The Sierra de las Nieves natural park is full of trails and hikes and significant investment has been made in markers, maps, information points and even recreation areas, with loos, showers for campers and areas to picnic and BBQ.
Head out of Guaro on the A366 towards Ronda and head up into the mountains and the park. After the village of Yunquera, look out for the 27km marker; shortly after on the left is a dirt forest trail to ’Los Sauces’.
Here starts a 18km round trail that takes you through great mountain scenery, forests and past interesting sites like an old fish farm, a ruined cortijo, an old water mill and the remnants of the ‘Convent de las Nieves’ that fell into ruins over a century again when church funding was removed.
Still marking the trail are ancient crosses, from the time of the convent. They are rich in detail, with Jesus on one side, and the Madonna and child on the other.
The track is in good shape, so you can drive it in an hour or more; or there are nearby stables offering horse riding; the route takes 3 hours; or alternatively its 2 hours by bicycle – hiking is a day. The high point is ‘el Puerto de la mujer’ offering amazing views.
You can drive a bit, leave the car and then walk if you just want to get a flavour of this part of the park.