The Three Provinces: Cordoba, Granada and Malaga

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From the friendly Bar-Restaurant Los Pajaritos the walk ascends gently on a minor road, then a very minor road up to the pretty village of Villanueva de Tapia, passing from Córdoba to Málaga Province. You descend out into open farmland passing into Granada Province and pass several ruined country houses on hilltops. You ascend to glorious 360-degree views of several sierras, including the snow-covered Sierra Nevada from November to May and descend to the village centre, having returned into Córdoba Province.

Spain - Southern Spain - Cordoba - Countryside

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Birds, Great Views, Wildlife, Woodland
17/11/2021 - Simon Worrall

Walked November 2021. Pleasant circuit around the area. Once off the road the walk takes you through a quiet, wide river valley up to the village before descending into another valley. Agree with comments made in 2016 - after WP5 - stick to main track that leads into and follows the line of the verdant river valley from WP5 to WP6. At WP6 there has been extensive planting of new olives and there is no longer a dried up pond. At WP6 there was/is a metal chain across the track ahead so the sharp turn at this point is clear. The track from WP6 to WP7 is now a wide stone dressed road. This area must have changed quite a bit since the original walk and comments in 2016. At WP7 (as another track comes in from the left) the described "route" is through a large asparagus field and into olive groves. There are no tracks or paths in this section due to more recent farming activity and when we walked there were several tractors spraying the olive trees ahead with fungicide so had to re-route and take another farm track (not on map) further to the NE and up onto the ridge working our way back NW to WP10 and the now concreted road that takes you back into the village. Highly recommend taking a compass on this walk and using the map provided for the final sections after WP7.

22/03/2016 - Jim Arymar

This is delightful and varied ramble through some very impressive countryside. Because we had several cars, we were able to leave one at the start then drive down to way mark 2 to begin thus avoiding 2K of road walking (though the country road is very quiet). The description to Villanueva de Tapia is fine. The area is famous for olive oil production (the finest in Spain, we were told!) and oil may be bought at the shop in the local town Cooperativa (N37.18604 W4.33417) very cheaply. After way mark 5 there is a need for a slightly sharper description. At N37.18426 W4.32767 ignore the two tracks going off right and continue in an Easterly direction for 130m then fork right. Ignore the track going off left and continue on the wide track heading ESE. Way mark 7 is a point where a diagonal track joins from the left. It has no real relevance. It is necessary to continue ahead for 320m to reaching a crossing. Here go left up an initially clear track into olive groves for 110m. Due to machinery usage, there are no paths to follow in the groves. At the end of the 110m path it would be better to head west through the trees to reach way mark 8. Again there is no clear way so from way mark 8 head WNW for 400m across a field and through olive groves to reach the farm at way mark 9. From the farm follow the track north initially then bearing left to pass stables in 120m. Continue for 680m climbing and ignoring all turnoffs to reach way mark 10 where one turns left to descend steeply back down to the start and the very welcome bar. Our GPS gave 350m as the overall height gain (though we did climb a little to reach the oil cooperativa).

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