La Albarrá – La Molina
Distance: 3.1 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours
Min.Height: 776 feets
Max.Height: 1.256 feets
Conditions: Short distance, uneven surfaces, steep incline at the Tajo with some scrambling.
We set off along the Camino de Gaucín, crossing a Roman bridge, popularly known as El Albarrá at 1, and then climb up to the Puerto de Ronda Pass, from where we begin our descent down the Ortejicar path. After passing by some carpenters’ workshops, we take a well surfaced stretch of the old Roman road. Then we head towards the Manilva-Gaucín road but just before arriving we turn left onto a path leading to the Camino de la Molina where we also take a left, to follow the southern side of the Sierra de la Molina, passing by a fountain which bears the same name. We then continue in the direction of the Canuto between Casares and the Cancho Andares at 2. Finally we cross the Albarrá stream to reach a winding path which leads to the Tajo de Casares, climbing along the side of the gorge to the village to meet Calle Camachas.
One of the most interesting aspects of this route is that it passes through areas with typical Mediterranean forests, expanses of unirrigated land and zones with riparian vegetation such as that to be found by the Albarrá stream. Also outstanding is the natural milestone formed by the Sierra de la Molina and the Canuto del Albarrá.