General Info

We are hillwalkers, not mountaineers. Our routes and trails are aimed at what I like to call The Average Sunday Hillwalker. I spent many a Sunday up in Wicklow or The Mournes in Ireland hiking with my mates and having the craic. It was always about the smashing views or the banter and the laugh and of course the good exercise and fresh air. And on occasion a big challange would be had but in the main it was a 5 or 6 hour hike with a nice picnic along the way and the thrill of discovering a new valley or hilltop that I hadn't seen before.

That is still the general ethos of my walks here in the south of Spain. So join me on a ramble over hill and canyon and discover a few new routes and a few new friends on the way.



Graham Guide
John - Guide















John Keo Walking Tours is a Registered Spanish Company (Y0422718S) and is also registered with the Junta De Andalucia # AT/MA/00092. I am fully Licensed, Insured and Registered for Social Security and VAT as per the obligations set down by the Spanish Department of the Environment and Government of Andlucia (Junta de Andalucia), Consejeria de Turismo, Comercio Y Deporte.


  • Wassapp: (0034) 647 273 502
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  • Home Address: Avenida Andalucia, 19.
  • Frigiliana 29788, Malaga, Spain.



Linda - Guide
Ron - Guide
Morag - Chief Entertainments Officer
Phyl - Guide
                                                      



Our little corner of Malaga is know as Axarquia (pronounced Axe - Ar - Kia). It derives from an old arabic word meaning The Eastern Marches. This was a considered a dangerous place is ages past. Because of its difficult terrain, it became a hideout for bandits and revolutionaries. It was very poor with difficult farming and so was neglected for centuries by the various governments who came and went. However in recent decades it has begun to open up. Mainly because in 2014 the A7 motorway was finally completed linking Malaga with Granada and Almeria via a coastal route. These mountains are a real wilderness with large areas of land protected as Natural Parks.
We operate from this quite corner near the trail-heads of  Nerja, Frigiliana, Maro and Acebuchal.





Nerja is on the seashore some 70 kilometres from Málaga on the N340 coastal highway off the A7 motoerway, and marks the eastern tip of Málaga's Costa del Sol. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town now has a population of over 22,000. 

All major water sports are available here, including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.
Flanked by a dramatic mountain range, Sierra Almijara, to the north, the town has, fortunately, managed to avoid being blighted by the concrete high-rise scenario which has been the inevitable result of the tourist boom in some of the coastal resorts.
The old quarter of the town is still well kept with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing with geraniums. There are numerous restaurants and bars in Nerja which makes it a great place to base yourself for your Walking Holiday. With easy access to the Sierra Almijara Mountains, Nerja is the place to be.....







Frigiliana is a town of some 4000 inhabitants situated in the Natural Park Sierra Almijara. It is approximately 6 km from  Nerja and 70 km east of Malaga City. It enjoys a subtropical Mediterranean micro climate of mild winters and hot summers when it seldom rains. It is located 330 mtrs (1000 feet) above sea level which makes it an ideal gateway to the mountains of the Natural Park area.
Frigiliana and particularly its Moorish Quarter (Barrio Morisco) is one of the purest examples of popular Arab architecture to be found in Andalusia. It is perhaps the best known of the famous Andalusian "Pueblo Blanco" or "White Village". This is where John lives so he is always keen to show off this lovely town.





Maro is a small village about 4 kilometers east of Nerja. It is the site of the Caves of Nerja and is also the starting point for several great hikes. with a population of only 800 people, it is a quiet sleepy village which never gets too busy even in the high summer. We use Maro as our base for several walks and always try to end up in Salva's Bar for at least one beer at the end of a hot hike. This is where Graham lives and any walks in this area are always likely to end up in his local bar in the little plaza.






Acebuchal or The Hidden Village is a unique place in the mountains of Andalusia. Its tragic history and recent renaissance makes it a fantastic starting point for our hikes. Apart from the fact that it has one of the best restaurants in the mountains, it is just such a peaceful and chilled out place to be at the and of a hike or during a hike for you lunch. This place must be experienced. It is the start of at least 5 big hike and 2 or 3 shorter ones. This is so isolated but well worth the small effort to get there.