Bicycle Route around the Parks
Duration: 2 hours approx.
Distance: 5 km.
The meeting place will be the Plaza de las Canteras. When you leave this plaza (square), turns towards the traffic lights and headdown the Av. Mª Auxiliadora until you reach a gas station, where you should turn to the left.
Once you arrive at a roundabout with a fountain, you have the opportunity to visit the Atlantico Park, which can be seen on the left, bordering the sea.
This park is one of the most attractive thanks to its privileged location close to the sea and surrounded by pine trees. It was inaugurated in 1991.
Once you have visited this park, it is back in the saddle again. At the roundabout, take the Avenida de Diputación, situated on the left. After riding for about 500 metres, you should see the "Celestino Mutis" Botanical Gardens, which houses a large numbre of indigenous species catalogued and arranged by area. It is also a natural refuge of the chamaleon, a species in danger of extinction, Rota is one of the few places where it can still be found.
You should continue down the Avenida de la Diputación until you have arrive at an extensive area of pine trees that forms part of the Almadraba National Park. This is a very important park form a geological and ecological point of view as it is formed of pine trees and dunes in an ecosystem that is rapidly diminishing. The area is perfect to relax, have a drink or head down to the beach to hace a refreshing dip. As you leave the park you should see the Feria Grounds just opposite, site of the Spring Feria and also where Rota's oldest park can be found: "Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente". This park was inaugurated in 1982 and boasts a beautiful duck pond and children's play area.
Back on the road again, you should leave the park. Once you have pedalled about 3 km., you should see a hospital on the right. At this point you should turn left to arrive at the Mayeto Park. This park is dedicated to the Rota farmers, called "Mayeto". Inside you will find a small museum of ancient tools, most of which are scattered around grounds of the park.
This park is the last stopping on the list. You can now head back down to the Avenida MªAuxiliadora to get back to the starting point in the Plaza de las Canteras.