Walk 3. Loma de San Bartolomé
Marvelous walk with phenomenal views of Bolonia, Tarifa, and Africa!
Name: Loma de San Bartolomé
Where: From the hamlet of Betis, near Bolonia
Type of walk: Circular
Length: 6.5 km
Duration: 2.5 hours (without stops)
Shade: About half of the walk
Highest point: 441 m
Lowest point: 294 m
Path type: Unmarked, partly over rocks, partly forest and sand path
Remarks: Hiking on the first part of this walk, in the climbing area is prohibited from March 1st to August 31st. See my notes below for alternatives.
The starting point of the hike is in the hamlet of Betis in the Sierra de San Bartolomé near Bolonia. On the N340, take the exit to Bolonia, the CA8202. After about 2,5 km there is a turn to the left (note: this is not very clearly signposted). Drive up the mountain on the poorly maintained, narrow, winding asphalt road until you get to a collection of cottages and continue until a yellow sign to the right directs you up to ’Zona de escalada San Bartolomé, Zona de Arriba’, there’s a parking area at the top.
This is one of my favorite (secret!) trails. It takes you to the very edge of Europe in the south of Spain. High up in the Sierra de San Bartolomé with the Atlantic ocean and the impressive dune of Bolonia at your feet, vultures circling overhead and Africa visible across the water. Magical! ×