The path evokes the intimate relationship between two continents separated by the Strait of Gibraltar. Its fascinating path revolves around a strategic crossroads, in which Africa and Europe look at each other, almost touching, and share the foundations of the mythical Pillars of Hercules.
Arcos de la Frontera, Antequera, Ronda or Málaga. Mandatory stops on the Almoravides and Almohades Trail. Two dynasties which forged great empires in North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula between the 11th and 12th centuries. And one of the most beautiful and extensive routes the Andalusian territory offers to recover part of its legacy.
The Andalusian Public Foundation continues its efforts to preserve these paths in order to recover the history of centuries under Muslim rule. A cultural itinerary that allows you to rediscover the route that Muslim Berbers once used to conquer Spain.
On bright days, you can see Morocco from Tarifa. Only 14 kilometres separate the two continents. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, the African Almoravids crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to enter the peninsula. Their journey began on the coast of Cadiz, leaving Tarifa and Algeciras behind and advancing through the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz. It ran through coastal towns, countryside, and mountains and guided their steps towards Ronda, to finally crown the unrivaled beauty of Granada. All this with the explicit purpose of defending Muslim Spain from the Christian threat.
The past leaves behind villages with a rich artistic and monumental heritage. Castles, towers, walls, and fortresses. Remains of Andalusian constructions that surprise on the towns along the route. Approximately 400 kilometres to travel leisurely, soaking up culture and enjoying a unique landscape that makes its way through narrow and solitary roads bursting with beauty. And at every turn, a legend and exquisite gastronomy with a marked country accent accompanied by exceptional wines that help you catch your breath.
A jewel hidden in plain sight (Parador of Arcos de Frontera)
Its novel setting invites you to walk through the cobbled and steep streets of the village, with its small white houses and a great range of wines.
Declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument, it is one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia.
Dreamy sunsets (Parador of Antequera)
One of the most important stops on the route will undoubtedly lead you to the Parador de Antequera. A historic building which stands out for the freshness and cleanliness of its architecture.
Its minimalist decoration and swimming pool invite you to relax and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets over the Antequera vega and the Peña de los Enamorados, which embellish this unique Andalusian landscape.
Ronda, historical and monumental (Parador of Ronda)
From the Islamic era, Ronda is one of the most well-preserved villas. Historical and monumental city, it shelters an imposing Parador with stunning views over the Tagus river.
Located in the center of the town, perched on top of the old town hall, the Parador invites you to stroll through the old Arab medina on the banks of the River Guadalevín, cross the New Bridge and continue along the Alameda del Tajo. A delight to remember.
Sport overlooking the sea at the Parador Málaga Golf Club
In the final stretch of this cultural route, just ten kilometers outside of Malaga, is the Parador de Málaga Golf, next to the golf course, with direct views over the Mediterranean Sea and direct access to a magnificent beach.
Comprised of bungalows distributed in 3 buildings, its rooms are spacious, comfortable and offer spectacular views over the sea. In addition to its large round pool, which delights young and old.