Samadhi Mañana Yogi Adventures December 2016

I’ve been to Acebuchal twice over the last few months. I planned to check out a few hikes, but decided the Fabrica de la Luz walk is probably the most accessible.

I tried a tougher scramble, which ascends sharply as you come out of the village, but was told in no uncertain terms by my walking buddy to abort the mission after ten minutes climbing.

Oh well…

I grabbed a consolatory handful of rosemary and thyme on the way down.

A large wooden sign points right towards Acebuchal on the Frigiliana – Torrox road, about 1km after driving up the hill out of Frigiliana. The single-track road becomes bumpy, so careful if you’re in a rental car. Or park up if the road gets too bad.

The village nestles in a quiet valley flanked by the Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountains. It’s known as the Lost Village because the Guardia Civil forced villagers to abandon in 1948 for harbouring guerrillas after the Civil War.

Local hero Antonio, who runs the village restaurant, lovingly brought it back to life in 1998. We didn’t eat there, but saw droves of diners tuck into his locally sourced food with gusto.

The walk is a simple there and back. Park by the church past the restaurant, then follow the track for about 3km. The views are incredible. You can see the Mediterranean behind Nerja’s snaggletooth high rises. Then you are surrounded by pine-forested mountains with inviting trails leading higher, should your walking companion allow 😉

Fabrica de la Luz isn’t so inspiring – in the summer perhaps, when you can cool off in the mountain streams, use the public barbecues and camp on request. The sign isn’t obvious, but you’ll know you’re there when you reach a road forking right.

The place also looks perfect for mountain biking. We spotted MTBers on several tracks around the village. Awesome. Just, er, need to fix my brakes first…