If you spend some days in Málaga city and want to explore the surroundings adding a bit of nature to your holidays, hiking to El Santo in Pizarra is the excursion you are looking for!
Since Pizarra is very close to Málaga (30 minutes by car or 49 minutes by train) you won’t lose much time arriving. Furthermore, this is not a very demanding route, so it is recommended for people of all ages. That way, you will add some sport activity and nature contact to your holidays. Besides, as we offer a free photo report, you will have excellent regard for your holidays in Spain.
From Málaga, you can go by car, by train, or even better… we can take you there!
By car: Take the motorway A-357 direction Campillos and after 24 kilometres turn right to Camino de Villalón, and then go to the start point of the route: https://goo.gl/maps/477fgkk8rrTBf3VD7
By train: At the train station, take line C2 to Álora, and get off at Pizarra. The walk until the start point: https://goo.gl/maps/477fgkk8rrTBf3VD7
Length: 8,33 km (5,18 miles)
Type of route: circular
Ascent: 370 m
Descent: 370 m
Time in motion: 1 h 45 min
Total time: 4 h
Once parked in the viewpoint (“mirador”), you can go to the hermitage of the Virgin of the Fuensanta (Holy Source in Spanish), patron of the village. You will always find someone praying. This chapel was built in the XVI century over an ancient Mozarabic church. Its neo-Gothic façade dates from the first decade of the 20th century.
Back to the viewpoint, we start the ascent to the Sierra de Gibralmora behind a water cistern. As we ascend, the landscape becomes more and more impressive. On your left-hand side, you will find always the town of Álora, with its castle, upon a hill. On your right-hand side the town of Pizarra and other villages in the Guadalhorce Valley such as Cártama, Alhaurin el Grande or Coin.
When you reach the highest point of the route, you can observe from there the dam of “El Chorro”, and other natural points of interest such as Sierra de Huma or Valle de Abdalajís. As an interesting fact, one of the most famous hiking routes in Andalusia, “El Caminito del Rey” is located close to that reservoir.
The remaining metres to the “Saint” go along a pleasant path over flat fields of carob, almond and olive trees. Over there you will see on your left-hand side a geodesical vertex, from where you will able to see a gorgeous view of Málaga city, highlighted by its new and controversial “Twin Towers”. By the Saint, you will find a picnic area, with wooden tables and barbecues, and a mountain shelter.
The statue of Jesus, who opens his arms to the town and its valley was built in 1916, ordered by the count of Puerto Hermoso, Fernando Soto Aguilar. In the Spanish civil war, it was destroyed and replaced by a cross. But finally, in 1995 the sculptor Miguel Fuente del Olmo created this new 2,5 metres high bronze statue.
From this magnificent viewpoint, you can see the Valley of the River Guadalhorce, the most important river in the province of Málaga. In the panels located there, you can see the names of the mountains and villages. The statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus could remind you of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, but the Brazilian statue didn’t begin to be built until 1926, ten years later than this.
After crossing the recreational area, the path becomes rougher, narrow and stony. It also becomes shadier and shadier, as it crosses a pine forest. most of the pines are not very old, since they replaced others burnt in a wildfire as you could deduct from the burnt trunks all over those fields.
As we descend, the landscape becomes different from the ascent way, full of trees and rocks. Over there we can visit the Obscure Cave and have a rest seeing the views from there. It is a wonderful natural shelter on rainy days, although water filters and you can feel a slightly pleasant sizzle.
This is not the only cave in the hike to El Santo de Pizarra: after some metres descending the path goes across another cave, called “Raja Ancha”, through a mysterious stair sculpted in the rocks.
After the cave, the path crosses a picnic area and then goes into town. There we will have lunch in one of its restaurants and taste the local gastronomy and tapas. From the village to the starting point of the route we can sightsee the main point of interest in Pizarra:
So if you are wondering what to do in Málaga, add to your visit a bit of culture, local gastronomy and a lot of fun with the hike to El Santo in Pizarra… don’t hesitate to contact us to make your holidays a real adventure experience!