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Nordic Walking Route: Rock of Algámitas

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This route starts at the small rock climbing facilities at the “El Peñón” camping, which takes its name from the Spanish name of the Rock of Algámitas and is located at kilometre 3.5 of the road from Algámitas to Pruna. There, next to the gate, stands the informative signal marking the start of the route. Just after crossing the gate, a magnificent view of the entire La Campiña and Sierra Sur comarcas (Spanish territorial division roughly equivalent to counties) lies to the east. 

The route continues along a narrow and rocky path lined by Mediterranean dwarf palms, Phlomis herba-vent, black hawthorn, Cistus and holm oaks, circling La Sierrezuela, a secondary summit in the Rock of Algámitas range. As the route goes deeper in the northern slope of La Sierrezuela, holm oaks become more abundant and form small patches of rainforest covered with lichens and moss. Further on, the road crosses two fences and, on the western slope, there is a small clearing and the ruins of an old cortijo (farm).

The ascension starts in this clearing, and first reaches a saddle where the path that leads to the top of the Rock branches off. The climb to the Rock is a 3-km two-way route and circles the base of the Rock in order to climb it from the south face. The Rock summit cannot be reached on foot. The highest point on this route is a pre-summit merely 12 metres away from the summit.  From this vantage point, vultures and birds of prey can be spotted, as well as some local species such as northern wheatear and blue rock thrush.

The descents is made following the same path down to the saddle, and the way back to the camping is made across the saddle fields until reaching a gate. From this point, our path descends against zig-zagging among holm oaks and  turpentine trees and, crossing two more fences, gets back to the camping.

Circular, with a lineal section. The route starts and ends at the premises of “El Peñón” camping, in the municipality of Algámitas. It is insufficiently signposted.

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