Visited on the 13 Jan 2019
Technical Difficulty: Low
From this route we can see from a bird’s-eye view the entire coastal area of Mijas. The altitude is maintained at 600 meters.
Accesses: Descending from the parking lot of the “Mirador de Mijas” (Mijas Pueblo ring road) and approximately 100 meters to the left, there is a stone wall with the access path to the “Ermita del Calvario”, built in 1710 and formerly used as a spiritual retreat for the Carmelite monks. This access route is marked with stone landmarks and iron crosses.
Plane of the Routes Once in the Hermitage and looking towards it, we follow a path located to our left, that begins ascending and surrounds the skirt of the mount until arriving at a significant crossing with the blue route to our right. We continue, ascending front, following the red points corresponding to the “Refuge Route”.
Shortly after, in a rapid ascent, the “Cross of the Mission” is reached (Whitewashed stone dome to the right of the road). We follow the path and go through the old “Cantera del Barrio” and in front of the future Hostel destined to the development of active tourism activities. The path is now a wide and slightly descending path. Before the road turns to the right, it is located (marked with red dots) the path of our route.
The path becomes an ascending and somewhat technical trail to the right, which takes us to an area with good panoramic views of the coast. The trail softens and then descends until it reaches a steep stream.
Later, caution. The path continues straight, somewhat descending in a thick grove of eucalyptus trees and can take us to the road. Before starting to descend, we will take a small path in a closed curve located on our right and descending carefully following the red dots. In a few minutes and with the path clearer, we reached another fork. To the left and descending (white points) the access route from “Puerto Colorado” that can take us to the highway if we decide to end here. The ascending path corresponds to the beginning of the “Ruta de las Cañadas” and is marked by green points.