Malaga's provincial government, Diputación, gave the green light last Friday to two new sections of the Gran Senda, or the Great Trail, in the Axarquía.
The two separate projects, which will receive a total investment of 244,000 euros, are due to go out to tender and it is expected that work will commence before summer. Once the work has been contracted out is expected to be completed within four months.
The first of the two projects will link the village of Riogordo to the existing stage nine of the hiking trail, other wise known as Pulgarín Alto, located between Periana and Alfarnatejo and has a budget of 125, 960 euros.
A 750-metre footpath will be built on the outskirts of Riogordo and will follow the right side of the Las Morenas stream in the village, which it will cross via a newly built bridge and a series of ramps and steps.
The other project will be a circular route, taking in a series of old flour mills between the villages of Árchez and Canillas de Albaida and will run along the Turvilla river. This project has been given a budget of 118,055 euros.
It will link up with the existing stage seven of the Gran Senda which already connects Cómpeta and Canillas de Aceituno and will also take in the typical Axarquía landscape with olive groves, vineyards, almond trees and subtropical fruit plantations.
Both routes will provide signs, information posters, directions and markers and will be constructed using wood, paving and stones.