Walks in Alcornocales park

Wild flowers and Cork oaks in the Alcornocales natural park © Michelle Chaplow
A caarpet of wild flowers in the Alcornocales natural park © Michelle Chaplow

Walks in Alcornocales Natural Park

This is excellent walking country, with woodland, river and mountain areas to choose from and 20 signposted walks.

Sendero Subida al Picacho is a 2.3km walk of around three hours that begins in El Picacho picnic area, at Km 30 of the A375 road that links Ubrique with Alcalá de los Gazules. It leads up to the peak of Picacho, at 882m, with magnificent views over the park. El Picacho is also the starting point of the short 1.2km Sendero Garganta de Puerto Oscuro, which passes by the Laguna de El Picacho, and the challenging Sendero Subida al Aljibe, which ends at La Sauceda picnic area.

Sendero Laguna del Moral is an easy walk of 2km, which takes around 1½ hours. It goes through densely wooded cork groves and ends at Laguna del Moral. The starting point is La Sauceda picnic area, off the CA-3331.


Other namned popular walks are:
Ruta de los Molinos
Ruta Rio Hozgarganta, near Jimena de la Frontera. (download pdf)

Ruta Garganta del Puerto Oscuro
Ruta de la Laguna del Moral
Ruta del Río de la Miel near Algeciras (download pdf)
Ruta del Río Guadalmesí
Ruta de San Carlos del Tiradero
Vereda Ubrique-Asomadillas in Jimena de la Frontera
Sendero de Subida a El Picacho
Sendero de Subida a El Aljibe
Sendero Travesía del Aljibe
Sendero Canuto de Risco Blanco

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