Benalmádena

Costa del Sol

R-1 Sendero Arroyo de los muertos

START

Subway of the A-7 motorway, north of Arroyo de la Miel. Cemetery road (175 m).

END

Possibility of two itineraries, to the Hermitage, on the eastern slope of Cerro Calamorro (550 m); to the summit of Calamorro (772 m).

Approximately 5 km to the summit of Calamorro, and 2.3 km to the Hermitage from the crossroads.

CALAMORRO HILL

DESCRIPTION

The route starts from the road that surrounds the town of Arroyo de la Miel, at its northern end, at the cemetery road. After about 700 m and leaving the cemetery and the entrance to an old quarry on the left, we reach a crossroads. Take the tarmac road on the right. Along this road we leave an urbanised area to our left, entering a landscape of Aleppo pine trees on a brown coloured terrain made up of gravel and sand deposits, as well as alluvial deposits.

 A little over 2 km from the start of the route, the path that climbs up to Calamorro appears on the left. The first section of the path climbs steeply up to the Puerto de las Ovejas, first following the bed of the stream and then the eastern slope of the Calamorro. It crosses a stony terrain covered by the esparto grass that occupies most of the slopes, with the exception of the ravines where the vegetation becomes more abundant with the incorporation of rosemary bushes and some pine trees.

 Near Puerto de las Ovejas, you can recognise remnants of the kermes oak grove on the northern slope of Calamorro, which is dotted with small stands of holm oaks with shrubs. From here, the path continues towards Puerto Viejo through a copse of pine trees. As this pass is on the watershed of the sierra, there is a good panoramic view of the Guadalhorce Valley, as well as the quarries of Alhaurín de la Torre.

 The last section zigzags up the western slope of the Calamorro, through a rocky terrain where the broken rock forms a sandy area that stretches the whole length of the path, until it reaches the cable car installations. From here, several paths lead to different viewpoints strategically located on the summit and around Calamorro.

 The summit of Calamorro offers a magnificent panoramic view of the entire municipality of Benalmádena and the adjoining towns, as well as the Montes de Málaga to the east; the Guadalhorce Valley and the mountainous arc formed by the mountains of the Antequera range to the north; the Serranía de Ronda and the Rock of Gibraltar to the west; the Mediterranean Sea and the Moroccan coast to the south.

 As for the vegetation, we can recognise a degraded kermes oak grove, dotted with some pine trees and small holm oaks in very small numbers. Kermes oak, juniper, gorse, rosemary and mastic are the most outstanding species in the vegetation of the upper area, while the esparto grass is the most outstanding species in the lower section, through which most of the route passes.

THE CHAPEL

DESCRIPTION

The route starts at the same point as the Cerro Calamorro route. 

 After about 700 m and leaving the cemetery and the entrance to an old quarry on the left, we reach a crossroads. At this point we continue on to the Ágave street of the housing estate we come across, turn right and do not leave it until we find an exit between the walls of houses, where we find a sign with information about the footpaths.

 The path runs through rocky, limestone terrain, more or less inclined in a north-westerly direction towards a transversal path located halfway up the Calamorro slope, which can be seen from the whole of the route.

 The latter path crosses the southern and eastern slopes of Calamorro, at an average altitude of 500 m, joining the two routes of Route 1 with Route 2. 

 Before reaching the transversal path, you will find La Ermita, an esplanade named after an image inside a small hollow in a mound.

 From the Ermita, where there is a rest area where you can recover your strength, you can go to the Cueva del Toro, one of the existing caves in the municipality, which is of great archaeological interest due to the paintings found there. The central theme of these paintings is a headless bovid and a series of signs scattered throughout the cave, which have been dated to the late Lower Solutrense period (around 20,000 years ago).

 The cave opens up at an altitude of about 500 m, is small in size, and is divided into three small staggered rooms connected by narrow passages; its morphology is determined by the arrangement of the limestone strata and the existing fracturing.

The entrance is currently closed and access to the interior is not possible.
 

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