On a bright day there are great coastal and mountain views on this “there and back” route from little known east-coast settlement of La Jaca to the popular seaside town of Abades. The paths can be very rough and the steep ups and downs, in places, are a test of stamina.
Duration: 4 hours
Duration: 4 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 111 from Los Cristianos to Tajao bus-stop, then 1 hour walk to La Jaca. Easy parking on streets in La Jaca near start of walk.
Length: 9.180 km / 5.74 mi
Height Gain: 201 meter
Height Loss: 201 meter
Max Height: 35 meter
Min Height: 0 meter
Surface: Much of this route is on very rough and stony paths with high steps to negotiate. Could be more tiring than you anticipate.
Child Friendly: Yes. Only if children are used to an “up and down” hike of this distance on very rough surfaces.
Dog Friendly: Yes. If they can cope with very rough paths.
Refreshments: Options in Abades and La Jaca.
This strenuous walk on the south-east coast is mostly on very rough terrain. You are almost guaranteed a bracing wind in your face on the outward leg, and accompanying choppy seas. The walk closely follows the coastline, making for some ups and downs as your height above sea level changes, sometimes abruptly, as you traverse small ravines. The highlight of the walk is the stony beach, wonderful bay and cliffs at the Ensenada (and Montaña) de Abades. Abades, itself, has a pretty sandy beach and a number of bars and restaurants. To visit the abandoned leper colony buildings on the northern edge of the settlement would add at least 1.5 km to the walk. In addition to the fine coastal views there are good views up to the mountains on the east side of the island. Be aware that the very rough terrain is hard on the legs and makes the walk seem longer than the recorded distance of just over 9 km. On that basis, in our terms, we have graded this walk as “Hard”.