Due to its natural and cultural attractions, the Torrijos trail is considered to be the most interesting in the Montes de Málaga Natural Park.
The starting point is the Lagar de Torrijos, an example of a house in the Montes de Málaga region converted into an ecomuseum. This building devotes its main part to wine production and also houses an old oil mill and artisan ovens for baking the traditional cateto bread. The path we travel takes us through a landscape of riverside vegetation and pine forests of repopulation.
How to get there
The starting point of this route is in the parking area next to the Lagar de Torrijos (GPS Coordinates: 36.826747, -4.364011), located next to one of the recreational areas of the Montes de Málaga Natural Park.
To get there you have to take the Camino de Colmenar (Road A-7000 of Los Montes) for about 20 kilometres northwards. After passing through its most emblematic “ventas”, you will have to take a detour to the left that is correctly indicated as the Lagar de Torrijos. From there, you will travel about 2km of an asphalted track until you reach the Lagar de Torrijos eco-museum, from where the path starts.
This simple route runs through some of the most emblematic “lagares” (wine presses) in the Montes de Málaga natural park. Through a simple path, located in the northern part of this protected area, you will be able to get to know not only the ethnographic richness of this area but also its biodiversity.
To begin the route, from the Ecomuseum, we will begin to walk along the lane that goes towards the Carretera de los Montes (road of the Mountains) and about 200 metres to the left we will find a path with a chain. Cross it and start descending along the left bank of El Mirlo stream.
Leave a path on the right and continue along the edge of the Recreational Area.
We continue along the lane and we find a first firebreak, but we are interested in the second one because when we get there we leave the main lane and take the one on the left that begins to descend.
We continue down this lane until we reach the Chinchilla Lagar, which was built around 1850. This place was dedicated to cork, cereals, oil, legumes and the famous wines of Chinchilla as well as to the production of perfume and rose essences for the cosmetics industry.
From here we go down to the lane after crossing Chaperas stream, where we continue to the left until we reach the ruins of the Santillana Lagar (mill and press), of which only the exterior construction is preserved.
Continuing along the track for another two kilometers, we will find on the left the wooden bridge that crosses over Chaperas stream and introduces us to the recreational area. After crossing it, we climb up to the Lagar de Torrijos, which is the final point of the route.
Throughout this route we must not miss the views of the Chaperas stream, as well as the existing flora, full of wickers, poplars, ashes and brambles, and of course the famous pines, responsible for adorning the entire Montes de Málaga Natural Park. During the whole itinerary, it will not be easy to see the most characteristic fauna of the Montes, such as wild boars, squirrels or birds of prey, so we will have to be satisfied with contemplating its varied flora.
Location: Lagar de Torrijos Eco-museum (Málaga)
Type of route: Circular
Distance covered: 8 km
Time on the move: 3 h
Total difference in level: 140 m.
Recommended time of year: Winter
Other recommendations: Wear waterproof hiking boots, comfortable clothes and carry water.
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The itinerary of this route begins in the Lagar de Torrijos itself, from which you cannot leave without visiting each of its corners full of magic and Malaga history. This museum is the prototype of a winepress house in the Montes de Málaga region, that is to say, those buildings used for wine production.
During the first half of the 19th century and until the arrival of the phylloxera that destroyed the vineyards, it was the wine press where the famous Montes wine was extracted. When the cultivation of the vineyard was replaced by that of the olive grove, two wings were added to the building, in which the oil mill, the press and the winery were installed.
In this Lagar there are three fundamental elements: the elaboration of the wine using the “husillo”, the screw that when turning makes the beam go up or down to obtain the must that, fermented, will become wine; the oil mill, with three rollers and animal traction, from the middle of the 19th century; and the artisan ovens in which the cateto bread is elaborated.
Plato de los Montes (Plate of the Mountains)
On the road that goes up from Málaga to Los Montes, there are numerous ventas (traditional restaurants) where you can taste the typical dish of Los Montes. One of them is the venta of El Mirador, one of the most famous in the area because from its windows you will be able to contemplate spectacular views of the city and the whole bay of Málaga.
In the ventas of Malaga are usually traditional dishes such as sopa del puchero (soup stew), magro con tomate (lean with fried tomatos) or the famous plato de los Montes (dish of the Mountains), which has potatoes, peppers, egg, chorizo, blood sausage and “lomo en manteca colorá” (loin in red butter). All this should be accompanied by a Montes wine (sweet and bottled in bulk) and some “aceitunas aliñás” (seasoned green olives).