When I travel through Andalucia the beautiful grey-green colours of the olives rule. However driving back from the coast yesterday I had had the luck and pleasure to enjoy the lovely sun shine and the flowering almond trees against the blue skies. Just wonderful. The pinks and white flowers of the almond tree transform the landscapes of Álora, Cártama and Pizarra just before one goes over the hill near Ardales (and enters in to the real Andalucia). There is even a Ruta de los Almendros (Route of the Almond Trees) which passes through the villages in the valley of Guadalhorce, also known as Málaga’s Gardens.
For our early guests who land in Malaga and don’t want to come straight away to El Guarda a nice detour: drive out of Málaga and take the MA-423 to Almogía. This is a little more than 20 kilometres where you can already see the contrast of the light almond blossoms and the green trees and fields around them.
Once in Almogía, you enter this village of Arabic origin which still retains its structure. Here you can enjoy the white houses that almost blend into the light landscape of the surrounding countryside and taste local products made by artisans, the almond being the star: nougat, mantecados, toasted or sugar-coated almonds.
After this brief stop, continue on the MA-421 for around four kilometres until you see the entrance to the Santi Petri route. From here on, it is possible to continue by car or on foot following the path until you reach the Santi Petri mountain, one of the highest points from which one can see the Guadalhorce valley.
The road ends at the Ermita de las Tres Cruces, one of the most important spots on this route as it is the junction between Álora, Cártama and Almogía and the views are so incredible that you can take some of the best photographs that nature has to offer.
From this point onwards, the road becomes paved and descends to Cártama Station, from where you can finally head for El Guarda, we’ll be waiting 🙂