R-4 Sendero del tajo de la sabia
In 'Benalmádena Pueblo', on the main avenue 'Juan Luis Peralta', and on the corner with the street named 'Luis Cernuda' (250 m).
Crosses with Route 6 under the 'Tajos de la Sabia', at an altitude of 700 m.
A little more than 4.5 km up to the crossing with Route 6.
The route ascends by the street named 'Luis Cernuda' up to a newly built park. Once you are inside the park, you can go down the stairs which are located at a storm drain of the A-7 motorway. Crossing the motorway by the drainage pipe, the path starts here underneath this motorway.
The first half of the route is the hardest stretch since you have to go up a 400-metre slope; the gradient of the second stretch is less steeper and you only have to go up a little more than 100 metres until you reach the height of 700 metres.
At approximately 200 metres from the path underneath the motorway, you will find a path to the right that takes you to another alternative route of the same Route 4 and a link to Route 3.
From this point, a section of this route starts with a steep gradient by the south side of the mountain until this takes you to an approximate height of 550 metres, where the route runs round by the north slope.
During the whole southern gradient, the vegetation is mainly made up of a severely deteriorated rosemary patch, where esparto, rosemary, barbed wire bush, rockroses and some palmhearts make up the dominant landscape and also where some pines and junipers stand out in a vegetative mass of yellowish colours at the beginning of summer.
On the North slope, from the approximate height of 600 metres, the mass of Aleppo pine trees mixed together with species of cluster pines and some monkey tail pines, as well as an increase in the amount of brushwood, tone down the intense green of the limestone rock. The rosemary patch becomes rich with elements of kermes oak and species of juniper, Spanish lime, and even some oak trees.
Throughout the second half of the route, you can see the course of the 'Regajo del Quejigal' river, which runs under the 'Tajo del Quejigalhas' cliff with its dense vegetation during the summer and dominated by the colour of the rosebays in bloom that live in the riverbed.
This route allows you to take in a broad landscape view of the mountain range, which is visible from the southwest area with its little vegetative coverage and the north area with masses of pines, a patch of better-conserved rosemary and pieces of kermes oak.
Address : Avenida
Town : Benalmádena
Province : Málaga
Surroundings : Mountain
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