The tourist town of Nerja in Malaga has great attractions for visitors and also for nature and hiking lovers. Located in the foothills of the Sierras de la Tejera, Almijara and Alhama Nature Reserve, one of the options on offer is the Route of the Cahorros of the Chillar River. An itinerary that takes us literally up the riverbed, passing through the narrow gorges known as Los Cahorros, plunging into pools of crystal clear water and discovering the whimsical corners that the river Chillar has formed in its tireless flow.
As we already know, to follow this route we must head for the town of Nerja, located on the coast of Malaga. Once in Nerja we should look for the parking area on Mirto Street on the corner of Avenue of the Constitution, close to where the Nerja street market is usually held, not far from the A-7 motorway. If we find this car park full, if we continue along this Street Mirto we will find up to three more car parks where we can park our vehicle and start the route. It is important to park in Nerja, as if you do so on the road that leads to the beginning of the section along the river, you may be fined.
We start our route along the river Chillar in Nerja, specifically at the main parking area on Mirto Street. We walk along this street until we reach a fork in the middle of a bend, shortly after leaving the parking area. We leave this street to head towards the nearby motorway, leaving Nerja for good. The asphalted road takes us under the motorway, a road that we will not leave at any of the crossroads we pass. After a while, when we reach a concrete factory, the asphalt gives way to a dirt track which we follow. We soon reach the barrier that marks the boundary of the nature park (0h 20min), and the real beginning of the Route of the Cahorros of the Chillar River.
From this point we fully enter the riverbed, although for the moment the width of the river and its flow do not give us a glimpse of what lies ahead. The wide path leads us to the old hydroelectric power station and its corresponding dam. From this point onwards the really entertaining part of the route along the river Chillar begins. After cautiously overcoming the dam we will have no choice but to walk along the river. We advance slowly to try to avoid slipping or falling.
This stretch has some crystal-clear water as we approach the first section of The Cahorros. In front of us is the first of the narrow crevasses that we have to cross. These passages with vertical walls are spectacular and full of curious formations. When you cross the second one of The Cahorros (1h 15min), a large pool of water awaits you, which is usually the end of the route along the Chillar River for most of the walkers.
In our case, we decide to keep moving forward to get closer to the Ford of the Ducks This part of the route of The Cahorros of the Chillar river is somewhat more complicated than the one we have already done. The stones of the river force us to progress with more caution, but the beauty of this part of the route compensates for the effort required. When the time comes, the rocks become somewhat larger, forcing us to find a way to climb up the riverbed. After wandering from rock to rock we finally reach the Ford of the Ducks (3h 15min), where a beautiful waterfall and of course another crystal-clear pool await us. Here, after enjoying this natural spot, we have the option to continue to an old dam upstream, but this section is much more difficult and requires specific canyoning equipment and knowledge.
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 1054-2 y 1055-1 1:25.000".
¿Did you know that...
Maro, a district of Nerja, has the brick-built Aqueduct of the Eagle, which is four storeys high and has a width of 28 arches.
Don't miss out...
One of the most famous places in Nerja that you can't miss is undoubtedly the Nerja Caves.
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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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