Route 6: El Pilar – Puerto de Naos

ROUTE 6

EL PILAR – PUERTO NAOS

Route type: Descent
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  • Distance: 19,48 Km
  • Maximum height: 1462 m.
  • Minimum height: 25 m.
  • Height of the exit: 1462 m.
  • Height of the arrival: 26 m.
  • Accumulated descending level: 1436 m.
  • Accumulated ascending level: 46 m.
  • Maximum speed: 2769 m/h

A great way to combine mountain and beach in a single day. A continuous descent of 1.400 metres that ends up on a blanket of black volcanic sand.

This route recovers, for the enjoyment of both hikers and bikers, a traditional path which was abandoned for several decades. In its heyday this path was highly travelled, as it allowed trade between the higher villages (mainly the neighbourhoods of Las Manchas and Jedey) and the coast town of Puerto Naos, whose history precedes its current

 

After sharing the first 6 kilometres with Route 3, the path separates after Hoyo de la Sima. From there it goes through the outskirts of the famous Campanarios de Jedey (a group of phonolitic towers torn from the ground due to the 1585 eruption), which marks the first of its two severe descents. The slope stabilizes again in Jedey, and for a few hundred metres we’ll take advantage of the GR 131 to later move across the northern border of the volcanic flow and turn north towards Las Manchas.

In this second neighbourhood we’ll go through the small ravines of Los Hombres and Tamanca and pass within 300 metres of two points of tourist interest: the Plaza de la Glorieta (decorated in volcanic rock and mosaic by local artist Luis Morera) and the Wine Museum of Las Manchas. If we want to visit them, we’ll need to turn west by the Camino del Tablado.

 

As we pass an area of greenhouses, we find the final descent to the coast, from which an imposing cliff separates us. This last path, significantly called the Camino de los Mancheros (Path of the people from Las Manchas), connects to the urban stretch once we reach the school.