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GR 249. Stage 15: Villanueva de Algaidas - Cuevas Bajas

GR 249. Stage 15: Villanueva de Algaidas - Cuevas Bajas
Trail Type Lineal
Full length in metres 10100 m.
Estimated Time 2:45 h.
Net Head in Metres 720 m.
Cumulative Elevation Gain 260 m.
Cumulative Elevation Loss 460 m.
Difficulty Assessment according to MIDE
1

Medium

1

Itinerary

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Movement

2

Stretch

General information

Itinerary

Among the vast surface of olive trees, you can enjoy splendid panoramic views of Antequera Plain and the Genil Valley, which is next to Cuevas Bajas (Low Caves), and due to erosion, it creates steep slopes, as well as some river bank groves with a big variety of water birds.

 

Summary
Description
How to Access
Spots along the trail
Accessibility
Characteristics
Ways to tour
Cartography
Towns
  • Characteristics

    Type of Section Length % of total
    Longitud Total 10100
    Asphalt or Cement Sections of the Path 5400 53 %
    Track or Forest Track Sections 3800 38 %
    Footpath Sections 900 9 %
  • Ways to tour

    Regarding the kind of transport which can be used along different stages of the path, these are divided in those that can be crossed on foot, on a mountain bike, or on a horse. Nevertheless, there is to know that you can walk along the entire stage when this class of routes is indicated, but if you decide to travel on a mountain bike or horse, there is to check that there are no temporary restrictions or town regulations that do not allow their use at some parts of a stage, and then choose alternative way. We also underline that riding a mountain bike on some stages may include travelling by uneven or steep road surface, which requires some or a lot of effort.
    • On foot
    • On a bicycle
    • On a horse
  • Cartography

    The entire route is located on sheet AC 1007-III (Villanueva de Algaidas).

  • Towns

    Villanueva de Algaidas

    Where to eat

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    Where to stay

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Environmental Information

Rivers and Waters
  • Rivers and Waters

    There is no consensus on where the wellknown old Arroyo de Bebedero gets its name of Río Burriana but yes, that is its new name as it leaves Villanueva de Algaidas. This is logical since from the pueblo up there is a fan of tributaries of various sizes. The watercourses which are important have been named here: Arroyo de Bebedero and del Infi erno which come from the remote Sierra de Pedroso.

    Arriving at Villanueva de Algaidas you are faced with sandstone a cliff, identical to the popular Tajo de Ronda or of Alhama de Granada which is excavated and forms a canyon, not long but considerably high. On the vertical walls of the path you can see orifices which had been carved out by water when the river waters reached higher. The rock preserves its pretty clay colour in these orifices and in the overhangs which contrasts with the ash black colour of the cuts exposed to the oxidizing action of rainwater. 

    The vegetation in this gully is exuberant, highlighting a large population of European Nettle Trees with large leaves growing in the shade, and quite a few elms. On the watercourse the reed beds occupy the more open areas, and oak forest that climbs up to the cliffs shelters a wide variety of species in its quality underbrush: Kermes oak, mastic, buckthorn, jasmine, Osyris alba, together with the fi g tress and Portuguese Gall Oaks.

    You can cross the river on the medieval old bridge resting on bedrock on both sides for support. It is a beautiful infrastructure with one main arch and two sides ones to relieve the flow during signifi cant fl oods. The blocks of sandstone rock bound together by mortar and brick arches have managed to resist the passage of water and time to be used today by the Great Malaga Path.

Animal Life
  • Animal Life

    Birds

    Again the olive grove is the main type of environment throughout Stage 15. At the very beginning you will cross the Arroyo del Bebedero (also called Río Burriana), before arriving in La Atalaya, and at the end of the stage you will encounter the same river again in Cuevas Bajas.

     

    Highlighted Species

    Stage 15 is less diverse than Stage 14 due to the ever-present olive grove. However, still, the diversity of species here can still be surprising when you lift your binoculars. The large holm oaks which are sprinkled around the great sweep of olive trees attract such species as Common Buzzard, a bird of prey which can be seen along the way. Other birds which can be found along Stage 15 are Red-legged Partridge, European Turtle Dove, Red-necked Nightjar, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Song Thrush, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Common Chaffinch, Great Tit, Azure-winged Magpie, Spotless and Common Starling, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Common Linnet and Serin. At the last section Bee-eaters appear, during the time of the the year when they are present here, at the high sandy river banks; also there is Common Nightingale, Common Stonechat, Woodchat Shrike, Western Jackdaw and, again, typical urban-dwelling species (Eurasian Collared Dove, Swifts, House Martin, and House Sparrow).