Hiking Down Mount Calamorro

For our fourth hike in the Costa del Sol, we decided to take it easy.

Very easy, in fact, since we took a cable car from Benalmádena to the peak of Mount Calamorro, the highest point in the area, and then hiked down. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can certainly take the cable car both ways.

Thanks to my husband Kuba for letting me share his photos in this post. Check out his Instagram account @roaming_kuba for more stunning photos of our travels.

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At the peak, we found a little café, chickens roaming freely, as well as several viewing points of the cities below. Also, if you’re like me and always need to know where the next toilet is, you’ll find one inside the café.

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Check out Kuba’s vlog to see the chickens, as well as the cable car ride and the rest of our hike. 🙂

There’s also a wild bird exhibit at the peak but we avoided it. Instead, we climbed a bit higher on the marked paths to other viewing points before starting our descent. Leaving the peak was easy since we chose the simplest option of following a paved path as long as we could. Soon we departed this path and chose our own, one that took us back to Cañada del Lobo.

We had lunch here and then continued down a familiar path. We hiked this same path in our last hike which also took us to Cañada del Lobo. We retraced our steps in reverse.

We got a bit turned around near the end of the hike and came across this underpass. We weren’t too far off from our planned route but we must have missed a turn somewhere. Thankfully, we found a hole in the fence nearby and continued on our way home.

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It was nice not having to climb the mountain but the descent was tricky in its own way. I feel that going up a mountain is easier than descending since it’s easier to slip and fall down than it is to fall up!

Also, there are several other ways down the mountain, depending on how much time you have and how far you want to hike. The cable car ticket office provides paper maps of hiking routes, but to be extra thorough, I recommend researching the hikes beforehand.

The Téleferico de Benalmádena is just a few minutes walk away from the Benalmádena / Arroyo de Miel train station. It’s right next to the Tivoli World amusement park. Just look for the cable cars going up the mountain and head in that direction. You can’t miss it!

I recommend purchasing cable car tickets in person. The sign might not have one-way tickets listed (it didn’t when we were there) but you can definitely purchase them. Just ask the ticket attendant for a billete solo ida and you’ll be good to go.

For more information about the cable cars, check out Téleferico de Benalmádena online.

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Cycling in the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve

I’ve worked on a long list of possible day trips and things to do since we arrived in Torremolinos. We have plenty of options to choose from but the cost of these options is one of the most important factors in deciding which trips we take. It isn’t the only determining factor as we can make exceptions, but we usually prefer to stick to more affordable options.

If an activity is cheap and it gets us outside, well that’s even better!

Special thanks to my husband Kuba for letting me share his photos in this post. Check out his Instagram account @roaming_kuba for more stunning photos of our travels.

There’s a dedicated bike path running along the beachfront promenade in Torremolinos, so renting a bike seemed like a fun idea. Plus, since I just received a new camera, I was hoping to test out my vlogging-while-cycling skills. Don’t worry, the camera is insured! 😉

For only €10, we were able to rent two bikes for four hours. We rented our bikes from DSG Electric Rent, which based on my research, offers the cheapest prices for bike rentals in Torremolinos. It’s also conveniently located right on the beach, so you can just head straight down the beach promenade after picking up your bike.

While we could have just cycled up and down the beach, we wanted to do something different away from the city. Instead, we headed to the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve, a short 25-minute bike ride away from Torremolinos.

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Interestingly, the lakes in the park are man-made. Excavations of gravel and sand in this area left large pits which eventually flooded.

The Guadalhorce River, which runs between Málaga and Torremolinos, splits just before it flows into the Mediterranean Sea. Once used for gravel and sand excavations in the 1960s and 70s, this estuary is now an important bird breeding and migration site in this part of Spain.

We came across several bird observation points along the network of trails weaving through the marshlands. These covered points were ideal for bird-watching and photography, and even a lunch picnic in the shade.

There were a few other cyclists and hikers in the park but for the most part, we were left alone with the birds. Even though we were outside the city, we could still hear Málaga’s airport as it’s nearby.

Cycling through the park was so much fun! Cycling has to be the best mode of transportation, wouldn’t you agree? Not only is it environmentally-friendly and an excellent way to stay fit, it’s also a lot easier to find a parking space.

Perhaps we can have our own bikes someday. Until then, we are happy to rent bikes here and there. Next time I think we’ll head in the other direction, perhaps to visit Fuengirola for another vegan popsicle. 😉

I regret that I don’t have any photographs of the birds, but I do have around two minutes of bird footage in my vlog thanks to Kuba. Check out my vlog to see the park and all the long-legged birds we saw that day.

Thanks to Simon for recommending this park. 🙂

Cañada del Lobo hike in Torremolinos

For our third hike in Spain, we went back to the trailhead of the Pinar de los Manantiales hike, located a short walk from the city centre.

We continued a bit further down the road past this trailhead and turned left. This other hike, called Cañada del Lobo, would take us in a loop. We’d climb higher but eventually circle back to the Pinar de los Manantiales trailhead. The second half of Cañada del Lobo would be familiar to us since we hiked it previously.

Special thanks to my husband Kuba for letting me share his photos in this post. Check out his Instagram account @roaming_kuba for more stunning photos of our travels.

We chose Sunday for our hike since it was one of the coolest days that week. The cool breeze at our backs made the climb to the top easy. We passed a few hikers and a group of mountain bikers but for the most part, the trail was empty.

At the summit, we learned why this hike had lobo, which means wolf in Spanish, in its name.

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There were two viewpoints at the summit: one at the wolf and one in front of a nature classroom, aula de la naturaleza. We sat in front of the nature classroom and refuelled with our lunch of brown rice and cherries.

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The way down the mountain wasn’t as easy as the climb. It was quite rocky and at one point the trail was so narrow that we had to hug the side of a cliff to pass through. Fortunately, there was a cable to hold on to. Luckily for me, since I’m terrified of heights, this part of the trail was short.

I prefer this hike over the Pinar de los Manantiales because the scenery was more interesting. Instead of just hiking through meadows in the full sun, we hiked through little pine forests with plenty of shade. In addition to the impressive views of the sea below, the summit offered a comfortable rest area with benches and plenty of places to sit.

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The entire hike took us four hours. We weren’t walking that quickly and took a few short breaks to take photos. I did get far too much sun on my shoulders and back but at least now I have a good tanned base layer to last me through the summer. (I will wear a t-shirt next time!)

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The best part about hiking, at least for me, is knowing I’ll follow the hike with a massive carb-filled dinner. Our dinner was incredible that day. We were so hungry after walking over 10 miles in one go! 🙂

Be sure to check out Kuba’s vlog of our hike:

Thanks for reading and watching! 🙂