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1. Initiation Stage:
Access Starting point: A-7 E-5 direction Nerja up to the exit 295 and direction Nerja Cave.
Starting point: Nerja Cave, about 2 km to the east of town and very close to the settlement of Maro.
Enjoy the walk safely: There are no towns or villages along the whole itinerary. It is recommended to carry a well-stocked rucksack. The only point where you can get drinking water is the rest area, Area Recreativa del Pinarillo, about 5 km from the start. Although you will be walking through mid-size mountains, you must not underestimate the wilderness of the terrain and the changing mountain weather. Be careful walking along the riverbeds of El Chíllar and El Higuerón. You will need to follow them for quite a long section, fi rst ascending and then descending along them. During the seasons of the year when the water rises, you may have to make a decision not to cross the rivers.
2. Completion of Stage:
Access to finish point: It is possible to walk along El Chíllar river if water level allows. However, it is about 8 km to the first populated area. This is a watercourse walk frequently used by hikers.
Finish point: MA-5105 with the A-92 E-7 as reference.
Possible "escape routes": It is possible to walk along El Chíllar river if water level allows. However, it is about 8 km to the first populated area. This is a watercourse walk frequently used by hikers.
No return point: from the mountain pass which you climb from El Chíllar river, it is best to continue to Frigiliana which is closer (about 6 km away) and the terrain is less rugged. However, the rest area, Area Recreativa del Pinarillo, is located about 4 km away and it has car access.
Connections to other footpaths and trails: Our GR coincides with the fourth and last section of GR-252 (Periana –Cuevas de Nerja). It´s waymarked in the opposite direction, as you can see on the information panels which you can normally fi nd at the finish point, once you have completed the corresponding GR-249 section.
In the vicinity of the El Pinarillo rest area and in the river valleys of Chíllar and Higuerón, there are starting points of footpaths which lead uphill to the main peaks of this part of the sierra.