Vista 7045 veces, descargada 37 veces
cerca de Arroyo de la Miel, Andalucía (España)
After failing to find the Hermitage of Benalmadena (La Ermita) a couple of weeks ago, I set out again to try to find the path. I went by car, a little more than a kilometre from Arroyo de la Miel, passing under the Motorway AP-7, until I arrived at a roundabout on the Calle Oregano, where there is a barrier across the road for motor traffic. There are plenty of parking places, as it is a zone where there are many unoccupied apartments, and others "abandoned". I walked along the Calle Orégano, looking for the entrance to a path which I was told leads up to the Hermitage. About 500 meters on I arrived at another roundabout and the end of the street, from where as service road (probably for the pylons of the Cable Car) branches off the the right. I decided to take this. For about 800 meters it is a tough boring walk on a cement surface. But then it becomes a nice mountain path with a gentle climb until you arrive at a cross-roads from where you can see the Hermitage. From here there are views of the Costa del Sol from Malaga to beyond Fuengirola. The building of the Hermitage is well protected but the surrounding area is not adequately maintained. There is a fountain without a tap or water, and the Map of the Routes has deteriorated with the exposure to the weather. I decided to continue to the Cueva del Toro (the Cave of the Bull, which is marked on the map and should only be a short distance away), but without realising (no signposting) I ended up walking the Yellow Route which I followed until I arrive to the Brown Route. When I then came to another cross-road without signposting I decided to return as I did not know where this would lead me. To return from the Hermitage to where I parked the car I decided to take a different path down, soon I came across a sign (the only one on the whole route) which read "for the exclusive use of hikers and cyclists" The pathway for here to the Urbanization below is in a very bad state of repair, probably the worst stretch of pathway I have ever walked in my thousands of kilometre's of hiking in Andalucia. Dangerous because of the slope and the loose stony surface for most of the path. If it is difficult for hikers, it has to be impossible for all but the most adventurous and acrobatic cyclists. Arriving at the Calle Oregano, I found the route blocked by an old door and rubbish, with the clear intention of stopping hikers from passing. The route has views of the coast, and it is a nice hike except for the dangerous area. The last time I did this hike was in the 70's with my sons who were then 9 and 10 years of age. For those who know the Benalmádena area, I don't have to tell them how much it has changed in this period in relation to the construction. From the mountain it is only possible to see two green patches, the Parque de la Paloma in Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Golf. Each has his own opinion on this matter. But those who are to blame for the lack of adequate maintenance of the hiking routes and in the Benalmádena Town Hall. The signposting and the condition of the routes, fountains, and maps, and the fact that a part of the route is intentionally blocked, are deplorable. The appear not to understand the benefits of these routes to the locals and the tourism they could attract. They have only to see how the Mijas Town Hall maintains its routes, and the fact that the 50 places on the guided routes organised each Saturday by Tourism Mijas, are filled in one hour on Monday morning when the registration opens. All these hikers have a drink, buy provisions, come back again, and recommend Mijas to friends.