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Vía Verde de la Sierra

 

About an hour and half’s drive from El Chorro is the Vía Verde de la Sierra. Just outside of Olvera, this is 38 kilometres of cycle/walking/horseriding track through a stunning and mountainous landscape. It runs from Olvera to Puerto Serrano, crossing the municipalities of Olvera, Puerto Serrano, Coripe, Montellano, El Coronil and Pruna.

The Vía Verde has been built on a disused railway track, so is relatively straight and flat. It is suitable for wheelchair users. Bikes can be hired in Olvera from a business called “Sesca” that is situated right at the entrance to the Vía. No motorised vehicles are allowed on the track, although you do come across rangers driving along at intervals.

Vía Verde de la Sierra was voted the best Greenway in Europe in 2009 and won second place for 'Excellence' in 2013. The Vía Verde de la Sierra crosses the mountains in the north of the province of Cádiz and reaches the south of the Seville province.

It is a beautiful place to walk or cycle; the track takes you through verdant valleys, past green meadows, alongside rivers, over bridges and historic viaducts and through atmospheric tunnels that light up as you go through.



Roughly mid-way along the track is the Peñón de Zaframagón natural reserve. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to one of the largest colonies of Griffon Vultures in Europe. There is a Visitor Centre here where you can watch the vultures’ nesting sites and see them up close in real time on the live web-cams they have installed.