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GR 249. Stage 15. Villanueva de Algaidas - Cuevas Bajas

GR 249. Stage 15. Villanueva de Algaidas - Cuevas Bajas
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Trail Type Lineal
Location type Sierras Interiores
Distance 9400 m.
Estimated Time 2:45 h.
Starting point Villanueva de Algaidas (N)
Altitude 530 m.
Arrival point Cuevas Bajas (SO)
Altitude 455 m.
Net Head in Metres 720 m.
Cumulative Elevation Gain 280 m.
Cumulative Elevation Loss 440 m.


Roughness of environment 1
Guidance along the Itinerary 1
Route Difficulty 1
Guesthouse 2
Assessment according to MIDE


How to Access
Spots along the trail
Trails that are linked
Ways to tour
  • Characteristics
    Type of Section Length % of total
    Longitud Total 9400
    Asphalt or Cement Sections of the Path 4700 50 %
    Track or Forest Track Sections 3800 40 %
    Footpath Sections 900 10 %
  • Point of Interest

    Spots along the trail

    From the starting position
    From the starting position
    No. Waypoint Ref. UTM / height Partial Route Distance
    1 Villanueva de Algaidas, Polígono Industrial 30S

    x=37.1913360109523 y=-4.44872646143244

    0,0 km
    2 Convento Franciscano y Ermita Mozárabe 30S

    x=37.1952228416183 y=-4.45223713620203

    1,1 km
    3 Puente sobre el Río Burriana 30S

    x=37.1965146813737 y=-4.45052675855152

    1,5 km
    4 Barriada de la Atalaya 30S

    x=37.1995949434751 y=-4.45218569491965

    2,3 km
    5 Cortijo de la Loma Vieja 30S

    x=37.2159554385434 y=-4.44249156898013

    4,4 km
    6 Chaparro Bolondro 30S

    x=37.2199439499108 y=-4.44654603806541

    5,1 km
    7 Mirador del Cedrón 30S

    x=37.2331096763169 y=-4.45339200156445

    6,2 km
    8 Alquería de El Cedrón 30S

    x=37.2281901799687 y=-4.45691579952029

    6,5 km
    9 Travesía A-7300 30S

    x=37.2328696457234 y=-4.4713669623402845 z=405

    8,3 km
    10 Cuevas Bajas en el Río Burriana 30S

    x=37.2346925097124 y=-4.48778163548832

    9,4 km
  • 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


Point of Interest



Environmental Information

Rivers and Waters
Animal Life
  • Rivers and Waters

    There is no consensus on where the wellknown old Arroyo de Bebedero gets its name of Río Burriana but yes, that is its new name as it leaves Villanueva de Algaidas. This is logical since from the pueblo up there is a fan of tributaries of various sizes. The watercourses which are important have been named here: Arroyo de Bebedero and del Infi erno which come from the remote Sierra de Pedroso.

    Arriving at Villanueva de Algaidas you are faced with sandstone a cliff, identical to the popular Tajo de Ronda or of Alhama de Granada which is excavated and forms a canyon, not long but considerably high. On the vertical walls of the path you can see orifices which had been carved out by water when the river waters reached higher. The rock preserves its pretty clay colour in these orifices and in the overhangs which contrasts with the ash black colour of the cuts exposed to the oxidizing action of rainwater. 

    The vegetation in this gully is exuberant, highlighting a large population of European Nettle Trees with large leaves growing in the shade, and quite a few elms. On the watercourse the reed beds occupy the more open areas, and oak forest that climbs up to the cliffs shelters a wide variety of species in its quality underbrush: Kermes oak, mastic, buckthorn, jasmine, Osyris alba, together with the fi g tress and Portuguese Gall Oaks.

    You can cross the river on the medieval old bridge resting on bedrock on both sides for support. It is a beautiful infrastructure with one main arch and two sides ones to relieve the flow during signifi cant fl oods. The blocks of sandstone rock bound together by mortar and brick arches have managed to resist the passage of water and time to be used today by the Great Malaga Path.

  • Animal Life


    Again the olive grove is the main type of environment throughout Stage 15. At the very beginning you will cross the Arroyo del Bebedero (also called Río Burriana), before arriving in La Atalaya, and at the end of the stage you will encounter the same river again in Cuevas Bajas.


    Highlighted Species

    Stage 15 is less diverse than Stage 14 due to the ever-present olive grove. However, still, the diversity of species here can still be surprising when you lift your binoculars. The large holm oaks which are sprinkled around the great sweep of olive trees attract such species as Common Buzzard, a bird of prey which can be seen along the way. Other birds which can be found along Stage 15 are Red-legged Partridge, European Turtle Dove, Red-necked Nightjar, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Song Thrush, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Common Chaffinch, Great Tit, Azure-winged Magpie, Spotless and Common Starling, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Common Linnet and Serin. At the last section Bee-eaters appear, during the time of the the year when they are present here, at the high sandy river banks; also there is Common Nightingale, Common Stonechat, Woodchat Shrike, Western Jackdaw and, again, typical urban-dwelling species (Eurasian Collared Dove, Swifts, House Martin, and House Sparrow).