R-3 Sendero del Quejigal
The Benalmádena Pueblo road - 'Arroyo de la Miel' at the level of the motorway viaduct, and at an altitude of 175 metres.
Crosses Route 6 at an altitude of 580 metres.
Approx. 3.5 km up to the crossing with Route 6.
An information board marks the start of the route right there on the curve of the road. In this first section, the route runs by the course of the stream under the viaduct of the A-7 motorway until you arrive at a small esplanade where the stream of 'Puerto Viejo' ends. In this area, you can see some rain deposits that are mainly on the hillside located to the north.
Take the path that leaves from the same course of the stream and go up the hillside located to the south that crosses a dense mass of Aleppo pines. When arriving at the height of approximately 330 metres, you will find the crossroads with Route 4. From here, the path becomes less steep as it heads northwest until crossing the course of the 'Regajo del Quejigal'.
Along this section, either on the same path or next to it, you will find several small houses that were used as deposits for the old water conduction that comes down the mountain range. They are hardly used these days but they serve as drinking troughs for the animals that go there.
To the left, you pass by a rocky escarpment, opposite which a pine forest of Aleppo pine trees and monkey tail pines intermingle and go down to the course of the stream, which mark out a short stretch of this route at the same time.
As you advance, a wide panoramic view of the mountain range begins to open before your eyes, highlighting the cliffs of 'Tajo del Quejigal' and the 'Tajos de la Sabia' to the west. The disposition of which the masses of existing pines adopt on the opposite hillside and on the other side of the stream, as well as the rocky escarpments which are located below them, catch your attention, allowing you to observe the (south) inclination and the (east-west) direction of the limestone layers in this area of the mountain range. On this hillside, you will find that the vegetation is less abundant due to the fact that it is more exposed to harsh climatological conditions in comparison with the hillside that you are on. In addition to the aforementioned pine trees, there is a rosemary patch that stands out and becomes thicker on the higher parts.
At an altitude of around 425 metres, the path which comes down along the last few metres crosses the course of the 'Regajo del Quejigal. The vegetation becomes particularly dense due to the prevailing environmental conditions on the riverbeds, which highlights a thick mass of rosebays upstream, of which a fresh and dark microclimate is created under its branches. The existence of bulrush and Mediterranean Clubmoss indicate the presence of humid ground. Among the rosebays, species of turpentine trees and some Prosopis trees stand out, which stand over them. Towards the exterior of the brook, a dense bramble patch dotted with arganias marks the boundary of this vegetal community, which is joined to the brook. Here on the hillside, a dense rosemary patch that is dotted with pines and junipers almost covers the whole surface.
From this point, the path sharply ascends in a northerly direction in search of the small nearby valley. In its first section, you pass a rest area to the right and cross a small mass of pine trees. When you arrive at the same level as the foot of the 'Tajo del Quejigal' cliff, the path becomes less steep as it runs by a rosemary patch where the presence of isolated species of myrtle stand out.
As you approach the course of the brook, the path changes underfoot to become sandier. Up to this point, you have crossed the limestone marbles and now you enter into the area that is formed by dolomite marbles up to the end of the route.
At the brook, the mass of pines stand out which are located on the north hillside and along the brook's headwaters, in addition to the panoramic view of the route's last section.
Having got over this last ascent, you will find the crossroads with Route 6. Towards the west, the path leads to us towards 'Castillejo'; and towards the east, you can reach 'Puerto Viejo' and connect to Routes 1 and 2.
Address : Carretera
Town : Benalmádena
Province : Málaga
Surroundings : Mountain
Interpretation Centre Available : No