If you like walking/hiking then the Malaga countryside is the place for you
Walking in Andalucia is a pleasure, no matter whatever the weather. The weather, by the way, is usually very good. Staying in a self-catering apartment or villa gives you opportunities to visit other parts of Malaga and Granada areas.
The coast has some fantastic walking routes. There are, however, some other fantastic places to visit. Not just for the walking but also for the sight-seeing, birdwatching and other outdoor activities.
Walking routes inland Andalucia
According to one of my favourite Blogs, Fuerte Hoteles, the 5 best hiking/walking routes in Malaga are the following:
Ribera del Guadiaro (Estación de Benaoján-Estación de Jimera)
El Candado-Rincón de la Victoria.
Torre del Mar-La Caleta de Vélez.
Stroll by the Guadaiza River.
Check out this great blog for all the information on these routes.
My favourite walking location in the Malaga area of Andalucia has to be close to the village of Villanueva del Trabuco and Villa La Nava.
Villanueva del Trabuco, in the far eastern side of the Antequera area, nestles at the foot of the Gorda and San Jorge Mountains, which provide very beautiful surrounding scenery to the village and the fields around it.
There is a lovely river sidewalk which leads up the Sierra de San Jorge (San Jorge Mountain). In contrast to the steep rise, the foothills form a soft landscape of olive groves and wheat fields, dotted with houses and farmhouses.
The rivers and water springs present in the area, add to the lush landscape, enriched with different species of poplars and ash trees, which provide welcome shade for a long lazy summer day in the country. Andalucia.com
At the moment (01/09/20) the fields have been cropped and there are goats and horses grazing. Everywhere is golden, except the nearby Sierras, which still have pine forest and other trees offering some greenery and shade.
There are restaurants dotted about and very little fenced-off land. Eagles are a common sight, as are Hawkes and other beautiful birds. The cooler months will bring the Azure Magpies and Hoopoe birds.
There are easy routes and, for the more adventurous, some very steep routes. Whatever you choose, I’m sure you will enjoy your walking.
Places to visit nearby
If you also want to do some sight-seeing, Antequera and Archidona are close to the village of Villanueva del Trabuco. Antequera is an amazing place. There are castles, convents, churches, mosques, Roman ruins to see.
Antequera is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain. It’s known for its ancient burial mounds, including the Dolmen de Menga, Dolmen de Viera and Tholos de El Romeral. The Alcazaba of Antequera is a centuries-old Moorish fortress.
The vast nature preserve of Torcal de Antequera has dramatic limestone tower rock formations. Overlooking the town, Peña de Los Enamorados is a distinctive, face-shaped mountain.
Antequera is a ‘must-see’.