El Torcal de Antequera (Paraje Natural Torcal de Antequera) North of Malaga, Spain - Part 1

El Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga off the A45 road in Andalusia, Spain. It is known for its unusual landforms, and is regarded as one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe.

There are two poplular circular route trails that start and return to the visitor center.

Green Trail - It starts in the upper parking, sharing a route with yellow route until you reach the fork, which leads to the “Hoyo de la Burra”, an energetic area visited by many meditation lovers. At this point you will also join the Yellow Route again, beginning the return to the Visitor Center. It is a tour that allows to know the morphology of “El Torcal de Antequera” and to recognize some significant figures like the “Sphinx” or “the Indian”.

  • Length: 1,50 km – circular
  • Gradient: +40m
  • Estimated duration: 45 minutes

Yellow Trail - Circular tour of 3km. It starts in the upper parking and ends at the Visitor Center. The route crosses the Torcal Alto, a labyrinthine area where it is easy to be disoriented when leaving the signposted trail. The first and last section coincides with the Green Route. Once past the fork crossing of both routes, the Yellow Route goes into areas where it dominates the shade so they are more humid areas and with dense vegetation.

  • Length: 3 km – circular
  • Gradient: + 53m
  • Estimated duration: 2 hours

El Torcal Green/Yellow routes trail map.

Arriving at the visitor center.

Both Green and Yellow trails start round to the right from the corner of the car park.

And right again. We are going to take the anticlockwise route.

Trails start here. - Be warned the terrain is very irregular and stoney the whole way round.

A rocky wilderness unfolds before you!

Rocks and boulders surround you.

Challenging terrain for the little ones.

In places it’s quite hard to follow the trail route.

Can you squeeze through that gap.

Continue to Part 2

HQ | Blog | Spotted a Trekker? | Become a Trekker | Facebook | Instagram