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
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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