Sitting on the top of a narrow rocky crag at a height of 740 metres it is difficult not to notice Comares when you are travelling around Axarquia. While traces of the Roman occupation can still be found here, for example the Calzada Romana, it is undoubtedly the Moorish occupation that makes this village so unique and from where the name Comares originates. It was also the principal fortress of the 9th century rebel Omar Ben Hafsun whose main residence was Bobastro Castle, near to El Chorro.
Our walk starts from Las Cuevas, a small collection of houses that occupy the banks of the mostly dry riverbed, and almost immediately we glimpse Comares dominating the skyline high above us on the edge of the vertical limestone outcrops. We leave the riverbed after a short while and start our near continuous climb up to the village.
As we ascend through the olive and almond groves the view begins to open to the north, and now we start to see the ridge of mountains that include Chamizo, Tajos de Gomer and across to the Pass of Zafarraya. As we near the final part of the ascent we’ll stop at the spring beneath the outcrops and take in the magnificent views. From here it is just the final climb up the Roman road into Comares.
In Comares we’ll grab some refreshments, after which we’ll take a tour of the village, including the Balcony de Axarquia, Cemetery, Church and Plaza de Verdiales.
We leave the village from the south, cutting back to the northern slopes, and then follow a narrow path below one of the ridges that drops back to the riverbed. When we finish the walk there is the chance to have a drink in Bar Ortega, and celebrate the completion of this fantastic walk!