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El Pueblito de Alfaix

Almeria, Spain

Los Molinos walking and hiking route


Walk Instructions

Start Point

Los Molinos is a curious little settlement, some deserted dwellings, others occupied but in poor condition, on one side of the valley of the great Rio de Aguas. The valley has a gorge section close to Los Molinos and an area of former mills and cultivation terraces claimed to be of Roman and Moorish origin. It is within the geologically very significant karst (gypsum) country, centred on the nearby town of Sorbas The valley bottom, supplied by water from springs from the karst, is a lush, verdant, oasis, with some unique and rare flora and fauna, including the Greek (spurred) tortoise, in this otherwise arid countryside.

Sorbas has a main town with narrow streets perched along the top of a great cliff overlooking the Rio de Aguas, and a lower town at valley level. The upper town has the usual facilities, including tourist information, and the excellent Los Yesares Visitor Centre, focussed on the karst, whilst the lower town has a historic pottery industry, including a preserved kiln initially built during the occupation of the area by the Moors.

About one mile to the east of Sorbas, accessed along the minor road leading to Los Molinos, the visitor attraction Cuevas (caves) de Sorbas comprises part of an immense cave complex, with guided tours available.

Los Molinos is reached by taking the minor road which connects Sorbas with the Campico motorway junction. There is a finger post pointing up the road.

From Sorbas it is possible to walk along the bed of the Rio de Aguas to Los Molinos, a distance of approximately four and a half miles.

The walk is widely promoted in the area as an ‘easy’ walk and is signposted and waymarked. In fact the very narrow path has sections requiring agility and is by no means suitable for all. Many walkers will be content to go as far as the information/view point (point 2), as described, for a view of the gorge and the valley generally.

The Walk

Start by walking up the road, passing the ‘Los Molinos’ village exit sign.

1. As the road bends strongly to the left in 100 yards, turn right to descend very close to a house. Continue downhill on a paved track; there is a white and yellow waymark on a post. One house is the home of the ‘Sunflower Project’, one of a range of ecological measures hereabouts. Turn left at a signposted junction ‘Nacimiento 30 min.’ The way is now along a narrow footpath. There are more waymarked posts as the path heads towards the narrow gorge. Go up a few steps to reach a viewpoint with information board.

2. To continue through the gorge stay with the path to reach the former mills, dam and gypsum ovens. There are boardwalks to assist in wet places and some clambering over rocks is required. This continuation adds a relatively small amount to the minimum distance and ascent.

3. Return by the same route


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


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