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La Herradura: Guided Kayak Tour and Snorkel Excursion

1. La Herradura: Guided Kayak Tour and Snorkel Excursion

Be acquainted with La Herradura with the help of a guide on this kayak tour. Explore its beautiful nature, caves, and waters, as you learn about its rich history. Start your day by touring the natural area of La Herradura with your guide. Discover several of its cliffside caves and marvel at the village's biodiversity. Let your guide lead you through the most secluded crevices and passages where you will learn more about this location's rich history and what makes it unique. Then, snorkel in clear waters, with your snorkeling gear provided by your guide. As a memento of the trip, you will also be given a downloadable photographic report with action cameras.

Nerja: Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo Guided Kayak Tour

2. Nerja: Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo Guided Kayak Tour

Enjoy a guided kayak tour to the cliffs of Nerja-Maro-Cerro Gordo to see impressive mountains, secluded coves, and beautiful beaches. Jump into the sea for a swim during your adventure, take memorable photos of your experience. Come to the beach to meet your guide. Then, hop onto your kayak and paddle in the sea. Marvel at the spectacular view of the cliffs, famous for the watchtower built in the 16th century. Choose between a short kayak route and a long route with a better view of the cliffs. The activity is at Maro beach, right next to the waterfall (actually has no water because we have low rain this year), so in just a few minutes you will start enjoying this unparalleled and unique beauty. Bring your own snorkeling gear (if you don't we let you goggles) and stop along the way for a swim. Also, get amazing photos taken by the guide during the tour. Finally, return to the starting point at the beach to finish your experience.

Nerja: Maro-Cerro Gordo Boat Tour w Snorkeling & Sea Scooter

3. Nerja: Maro-Cerro Gordo Boat Tour w Snorkeling & Sea Scooter

Take a boat out to the dramatic cliffs of Nerja-Maro Cerro Gordo. Learn basic techniques for snorkeling from your guide, and enjoy the freedom of the water with the equipment supplied for your experience. Choose between noon, or 3 PM departure for an afternoon or evening adventure of underwater exploration. Around the cliffs that cut through the water, try exploring some of the caves that pepper the edges of the rock with paddle surfboards. Take in the depths of the water with your guide, who will show you how to use the equipment. Keep memories of the tour with complementary photos and videos of your experience uploaded afterward for you to access. See the flora and fauna of the ocean before departing again back for Nerja on the speedboat. Dry off with towels supplied for you with this tour ticket.

Nerja: Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo Boat Trip

4. Nerja: Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo Boat Trip

Set sail to explore the Cliffs of Maro-Cerro, one of the wildest areas on the Costa del Sol where the beaches and coves have crystal clear waters. On the way, stop to snorkel, see the Balcón de Europa, and finally admire the Maro Waterfall. At this last stop, hop on a kayak or standup paddleboard to reach the waterfall and bathe in the shallow area. As well as the natural scenery, enjoy the GoPro photos and videos included in the price.

From Nerja: Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Paddle Surf and Snorkel

5. From Nerja: Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Paddle Surf and Snorkel

Receive an initiation course during which you will be taught how to move on the paddleboard and how you should use the paddle. A variety of different boards is available, so that your expert guide will be able to provide you with a suitable board. Then paddle from Burriana Beach along the Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo, all the way to the Maro waterfall and the Acantilado caves. Explore the caves by board but also underwater with your own snorkel equipment (not included). Take in the rock formations as well as the corals and colorful fish. At the end of the tour, you will receive videos and photos taken by a GoPro.

La Herradura: Cerro Gordo Natural Park Kayak & Snorkel Tour

6. La Herradura: Cerro Gordo Natural Park Kayak & Snorkel Tour

La Herradura is considered one of the best places for water sports and activities in Andalucia due to the wide range of different high quality water activities on offer. The village lies in a bay surrounded by mountains, with two hills jutting out into the sea, "La Punta de la Mona" and "Cerro Gordo", which gives the place its horseshoe shape and gives it its name. The beach itself is about 2km long, and is situated on one side with one of the most beautiful marinas of Andalusia "Marina del Este" and on the other side the spectacular Natural Park (marine and terrestrial) "Los Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gorde", which we will visit during the excursion. Sea kayaking is a very safe and rewarding discipline that can be done with family or friends, from almost any age with minimal training. On this excursion we combine kayaking with snorkelling (diving with light equipment). Practically everyone can do it. For beginners we will give an introductory course of the basics, enough to start enjoying this sport. The Natural Park Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo forms a narrow strip parallel to the coast, which is twelve kilometres wide and penetrates one mile into the interior of the sea. Inland it is bounded by the N-340 road. This area is mainly characterised by steep and spectacular cliffs, up to 75 m high, interspersed with beautiful beaches and small coves, the result of marine erosion and regression on the last foothills of the Sierra de Almijara, between the coastal districts of Almuñécar (Granada) and Nerja (Málaga). The area does not reach an altitude of more than 325 metres, and of the total area, 395 hectares are on land and 1,415 in the sea. Maro-Cerro Gordo has a high environmental value, both for the peculiarity of its geological formations and for the great biodiversity it contains, both in its terrestrial area and in the interior of the sea mile. By way of example, the presence of two Andalusian botanical endemisms in danger of extinction stands out. Much more diverse than the land strip is the maritime mile, where caves and steep seabeds give rise to numerous species, both flora and fauna, that populate its seabed. Thus, its marine fauna is a sample of the richness and diversity of the area: invertebrates - sponges, corals, anemones, echinoderms and molluscs - and crustaceans - shrimps, spider crabs and lobsters. Of special importance are the existence of important populations of orange coral, which is a species classified as Vulnerable to Extinction. As for fish, there are abundant bullheads and blennies, moray eels with serpentiform forms and grouper, all of which are the result of the great variety of habitats.

Nerja/Torrox/Almuñécar: Granada Day Trip with Alhambra

7. Nerja/Torrox/Almuñécar: Granada Day Trip with Alhambra

Enjoy a guided tour of the Alhambra monument, including a visit to the Nazari Palaces. Depart from Malaga and head to Granada and experience the lively city, without worrying about tickets or transfers. After seeing the palace, explore the Generalife Gardens with a guide. Get picked up from Malaga with a comfortable bus transfer and find yourself in the beautiful city of Granada. Once there, explore the world-famous Alhambra Palace, with priority access and no waiting in line. Admire the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba, and Charles V Palace with a guide, and be amazed by the innovative water features and architecture of the gardens. As you walk, learn the unique history of the last outpost of Muslim Spain. Afterward, stroll through the historic city center of Granada and take in the breathtaking views of the Granada region. Enjoy some free time in the city center to visit the cathedral, have lunch at a local restaurant or simply stroll through the streets and squares. Take a break in one of Granada's famous tapas bars before getting back on the bus for the return trip to Malaga.

From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Tour

8. From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Tour

Have an adventure along the El Caminito del Rey and walk 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River. Discover the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam, Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Canyon, and Guadalhorce River's history and importance to El Caminito del Rey. Meet your guide and board your bus for a ride towards Conde de Guadalhorce Dam. Begin your walking tour and learn how the dam is Málaga's main water reserve. Hear about the history of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes and how the canyon was carved by the Guadalhorce River from your guide. Prepare to test your nerves on a high-up adventure along El Caminito del Rey. Follow the path which is about 3 kilometers long and less than 1 meter wide, hanging 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River. See the construction of a water channel from the reservoirs in the north to El Chorro and how the pathway was built for maintaining the channel. The path is known as El Caminito del Rey (the little pathway of the king) because it was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII.

From La Herradura: Maro Cerro Gordo Kayak Tour

9. From La Herradura: Maro Cerro Gordo Kayak Tour

Embark on a kayaking adventure along the stunning coastline of La Costa Tropical. Follow your instructor towards the Maro Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve and alongside the Cerro Gordo Cliffs. Stop at the Playa de Calaiza before heading to a cave where you can swim and snorkel.  Start your adventure in La Herradura and paddle west along the coast towards the Maro Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve. Admire the cliffs and look out for mountain goats. Then, stop at a small beach called Playa de Calaiza, where you can explore its unique formation and spot some local marine life, before heading back along the coast, passing by an old mill. Next stop is a cave that was once used for smuggling. Hop in the crystal clear waters for a swim and snorkel and see the orange coral and sea tomatoes that adorn the base of the rock walls. Then climb back in your kayak and head back to your starting point. 

From Malaga: Cliffs of Maro Hike w/ Beach Visit & Snorkeling

10. From Malaga: Cliffs of Maro Hike w/ Beach Visit & Snorkeling

Explore the scenic paths of the Cliffs of Maro Natural Park, surrounded by tropical crops of avocados, bananas, papayas, sugar cane, and apples. Take a guided hike departing from Malaga and walk through this paradisiac park on the way to a hidden beach. Enjoy time to snorkel in pristine waters. Meet your guide in Malaga and get transported to the park to begin your adventure. Visit an Arab vigil tower built in the 16th century before diving deep into the trails. Get in touch with the local wildlife and landscapes, becoming completely immersed in nature. Finally, reach a secluded beach to swim in its crystal-clear waters. Seize the chance to snorkel and admire the marine life. Relax on the white sand with some fruit and water to wind down after your hike.

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This is one of the best activities I have done and so well organised, our guide Rachel was fantastic and the scenery oh wow. The walkway felt secure, though admittedly if you are scared of heights it might be a challenge but so worth it, we started via the South side and there was a slight incline to go up to get to the start.

Very well organized and efficient. Best to go earlier in the morning because busy in the afternoon. Good food stalls at southern trailhead.

This experience was unforgettable. I recommend strongly. I participated in alone. But I felt comfortable because of good regarding.

Well worth it! Transportation and organisation all well done. Guide was very friendly, but a bit difficult to understand.

The hike was incredibly enjoyable and have some beautiful views. Our guide told us some interesting historical story.