Let’s walk from Frigiliana to Nerja she said. That sounded easy, Nerja is on the coast and Frigiliana is around 7 kms inland and uphill, so I would be a partaking of a relaxing stroll downhill for a couple of hours.
Oh, how wrong can one be? Just take a look at the elevation profile of this beautiful walk that was very good practice for my fast approaching camino.
It was perfect walking weather, quite dull and fresh but not cold, and the forecast rain held off all day.
I don’t normally drive to walk. I prefer to walk out from my door to the many options I have in the surrounding area. But my very special walking pal Renate likes to go further afield, so I was happy to accept her offer of a trip down the mountain.
First on the agenda was a meeting with a camiga (camino amiga) who I have been in touch with via the camino forum and our respective blogs for a couple of years. She had just finished walking part of the Via de la Plata and then a portion of the Camino Frances and had come down south for some much needed sunshine and relaxation before returning to Canada. It was great to meet up and compare notes over a coffee before we set off on our ‘stroll’ – yeah right!
But the scenery made up for the effort expended and to make it even more special, I was treated to some beautiful wild flowers that I don’t see further up the mountain. It was a glorious, rugged walk during which I gave my boots one last chance to redeem themselves, at which, I am sorry to say, they failed miserably.
We finished up at La Cueva de Nerja, which is actually situated in Maro, a few km’s inland from Nerja, and still managed to walk virtually 14 km which took us 5 hours. Worth every minute!