The 'vias verdes' (green paths) have been developed since 1993 in the whole of Spain and tries to condition in the way of paths the railway tracks that for some reason have been abandoned or were left unfinished, this way those tracks that were previously useless become paths that can be enjoyed by cyclists or walkers that wish to make the most of a natural environment.
The province of Cadiz hosts 3 Vias Verdes, 2 of them are modern and the other one quite ancient known as Via Verde of the Sierra:
8 kilometres separate the beginning from the end of this via verde that connects Puerto Real with San Fernando. The railway that covered this old track stopped being used after the initiation of the suburban train which connects Jerez with Cadiz.
In Rota we’ll find this 7 km via verde which connects Costa Ballena with the Avenida de la Libertad and with future plans of reaching Chipiona.
This 36 km via verde is situated between Puerto Serrano and Olvera in Cadiz and crosses through places of great beauty. The train never officially operated along this track and after the civil war the project was abandoned.
The route begins in the old station of Puerto Serrano where we’ll find accommodation, a place to eat and a parking place to leave the car (Check our recommendations for staying safe and secure with your rental car).
Along the beginning of the route we’ll see a few mills situated to make use of the power of the water of the river Guadalete during determined seasons of the year. Slightly before the kilometre 9 the route will run through a long tunnel that although it will illuminate as we continue, we do recommend to take a torch just in case these lights fail.
On the kilometre 9 of the route, known as the park of the Joint of the Rivers, there is another parking for those who do not wish to do the whole 36 km route.
When reaching the kilometre 15 of this route, we’ll find the Station of Coripe that has been reformed and is currently a hotel-restaurant and another possible point of access to this Via Verde.
On the kilometre 20 of the route we’ll reach the station of Zaframagon, a reformed building is currently the interpretation centre of this via verde. We recommend to visit it to see the information panels about the different natural parks in Andalusia, other vias verdes that we can explore and information about the griffon vulture, of which one can even see its nests through a camera with a large zoom.
On the kilometre 27.3 we’ll reach the station of Navalagrulla, quite far away from any town or village.
On the kilometre 35 we’ll reach the station of Olvera after passing through several tunnels. This station has been turned into a hotel and restaurant where we’ll be able to rest from the long walk and have something to eat and drink.
The map below shows the route by road to get to Olvera from Malaga airport. Having a car hire during your holidays in Malaga will allow you to enjoy your visit even more, being able to discover places you wouldn’t have been able to reach any other way.