R-1 Sendero de los muertos
Underpass of the A-7 motorway to the north of 'Arroyo de la Miel'. The cemetery road (175 metres).
Possibility of two routes: to the chapel, on the east hillside of the 'Cerro Calamorro' (550 metres); and to the top of the 'Calamorro' (772 metres).
Approximately 5 km to the top of the 'Calamorro', and 2.3 km to the chapel from the crossroads.
CERRO CALAMORRO (CALAMORRO HILL)
The route starts from the north end of the road which surrounds the urban centre of 'Arroyo de la Miel' and at the level of the cemetery road. After covering approximately 700 metres, and leaving a cemetery and the entrance to an old quarry on the left, you will arrive at a crossroads. You take the asphalt road that you find to the right. On this road, you leave a residential area to your left and enter into a vegetative landscape of Aleppo pine over a brown-coloured piece of land, which is made up of gravel and sand deposits, in addition to deposits of rain.
At more than 2 km from the start of the route, the path that goes up to the 'Calamorro' that appears on the left. On the first section of the route, you pass a steep inclination to the 'Puerto de las Ovejas', firstly following the channel of the brook, and then later by the east hillside of the 'Calamorro'. The route crosses a rocky piece of land covered by the esparto that occupies most of the hillside with the exception of the small valleys where more vegetation grows, including shrubs of the rosemary patch and some species of pine trees.
Now that you are near the 'Puerto de las Ovejas', you can recognize pieces of the kermes oaks on the north hillside of the 'Calamorro', which appear dotted around small stands of bushy looking, holm oak trees. From here, the route continues towards 'Puerto Viejo', crossing a small wood of pine trees. When you reach this port at the mountain range's watershed, you will have a good panoramic view towards the 'Valle del Guadalhorce', as well as towards the quarries of 'Alhaurín of the Tower'.
The last section goes zigzagging up by the west hillside of the 'Calamorro', over a rocky land where the disintegrated rock forms a sandy ground that extends along the whole route until you reach the cable cars. From here, various paths split off to different strategically located viewpoints on the top of the 'Calamorro' and around it.
The summit of the 'Calamorro' offers a magnificent panoramic view of the whole town of Benalmadena and adjoining areas, as well as the mountains named 'Montes de Málaga' to the east; the 'Valle del Guadalhorce' and the mountainous arc formed by mountains of the 'Cordillera Antequerana' (or Antequerana Mountain Range) to the north; the Mountainous area of 'Ronda' and Gibraltar Rock to the West, and the Mediterranean Sea and the Coast of Morocco to the south.
With regard to the vegetation, you can recognize the deteriorated kermes oak, dotted with some species of pine trees and a very reduced number of small holm oaks. Kermes oak, juniper, barbed wire bush, rosemary and mastic are the species of the vegetative landscape which stand out on the high areas, whereas the esparto is a prominent feature of the lower section where the most of the route runs by.
The route starts at the same point as the route of 'Cerro Calamorro'.
After covering approximately 700 metres, and leaving the cemetery and the entrance to an old quarry on your left, you will arrive at a crossroads. At this point, you advance until 'calle Ágave' (or Ágave St.) in the residential area that you will find. Turn to the right and keep going until you find an exit between the walls of houses where you will see a poster with information on the routes.
The path runs along by a rocky piece of land with limestone that is more or less inclined in a north-westerly direction towards a side road that is situated halfway up the hillside of the 'Calamorro', which you can see from the whole route.
This last part runs across the south and east sides of the 'Calamorro', at an average height of 500 metres and joins Route 1 and 2.
Before you arrive at the path that crosses these you will find 'La Ermita', which is an area of level ground and is named as such due to the image inside a small hole of a mound.
From 'La Ermita', which is a spot that allows you stop and regain your strength, you are able to go up to the cave named 'Cueva del Toro', which is one of the existing cavities in the municipality that has special archaeological interest for the paintings that were discovered inside. The main theme of these paintings is a headless buffalo next to a series of signs distributed throughout the entire cave and these have recently been dated back to the Lower Solutrean (approx. 20,000 years ago).
This fairly small-sized cave opens at an altitude of approx. 500 metres, and consists of three small-tiered rooms that open on to each one by means of narrow passages. The form and structure of the cave is determined by the disposition of the limestone layers and existing fractures.
The entrance is closed nowadays and it is not possible to visit its interior.
Address : Carretera
Town : Benalmádena
Province : Málaga
Surroundings : Mountain
Interpretation Centre Available : No