Route 2: Arroyo Hondo – Los Molinos
Distance: 5.2 miles
Duration: 2-3 hours
Min.Height: 532 feets
Max.Height: 1.377 feets
Conditions: Medium distance, uneven surfaces, long ascent to Casares, 800 ft ascent/descent.
This circular route starts from Casares’s road toward Estepona and returns to Casares. The entire trail has a great variety of valuable landscapes. At the beginning, the path crosses the Hondo and La Vieja streams, across a shady landscape. Then it climbs the Matute trail till the Caules place, a forest area with a predominance of cork oaks followed by pasture lands and former cereal fields, reaching the so-called Molino de Arriba, where Los Molinos stream, a tributary of the Manilva river, is born. From this point, it starts a long ascent that goes along the edge of Cerro de La Horca and finally reaches Casares.
The Molino de Arriba mentioned above is one of many ancient Andalusian hydraulic mills located in the county of Casares. These mills supplied flour to the region during the 16th century. The itinerary also passes by the old convent of Santa Catalina, a construction built in the 16th century that was fortified in the 19th century to be used as a police quarter.
CASARES’ HIKING TRAILS