Valle de Abdalajis

Valle de Abdalajis

Located in the heart of the Abdalajís mountain range, the village of the same name is a charming municipality known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning hiking trails, and spectacular landscapes.

In this article, we uncover everything Valle de Abdalajís has to offer and how to get there to make your visit an unforgettable experience.

History of Valle de Abdalajís

The history of Valle de Abdalajís begins in the Bronze Age as evidenced by the caves and prehistoric remains found in the area. Later, during the Roman period, the valley developed considerably due to its good location and wide variety of natural resources.

The most significant change in Valle de Abdalajís occurred with the arrival of the Muslims when this area received its current name, in honor of the Arab leader Abdalajís. The Muslim influence can still be perceived in the layout of the streets and in the agriculture of the area.

Valle de Abdalajís, views of the streets and white houses of the village
Valle de Abdalajís, views of the streets and white houses of the village | cadenaser.com

After the Reconquest, when the Christians regained control, the valley experienced several changes, and structures were built along with new forms of agriculture and customs. The abolition of the manors in 1811 marked the end of a feudal era, giving way to the development that has shaped the modern valley rich in history, heritage, and culture.

What to See and Do in Valle de Abdalajís

Valle de Abdalajís offers a wide variety of cultural and natural attractions to explore during your visit. Below, we’ll tell you about the most popular ones among visitors.

What to See in Valle de Abdalajís

San José de la Montaña Residential Convent

This building of remarkable architectural and religious value in the area stands on the birthplace of Mother Petra, also known as Ana José Perez Florido, a distinguished figure of the valley and founder of the Congregation of Mothers of the Defenseless and San José de la Montaña, beatified in 1994 by Pope John Paul II.

Convent residence San José de la Montaña in Valle de Abdalajís
Convent residence San José de la Montaña in Valle de Abdalajís | cercademicasa.wordpress.com

Except for the old part, which is preserved in perfect condition with the rooms and belongings of Mother Petra, the rest of the building has been remodeled and conditioned and houses more than 70 elderly people.

Church of San Lorenzo Mártir

Located in the square of the same name, it is a 14th-century construction linked to the Palace of the Count of los Corbos, founder of the municipality. With a Latin cross plan and three naves, its main altar stands out with a crucifix and biblical scenes alongside images of the Virgin of Sorrows and San Lorenzo Mártir, both patrons of the municipality.

It also includes a representation of Mother Petra, a native of Valle de Abdalajís, about whom we have spoken in the previous section.

Hermitage of the Holy Christ of the Sierra

Located atop the Sierra and built in 1954, this hermitage has been a site of devotion since the 18th century. Access to the hermitage offers breathtaking panoramic views of the town and the entire Sierra de Abdalajís, making this visit a must for all lovers of landscapes and spirituality.

Ermita del Santísimo Cristo de la Sierra hermitage in Valle de Abdalajís
Ermita del Santísimo Cristo de la Sierra hermitage in Valle de Abdalajís | malaga.es

Gangarro Viewpoint

From the Hermitage of the Christ of the Sierra, you can access the impressive Gangarro viewpoint via steep stairs carved in limestone.

Fuente de Arriba

Located in the Plaza de la Virgen de los Dolores, it is the oldest fountain in the town, built in 1539 and traditionally known as the Nogal fountain. It is characterized by its construction in local limestone rock, with two bronze spouts.

Fuente de Arriba, the oldest fountain in the village, built in 1539
Fuente de Arriba, the oldest fountain in the village, built in 1539 | valledeabdalajis.es

A popular saying associated with the spring that feeds it, particularly active during rains, suggests that if water flows down the street for a whole day, it is indicative that it will continue raining.

La peana

This parallelepiped-shaped limestone monolith is the clearest symbol of the archaeological wealth of the municipality.

It is thought to have functioned as a pedestal for a statue, although it is not known for certain whether said statue was in honor of a deity or Emperor Trajan. The original is preserved in the local museum, while in the Plaza de San Lorenzo we can find a very well-executed replica.

Valle de Abdalajís Museum

Located on Avenida Blas Infante, the museum offers a glimpse into the history of Valle de Abdalajís through its interesting collection of archaeological objects. From bracelets to ceramics, busts, coins, and funerary chests, these pieces clearly show the historical legacy of the municipality.

In addition, the museum organizes temporary exhibitions that explore the culture, customs, and natural environment of the area.

Ethnographic Museum Valle de Abdalajís, an interesting collection of archaeological objects
Ethnographic Museum Valle de Abdalajís, an interesting collection of archaeological objects | entorno.caminitodelrey.info/

Opening Hours:

  • Fall, Winter, and Spring: Tuesday to Sunday except December 25th and January 1st. 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
  • Summer: Every day from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Nature and Hiking

Cantarrana Route

The Cantarrana Route is a circular route that starts in the Plaza de San Lorenzo. Along this route, hikers can enjoy beautiful views of almond fields and the impressive landscape of the municipality of Valle de Abdalajís and its surrounding mountains.

Points of Interest

  • Estimated Time: 3-3.5 hours
  • Kilometers: 7.7 kilometers round trip
  • Estimated Location: Plaza de San Lorenzo
  • Difficulty: medium

Ratilla Route

This round trip route, with a total length of approximately 6 kilometers, allows you to enjoy a natural environment with palm trees and rock formations, ending at the spectacular peak of Capilla. It is an activity especially recommended to do in the winter, spring, and autumn seasons.

Route of the Ratilla, a natural environment with palm trees and rock formations
Route of the Ratilla, a natural environment with palm trees and rock formations | valledeabdalajis.es

Points of Interest

  • Estimated Time: 3-3.5 hours
  • Kilometers: 6.4 kilometers round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 541 meters
  • Estimated Location: in Valle de Abdalajís, taking the C-337 regional road towards Antequera.
  • Difficulty: medium – high

Torcal del Charcón Route

The route offers an ascent along a zig-zag path, ideal for adventurers and trekking enthusiasts, leading to the historic ruins of Cortijo Charcón. It continues with an ascent towards the Torcal del Charcón, providing a unique opportunity to admire and explore its extraordinary limestone formations.

Points of Interest

  • Estimated Time: 3.5 hours
  • Kilometers: 9 kilometers round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 756 meters
  • Estimated Location: Valle de Abdalajís, Camino del Canal
  • Difficulty: medium – high

Fuente de la Zarza Route

This circular and easy-to-walk route borders the Cerro de los Perdigones, offering spectacular views of the Sierra de Abdalajís. Its highest point is the Fuente de la Zarza, ideal for taking a rest and drinking water. During the rainy season, it is important to be careful when crossing the various streams and gullies along the way.

Highest point of the Fuente de la Zarza route
Highest point of the Fuente de la Zarza route | valledeabdalajis.es

Points of Interest

  • Estimated Time: 2 hours
  • Kilometers: 8.5 kilometers round trip
  • Estimated Location: Valle de Abdalajís, Plaza de San Lorenzo
  • Difficulty: medium – low

Arab Stairs Route

This route leads directly to the winding stone stairs known as “Arab stairs”, offering exceptional panoramic views of the Natural Site of the Gaitanes Gorge and El Chorro along the way, making it a visually stunning and unforgettable experience.

Points of Interest

  • Estimated Time: 4-4.5 hours
  • Kilometers: 15 kilometers round trip
  • Estimated Location: Valle de Abdalajis, Camino del nacimiento
  • Difficulty: medium – high

Ascent to La Huma via the North Face Route

With an altitude of 1195 meters, the ascent to La Huma is one of the most impressive routes in the province of Malaga, offering panoramic views of the Guadalhorce Valley and Guadalteba, and on clear days, you can even glimpse the sea in the distance.

The most popular route among hikers is the one that ascends from the south face from El Chorro, but the alternative via the north face is notably easier.

Points of Interest

  • Estimated Time: 4.5 – 5 hours
  • Kilometers: 18.36 kilometers round trip
  • Estimated Location: Valle de Abdalajis, Camino del nacimiento
  • Difficulty: medium – high

Sierra del Castillo Route

This circular route offers a window into the regional history, marked by the presence of Iberians, Romans, and Muslims, visible through various archaeological remains scattered throughout the natural environment. It’s an excellent opportunity to combine enjoying the landscape with a journey through the rich cultural and historical past of the locality.

Sierra del Castillo route, spectacular views with archaeological remains
Sierra del Castillo route, spectacular views with archaeological remains | wikiloc.com

Points of Interest

  • Estimated Time: 3.5 hours
  • Kilometers: 13.76 kilometers round trip
  • Estimated Location: Valle de Abdalajis, Plaza de San Lorenzo
  • Difficulty: medium

Birth Route

Also known as the Rejana Route, this trail offers a circular route of medium difficulty with breathtaking views of Tajo del Cuervo.

Points of Interest

  • Estimated Time: 2 – 2.5 hours
  • Kilometers: 10 kilometers round trip
  • Elevation: 445 meters
  • Estimated Location: Valle de Abdalajis, Camino del Nacimiento
  • Difficulty: medium

Great Path

This circular trail offers spectacular views of the Caminito del Rey and the Gaitanes Gorge. Along the way, you’ll encounter interesting Roman tombs.

Points of Interest

  • Estimated Time: 3 – 3.5 hours
  • Kilometers: 11.58 kilometers round trip
  • Estimated Location: Valle de Abdalajis, Carretera MA-4401 direction El Chorro
  • Difficulty: medium

Popular Festivals and Gastronomy

Romería del Cristo de la Sierra

During the first weekend of May, Sierra de Abdalajís is filled with excitement with the pilgrimage in honor of the Holy Christ of the Sierra.

Romería del Cristo de la Sierra in Valle de Abdalajís
Romería del Cristo de la Sierra in Valle de Abdalajís | valledeabdalajis.es

Legend has it that this Christ was found by a shepherd in the area in the 1950s. The pilgrimage begins with the procession of the Christ through the streets of the town and the departure of the pilgrims from Malaga, passing through towns like Cártama, Pizarra, and Álora until reaching Sunday, the day when a mass is celebrated to conclude the celebration.

Tapa and Candelarias Route

This event, which takes place the weekend closest to February 2nd, offers three days of gastronomy, shows, and activities where visitors can enjoy local food, the traditional bonfire of Candelaria, and even practice adventure sports throughout the Sierra del Valle de Abdalajís.

Saint John’s Eve

While in other nearby areas fire is the focus of Saint John’s Eve, in Valle de Abdalajís, water takes center stage. Neighbors take to the streets with buckets, jugs, and water balloons to enjoy the most fun night of the year.

Easter Week

Characterized by its profound religiosity and uniqueness, the Easter Week of Valle de Abdalajís is led by two brotherhoods: The Brotherhood of María Santísima de los Dolores and the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno.

Saetero singing to the Christ in the celebration of the Holy Week
Saetero singing to the Christ in the celebration of the Holy Week | ourtour.co.uk

San Lorenzo Fair

The main festivities of the town take place around August 10th in honor of San Lorenzo, the local patron saint. During this period, festive and cultural events are held, such as exhibitions, contests, and traditional dance and singing performances.

How to Get to Valle de Abdalajís

Getting There by Public Transport

Bus

If you’re traveling by bus from Malaga to Valle de Abdalajís, you have several options available departing from different areas of the city.

One of the fastest and most direct ways is to take a bus from ALSA, and in approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, you’ll have reached your destination. The ticket price is usually 8-10 euros, depending on the time and season.

Train

Another option to reach Valle de Abdalajís from Malaga is the train with RENFE. You can take it from María Zambrano station heading to El Chorro-Álora. The journey takes approximately 39 minutes, and tickets cost between 6 and 9 euros. However, keep in mind that El Chorro is not in Valle de Abdalajís, so you will need additional transportation.

Getting There by Car

To reach Valle de Abdalajís by car, the best option is to rent an full to full car at Malaga Airport.

Follow the N-340 road towards Malaga and then join the A-7 towards Algeciras.

Continue on the A-7 for about 15 kilometers and take exit 241 towards Cártama/Coín. Follow the signs to Cártama/Coín on the MA-3300 for approximately 20 minutes until you reach Coín. From Coín, follow the signs to Alhaurín el Grande and then take the MA-5402 towards Valle de Abdalajís. The estimated travel time is approximately 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Planning a trip to the area? From Valle de Abdalajís, you have access to many points of interest such as El Caminito del Rey, the famous hanging footpath that runs through the Gaitanes Gorge, or Antequera, with its dolmens or its well-known Torcal.

Map of Valle de Abdalajís

Will Valle de Abdalajís be a stop on your journey? Here’s a map with everything we’ve mentioned throughout this article.

If you want more information about Valle de Abdalajís, we recommend checking the Town Hall website.

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