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Take advantage of the good weather: 20 hiking trails to explore in autumn

Andalucia hiking trails are perfect for autumn. This season gives you the possibility to enjoy hiking holidays and other leisure activities in a unique way. The temperatures are more pleasant than in summer or winter. The landscape is transformed with new colours. The typical autumn flora appears. The fauna lives its particular adaptation to the new season. The natural spectacles of the trails of Andalusia come to new life during autumn.

Autumn temperatures are ideal for hiking Andalucia. The sweltering heat of the summer is gone. And the winter cold has not yet arrived. The thermometers go down a few degrees and you can travel more miles without tiring.

Admire how nature is transformed is another reason for hiking in Andalusia in autumn. A beautiful show of colours, smells and sounds will accompany you during the different hiking trails Andalucia.

Each tree wears a different colour when autumn arrives in Andalusia. Orange, yellowish, ochre and new green shades pop up with soft autumn lights. A multitude of colours dye the hiking trails in Andalusia. Also, new fruits grow that leave its characteristic aromas in the air.

Autumn rains bring back streams that were asleep. The waterfalls of the hiking trails of Andalusia resonate more strongly in the environment. You will also be able to hear the sound of migratory birds on their way to warmer lands to spend the winter. The typical sound of autumn in some trails of Andalusia is the one of the bellowing of the deer.

Another reason to go hiking in autumn in Andalusia is to taste the delicacies of its seasonal cuisine. The flavours of the typical seasonal fruits. Mushrooms, chestnuts, fragrant quinces and delicious game meats, among other products. A wide variety of dishes made with these products and watered with the new must of the year.

You will also have the opportunity to experience the typical Andalusian autumn festivals. The Sopa Perota Day, in the Malaga municipality of Álora. The festival of Los Tosantos, in the city of Cadiz. The Ham and Iberian Pig Fair, in the Huelva town of Aracena…

We suggest you 20 hiking trails to do in autumn in Andalusia. Routes with different difficulties, that run along the sea, by the mountains and by natural spaces protected by its beauty and ecological value. Hiking trails to do in autumn through the provinces of Malaga, Huelva, Cadiz. So you do not miss its lights, colours, smells and tastes. So you can live the wonderful multisensory experience of autumn in Andalusia.


Andalucia hiking trails


1.     Fuente del Porrejón Route, Estepona (Málaga)

Andalucia Hiking trails - Pico Porretón. Fotografía de Javier Martos Martín

A simple and beautiful hiking trail through pine forests of the municipality of Estepona. Its round trip will take you just over an hour.

This route is part of the Estepona Natural program. This is a linear route with very little difficulty which goes through the Porrejón fountain, crossing dense forests of Maritime pine that have played an important role in the economy of Estepona, especially in the first quarter of the twentieth century, with the exploitation of these forests by the Spanish Resin Union to obtain resins and take them to a factory in the town.

The Porrejón fountain is mentioned in the diaries of naturalist Simon de Rojas Clemente Rubio who, in October 1809, visited Sierra Bermeja as part of a trip through the Kingdom of Granada (the provinces of Málaga, Granada and Almería).

An ideal to share with your family, and where your children will be able to enjoy the environment in a simple and natural way.

More info: Estepona Natural.


2.     Ruta de Aracena, Huelva

Sierra de Aracena. Photographie:

Sierra de Aracena. credit:

The Huelva municipality of Aracena has numerous trails of different lengths and difficulties between easy and moderate. You will also find other hiking trails that go beyond this municipality and that are part of the paths of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park.

This route has a high average difficulty and begings on street B from Polígono Cantagallo. The explanatory signs about the Iberian pig that grows in the area are one of the curiosities of the route. Sierra de Aracena, a mountain formation located in Sierra Morena, has become a popular area for rural tourism in recent years, as it possesses a very important natural and cultural heritage. If you finally choose this option be sure to visit the sights offered by the municipality.

More info:  Wikiloc.


3.     Río Chillar route, Nerja (Málaga)

Andalucia Hiking trails - Ruta Rio Chillar, Nerja. Fotografía by Caminete Luna

You can take the Chillar River trail to the so-called Vado de los Patos or to the dam or Cortijo Imán. The last stretch, from the ford to the farmhouse, is of greater difficulty.

The first stretch is a 16 kilometres round trip. Its difficulty is medium. The time required to perform this trail will depend on the speed and number of stops you make. Approximately between 6-7 hours.

Keep in mind that the trail runs along the river. So wear shoes appropriate for water. The water will cover you to the ankle at least. You can climb more depending on the volume of the river.

Nature lovers are well aware of the route that borders the Chillar River near Nerja, where sports and contact with nature are the main attraction. Going up the river we find a large reservoir of water where the daring hikers stop to bathe in this natural pool covered with rocks. Up and almost at the end of the river, there is another reservoir with waterfalls to cool down after exercise. Do not miss this place, it will leave you lost for words.

More info:  Wikiloc


4.     Río Verde, Sierra de las Nieves (Málaga)

Andalucia Hiking trails - Río Verde, Málaga. Fotografía by blog

This trail goes through the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park.

This beautiful itinerary runs through the western slopes of Mount Albornoque, bordering the park boundaries, and goes through a well-preserved cork oak forest. The road back offers two options, the first one is to go down the crystal clear waters of the Green River, where we’ll even have to swim to cross Charco de la Chute, a small river crossing which comes useful during the summer months. The second possibility is to retrace your steps and until you find Charco de la Canaleta, together with those who preferred going down the river. Here we can have a good swim, turning this route into an extraordinary experience.

More info:  Wikiloc.


5.     Pinsapar route in Grazalema

Sierra de las Nieves, Pinsapos

This is one of the most beautiful routes through the Natural Park of Grazalema pinsapar, the largest in the world. The views are breathtaking and it is common to spot vultures and deer. The difficulty is average due to its length of 12 km, and it lasts 5 hours. This trail ends at the impressive water fountain of Benamahoma. In order to hike along this circuit, you should apply for a permit, which can be processed at the Visitor Center of El Bosque.

More info:  Wikiloc.


 6.     Garganta Verde Trail, Grazalema

Andalucia Hiking trails - Garganta Verde. Fotografía by blog Acento Rural

This three- kilometre trail has a medium-high difficulty, offers a magnificent view of the canyon through which flows Bocaleones brook. This gorge is 400 metres deep with a huge cave at the base. The descent is steep and takes about 3 hours from the starting point in Zahara. It is a superb route to watch the vultures up close and photograph yourself in a superb natural setting.

More info:  Wikiloc.


7.     Juanar to La Concha trail, Marbella (Málaga)

Andalucia Hiking trails - El Juanar, Marbella. Fotografía blog Wefit

If you decide to walk the path from Juanar up to La Concha you’ll discover splendid views towards Marbella and the Costa del Sol on the way. The route has approximately 13 kilometres and a half round trip, as it takes about 8 hours. We find lanes between pine forests and sea views and to the other side of the near mountains ,like those found in Sierra de las Nieves natural park. Once you arrive at La Concha peak you can enjoy an amazing panoramic 360° view of the other peaks of Sierra Blanca and of Costa del Sol, while to the north you will see the splendid Istan Valley and the reservoir.

More info:  Wikiloc.


8.     Route from Conil to Roche Lighthouse (Cádiz)

Andalucia Hiking trails - Calas de Roche, Conil

The route takes about 4 hours, including the way back, and covers about 12 kilometres. In many cases, it is possible to make the detour to the beach itself, but the first time it is advisable to do it from the top, as there you have the best view. The vast waters of Conil beach are the background of this trail and which inspire tranquillity. As you progress, you will realize that the views are improving. Once you travel the last mile you will come to Oil Creek, a small sand bank next to the harbour area that gets very crowded. At the other side, we can see Roche Lighthouse, an old tower that served as a lookout.

More info:  Wikiloc.


9.     Pico de Los Reales trail, Estepona (Málaga)

Andalucia Hiking trails - Pico Los Reales. Fotografía by Wikiloc

The Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Natural Park is one of the many protected areas of the province of Malaga. A place with several signalled trails in which you will enjoy spectacular panoramic views and its natural beauty.

Although the road goes up to the refuge of Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja, or Refuge Agustín Lozano, and offers exceptional views, there is another path that leads to the highest peak of the mountain, the Andalucian local path 168, which reaches 1452 metres over sea level atits highest peak. This is an itinerary featuring typical vegetation of Sierra Bermeja, resin pines, kermes oaks, gorse, grasses and botanical gems as the trail rises, or several endemic species that provide heritage to this important peninsular enclave.

More info:  Wikiloc.


10.  Puerta Verde de Torrox – Frigiliana – Sierra Almijara (Málaga)

Andalucia Hiking trails - Sierra Almijara. Fotografía by Legna, RedVerSo

Puerta Verde is located in the south-east of the province of Málaga, tracing its origins in the population of Torrox and concluding in Sierra Tejeda Natural Park, Alhama and Almijara. The route consists of a ramp that leads to the town of Frigiliana, connecting the impressive mountain range that separates them. This route lays in an area of high tourism performance ideal for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. You can choose how to do this activity and appreciate the beauty of this area of the Axarquia.

More info:  Wikiloc.


11. Caminito del Rey (The King’s Little Pathway)

Andalucia Hiking trails - Caminito del Rey

The Caminito del Rey is a one-way trail. It begins in the municipality of Ardales and ends in the municipality of Álora, specifically in the area of the El Chorro Railway Station. You have to keep in mind that one thing is the estimated time to make the trail and another the time you will need to return to the starting point.

At almost 100 meters high above the gorge though which the Guadalhorce River flows, the Caminito del Rey was, in its beginnings, a small service pathway that traversed the Gaitanes Gorge.

The total length of the Caminito del Rey is 7.7 km, 4.8 of which are accesses and 2.9 are footbridges. The pathway traverses the natural landscape of the Gaitanes Gorge, an impressive three-kilometers-long canyon, formed by the action of the Guadalhorce River over the limestone and dolomite, that reaches a height of 300 meters and a width of less than 10 meters.

More info: Wikiloc.


12. Subida al Aljibe (Path up the Aljibe)

Andalucia Hiking trails - Subida al Aljibe

Although considerably difficult due to its length and inclination, this path runs up to the highest point of the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, richly rewarding those who make the effort.

From the summit, visitors can gaze upon most of the natural park, its sierras, rivers, canyons, wetlands, crops, marshlands and towns. In addition, on clear days, the sight can reach the Strait of Gibraltar, the African coast, the Bay of Cádiz, the Sierra de las Cabras, the plains of Seville and the Ronda mountain range.

Besides the great sights, the area is known for its numerous bird species, which build their nests in the slabs and cliffs of these sierras.

More info: Wikiloc.


13. Tore del Tajo signposted path


We are before one of the signalled trails of the La Breña and Marismas de Barbate Natural Park, in the province of Cadiz.

A brief journey that allows visitors to familiarize with some of the most emblematic values the natural park has to offer. Besides a more than nice walk along the pine forest, the end of the path shows us the Torre del Tajo (Tower of Tajo), which crowns a cliff with some walls that reach more than 100 meters high. From the nearby overlook, visitors can enjoy spectacular sights of a practically virgin coast.

The juniper trees present in this park make up for the second largest number of specimens in the Iberian Peninsula, surpassed only by the juniper tree forest of Doñana. In addition, the presence of chameleon in this area was one of the reasons why it was declared a natural park.

More info: Wikiloc.


14. Las Quebradas signposted path


Another beautiful signalled trail of the La Breña and Marismas de Barbate Natural Park. It goes through one of the five different ecosystems of this protected area of the province of Cadiz, the pine forest.

This brief journey through the pine forest takes us from near Barbete to Vejer de la Frontera. The path, comfortable and without pronounced inclinations, allows us to experience one of Cádiz’s most representative ecosystems.

During the trip, we will find numerous aromatic plants, such as rosemary and thyme. The latter, besides being used for cooking, was used by ancient Egyptians to embalm their dead corpses, and by the Greeks for their baths and to burn it as incense in their temples. However, it was probably the Romans who disseminated its uses throughout Europe while using as a home purifier.

More info: Wikiloc.


15. Punta del Boqueón

Andalucia Hiking trails - PUNTA DEL BOQUERÓN

It is one of the signalled trails of the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park. The perfect place for those who enjoy watching the birds that migrate between Europe and Africa. It goes through the municipality of San Fernando.

On this comfortable path, along the beach of El Castillo, we will discover that we are walking on the border of a sand bar, the Punta del Boquerón. Through it, we will familiarize with two ecosystems that although very different, coexist in close connection: the sand dunes and the marshlands.

Punta del Boquerón, declared a Natural Monument, the Urrutia Battery and the nearby castle of Sancti Pietri, considered cultural interest assets, are enough to justify walking these two and a half kilometers through a comfortable footbridge or the perfectly marked path on the sand.

On one side, we will have the Sancti-Pietri stream, one of the park’s best-preserved marshlands. On the other side, the beach, an area that can be submerged or not, depending on the tides. More inland, the sand dunes, sand mountains formed by the wind.

More info: Wikiloc.


16. Marismas del Barbate

Andalucia Hiking trails - MARISMAS DEL BARBATE

La Breña y Marismas del Barrete Natural Park is a space full of contrasts. Within its limits there are ancient sand dunes repopulated by pine trees, the cliff and its coastal strip, and the marshlands. What is attractive of this long path is discovering an ecosystem as particular as the one of the marshland.

The marshland bring us closer to this territory of vague borders in which the sea and the land alternate spaces resulting in an ever-changing landscape, always full of life, the cause of such special conditions for its inhabitants, which find here safe shelter and abundant food. During the journey, the birds and the local flora make this a special place, a truly beautiful landscape. During fall, it is covered in shades of ochre and red.

More info: Wikiloc.


17. Arroyo Mondragón signosted path


This path, an ancient road from Barbate to El Palomar de la Breña, goes along the northern border of the La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park. The northern direction of the path and the Mondragón Creek give the first portion of the journey a micro weather that is very different from the rest of the park’s, which is why we will find tree species such as poplar, blackberry, creeper and typical species of the cork oak forests, such as cork oaks, arbutus and ferns. On the second portion of the path, we get away from the creek until reaching the overlook, and right after a firebreak area and a fossilized dune.

This path passes in front of the dune, which, as of today, is stable due to man efforts throughout the years.

More info: Wikiloc.


18. Nueva Umbría signposted path


This signalled trail is in the Marismas del Río Piedras and Flecha del Rompido Natural Park, in the province of Huelva. It goes through the municipality of Lepe.

The Nueva Umbria path is a lineal itinerary that passes through the Catalán marshlands and that puts visitors near the birth of the Flecha del Rompido (El Rompido Spit). The Catalán marshlands are part of the marshland complex of the Piedras River and its tributaries. Specifically, in this case, it is a marshland formed around the Arroyo del Fraile (Friar’s Creek) and the Caño de la Vera (Vera’s Stream), practically at the Piedras’s river mouth. The path begins at the intersection of the Nueva Umbría Road and the road that goes from La Antilla to Terrón. The path follows a straight line on an asphalt road. It is a new section used for read traffic.

More info: Wikiloc.


19. La Turbera signposted path

Flecha del Rompido flora

It is another of the signalled trails of the Marismas del Rio Piedras and Flecha del Rompido Natural Park. It goes through the municipality of Cartaya, in the province of Huelva.

The path starts at the Piedras River and quickly enters a pine forest area. In front of us emerges a wide panoramic view if the last potion of the river and the port of El Terrón, the Ermita y Romería de la Bella  and, farther in the background, La Antilla.

On this side of the river, the path takes us to several Japanese clamps exploitation sites, a family activity that takes full advantage of the tide oscillation that takes place during the “live tides” to “sow” the area.

The road continues full circle to the starting point, taking us back into the pine tree forest, bordering the peatland, this time on the opposite side. On the other side of the path, we can stop to gaze upon the bustle and the activity generated by the industrial salt mines of El Rompido.

More info: Wikiloc.


20. Laugna del Portil signposted path

Sendero laguna del Portil

This trail goes through the Laguna de El Portil Natural Reserve. It is located in the municipality of Punta Umbria, in Huelva.

The El Portil Lagoon is one of the most representative wetlands of Huelva. It is a practically circular path around the El Portil Lagoon. The journey will allow us to enjoy magnificent views of the lagoon. Here, where water is flanked by a frame of local vegetation formed by bulrushes, reeds, common reed grass and purple nutsedge.

More info: Wikiloc.


Practise sports in Andalucia. To do it, there is nothing better than visiting these hiking trails and enjoying nature.


Where to stay

Hotel Fuerte Grazalema

If you want to discover these trails and be one with nature, do not hesitate to stay at Fuerte Hoteles. The chain has facilities which are very close to these hiking routes we propose.

Hotels and apartments with excellent service, quality leaders according to TripAdvisor and supported by over 50 years’ experience, they are the best choice to relax and enjoy these historical and cultural routes. Marbella, Conil, Grazalema, El Rompido, Estepona or Torrox are some of the spots where you can find these great establishments.

One Response to “Take advantage of the good weather: 20 hiking trails to explore in autumn”
  1. Justina Kling says:

    Hey, The place RÍO VERDE, SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES (MÁLAGA) is amazing. I would love to go there. The scene of flowing clear water between two hills is just awesome.

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