This is a stage that can be covered over two days. For descriptive purposes, however, there is no point dividing it because the landscape and terrain we will pedal over is completely uniform. We will make changes of direction, making out a large "M" on the map, in order to take in and enjoy the towns of historical interest to be found in the Campiña (open farmland), while the Alcores ridges will be the only high ground we can use as a reference.
Seville to Marchena
Beginning the Route from Seville, we head for the lands bordering the Guadaira river, a tributary of the great Guadalquivir, which we cross at Alcala de Guadaira in the foothills of the Alcores region. We skirt around the East face of the Alcores, to then go up to Carmona and from there we enter the vast Campiña of Seville, irrigated in this area by the tributary streams of tha Corbones river, and we finish in Marchena.
Marchena to Osuna
This stage cross the fertile Sevilllian Campiña. From Marchena, following the route of a disused railway line, we ford the Corbones river, and then go uphill to Fuentes de Andalucía. Once we have crossed the Madre de Fuentes stream, we enter a sea of undulating low ridges, covered with olive groves and dotted with farmhouses, which, having crossed the Ecija gully, irrigated by the Genil River, will lead us near to the Torre (tower) de Gallape and the Lagunas (lakes) of La Lentejuela ending up in Osuna, now in the foothills of the Sierra (mountain range).
We leave Seville and look for a dirt trail that starts near the Hacienda (country estate) de Quintos, thus leaving behind the jealous stare of the city founded by Hercules to enter un undulating sea of sunflowers, dotted with regular formations of olive groves in the distance. Soon the Guadaira River will accompany us and we will be able to see the flourmills along the banks, which one supplied the kingdom with stands renowned bread. The river will also pay it dues to the fortress which stands at the top of the hill, their destinies forever joined to give the city its name: Acala de Guadaira.
We continue easily across gentle hillocks, permiting us to enjoy surprising encounters with the past, such as the Torreon (tower de Gandul, and the views of the Alcores foothills in whose highest and most easter extremes one of Roman Baeticas' principal routes of communication was built: The Augustine Way. Here we find Carmona, which we access through its Alcazar de la puerta de Sevilla.
Enjoying a delightful descent, we take the old Royal Path from Carmona to Marchena; crossing various streams, we will be accompanied by wheat fields and olive groves, cared for by the owners of the abundant estates and smaller farms which dot the route until we arrive, crossing the Vega de las Albaidas, at the city refreshed by the Corbones River that Claudio Marcelo established between two hills: Marchena.
Once again we make a sharp change of direction, now heading north-east, following the route of an old railway line until we arrive at Fuentes se Andalucía on a track dotted with more varied vegetation, such as cotton or sugar cane plantations. From here we travel between cereal crops and sunflowers, with the odd olive grove giving colour to a wide valley of gentle hill rocks.
We ford various streams which relieve the aridness of the land, and aridness softened by the green of the vegetable gardens that are to be found alongside the many farmhouses of the area. Some of these farmhouses are more grandiose nd the others more modest, but all offer a welcome respite to the travellers who needs to recover his strength in the shade of a big an orange tree. Of these, The Finca (farmhouse) or Lagar de San Pablo and its stud farm stand out. Observing its magnificent specimens , Homer's words concerning the speed and the agility of horses born to the mares of Western Iberia spring to mind. These are horses that represent the pride of Andalusian breeders and that would , on many occasions, save the likes of the Siete Niños (FAMOUS BANDITS) of Ecija, a city through which one should not pass without at least seeing the magnificent geometrical mosaics of the ancient Colonia Augusta Firma Astigi, presumably the antecedents of the incomparable decorations of the Nazrid Kingdom in their use of arithmetic and algebra in design.
Without leaving behind the boat monotonous and at the same time grandipse extent of this landscape, little by little we begin to climb between new and old olive groves and between more haughty land formations such as those on which we find our final destination on this stage: Osuna. At her feet the lakes of La Ballestera and Calderón Chica can seen, where the flamingos and anatid ducks revel in the warm skies.