LOCAL WALKING ROUTES (HIKING) ~ LANJARON
RUTAS de CAMINETA (senderismo) ~ LANJARON
1. MOORISH CASTLE: 1 hour
2. ERMITA DE DAN ISIDRO: 1 hour
3. ERMITA DEL TAJO DE LA CRUZ: 1 hour
4. HUERTA DE LAS MONJAS: 1 hour 30 mins
5. PR-A 345: 4-5 hours
6. SENDERO FORESTAL Forestal ~ PENUELA: 4 hours
7. SENDERO ACEQUIA ACEITUNA ~ CECARTA: 2 hours 30 mins
1. MOORISH CASTLE:
There is a Moorish Castle at the confluence of the ‘Rio Salado’ and the ‘Rio Lanjaron’.
You can start the walk from the ‘Parque del Salado’ following the ‘Rio Salado’. At the end of the Park there is a path that will take you to the castle.
You can go back on the same path or walk up the track, which takes you to the town.
Time: 1 hour (there and back)
2. ERMITA DE DAN ISIDRO:
This walk takes you around the outskirts of the town, towards Granada. The track is opposite the ‘Mirador de la Canona’, where from this view point you can see the Moorish Castle. Walk up 80 steps and you will see the shrine, built in honour of St. Isidore, Patron Saint of Farmers. A procession up to the shrine takes place every year, on the 15th of May.
Time: 1 hour (there and back)
3. ERMITA DEL TAJO DE LA CRUZ:
A procession up to this shrine happens each year on the 3rd of May. This is where witches used to hold their covens. Walk up the ‘Camino de la Chaparra’ which you will find on the outskirts of Lanjaron, off the road, towards Orgiva; 200m down on the left, beyond the river. Enjoy the scenery as you climb for 300m, then take the dirt track on the right and this will take you to the shrine.
Time: 1 hour (there and back)
4. HUERTA DE LAS MONJAS:
Start opposite the Town Hall. Walk up the ‘Cano Las Eras’, a hill next to the Post Office. The path takes you through an area dotted with chestnut trees. After two steep climbs, you will reach a picnic area amongst the chestnut trees, with fountains and tables. You can go back on the same path or go down to the river and cross over a small wooden bridge.
As you go down the ‘Camino de la Sierra’, you will find the ‘Fuente de la Hoya del Grillo’ a fountain next to the bridge over the ‘Rio Lanjaron’.
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5. PR-A 345:
A circular local walk signposted in white and yello which takes about 4 hours, although this can be longer or shorter to suit.
The route takes in the Barrio Hondillo, the fountain ‘Hoya del Grillo’, climbs to the ‘Tajo de la Cruz’ and goes past the ‘Tajo Colorao’ on its way to the Arab Castle. It is a very pretty route which climbs to the chapel of San Isidro and continues to the ‘La Escolta’ and the ‘acequias’, the murmur of the water and the shade of century old chestnut trees.
Time: 4-5 hours
6. SENDERO FORESTAL Forestal ~ PENUELA:
4 hour round trip signposted in white and green starting at Ermita de San Roque (chapel).
This walk owes its name to the old road used by the forest scouts to get to the high Sierras when the forest lodges of Tello and Soportujar were in use. These refuges were built in the middle ages of the 20th century and part of an ambitious project to repopulate the forest, in order to protect and stabalize the steep slopes against erosion and landslip. The walkway has been restored and put into condition for active tourism, so that some of the most hidden, inaccessible and beautiful spots in the Sierra de Lanjaron can be reached; to please all visitors.
START OF WALK: The entrance to the walk is in the middle of the town, in Calle Real, next to the Ermita de San Roque, from where it rises to the Barranco del Salado, by the Sports Centre. From there, take the winding, gentle inclined road, which leads deep into the Barranco de Salado. This gorge is one of the deepest in the Natural park of the Sierra Nevada, with breath-taking views.
Cross the Barranco de Salado to arrive at the Mirador de Pallarin and take in the panoramic views of the Valle de Lecrin, Sierra Lujar and, even the coast. Here you have two options: a speedy return to Lanajron (approx. 40 mins) along the main roadway. Or, you can continue the walk to the red rock Mines; where they used to extract iron ore, such as siderite and hematite. From here, the route passes through the Haza de la Mujer and the Haza del Olivo. These ancient paths have seen millions of heads of livestock pass by, leading back to the centre of Lanjaron; with more beautiful countryside to enjoy!
7. SENDERO ACEQUIA ACEITUNA ~ CECARTA:
2 hours 30 min round trip, signposted in white and green, starting at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)
This path runs through areas surrounding Lanjaron town. It is an ideal Family Walk – good summer walk – as it passes through shady areas abound with precious water.
START OF WALK: Leave Plaza Del Ayuntamiento and pass through Barrio Hondillo, going along paths that run between the traditional allotments surrounding the town.
This leads quickly to the Acequia de Aceituno, a forest of centuries old chestnut trees and the crystal clear water running straight from the Rio de Lanjaron. Its winding and rugged route is a delight.
The steepest hill of the day leads to the recreational area of the Huerta de los Monjas, here one can refresh oneself at the springs and take a picnic stop to gather strength under the huge chestnut trees.
Later, follow the Acequia Cecarta which irrigates the highest parts of the town. Follow it down stream, with the valley of the Rio Lanjaron as a backdrop. Come out on a paved path which horseshoes down to the town, crossing terraces and gardens.
Here is an opportunity to see traditional buildings, threshing circles, cortijos built with locally sourced material, shared water tanks and a water system dating from our ancestors.
The wildlife living in the area include, amongst others, foxes, mountain goats, wild boar, badgers, royal eagles, royal owls, kestrals, partridges and infinity of invertebrates.
As to the fauna, there are numerous chestnuts, almond trees, fruit trees and also thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano and rockrose.