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.
The most emblematic monument of Cártama is without a doubt the Hermitage of Our Lady of the Remedies, located in the Hill of the Virgin. It was built in the seventeenth century on another original of the fifteenth century, whose time is also the image of the Virgen de los Remedios, patron saint of the town.
This hermitage is of a single ship, covered with vault of half cannon, and in her it emphasizes the Camarín, of hexagonal plant, vault of six cloths and decoration with base of paintings of birds and flowers in socles and pilasters. In it, the image of the Virgin appears in an artistic silver temple. Its beauty is unique, both in its exterior and in its interior, whose walls are adorned with the memories left by the faithful who come to visit it.
The path to the Hermitage, always on the rise, is winding, and is an authentic natural viewpoint from which you can contemplate a magnificent panoramic view of the Guadalhorce Valley. In addition, there is a new access to the back of the mount of the Ermita called Trascastillo, which is part of the hiking trail “Sierra de los Espartales”.
In 2004, the entire complex was declared a Site of Cultural Interest by the Junta de Andalucía.
Although the place was already occupied at the beginning of the s. IX, the generalized outbreak of the rebellion of Umar Ibn Hafsun against the Cordovan power supposes the meeting in Munt Nis of an important population and the consequent construction of the castle, that is consolidated during second half of s. IX. In the year 923 it is conquered by the Cordovan troops and continues in use during the Caliphate and Taifa kingdoms, falling into decay shortly after.
In the upper part of the El Padrón area and about 7 kilometers from Estepona are the ruins of the foundations of Castillo del Nicio. It is about the ruins of a ninth century fortress, of which the walls and several towers are preserved. They played a very important role during the rebellion of Omar Ben Hafsun against the Cordovan emirs, being finally conquered by the emilar troops the year 923.
Its layout is almost rectangular, adapted to the variations of the terrain, and has all the characteristics of having been raised during the Caliphate period. Its towers and masonry walls have disappeared in some places and what remains of them does not raise more than 4 meters from the ground. They are in a progressive state of ruin.