The path takes us to the Cliffs of Nerja leant over the Mediterranean and up the pine woods that cover the mountains with the famous Caves of Nerja. Then it continues to the Chillar and Higuerón river flows and the old baptized Moors’ village of Frigiliana.
Stage 5 links together the two easternmost municipalities in the Province of Malaga. The first has a strong maritime past, while the second is a fine example of a well-preserved white village with a majestic mountain range for a backdrop. The route makes inroads into the Natural Park of the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara & Alhama, from its most south-easterly point. The most enticing elements in these limestone mountains are the deep river valleys and gorges. For this reason, the first section climbs north up the Coladilla Ravine and then navigates the array of tributaries of the Chíllar and Higuerón rivers to the route’s end. These two rivers have their confluence further downstream, far from the rapids for which they are renowned.
After four principally coastal stages, the Great Path advances into the highlands to the east of La Axarquía. The Stage sets off not far from the sea, taking Nerja Caves just next to Maro as a reference point, or merely to serve as a comparison to the dramatic changes in scenery that lie up ahead. A long climb up to a respectable 565 metres starts you off. Although there are some forest tracks, the most prevalent trail type is footpath, with as many descents in pursuit of streams, as ascents. Some are more challenging than others thanks to the nature of the terrain.
The Sierra de Enmedio offers spectacular views and here, the route links up the most unique gorges in the region, such as those of El Almendrón or El Sol and the peaks of Navachica or El Cielo. This stage meets the two most important rivers in the eastern Almijara foothills in addition to the usually dry water course of the Coladilla Ravine. The network of drainage channels and water catchment system for use in irrigation and fruit & and vegetable farming is commendable in both watercourses. Equally worthy of note is the Coladilla Ravine and its importance as a communication route for Nerja’s mines, in use up until the last century.
The El Pinarillo Recreation Area (km 4.8), which is very well equipped with services and can obtain drinking water as well as the Chíllar and Higuerón river basins