Trail 2: El Lavadero - Details
This is a short walk with steep sections. Wear stout shoes or walking sandals and take a drink with you. From the square head down the road and take the first sharp left, almost doubling back on yourself along a track below the square and the cemetery. Carry on to where the road bears left and there is a right fork and a sharp right turn. Take the fork that is almost straight ahead (the middle choice) and way-marked El Lavadero. After a while it descends steeply and you need to look out for the way-marked signs, which guide you to a narrow path that continues down the hill. There is shale on this section, so take care. After a short distance, going steeply down past a couple of houses, the path tends right and, still descending, joins a dirt road. You can see the main Comares road below you and after winding through olive groves the track joins it. Continue up the road until you reach the Alqueria road. Here follow a sign on the left down a path that turns right after a short while and takes you to the washhouse. If you continue on the path it will take you to a small farmhouse and back to the Alqueria road. The farm is quite interesting, especially in the autumn as they dry grapes in traditional fashion to make raisins.
You can extend the walk by following the Alqueria road, staying on the right and turning right on to a dirt road when the tarmac road goes downhill. This will take you to El Buho, just below Comares on the main road. Otherwise retrace your steps to the main road where a short distance along it you will see a way-mark sign on your right. This takes you to a track that weaves back up the hillside to the junction. It is the road that makes the sharp right at the fork just below Comares.
Description courtesy of David Jones, regular visitor to Comares and veteran walker.