Rio Chillar is a 17km-long river in the parque natural de las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama close to Nerja (60 km in the east of Malaga). In this hike you will walk up a river until you will find small waterfalls and a spot to swim. Along the hike you will find breath-taking landscapes.
How to get there?
You can catch a bus from the harbour of Malaga (Estacion de Autobuses Puerto Malaga) to Nerja (10€ for a return ticket). From the bus station in Nerja you can either walk to the beginning of Rio Chillar (around 25 minutes) or take a taxi (5 € – 6 €).
How long will it take?
To go until “el vado de los patos” and back takes around 6 – 7 hours. If you stop to take pictures or to swim it might take a bit longer. You will hike 8 km to get there and 8 km to come back. The first 20 – 30 minutes you will be walking on the ground, but afterwards you will be hiking through the river until the end of the hike.
What to bring?
– Swim Suits
– (Old) Shoes that can get wet (No Flip-Flops!)
– Sun Glasses
– Sun Protector
– Water (You also can drink the water of the river)
– Waterproof case to protect your phone and other belongings
– A camera to take photos
When to go?
March to October is the best time to hike this trail. Winter might be too cold, because most of the walk is through the river. I also recommend going on a week-day. Rio Chillar can get very crowded on week-ends as it is a very famous hike for locals and tourists alike.
You should start hiking in the morning. This way you can enjoy the whole hike and don’t need to worry about your bus back to Malaga.