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I chose for my first walk beginning of September 2016 what I thought would be a gentle river walk.  Ease in the joints and muscles after bein in retirement for almost 2 decades. The weather was fabulous, blue sky, sun and 30+ºC, off we went to Nerja, Rio de Chillar. A beautiful walk in Spain’s nature, it was a hot day and the water was cool, not advisable to do this walk in winter. I came prepared with special footwear for the water, hindsight, a good pair of trainers would’ve been better, as you’re walking on rocks for 5 hours, so a good solid sole isn’t a luxury for the feet. I had the feeling I had overdone the reflexology after 5 hours.

It’s just breathtakingly beautiful that area, tucked away from civilisation, I’d say just you and nature, but that would be a lie. It was the whole south coast of Spain and nature, it was very crowded, but the further you go, the less dense it got. It’s worth to keep on going, as you’ll end up at some cascades. If you want to avoid the crowd, better to choose midweek. This walk is for all ages including your furry friends. Come prepared with enough water supply, snacks, lunch, some wipes a hat and sunscreen. Whatever you’re bringing, make sure you’re taking it back home.

To see all the photos, got to GALLERY

How to get there

On foot: You can walk down to the river bed from just behind the bus station on Avenida de Pescia in Nerja.  At the roundabout near the bus station, walk to the end of Calle de Joaquín Herrera and follow the path down to the river.

You will then need to walk up towards the cement factory, always keeping the river on your left, past gardens, avocado groves, builder’s yards, caves and fincas.  Eventually the valley begins to narrow and you can begin to really enjoy the beauty of the pine trees on the steep slopes of the Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama National Park.  

By car:  If you want to save a couple of kilometres by taking your car to the start of the river walk, drive east along Avenida de Pescia from the bus station, towards Maro. At the roundabout go straight ahead – you will see Iranzo supermarket on your right and, a little further on, Nerja Health centre (Centro de Salud) on your left. At the next roundabout (which is signed to Burriana beach to the right), turn left (inland) onto Calle Julio Romero. After two hundred metres or so, bear right onto Avenida la Constitución and follow this road as it climbs uphill. A little further along, where the road forks, stay on Avenida la Constritución which is to the right.  

Look out for two large electricity pylons on top of concrete blocks on your left, and you should turn left here, between the pylons onto Calle Mirto.

On your right there is a large, free carpark where you can leave your car whilst you do the river walk.

You can drive closer to the start of the river walk (though parking is more restricted and there is a danger of being towed away and fined if you park in the wrong place). If you want to park closer to the river – drive past the row of houses on your left and continue until you see a fork in the road.  Take the right fork towards the mountains, and follow the newly concreted road which slopes downwards and underneath the motorway bridge.

Map Rio Chillar

About The Author


Hi everyone, I'm Dagmar and I'm born in Belgium, at 27 I moved to the south coast of Spain, initially just for 6 months, however 22 years later, I'm still here. I have a big passion for animal welfare. I have 3 dogs and a cat, all rescues. In September 2015, I turned vegetarian and over the course of that year, I have leant more and more towards veganism. My aim is to eat as 'clean' as possible.

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