One of the best places to visit in the area is the Rio Chillar Walk from Nerja. Despite the hot temperatures in Andalucía, this route is ideal for walking during May, June, July and August, as you will find plenty of shade, plus the river to keep you cool – that said it is still a great walk for other times of the year, depending on the recent rainfall in the area. The surrounding scenery is amazing and there are birds, dragon flies, butterflies, palms, sugar cane and beautiful wild flowers, to be spotted on your walk.
The river walk is suitable for families, as what child (or adult) does not love splashing around in water and it is fairly flat along most of the route – though young children are unlikely to do the full 16km, 8km there and 8km back. The walk is suitable for most abilities as you wander along the river bed at your own pace and return along the route you came, so you can make the walk any length you like and when you feel you have had enough, why not stop and have a lovely picnic before making your way back. A word of warning though, you cross the river bed quite a few times so you can expect wet feet, it can be a bit slippy in places so for added comfort you may like a walking stick and sensible shoes to negotiate the rocky river bed are needed.
Along the walk you will find a variety of views to take in, pine woodland, cavernous rocks and at one point the rock walls narrow and you can touch both sides of the gorge at the same time. Here the water deepens and is a little faster, and you will walk through a series of rapids or cahorras, these can easily be negotiated but you need to take a little care, the water pools can be knee deep in some places, but this will depend on the amount of rain throughout the seasons. There are two larger pools, one about 5km in and one at the end of the walk – these are great places to swim. Along the route there are smaller pools and places to take a break. Those who want to, can do the full walk to the dam and waterfalls where you can bathe in the crystal-clear waters, there is nothing quite like it and it is very rewarding!
We cannot explain the beauty of this walk, Google it and take a look at the photos of this stunning area – the walk is currently voted number 1 of 30 things to do in Nerja on Trip Advisor!
This is a very popular walk for visitors and locals alike, and can get quite busy, especially at weekends. If you are going to do the whole walk, we recommend you start earlier in the morning to ensure you are back in the dark, you will also then avoid the busier times.
You will find some really useful information, such as timing, where to park, difficulty, how to prepare etc on this link https://www.nerja-turismo.com/en/things-to-do-in-nerja/rio-chillar-walk/
The walk should not be attempted if there is a forecast of rain or there have been recent storms as flash floods can occur in bad weather