillsides. Many of the ancient paths still exist and are the theme for this unique 8 day walking adventure.
This unique guided walking holiday follows the length of the south facing slopes of the Sierra Almijara connecting pretty white villages on the way. The walk starts from the mountain villages of Sedella or Canillas de Aceituno in the west and ends in Maro, a tiny coastal village where the mountains dramatically drop to the sea. Each of the five sections of the linear trail are ‘classic’ walks’ in their own right with great scenery, views and interest. The walks are rated as Level 2 with the offer of more strenuous options on some days, including an exciting new Day 2 walk crossing the stunning Almachares Gorge. It is possible to opt out of any of the walks but few choose to do so.
Silk Trail – Itinerary & Walks
Day 1 – Arrival day
The transfer from Malaga airport to the sierras takes an hour by road. Depending on availablilty, we will stay for the first three nights in the Spanish Steps house in Cómpeta or the Posada del Cani close by. Depending on arrival time we will offer an afternoon stroll, a great way to get the legs moving and the journey out of the system. In the evening, welcome drinks on our roof terrace with time to discuss the program and walks for the week ahead. This is followed by dinner in one of the excellent restaurants in the Plaza Almijara in Cómpeta which is also the venue for our breakfasts.
Day 2 – Canillas Aceituno & Sedella
We have multiple options for this first walk which helps us asses the walking preferences of our guests. The normal walk starts in Sedella and climbs into the foothills of La Maroma with great views of the mountain, coast and stunning Almachares Gorge. In addition to the normal walk we may be able to offer more challenging options which start in Canillas de Aceituno and cross the gorge using a little known high level path or the GR249 El Saltillo route crossing the new hanging bridge. Although short, this exciting new optional route is not suitable for vertigo sufferers. After a picnic lunch the descent to Sedella is gentle with time for a drink in the plaza and road transfer back to Cómpeta. Walking Time Up to 5 Hours
Day 3 – Sedella to Cómpeta
After breakfast we take a vehicle tranfer back to Sedella to pick up the trail. After leaving the village, we cross a Roman bridge and climb again into the foothills of La Maroma but not nearly so high as the previous day. We have two choices from here,we can first drop down to the pretty village of Salares or maintain our height to reach the unfortunately named Puerto de la Cruz del Muerto. From here we start the descent to the valley of the Rio Cajula where we criss-cross the stream a few time before the short but sharp climb up to Canillas de Albaida and Cómpeta. Walking Time up to 5 Hours
Silk Trail - Accommodation & Food
For the first three nights you will stay in Spanish Steps Casa Rurale in the heart of Cómpeta or similar Posada del Cani close by. You will stay for the next two nights in Frigiliana in delightful village properties in the centre of this historic and popular pueblo. For the last two nights it is likely that you will stay in the Balcon de Maro. These comfortable one room apartments all have individual balconies with great sea views plus self catering facilities. In Cómpeta we are able to provide excellent beakfasts eating outside in the Plaza Almijara. In Frigiliana and Maro breakfasts are a little more difficult. For guests staying in accommodation with self catering facilities we provide starter packs and there are small local shops in both villages for fresh bread etc.
Main meals of the day are provided (except for the rest day) at excellent local restaurants and will include one or two glasses of good complimentary wine.
Travel & More Information
The starting point for the holiday is Malaga airport with transfers at specified times to Cómpeta (normally leaving the airport no later than 2 pm). At the end of the week transfers are provided from Maro to Nerja, or to Malaga at specified times (normally arriving at Malaga airport at 10 am).
There is also a direct coach service from Nerja to Granada. The Alhambra is high on many travellers ‘bucket list’ and there is much more to see and enjoy in this great city. With a direct and regular bus service from Granada back to Malaga airport it may be a tempting option if you wish to stay on in Andalucia for a few memorable extra days.
The historic centre of Malaga is also highly recommended for spending some extra time. There is much to see and enjoy and an overnight stay could be a great option if you are restricted to early return flights. Bus and train transfers from the city centre to the airport are inexpensive, frequent and convenient.
If you would like to extend your holiday and fancy something a little more relaxing do have a look at malagaeast.com. This excellent website provides useful information on coastal and inland villages close to the end of the ‘Silk Trail’. The site also includes some very interesting historical information on El Acebuchal, Frigiliana and Maro, all of which feature on the walk.
Silk Trail – Dates & Prices
Sunday October 8 – 15
Sunday May 5 – 12
*Single Supplement £125
What is included
- 7 nights accommodation (seen notes above))
- Welcome drinks
- Breakfasts (see notes above)
- Five guided day walks
- Evening restaurant meals including wine (except on rest day)
- Transfer of bags between locations
- Transfers to and from trail heads
- Airport transfers at specified times
Reviews & Visitors Book
“It was a splendid week walking the Silk Trail. Thank you for your skilful organization
in arranging such a great holiday. The magic of Spanish Steps continues! I thoroughly
enjoyed being back in the sierras of Andalucia with the profusion of wild flowers and
the wonderful views. We were as always well rewarded at the end of the day with
delicious meals and wine which was much appreciated.” Margaret (Berks)
“Thank you for a fabulous week on The Silk Trail, as memorable as ever , tough, challenging but thoroughly enjoyed. As always the meals and wine flowed and we had fun evenings! Always love the house in Competa and felt very much at home. Sallie (Surrey)
“Many thanks for a wonderful holiday. Walking was amazing. Challenging but in a
good way ?. Wild flowers and scents were beautiful.” Emily (Edingburgh)