We will advance among olive groves in which the road is sometimes confused with entrances to the farmland, although the direction of the march must be in a westerly direction, in the direction of the mountains in which Teba sits.
Paths that link:
- Coincidence at the starting point with the end of Stage 18 and the beginning of Stage 19 of the GR 249 Gran Senda de Málaga.
This Variant that splits from the vertebral layout of the Great Path of Malaga begins between its Stages 18 and 19, in the south of Campillos. Gradually the road will mark what will be the general tonic of this alternative that adds up to a total of 60 kilometers, the general direction southwest by gentle corridors among many small mountains very wild but of low altitude. In the landscape, the forests of holm oaks and gall oaks and the livestock pastures will gradually gain ground, until the Path goes fully into the Serranía de Ronda where it connects again with the original route of the Great Path of Malaga, in the connection of its Stages 23 and 24.
This particular stage passes through a really interesting gradient between rural landscapes of intense activity, where it begins, with others of wild mountains with hardly any anthropic actions at the end, passing through a very varied intermediate mosaic of forests in recovery with intercropsed. In few stages like this one will it be possible to go through such diversity of environments in such a short distance, the result of the gradual change of orography between the plains that surround the city of the lagoons and the challenging rocky crests on which stands the famous Castillo de la Estrella.
The beginning is in a markedly agro-industrial area, with olive groves, cereals and pig and poultry farms as the main activities. The change of municipal term from Campillos to Teba is made at kilometer 3.6, in that interesting mixed place mentioned: olive groves on the skirts of soft hills, crowned by limestone herrizas and holm oaks more or less extensive but quite young.
The direction of the route at the beginning is almost perfectly south, with a small loop when crossing the Morales stream, and linking various public roads, always tracks although of very different firm. From the Llano de la Espada, and after wading the Venta River, the last third of the Path enters the Sierra de Teba, this time heading west, flanking first the shades of Cerro Gordo and ascending the Cuesta de Tardarroba, which cuts the Sierra de la Camorra in two.
The stage runs between olive groves, farmland and after passing the El Cañuelo stream, a lush gallery forest that covers the road for a few meters. Throughout the journey, extreme caution will have to be exercised, since these are roads traveled in vehicles to access the arable land and farms that are in the area.