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1. Initiation Stage:
Access Starting point: From the A-92 E-5 road take an exit direction Frigiliana onto the MA-5105.
Starting point: Plaza del Ingenio de Frigiliana.
Enjoy the walk safely: A climb of 1.350 metres of altitude should not be taken lightly. There are peaks of 1.700 m and higher in these mountains. The contour of the mountains is very rough, with semi-open valleys, gorges and ravines. This is why it´s
very dangerous to venture away from the signposted footpaths. Up to the halfway point of this stage there are places where you can stock up on untreated water or, at least, freshen up in summer. However, there is only one populated place along this stage. Also, the observation tower is possibly visited by workers during fi re risk season. The walk is long and tiring and it´s essential to plan well for such a physically demanding activity which will practically take up all of your day. Be careful walking the stretch of the road leaving Frigiliana up to the intersection of Cuatro Caminos. This part of the road is very narrow and lacks a hard shoulder.Not only should you walk on the left but also in a single file, making yourselves visible. Be extra careful at times of limited visibility.
2. Completion of Stage:
Access to finish point: There are two possibilities of exiting the A-92 E-5, direction Algarrobo or Torrox.
Finish point: Plaza del Carmen de Cómpeta.
Possible "escape routes": This is truly complicated. Up to Cortijo del Daire (km 16) the best option is to go back (covering
up to 8 kilometres) using the track towards El Acebuchal. From the point at El Collado de los Hornillos it would be advisable to
try and reach the track of El Daire which passes underneath the footpath. The track from Cortijo del Daire has car access. You
could continue along the GR and look for the forest track which takes you to the immediate surroundings of the observation
point of Infoca and then come down towards Cómpeta or the Hotel de la Casa de la Mina.
No return point: Practically it would coincide with El Collado de los Hornillos, the highest point of Stage 6.
Connections to other footpaths and trails: The third stage of the walk GR-242 Periana- Nerja coincides with Stage 6 of GR-249 fully, but it is sign-posted in the opposite direction. The road at the starting point has an access to Vereda de Frigiliana a Cómpeta. Later on, from Cuatro Caminos up to La Venta Cebolleros the walk follows the old Camino de Granada, which used to lead to Granada province through La Venta Camila and the Puerto de Frigiliana pass. The GR-249 connects here with some local footpaths. It also follows the same itinerary as the so-called Puerta Verde Torrox- Frigiliana-Sierra de Almijara. From El Collado de los Hornillos the GR-249 joins and follows exactly another walk to Granada, the Camino de Granada-Cómpeta. This walk goes through a well-known pass called Puerto de Cómpeta.