El Pinarillo

El Pinarillo is a picnic and barbeque area in the heart of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park and a popular base for ramblers and walkers. It is situated about 5kms inland from the Nerja Caves and to get there, just follow the track which starts to the left of the main entrance to the Nerja Caves. Although the route up to El Pinarillo is an unmade road and a little rough in places, a 4x4 is not essential. Once at the picnic area, there is ample parking. There are purpose-built barbeque areas and play areas for the kids. From El Pinarillo, the world is your oyster as far as walking and exploring the countryside is concerned. Long walks, short walks, whatever you want, and the views are fabulous. Or just spend a leisurely day around the barbie! Plenty of flora and fauna - masses of butterflies, especially in the Spring, wild mountain goats, lizards, snakes, wild orchids and a host of other colourful wildflowers. Please note, however, that vehicular access to the National Park, including up to El Pinarillo, is restricted between June and October and barbecues are not permitted during this period. This is due to strict fire regulations now in place to prevent forest fires during at a time when the countryside tends to be tinder dry. You can still enter on foot, bicycle or horseback. There are several tours which take in El Pinarillo. See location in Maps & Directory section - Places of Interest map