BENAHAVÍS MONTEMAYOR


Hill Walk January 27, 2020 10:30am Benahavís Village, Café Cocina, followed by a car share to the start
Simon Miller-Jones

This 3.5 hours walk is to the peak of Montemayor (579m). Starting point is the Benahavís Hills Country Club, a luxury new development. From there the path heads into the hills initially away from the normal Montemayor pathway and towards a derelict finca once believed to be used as a bakery.
From the bakery a track will eventually reach the other side of the mountain affording views of Gibraltar and Africa on a clear day.
The path then leads directly to Montemayor, taking a steep goat-track for the final 12 minute hike which will need ‘hands and feet’ in parts.Walking sticks are recommended, especially when going down this steep, rocky path.
At the summit there are uninterrupted views of the coast from Marbella to Estepona which have given the site its valued strategic position throughout history.
Well behaved dogs are welcome on this walk.

Directions to the Meeting Place

From the main N340/A7 take the Benahavís exit onto the A 7175. There is no kilometre sign but Benahavís is clearly announced after San Pedro de Alcantara (after exit 170) when travelling westwards, and approx. three km from Cancelada if travelling east.
Leaving the exit for Benahavís, cross straight over the next three roundabouts. These roundabouts are far apart.
At the first roundabout, very soon after leaving the N340, there is a petrol station on the right. At  the second there is a Mercadona on the left. The third roundabout is 7km from the N340 and is at the entrance to the village of Benahavís.
At this third roundabout carry straight up on the hill following the natural right turn in the road. To the right there are buildings among which is the cookery school with three flag-poles visible. Just after that, again on the right-hand side, is the first café on this stretch with chairs and tables outside. This is the meeting place. There is plenty of parking immediately before the café. From there there is a car share to the limited parking area near the Benahavís Hills Country Club.

10.5 km Medium to Heavy

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