This route commences from the Plaza del Ingenio, situated at 290 metres above sea level, ( 30 S 0420162/ UTM 4072074). From the starting point we head west along Avda. Carlos Cano, a palm tree lined street that takes us 1km along its entirety where we find a roundabout and take the exit upwards towards the mountains in the direction of Torrox to reach our destination.
After having walked for 3.7kms along this mountain road we take a right onto a concrete track, just after a large plastic greenhouse on the right, it is clearly marked “Bar el Acebuchal”. After we have walked for a total of 4,5 kms and without turning off we arrive at the crossroads known as “Los Cuatro Caminos”, clearly marked with a sign. Here we turn right walking into the national park. After 500 mtrs we take the right hand fork leaving behind the left hand side option which would lead you to El Acebuchal. During this part of the walk we´ll pass an old and disused sand quarry.
Continue along this track where you can observe the peaks of Cerro Lucero, Cerro Verde, Cerro de los Machos, El Cisne, la ermitilla de Calixto y Carro de la Chapa...
After 8.5 kms we will start to go into the Barranco de Cebollero, and after a few metres, on our right, we will see the remains of the Venta Cebollero itself.
Continua nuestro paseo por el mismo carril, en el que si miramos a nuestro alrededor divisaremos los picos de Cerro Lucero, Cerro Verde, Cerro de los Machos, El Cisne, la ermitilla de Calixto, carro de la Chapa… Tras 8.5kms comenzaremos a adentrarnos en el barranco de Cebollero, y a escasos metros, a nuestra derecha, nos toparemos con las ruinas de la Venta de Cebollero.
La Venta was operational until the 1960´s, and was the stopping place for the weary and thirsty travellers that used this route to cross from the coast of Nerja to the countryside of Frigiliana with fish and fruit to the province of Granada where they exchanged their produce with other vendors. At this point, and generally in winter, there is drinkable water that emerges from a spring on the left hand side of the track.
To return we follow our footsteps back, and at just 500 mtrs from the Venta, on the right hand side, we´ll see a well marked pathway. It descends to the Barranco del Acebuchal. Take this descending track for 1700 metres where it will lead us onto the main track for Acebuchal. At this point you can decide whether you want to take a stroll through the streets of this hamlet or turn left and continue on a track for 1000 metres that takes you to the point of “Cuatro Caminos” where you simply follow the concrete track back to the village.