Casares - Sierra Crestellina Circuit

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The walk starts in the spectacularly situated Casares village, set with its castle above the gorge. The route climbs steeply to the new refugio on the southern end of the Crestellina Ridge and visits the viewpoint, with the most stunning views of the lower Costa del Sol from Estepona to Ageciras, taking in Gibraltar and the Straits over to North Africa, Ceuta and the Riff Mountains beyond. The walk continues on the east side of the ridge with its profusion of flora and fauna. Apart from griffon vultures we saw a Bonelli's eagle and several peregrine falcons and came close up and personal with a wild boar (not sure who was more frightened, him or us). The route continues up to Puerto de las Vinas at the head of the valley and returns via the old smugglers' route to Casares.

Spain - Andalucia - Malaga - Crestellina

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Restaurant, Wildlife
29/04/2017 - steve key

Completed walk on 19/04/17. Fairly easy with mostly gentle ups and downs. Although the sign post has no finger board on it, the start of the walk is marked with green/white painted markers and is up a fairly steep track that looks like a channel cut by heavy rain which would be quite difficult and slippery if wet. No problems in dry conditions as we had. At point 7 the "pine grove" isn't there anymore as there appears to have been quite a lot of trees cut down. The way is still obvious but ignore new tracks for forestry vehicles leading off down into the valley. Saw lot's of vultures and a pair of falcons. Please note that the path up to the view point looks like it might be vertiginous but it isn't ,it is safe and easy and worthwhile.

15/12/2013 - Sharon Rainton

We parked in a small lay by (on RT)which is on the way down the hill from the official start of the walk. The walk was very good, 9th December 2013, 3 of us in 60 - 70's, took 2.5 hrs but Google Earth quoted 550 mts of ascent, it did not cause us any big problems. Only one did the view point, reported excellent. Moderator - We have the GPS read out as a GPX or KML file, are you able to use/include them? If my email address is left on the comments I am willing to forward them to anyone interested. We have also done 3435, which I will comment on, we also have the files available for that walk. We think you have an excellent product here and use it ... alan@rainton.com