El Saltillo hike with hanging bridge in Canillas de Aceituno

Hanging bridge in Sierra

El Saltillo hike : GR249 in Gran Senda Malaga

el saltillo pont suspendu à canillas
El Saltillo – Canillas de Aceituno hike

In this article, you will find the essential information to do the El Saltillo hike in Canillas de Aceituno:

  • A few words about the hike
  • Equipment for the hike
  • Starting point of the El Saltillo hike
  • What you can see on the hike
  • Rules for this hike
  • Booking accommodation
  • 4 other hikes in the area
  • Some useful links

Crossing the hanging bridge – El Saltillo

A few words about the hike in Canillas de Aceituno

The El Saltillo hike is not a hike like the others. It is about 15 km long, for the most courageous. It connects Canillas de Aceituno to the village of Sedella.

The hike is a very beautiful hike in the province of Málaga, in Axarquia. It is of medium-high level.

randonnée el saltillo à Canillas de Aceituno

You can also turn back at any time. The hike is partly along an acequia (irrigation path)

We cross the 3rd longest hanging bridge in Spain in a splendid landscape.

el saltillo pont suspendu à canillas de aceituno
Puente colgante

This walk is at the foot of the Maroma, the highest mountain in the province of Málaga with an altitude of 2068 metres.8 mètres.

It was opened in September 2020, and is known as the Caminito del Rey de la Axarquia. Below is the video that was shown at the opening of this hike:

Equipment for the hike

To do it: a good pair of shoes and walking sticks for those who want more security.

Starting point of the El Saltillo hike

The easiest meeting point is in front of the town hall, and the famous Casa de la Reina Mora :

casa reina mora canillas de aceituno
casa de la reina mora

Here is the route on Wikiloc of the El Saltillo walk.

Below, the position on Google maps:

What you can see on the El Saltillo walk

This “walk” offers views of the Maroma:

el saltillo randonnée à Canillas de Aceituno

… and the sea.

el saltillo à Canillas de Aceituno

The nature is everywhere omnipresent…


During the hike you can also see several ravines.

randonnée el saltillo à Canillas de Aceituno

The crossing of the suspension bridge is a highlight of the hike. It is also often the point of return to Canillas de Aceituno.

el saltillo pont suspendu à canillas

The rules for this hike

We take a small backpack with food and drink, as well as a bag to keep all the rubbish, so as not to leave anything in nature.

next to the acequia – El Saltillo

For safety, and even if there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year, we check that there has been no rain in the previous days. The ground could be slippery.

Canillas de Aceituno – sendero El Saltillo

Ideally, we come with walking sticks. The access to the hanging bridge is via a path with a significant difference in altitude.

hanging bridge of El Saltillo hike

Book accommodation in Canillas de Aceituno

Canillas de Aceituno vista pueblo en Axarquia
El pueblo Canillas de Aceituno

By entering the desired dates, you will find availability in the village of Canillas de Aceituno and the surrounding area.


More ideas for hiking on the Costa del Sol Oriental?

Here are 4 wonderful hikes to discover in the area:

The Rio Patamalara hike in Competa offers a beautiful route, also with your feet in the water:

Randonnée Costa del Sol à Competa rio Patamalara

Nearby, there is also the very beautiful hike of the Higueron river in Frigiliana :

rio higueron frigiliana walk 3
Rio Higueron – Frigiliana

Here is the most famous hike in the region, a marvel: the rio Chillar hike in Nerja :

rio chillar hike ruta randonnee

Here is one last idea for a hike: the mesa de Mazmullar hike in Comares. The hike ends with a memorable descent into an aljibe!

hiking costa del sol Comares, aljibe Mazmullar 12
aljibe Mazmullar – Comares

Some useful links

Here is a great car rental agency in Andalucia and more specifically at Malaga airport : book a rental car.

If you are in the area for a few days, here is a selection of some great activities :

Discover other beautiful places in Andalusia in the Andalusia blog pages.

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