Route of the Mountains of Cazorla and Segura

ITINERARY: Beas de Segura - Cortijos Nuevos - Tranco de Beas - Solana de Padilla - Bujaraiza - Buruche - Cazorla - Peal de Becerro - Quesada - Pozo Halcón - Castril - Huéscar - Santiago de la Espada - Pontones - Hornos - Beas de Segura.

To the east of Sierra Morena, there is a mountain massif which connects to the Bética Cordillera and closes off Guadalquivir valley. It presents a complicated relief with deep gorges, most of it forming part of the Cazorla, Segura, Las Villas Mountain Nature Park, where the sources of the Guadalquivir and the Segura are located, and which possesses Mediterranean type vegetation with wild olive trees, kermes oaks, junipers as well as a species of noble brushwood. A large part of the area has been replanted with aleppo and black pines. There is also extensive olive groves which produce high quality oil.

The route skirts the park, and one can enjoy its wealth of fauna including the mountain goat, the deer and the wild boar, and two species that were introduced to the area, the mouflon and the fallow deer. The final section of the route takes us through an area in which varying colours of the almond trees contrast with the unchanging olive trees. Over one hundred different kinds of birds inhabitat this area.

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