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Route of the River Majaceite from The Forest to Benamahoma

The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, in the province of Cadiz, offers an infinite number of hiking routes of different levels and characteristics that pass through places of great beauty. But if you are looking for a route to go with the family, with the children, or to enjoy a pleasant day with your pet in a magnificent natural setting, then one of the best options is the River Majaceite Path. A simple and interesting itinerary that joins the towns of The Forest and Benamahoma following the course of the river, surrounded by vegetation while we go through beautiful corners.

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How to get to the beginning of the River Majaceite Path

This is a linear route that can be started in either of the two towns linked by the path. In both The Forest and Benamahoma we will find parking areas and the pertinent indications of the route. Both towns are on the road between Arcos de la Frontera and Ronda.

Majaceite path from The Forest

The starting point of the path in The Forest is near the bullring, next to the Visitor Centre, on the outskirts of The Forest, before leaving the town towards Arcos de la Frontera. At the roundabout we will see a cobbled path that goes all the way around the town, taking us to the vicinity of the youth hostel, the real starting point of the Majaceite River Path.​

Majaceite Path from Benamahoma

To get to the starting point of the River Majaceite Path in Benamahoma we will have to cross the entire town, descending towards the confluence of the ravines on which it sits. Once in the lower part of the village, just outside, we will find a parking area and the start of our route.​

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Itinerary of the River Majaceite Path

From The Forest to Benamahoma 5 Km

In our case we start this entertaining route in The Forest next to the Visitor Centre and the bullring. We come out at the nearby roundabout to take the tiled path on our right. This path takes us along the mountainside to the vicinity of the Youth Hostel. In the middle of the bend the beginning of the true Path of the Majaceite River awaits us. We leave The Forest behind to enter a dense wooded area and finally meet the Majaceite River, where the water will be one of the protagonists of the route, accompanying us at all times. The perfectly signposted path leads us without any major complications to a small dam.

We continue walking to cross a path and follow the course of the river towards a stretch of wooden footbridges.

After a while we come out onto another path that comes from the nearby El Castillejo de El Bosque Botanical Garden. This path quickly leads us to the vicinity of an old light factory. From this point onwards the path begins the most entertaining section of the route between the Sierra del Albarracín and the Sierra del Labradillo. Waterfalls and small pools alternate in this stretch of stairs carved into the ground, bridges and railings that make it easier to overcome the continuous ups and downs that we have to cross and the changes of side on several occasions. Further on, the ruins of the old mills that once stood here await us. Almost without noticing it, the first houses of Benamahoma (1h 20min) and the end of this Path of the river Majaceite appear in front of us. From here we can walk to the EcoMuseum of Water before returning along the same route to The Forest.

Tips for do the River Majaceite Path

1-In times of heavy rain, stones or material may fall from the hillsides of the path, especially on the section between the light factory and Benamahoma.

2-Although you will probably see people bathing in the river, the river is not designated as a bathing area, so bathing is not allowed.

3-The route does not present any major complications, although there are sections with steps and some steep slopes that should not be a problem.

4-Unlike other routes in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, it is not necessary to apply for a permit to do this route.

Waypoints of the route
NAME PLACE OF PASS TIME TO HIM ALTITUDE DISTANCE COORDINATES UTM
1-The Forest 0:00h 260m 0Km 30S 275813 4070913
2-Benamahoma 1:20h 495m 5Km 30S 279578 4071719

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

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Profile of the River Majaceite Path

Profile of the River Majaceite Path

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 10Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 2:25h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Medium

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 330m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 165m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 165m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 415m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 250m

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Topographical map of the River Majaceite Path

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 1050-1 1:25.000".

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From Benamahoma you can also follow the Path of El Pinsapar, a route that takes you through a thick forest whose predominant species is El Pinsapo of the fir family, whose uniqueness lies in the fact that it is only found in Andalusia, in the Serranía de Ronda and the Sierra de Grazalema.

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The visit to the Ecomuseum of the Water Mill of Benamahoma near the source of the river Majaceite, where you can discover among other things the ecological importance of the climatic regime and the water cycle.

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Route information updated on 18-05-2021. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.

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