Benalmádena

Costa del Sol

R-4 Sendero del tajo de la sabia

START

In Benalmádena Pueblo, on the main avenue Juan Luis Peralta, corner with Luis Cernuda street (250 m).

END

Junction with Route 6, under the Tajos de la Sabia, at an altitude of 700 m.

Just over 4.5 km to the junction with Route 6.

DESCRIPTION

Walk up Calle Luis Cernuda to a children's playground. Inside the park, go down a staircase located in a drainage arch of the A-7 motorway. Crossing the motorway through the drainage pipe, underneath the motorway, the dirt path begins.

 The first half of the route is the hardest part, as it overcomes a gradient of 400 m; the second half has a gentler slope, and you only have to cross the remaining 100 m to the 700 m level.

 About 200m from the pass under the motorway, there is a path on the right that takes us to another alternative of the same Route 4 and to a junction with Route 3.

 From this point we start a steep section along the southern slope of the mountain, until we reach an altitude of approximately 550 m, where the path runs along the northern slope.

 On the entire southern slope of the path, the vegetation is mainly made up of a heavily degraded rosemary grove, where esparto grass, rosemary, gorse, rockroses and some palmettos make up the dominant landscape, and where some pines and junipers stand out against a mass of yellowish vegetation at the beginning of the summer.

 On the northern slope, from an altitude of approximately 600 m onwards, the mass of Aleppo pines intermingled with the resin pine and the occasional stone pine, as well as the increase in the degree of scrub cover, tinge the limestone rock with an intense green colour. The rosemary scrub is enriched with elements of the kermes oak, such as juniper, kermes oak, lemon grass and even some holm oak.

 Along the second half of the route you can see the bed of the Regajo del Quejigal, which below the Tajo del Quejigal has dense vegetation dominated chromatically, in summer, by the flowering oleanders that exist in the bed.

 This route covers a wide landscape of the sierra, as it is visible from both the southwest area, with little vegetation cover, and the north, with masses of pine trees, a better-preserved rosemary grove and patches of kermes oak grove.

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