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GR 249. Stage 04: Torrox - Nerja

GR 249. Stage 04: Torrox - Nerja
Trail Type Lineal
Full length in metres 10500 m.
Estimated Time 3:15 h.
Net Head in Metres 645 m.
Cumulative Elevation Gain 300 m.
Cumulative Elevation Loss 345 m.
Difficulty Assessment according to MIDE
1

Medium

2

Itinerary

2

Movement

3

Stretch

General information

Itinerary

Along the curvy way that goes across the Port of Torrox, you will go across many tropical farms until you see the source of the Chillar River in Nerja, which is the end of this stage.

 

Summary
Description
How to Access
Spots along the trail
Accessibility
Characteristics
Ways to tour
Cartography
Towns
  • Characteristics

    Type of Section Length % of total
    Longitud Total 10500
    Asphalt or Cement Sections of the Path 1300 12 %
    Track or Forest Track Sections 8500 81 %
    Footpath Sections 700 7 %
  • Ways to tour

    Regarding the kind of transport which can be used along different stages of the path, these are divided in those that can be crossed on foot, on a mountain bike, or on a horse. Nevertheless, there is to know that you can walk along the entire stage when this class of routes is indicated, but if you decide to travel on a mountain bike or horse, there is to check that there are no temporary restrictions or town regulations that do not allow their use at some parts of a stage, and then choose alternative way. We also underline that riding a mountain bike on some stages may include travelling by uneven or steep road surface, which requires some or a lot of effort.
    • On foot
    • On a bicycle
    • On a horse
  • Cartography

    Map 1054-II (Torrox) should suffice, but you could complement it with the one which includes Nerja coastline 1054-IV (Nerja).

  • Towns

    Torrox

    Where to eat
    Where to stay

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    Nerja

    Where to eat

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    Where to stay

Environmental Information

Rivers and Waters
  • Rivers and Waters

    The Sierra de Almijara, with its imposing chain of peaks over 1000 metres high, and the extensive pine forests covering its slopes, is the origin of the two most important rivers of the Axarquía region: Río Tolox and Río Chíllar. These are the true backbones of this land, creating deep canyons which separate villages, but also enable transport connections along their valleys.

    They both represent the main source of a very important resource: water. These rivers serve as the water source for the population of western Axarquía and, thanks to a network of irrigation channels and aqueducts, sustain a good part of the agricultural economy of the region. In the past, sugar cane was the main industrial crop and now it´s the subtropical fruit trees.

    Close to the border with Granada province and outside Stage 4, Río de la Miel and, above all, El Manantial de Maro must be mentioned, the latter being the main draining channel of the dolomite massif of the sierra.

    The important issue here is being able to observe during this short Stage 4 how a diversity of geological materials (light and dark-coloured shale and marbles of Sierra Almijara) make up a “water landscape” whilst the river and marine dynamic in turn create new scenery based on travertine limestone, conglomerates, sand and gravel. The embankments of the Autovía del Mediterráneo and fl uvial escarpments let you admire each of the above mentioned substrata where water accumulates, fl ows or circulates.

    At the end of 2013 the construction of a water treatment plant in Nerja fi nally got the green light. It used to be the only place on the coast which did not correctly manage its residual waters. Once the situation is back to normal the purified water can be used as a resource, as happens in other coastal settlements, complementing the water which is diverted from rivers and the growing percentage of water which is obtained through tapping into the underground water system of Nerja region.

Animal Life
  • Animal Life

    Birds

    The beginning of Stage 4 is marked by a criss-cross of riverbeds, the type called “rambla”in Spanish, seasonally dry and often serving as a walking path. Typical vegetation of these ramblas are copses of oleander, enriching the bird community when compared to the rest of the stage, occupied mainly by crops. The presence of a few remaining specimens of holm oak indicates the existence of holm oak woods which once must have covered the area, now taken up by numerous subtropical crops. These, in a way, imitate a forest favouring the presence of some typically woodland species. The riverbeds you will cross, mainly the Río Chillar at the end of Stage 4, bring with them the typical species of river environment.

     

    Highlighted Species

    At the beginning you will see typically urban species such as domestic pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Pallid Swift, White Wagtail, Swallow, Common Blackbird and Sparrow.

    The open areas you will come across at the beginning of Stage 4 with the vegetation mainly consisting of retama and broom contain few bird species mostly including Crested Lark, Common Stonechat, Sardinian Warbler and Goldfinch however you can also see Common Kestrel, Little Owl, Red-legged Partridge, Bee-eater and, providing there are sturdy trees close by, the Hoopoe.

    Another predominant type of environment at Stage 4 is the tropical tree plantation, the avocado being the main crop.  In this type of environment you will mainly find Common Blackbird, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher and finches and finches such as Goldfinch, Serin and Greenfinch, during breeding season. The list is rounded up by Robin, Song Thrush, Black Redstart, Blackcap, and Common Chiffchaff in winter. You will also be able to see a few Chaffinches where the vegetation reaches tree size and Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Woodchat Shrike and Corn Bunting in more open areas. Other species present along Stage 4 are European Turtle Dove, Common Wood Pigeon, Cuckoo, Scops Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, Barn Swallow, House and Crag Martin, Wren, and Raven. At the very end of Stage 4 you will be crossing Río Chillar, where you could spot Little Ringed Plover, Grey Wagtail, Common Nightingale and Cetti´s Warbler, along with typical urban dwellers such as Monk Parakeet, Eurasian Collared Dove, Spotless and Common Starling and House Sparrow.