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Pueblos blanco, white village Malaga
Hiking in Malaga province
medieval bridge Salares

Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Park

The walkway, or sendero in Spanish, called Puente Arabe starts in a sundried village called Salares; a hamlet of 175 souls and a cat in the Axarquía region. The white village or pueblo blanco lies on the edge of the National Park Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama.

The six kilometer route first follows a small stream, the Fogarate, and then goes through a Mediterranean oak forest. Once up at the top (863 m) of Monte Umbria La Casa de Haro, you have a fantastic view of the gorge, the surrounding pueblos blancos (white villages), the Mediterranean and the Maroma.

The Maroma, also known as Tejeda is the highest peak in the Sierra de Tejeda (2069 m). The summit is on the border of the provinces Granada and Malaga.

Salares Andalucia
Arabic bridge Salares
Salares, pueblo blanco Andalucia
Malaga pueblos blancos
Gr249 Gran Senda Malaga
Mountainhike Malaga

Practical advice

Accommodation

If you want to stay a bit longer than there are in the tiny but beautiful hamlet of Salares several overnight options available:

  1. B & B House of Oranges. This bed and breakfast features a sun terrace with mountain views, a pool and a bar.
  2. Casa Torre Antigua is an Andalusian-style villa, located next to the Puente Arabe.
  3. Holiday home has two bedrooms and pool.

Gran Senda Malaga

If you want to do more hiking in the area have a look at the Gran Senda Malaga website. Unlike many other walks in Andalucia, the GR-249 is well marked (at least in this area).

Wine tasting

Bodegas Bentomiz is a beautiful award winning vineyard with Dutch owners. It is located a few kilometers outside the centre of Sayalonga,  13 kilometers from Salares.

Parking Salares

Salares can be reached via Velez-Malaga and Algarrobo. In Salares itself is a long street where you can park, the rest of the town is a pedestrian zone. In particular, the route through Algarrobo has a lot of winding mountain roads, it is not suitable for drivers with vertigo.

Directions

Download the directions of the Puente Arabe here.

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